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Cultural Diversity of Quality of Information on Wikipedias
Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology (2017)
  • Dariusz Jemielniak
Abstract
This article explores the relationship between linguistic culture and the preferred standards of presenting information based on article representation in major Wikipedias. Using primary research analysis of the number of
images, references, internal links, external links, words, and characters, as well as their proportions in Good and
Featured articles on the eight largest Wikipedias, we discover a high diversity of approaches and format preferences, correlating with culture. We demonstrate that high-quality standards in information presentation are
not globally shared and that in many aspects, the language culture’s influence determines what is perceived
to be proper, desirable, and exemplary for encyclopedic entries. As a result, we demonstrate that standards for
encyclopedic knowledge are not globally agreed-upon and “objective” but local and very subjective.
Keywords
  • Wikipedia,
  • cultural differences,
  • quality of information,
  • universal knowledge,
  • cultural standards
Publication Date
2017
DOI
10.1002/asi.23901
Citation Information
Dariusz Jemielniak. "Cultural Diversity of Quality of Information on Wikipedias" Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology Vol. 68 Iss. 10 (2017) p. 2460 - 2470 ISSN: 1532-2890
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/jemielniak/39/