University of Minnesota Study Finds Drop in Wikipedia Contributors
From The Minnesota Daily (Student Paper):
Wikipedia contains more than 4 million articles, written by tens of thousands of users for more than a decade. In fact, the user-edited encyclopedia has become so massive, it may be collapsing under its own weight.
Since 2007, the number of active Wikipedia contributors has steadily dropped, according to a new study released by the University of Minnesota earlier this month. The study blames the decline on Wikipedia’s strict and efficient editing protocol, which discourages newcomers.
Though many professors discourage Wikipedia use, Gary Nelsestuen encourages it.
The biochemistry, molecular biology and biophysics professor uses Wikipedia in the classroom often.
Some of Nelsestuen’s classes also include a lesson wherein students look for and correct faulty information on Wikipedia.
“Wikipedia is free, and often you get what you pay for,” he said. “Consumer beware.”
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See Also: Here’s the Full Text of the Research Paper Discussed in the Article:
“The Rise and Decline of an Open Collaboration System: How Wikipedia’s reaction to sudden popularity is causing its decline”
See Also: On a Related Note… “First-ever Wikipedia club innovates at University” (via The Michigan Daily)
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Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.