Asian Digital Libraries. Looking Back 10 Years and Forging New Frontiers

Volume 4822 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 512-513

Evaluating the Comprehensiveness of Wikipedia: The Case of Biochemistry

  • Brendan LuytAffiliated withNanyang Technological University
  • , Wee Tin KwekAffiliated withNanyang Technological University
  • , Ju Wei SimAffiliated withNanyang Technological University
  • , Peng YorkAffiliated withNanyang Technological University

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In recent years, the world of encyclopedia publishing has been challenged as new collaborative models of online information gathering and sharing have developed. Most notable of these is Wikipedia. Although Wikipedia has a core group of devotees, it has also attracted critical comment and concern, most notably in regard to its quality. In this article we compare the scope of Wikipedia and Encyclopedia Britannica in the subject of biochemistry using a popular first year undergraduate textbook as a benchmark for concepts that should appear in both works, if they are to be considered comprehensive in scope.


Wikipedia Encyclopedia Britannica evaluation reference sources