A Comparison of the Historical Entries in Wikipedia and Baidu Baike

  • Wenyi ShangEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10766)


This research chose two representative online encyclopedias, Wikipedia (English) and Baidu Baike, to compare their performance on historical entries. This research purposefully chose 6 entries and developed a framework to evaluate their performance in accuracy, breadth, depth, informativeness, conciseness and objectiveness. The result shows that: Wikipedia is superior in most cases while Baidu Baike is a little better in the entries on Chinese history. The operating mechanism is the main reason for it. The result implies that in the field of history, well-established online encyclopedias can be reliable for common users although improvement such as developing operating mechanisms is still needed.


Wikipedia Baidu Baike Historical entries Entry quality 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Information ManagementPeking UniversityBeijingChina

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