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On Wikipedia — The Technology, The People, The Unfinished Work
Shuo Xiang, 20074330 University of Waterloo Waterloo, ON, Canada N2L 3G1 sxiang@uwaterloo.ca
ABSTRACT Wikipedia is ubiquitous in the current age of the Internet. Every search conducted in Google is more than likely to turn up quite a few links to relevant articles in Wikipedia. However, Wikipedia also suffers major problems in numerous areas and its impact on society at large goes way beyond an extra Google search result. In this paper we will first examine the history and origin of Wikipedia. Secondly, a brief discussion of the underlying technologies and features of Wikipedia will be discussed. Thirdly, the results of the “Micro Wikipedia Survey” will be summarized and
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One of the most notable Web 2.0 technologies is the wiki1. According to (Viégas, et al., 2004), the wiki technology was first created by Ward Cunningham in 1995. Essentially, wikis are web pages whose source code could be edited by web browsers and saved back to the server. The modified wiki web page would then be served to all subsequent viewers of that page until the next modification to that page comes along. Since their conception, Wiki web pages have transformed the landscape of the World Wide Web. They are often employed in technical collaboration web sites where information regarding symptoms and diagnoses of technical problems are continually posted by rewriting the respective wiki web pages. A more interesting application of wiki web pages could be found in http://www.se2006.xwiki.com/. In this case, the wiki technology is used to create the yearbook for University of Waterloo’s Software Engineering Class of 2006. This paper, however, looks at one of the largest collection of wiki web pages in existence on the Internet — Wikipedia. TECHNOLOGY According to (Viégas, et al., 2004), the Wikipedia project started on January 15, 2001. The mission of the Wikipedia project is to create a multilingual encyclopedia free for use by people all over the world. However, unlike traditional encyclopedia, Wikipedia’s entries are not written by experts. Anyone with an Internet connection could instantly add or remove contents from

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