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  • Communities of practice -- Case studies.
     
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  • Communication in learning and scholarship.
     
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    Wikipedia : a new community of practice? / Dan O'Sullivan.
    by O'Sullivan, Dan.
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    Farnham, England : Ashgate, 2009.
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  • Wikipedia.
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  • Electronic encyclopedias -- History.
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  • Communities of practice -- Case studies.
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  • Communication in learning and scholarship.
  • ISBN: 
    9780754674337 (hc.)
    0754674339 (hc.)
    Description: 
    vi, 191 p. : ill., maps, facsims. ; 25 cm.
    Contents: 
    Group theory -- The Library of Alexandria -- The Royal Society -- The republic of letters -- The making of the Oxford English dictionary -- The Left Book Club -- Social sites -- Wikipedia : aims -- Wikipedia : the community -- Wikipedia : structure -- Wikipedia : transaction costs -- Wikipedia and the public -- Wikipedia and the nature of knowledge -- Browsing Wikipedia -- Assessing Wikipedia -- Contributing to Wikipedia.
    Summary: 
    "This book first offers a description of some of these earlier attempts. The author discusses five historical groups or communities of practice, all of which had similar ambitions to Wikipedia to make an impact on the society of their time through the dissemination of information. The second part is an analysis of Wikipedia itself, and the third part contains suggestions about how to approach it, how to contribute to it and what one might gain from it." "Writing in an accessible style the author takes a socio-historical approach and argues that by looking at communities of practice in the past we can come to understand the radical, even political, nature of Wikipedia. The book will have a broad appeal to anyone interested in the development of this unique project, including information management professionals but also historians, sociologists, educators and students."--BOOK JACKET.
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    Includes bibliographical references and index.
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