Global Wikipedia: International And Cross-cultural Issues In Online Collaboration by Pnina FichmanGlobal Wikipedia: International And Cross-cultural Issues In Online Collaboration by Pnina Fichman

Global Wikipedia: International And Cross-cultural Issues In Online Collaboration

byPnina Fichman, Noriko Hara

Hardcover | May 15, 2014

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Dozens of books about Wikipedia are available, but they all focus on the English Wikipedia and assume an Anglo-Saxon perspective, while disregarding cultural and language variability or multi-cultural collaborative efforts. They address the impact of Wikipedia on society, processes of mass knowledge production, and the dynamics of the Wikipedia community. However, none of them focus on Wikipedia's global features. This lack of attention presents a serious problem because more than 80% of Wikipedia articles are written in languages other than English---in fact, Wikipedia includes articles in 285 languages. Global Wikipedia: International and Cross-Cultural Issues in Online Collaboration is the first book to address this gap by focusing attention on the global, multilingual, and multicultural aspects of Wikipedia. The editors showcase research on Wikipedia, exploring a wide range of international and cross-cultural issues. Online global collaboration, coordination, and conflict management are examined in this rich socio technical environment. Special emphases include·International and cross-cultural collaboration; ·Intercultural synergy on Wikimedia;·Conflict and collaboration in editing international entries; ·Case studies of Chinese, Finnish, French, and Greek Wikipedias; and, ·Cross-cultural studies that compare more than one Wikipedia, focusing on content, structures, policies, contributions, interactions, processes, motivations, and challenges.
Pnina Fichman is an Associate Professor in the School of Informatics and Computing and the Director of the Rob Kling Center of Social Informatics. Her research in social informatics focuses the interaction between ICTs and cultural diversity, and the consequences and impacts of this interaction on group process and outcomes, the percep...
Title:Global Wikipedia: International And Cross-cultural Issues In Online CollaborationFormat:HardcoverDimensions:178 pages, 9.26 × 6.36 × 0.71 inPublished:May 15, 2014Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0810891018

ISBN - 13:9780810891012


Table of Contents

IntroductionChapter 1: Immaterial Editors: Bots and Bot Policies Across Global Wikipedia by Randall LivingstoneChapter 2: The Most Controversial Topics In Wikipedia: A Multilingual And Geographical AnalysisTaha Yasseri, Anselm Spoerri, Mark Graham, and János KertészChapter 3: Our News, Their Events: A Comparison of Archived Current Events on English and Greek WikipediaJahna OttenbacherChapter 4: Cross-linguistic Neutrality: Wikipedia's Neutral Points of Views from a global perspectiveEwa CallahanChapter 5: Gender Gap In Wikipedia Editing: A Cross-Language ComparisonPaolo Massa, Asta ZelenkauskaiteChapter 6: Knowledge Sharing on Wikimedia EmbassiesPnina Fichman, Noriko HaraChapter 7: Constructing local heroes - collaborative narratives of Finnish corporations in Salla-Maaria Laaksonen, Merja Porttikivi Chapter 8: The political economy of the Chinese copycats of WikipediaGehao Zhang Chapter 10: Contributing to Wikipedia: A Question of GenderHélène Bourdeloie, Michaël VicenteIndexAbout the ContributorsAbout the Editors

Editorial Reviews

Despite the numerous books written about the impact of Wikipedia on society, the majority take an Anglo-Saxon perspective, ignoring the fact that more than 80% of articles are written in languages other than English. This book takes a comprehensive view of Wikipedia and examines the global reach of Wikipedia. Numerous graphs and tables supplement chapters on bot policies across different Wikipedias, conflict and collaboration on international entries, and gender gaps in editing. Case studies focusing on Chinese, Finish, French, and Greek Wikipedias help to ground the topics in actual examples.