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Keep it Simple: A Companion for Simple Wikipedia?

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  • Matthijs Den Besten
  • Jean-Michel Dalle

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In this paper, we inquire about some of the ways in which the community around Simple Wikipedia—an offspring of Wikipedia, the notorious free online encyclopedia—manages the online collaborative production of reliable knowledge. We focus on how it keeps its collection of articles “simple” and easy to read. We find that the labeling of pages as “unsimple” by core members of the community plays a significant but seemingly insufficient role. We suggest that the nature of this mode of decentralized knowledge production and the structure of Wiki-technology might call for the implementation of an editorial companion to the community.

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  • Matthijs Den Besten & Jean-Michel Dalle, 2008. "Keep it Simple: A Companion for Simple Wikipedia?," Industry and Innovation, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 15(2), pages 169-178.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:indinn:v:15:y:2008:i:2:p:169-178
    DOI: 10.1080/13662710801970126
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    1. Juan Mateos Garcia & W. Edward Steinmueller, 2003. "Applying the Open Source Development Model to Knowledge Work," SPRU Working Paper Series 94, SPRU - Science and Technology Policy Research, University of Sussex.
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    Cited by:

    1. Emmanuel Ruzé, 2012. "Quelle gouvernance des taches humbles dans le contexte des communautés open-source ? Le cas du wiki de la communauté WordPress," Post-Print hal-00717690, HAL.
    2. Nicolas Jullien, 2012. "What We Know About Wikipedia: A Review of the Literature Analyzing the Project(s)," Post-Print hal-00857208, HAL.
    3. Loris Gaio & Alessandro Rossi & Matthijs den Besten & Jean-Michel Dalle, 2009. "Wikibugs: the practice of template messages in open content collections," DISA Working Papers 0904, Department of Computer and Management Sciences, University of Trento, Italy, revised 29 Jul 2009.
    4. Loris Gaio & Alessandro Rossi & Matthijs den Besten & Jean-Michel Dalle, 2009. "Coordination, Division of Labor, and Open Content Communities: Template Messages in Wiki-Based Collections," DISA Working Papers 0903, Department of Computer and Management Sciences, University of Trento, Italy, revised 29 Jul 2009.

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