[wiki-research] Re: Wikipedia research and/vs wiki research
leitner at wikiservice.at
Fri Aug 11 16:23:01 CEST 2006
Dirk Riehle wrote:
> Is Wikipedia research a subset, superset, or just overlaps ... ?
I think for all practical purposes Wikipedia research can be
considered a large and important subset of wiki research.
> but I'm not sure it matters
> practically. Wikis are so broad that all the sociological etc. research
> that's relevant for Wikipedia in principle also works with wikis.
What means "research ... works" ?
... can use the same research methods
... need a common language
... results may not be transferable,
e. g. when boundary conditions are very different.
> However, Wikipedia is such a singular phenomenon that I doubt much of
> the investigations done into it can be transfered easily to other wikis.
But this is no hinderance but just more "fodder" for science investigations:
- what is transferable?
- what are the reasons that some aspects are (not) transferrable?
> Because of its singularity, by some sciences Wikipedia research probably
> wouldn't even qualify as research as it is difficult to show
> repeatability of experiments etc.
I think that each new field of science has to define its own
methodological "state of the art" and "wiki research" in a very early
stage of development, not comparable to e. g. physics.
imho science isn't only repeatable facts and theories but starts with:
- description of phenomena
- development of a common consistent to-the-point language
- description of patterns and (best) practices
- hypothetical "cause-effect-releationships" and their investigation
- development of empirical settings and accepted methods
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