Research:Wikipedia is necessary, the internet implies it.

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Duration:  2013-March – 2013-April
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This page documents a planned research project.
Information may be incomplete and change before the project starts.

Key Personnel[edit]

Project Summary[edit]

In light of discussions about how innovative Wikipedia is in relation to a long history of encyclopedic initiatives, this project will look at what relevance this has for editors of the English language Wikipedia.

This will be done through running an electronic survey

This survey will focus on

  1. The Wikipedia community
  2. The role of Wikipedia in knowledge management
  3. Wikipedia's value as a storehouse of information
  4. Learning and sharing
  5. Wikipedia and Google
  6. Wikipedia works in practice . . .


In order to recruit participants for our study, we must contact Wikipedians. We are committed to doing so in a responsible and unobtrusive matter. Our recruitment practices will adhere to the following rules:

    • by randomly selecting from the Active User List page with people who have done at least 30 edits in the last thirty days.
    • invitation by message on talk page


The research will be made available on Wikiversity.

Wikimedia Policies, Ethics, and Human Subjects Protection[edit]

All the information will be anonymised. The research is subject to the Ethics policy of the University of East London

Benefits for the Wikimedia community[edit]

This research will give insight into the attitudes of our editors.


This survey will be done in the first two weeks of April


This project requires no funding


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Tompsett F. (2011) ‘Open Copenhagen’ in Expect Anything Fear Nothing: The Situationist Movement in Scandinavia and Elsewhere Edited by Mikkel Bolt Rasmussen & Jakob Jakobsen, Copenhagen: Nebula

External links[edit]

Wikipedia is Necessary on Survey Monkey


I can be contacted at u1050129(at)