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Wikipedia and institutional repositories: an academic symbiosis?

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dc.contributor.author Smith, Alastair G.
dc.date.accessioned 2011-10-04T02:15:59Z
dc.date.accessioned 2022-07-05T02:07:24Z
dc.date.available 2011-10-04T02:15:59Z
dc.date.available 2022-07-05T02:07:24Z
dc.date.copyright 2011
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.wgtn.ac.nz/handle/123456789/18602
dc.description.abstract A study of citations from Wikipedia articles to documents in institutional repositories showed that although the number of citations was small in relation to the number of documents (citations made to the repositories were 0.35% of the number of documents in the repositories) institutional repositories were a useful source of research information to support Wikipedia articles. 35% of citations were for background information, and 65% were citations supporting specific points, for example: scientific or historical facts, expression of a consensus, attribution of an idea, a convenient summary, the source of a classification, or to give an academic cast to a popular culture article. The types of documents cited reflect the range of academic publishing: 22% of citations were to PhD Theses, 15% to Master level theses, 21% to journal articles, 17% to conference papers, and 11% to technical or working papers. Although the materials in the repositories were overwhelmingly in English, 35% of citations were made from non-English versions of Wikipedia, indicating that institutional repositories play a role in making research available across national and language barriers. Although Wikipedia has been viewed with suspicion by academia the study indicates a potential symbiosis between Wikipedia and academic research in institutional repositories. en_NZ
dc.format pdf en_NZ
dc.language.iso en_NZ
dc.publisher International Society of Scientometrics & Infometrics 2011 Conference en_NZ
dc.subject Wikipedia en_NZ
dc.subject institutional repositories en_NZ
dc.subject citations en_NZ
dc.title Wikipedia and institutional repositories: an academic symbiosis? en_NZ
dc.type Text en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.unit School of Information Management en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 080799 Library and Information Studies not elsewhere classified en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.marsden 080707 Organisation of Information and Knowledge Resources en_NZ
vuwschema.type.vuw Conference Paper in Published Proceedings en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcforV2 461099 Library and information studies not elsewhere classified en_NZ
dc.rights.rightsholder www.vuw.ac.nz/sim en_NZ

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