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An Inside View: Credibility in Wikipedia from the Perspective of Editors
University of Borås, Swedish School of Library and Information Science. (LinCS)
University of Borås, Swedish School of Library and Information Science. (LinCS)
2010 (English)In: Information Research: Special supplement: Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Conceptions of Library and Information Science, London 21-24 June, 2010, University of Sheffield , 2010Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Introduction. The question of credibility in participatory information environments, particularly Wikipedia, has been much debated. This paper investigates how editors on Swedish Wikipedia consider credibility when they edit and read Wikipedia articles. Method. The study builds on interviews with 11 editors on Swedish Wikipedia, supported by a document analysis of policies on Swedish Wikipedia. Analysis. The interview transcripts have been coded qualitatively according to the participants' use of Wikipedia and what they take into consideration in making credibility assessments. Results. The participants use Wikipedia for purposes where it is not vital that the information is correct. Their credibility assessments are mainly based on authorship, verifiability, and the editing history of an article. Conclusions. The situations and purposes for which the editors use Wikipedia are similar to other user groups, but they draw on their knowledge as members of the network of practice of wikipedians to make credibility assessments, including knowledge of certain editors and of the MediaWiki architecture. Their assessments have more similarities to those used in traditional media than to assessments springing from the wisdom of crowds.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
University of Sheffield , 2010.
Keyword [en]
credibility, wikipedia, information literacy, information use, editors, Library and Information Science
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Information Studies Pedagogy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-6382Local ID: 2320/6641OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-6382DiVA: diva2:887070
Conference
International Conference on Conceptions of Library and Information Science
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Swedish Research Council
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Swedish Research Council

Available from: 2015-12-22 Created: 2015-12-22 Last updated: 2016-12-01Bibliographically approved

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