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Published by:
IBS Research Center (2006)
Length:
12 pages
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Abstract

Wikipedia was a non-profit, multi-lingual, open content on-line encyclopaedia. Since its inception Wikipedia grew consistently with enormous pace and as of February 2006, had a collection of more than 3,380,000 articles written by about 43,000 authors, across the world in about 200 languages. Jimmy Wales (founder of Wikipedia) along with his friend Larry Sanger initially started Nupedia, an encyclopaedia which was reviewed by experts. Later on with the adoption of software Wiki, Nupedia lost importance and Wikipedia prospered. Though within a short period, Wikipedia gained enough prosperity it often faced criticisms on the reliability of the data on its website. The case discusses how both Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger started Nupedia, why they shifted to Wikipedia and the loss of compatible corporate governance between them, which forced Larry to leave Wikipedia and start his own encyclopedia, Digital Universe.

Topics

Wikipedia; Jimmy Wales; Larry Sanger; Bomis.com; Open content on-line encyclopaedia; Nupedia; Wiki; Product cannibalisation; Leadership issues; Ethics; Britannica; Reliability of information
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3,380,000 articles (2006)
Other setting(s):
1996-2005

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