KNAW-minisymposium: Wikipedia as a research tool

Wikipedia as a research tool

Most people use Wikipedia as an encyclopedia – a digital reference work for looking up facts and information about people, issues and past and present events. But Wikipedia is much more than that: it has become a collaborative tool for writing and rewriting history, a cultural reference work and a negotiation tool. Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales is one of the lecturers at this mini-symposium about Wikipedia as a research tool.

Date and time: 15 January 2015, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Venue: Trippenhuis Building, Kloveniersburgwal 29, 1011 JV Amsterdam
Registration: Academy website

Wikipedia Foundation
At this mini-symposium, four experts will discuss how Wikipedia has become a rich source of cultural research. How does this online encyclopedia also mediate in disputes? How does Wikipedia maintain its neutral point of view as an arbiter of encyclopedic content? And how can we use Wikipedia as a valuable research tool?


  • José van Dijck, University of Amsterdam – Introduction
  • Richard Rogers, University of Amsterdam – Wikipedia is not an encyclopedia
  • Esther Weltevrede and Erik Borra, University of Amsterdam – Wikipedia and the value of dispute
  • Jimmy Wales, Founder of Wikipedia – The open nature of Wikipedia

For more information about the programme and how to register, please visit our website.

You are very welcome to attend this symposium. Participation is free, but registration is compulsory. You will find the registration form on our website.

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The Netherlands
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