chapter  17
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Wikipedia As Distributed Knowledge Laboratory: The Case Of Neoliberalism


In recent years collaborative web applications, such as wikis and blogs, have redefi ned our understanding of knowledge practice as they have subsequently changed the standard practices of collaborative research. At these sorts of sites, academics, knowledge workers, and enthusiasts contribute to the emergence of new forms of mediated discourse and collaborative knowledge production, exploring the value of shared computational resources and distributed access to datasets under the rubric of cyberscience (Nentwich, 2003: 21-25). Such new forms of technological mediation and collaboration compel the examination of resulting changes in research practice, referred to by some as ‘e-research’ (Wouters & Beaulieu, 2007).