Wisdom of the crowd or technicity of content? Wikipedia as a sociotechnical system

Sabine Niederer, José van Dijck

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Abstract

Wikipedia is often considered as an example of ‘collaborative knowledge’. Researchers have contested the value of Wikipedia content on various accounts. Some have disputed the ability of anonymous amateurs to produce quality information, while others have contested Wikipedia’s claim to accuracy and neutrality. Even if these concerns about Wikipedia as an encyclopaedic genre are relevant, they misguidedly focus on human agents only. Wikipedia’s advance is not only enabled by its human resources, but is equally defined by the technological tools and managerial dynamics that structure and maintain its content. This article analyzes the sociotechnical system – the intricate collaboration between human users and automated content agents – that defines Wikipedia as a knowledge instrument.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-19
JournalNew media & society
VolumeXX(X)
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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