Chapter 9: Wikipedia as a platform for community life and collaboration
Over recent years several scholars have referred to Wikipedia as an example of the free culture of the internet due to its open and participatory format (Lessig 2004; Benkler 2006; Sunstein 2006; Zittrain 2009). Scholars have also suggested that the ‘success’ of Wikipedia testifies to the power of norms such as openness and sharing, and that Wikipedia represents a ‘public expression of trust’.1 With this in mind, the German Wikipedia community is next examined, specifically Wikipedians from the Berlin-based community.2 The English Wikipedia is included as a point of reference due to its special status as Wikipedia founder, and since many of the principles and guidelines derive from the English Wikipedia.
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