Wikipedia Why is the common knowledge resource still neglected by academics?

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Citation: Dariusz Jemielniak Wikipedia Why is the common knowledge resource still neglected by academics?.


Wikidata: Q77308177

Download: https://academic.oup.com/gigascience/article/8/12/giz139/5651107

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Academics are still reluctant to use Wikipedia in their teaching, and don't get credit eg in tenure reviews, for contributing to Wikipedia. Some reasons why:

  • Although Wikipedia is high quality relative to professional publications, it has different kinds of errors, eg vandalism, that may diminish its reputatation
  • Association with plagiarism, as students often copy from Wikipedia
  • Historic bias, based on perception when Wikipedia was new
  • Dislike of students citing an encyclopedia
  • Animosity for challenging institutional hierarchy of knowledge production and dissemination

Argues contributing to Wikipedia is perfect coursework, and a moral necessity given lack of access by many to free knowledge.