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Wikipedia : a new community of practice?

Author: Dan O'Sullivan
Publisher: Farnham, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Document   Computer File : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"During its brief existence Wikipedia has proved astonishingly successful with 2.8 million articles in English alone available freely to all with access to the internet. The online encyclopedia can be seen as the 21st century's version of earlier historical attempts to gather the world's knowledge into one place. This book first offers a description of some of these earlier attempts. The author discusses five  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Case studies
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Computer File, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Dan O'Sullivan
ISBN: 9780754674337 0754674339 9780754691938 0754691934
OCLC Number: 320696473
Description: vi, 191 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Group theory --
The Library of Alexandria --
The Royal Society --
The republic of letters --
The making of the Oxford English dictionary --
The Left Book Club --
Social sites --
Wikipedia : aims --
Wikipedia : the community --
Wikipedia : structure --
Wikipedia : transaction costs --
Wikipedia and the public --
Wikipedia and the nature of knowledge --
Browsing Wikipedia --
Assessing Wikipedia --
Contributing to Wikipedia.
Responsibility: Dan O'Sullivan.
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Discusses five historical groups or communities of practice, all of which had similar ambitions to Wikipedia to make an impact on the society of their time through the dissemination of information.  Read more...

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'I enjoyed this book immensely: it will sit on my shelf of frequently-consulted works.' CILIP Update, January 2011

 
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