Can crowdsourcing capture academic knowledge? The Wikipedia experiment

Publication Date: 
October 2016
Parameters/Social Science Research Council

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In the academy, Wikipedia increasingly serves as both a default source and an instance of participatory democratic practices. Erik Olin Wright, professor of sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and past president of the American Sociological Association, cites Wikipedia as a paramount example of a “real utopia.” One can understand why.

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