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by Andrew Lih

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Title:Wikipedia Revolution, The: How a Bunch of Nobodies Created the World's Greatest Encyclopedia
Authors:Andrew Lih
Info:Hyperion (2009), Edition: First Edition. First Printing., Hardcover, 272 pages
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The Wikipedia Revolution: How a Bunch of Nobodies Created the World's Greatest Encyclopedia by Andrew Lih (2009)


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well written and very interesting. ( )
  petrolpetal | Jan 30, 2011 |
I rather enjoyed this story of the development of Wikipedia. In some areas, such as entertainment, is the best and easiest resource to use for up-to-date information. As a collaborative effort, the structure of some articles is uneven, and there have been disputations. Of areas of interest to me, the Enneagram and some aspects of bus transportation service, there are some remarkable holes, and biased ideas of what should or should not be included. But as a whole, Wikipedia is very commendable. I think the author, Andrew Lih, has been even-handed. The story itself is engrossing. It is remarkable that so many people will volunteer their expertise in developing articles, and I have done minor edits myself. ( )
  vpfluke | Nov 14, 2010 |
If you’ve ever searched for content on the Internet, chances are you’ve seen a link to Wikipedia article near the top of your results list. Do you click on the Wikipedia link or ignore it? This book may help you decide. You might expect a book written by a Wikipedia insider with a foreword written by Wikipedia’s founder to be nothing more than an extended promotion of the site. However, author Andrew Lih doesn’t shy away from the controversial aspects of the site, and he recounts its failures as well as its successes. Librarians and educators with responsibility for teaching students how to evaluate Web content will benefit from reading this history of Wikipedia’s development and analysis of its ethos. ( )
1 vote cbl_tn | Aug 31, 2010 |
This audio book is a fascinating look at the resource we have all come to know. How does a resource that anyone can modify at any time work at all? The philosophy, technology, history and future of Wikipedia are all discussed in a knowledgeable and thoughtful way. Four stars. ( )
  mpontius | Apr 3, 2010 |
If you wonder where things come from, this is an explainer book. It is not especially short and sometimes the audio version may induce sleep. I also went for the print book for comparison; audio has to leave out some things like tables or pictures. The author has been a contributor to Wikipedia for 4 yrs and does try to maintain journalistic neutrality, just as the online information source he is documenting. I found many parts interesting but some areas over-techinated. Overall, I enjoyed the writing and would like to see more about the important area of free access to all human knowledge, maybe sometimes scaled down so as to include those who aren't as well-educated but still want to know about things. ( )
  indigo7 | Oct 12, 2009 |
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Other books have surfaced (How Wikipedia Works; Wikinomics), but Lih's authoritative approach covers much more, from the influence of Ayn Rand on Wikipedia cofounder Jimmy Wales and the "burnout and stress" of highly active volunteer editor-writers to controversies, credibility crises and vandalism.
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The idea for this book started in 2003, when I met Jerry Michalski for coffee at the top of the mountainside campus of the University of Hong Kong.
Imagine a world in which every single person on the planet is given free access to the sum of all human knowledge.  That's what we're doing.

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A Wikipedia expert tells the inside story of the trailblazing--and incredibly popular--open source encyclopedia.

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