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Wikipedia's Influence on the Evolution of Encyclopedia


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Librenjak, Sara and Jecić, Zdenko and Boras, Damir. (2009). Wikipedia's Influence on the Evolution of Encyclopedia. In: 2nd International Conference “The Future of Information Sciences: INFuture2009 – Digital Resources and Knowledge Sharing”, 4-6 November 2009, Zagreb, Croatia.

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This article deals with the users of Wikipedia and their usage and opinions regarding Wikipedia in comparison to printed encyclopedias. A representative sample of high school and university students from Zagreb was surveyed. It is investigated why students tend to use Wikipedia significantly more than printed encyclopedias, even though they are considered more accurate and reliable, which is important in educational usage. The results of the survey may serve as guidelines for both users and professionals, i.e. encyclopedists. Various issues with Wikipedia which also need attention in this context, e.g. the development of Croatian Wikipedia, are briefly addressed. The goal of this work is to broaden the awareness of recent phenomena in encyclopedic, or generally, information science, in order to aid in improvement of encyclopedic products.

Item Type: Published conference work (Lecture)
Uncontrolled Keywords: traditional encyclopedia, online encyclopedia, encyclopedics, survey, Wikipedia
Subjects: Information sciences > Natural language processing, lexicography and encyclopedic science
Departments: Department of Information Science
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2017 10:04
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2017 10:04

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