Wikipedia and the ecosystem of knowledge

  • Christian Vandendorpe University of Ottawa
Keywords: Knowledge dissemination, Wikipedia


Thanks to a vibrant community united by a few core principles, plus detailed policies and safeguards against trolls and vandalism, Wikipedia has already become a piece of the knowledge ecosystem. Like science, its aim is to propose a synthesis of existing knowledge and conflicting interpretations of reality. It also changes the way people interact with knowledge thanks to its extensive use of hyperlinks, portals, and categories. As a consequence, I suggest academics contribute to articles in their field. They could also use Wikipedia as a course assignment and make sure that the topics related to their discipline are fairly presented in this encyclopedia.

Author Biography

Christian Vandendorpe, University of Ottawa
Christian Vandendorpe is Professor Emeritus at the University of Ottawa, 75 Laurier Avenue East, Ottawa, ON, Canada K1N 6N5