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Cyber Behavior with Wikis

Cyber Behavior with Wikis
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Author(s): Tünde Varga-Atkins (University of Liverpool, UK), Debbie Prescott (University of Liverpool, UK) and Peter Dangerfield (University of Liverpool, UK)
Copyright: 2012
Pages: 14
Source title: Encyclopedia of Cyber Behavior
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Zheng Yan (University at Albany - SUNY, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-0315-8.ch014


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This entry summarizes research about cyber behavior with wikis. Wikis are collaborative websites allowing the easy creation of interlinked webpages using text editors. The first wiki tool was created by Ward Cunningham, and the first online wiki-based encyclopedia, Wikipedia, appeared in 2001. Currently, three types of wikis exist: public, organizational, and private/educational wikis. This article identifies six areas of wiki research and its leading researchers. These areas are: (1) the wiki way (wikis as part of the suite of Web2.0 tools), and Wikipedia; (2) wiki growth and contributor roles; (3) what motivates people to contribute to wikis; (4) how the authenticity of wiki articles is ensured; (5) the use of wikis in education; and finally (6) how researchers consider the way wikis have impacted on various aspects of human life. The entry closes with suggestions about possible future research directions on online behavior with wikis.

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