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Beyond Wikipedia

, , Graz University of Technology, Austria

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Vancouver, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-62-4 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC


Wikipedia and Google are probably the two most powerful 'portals' for information on the Web today. Google is 'just' a search engine very well tuned: it indexes a vast number of documents and does a good job ranking them, hence outperforming all competitors in most respects. Wikipedia has turned into one of the first sites one tends to look at if specific information is required. The two complement each other in the sense that a Google search will often yield a Wikipedia entry among the first few hits listed. To a superficial observer it might appear that there is no need for other portals or that attempts to create other portals are futile. We will argue in this paper that this is not the case, but that a spectrum of portals is needed. We look at a certain set of functionalities in some detail and point out that collaboratively building a knowledge base can be a powerful approach to many educational situations.


Maurer, H. & Safran, C. (2007). Beyond Wikipedia. In C. Montgomerie & J. Seale (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2007--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 4444-4450). Vancouver, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved April 22, 2019 from .


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