Evaluating the Comprehensiveness of Wikipedia: The Case of Biochemistry

  • Brendan Luyt
  • Wee Tin Kwek
  • Ju Wei Sim
  • Peng York
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4822)

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Wikipedia Encyclopedia Britannica evaluation reference sources 

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • Brendan Luyt
    • 1
  • Wee Tin Kwek
    • 1
  • Ju Wei Sim
    • 1
  • Peng York
    • 1
  1. 1.Nanyang Technological UniversitySingapore

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