Wikipedia's Miracle


From Frédéric Kaplan and Nicolas Nova


EPFL Press - Collection: Big Now - 2016-04-04

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    Wikipedia has become the principle gateway to knowledge on the web. The doubts about information quality and the rigor of its collective negotiation process during its first couple of years have proved unfounded. Whether this delights or horrifies us, Wikipedia has become part of our lives. Both flexible in its form and content, the online encyclopedia will continue to constitute one of the pillars of digital culture for decades to come. It is time to go beyond prejudices and to study its true nature and better understand the emergence of this “miracle.”


    • Introduction – Wikipedia’s six structural tensions
    • A Wikipedia timeline (Dana Kianfar)
    • Information vizualisation
    • Interviews – Dominique Cardon – Sabine Niederer
    • Wikipedia: the internet’s raw material
    • Reader
    • Glossary
    • Conclusion

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