Wikipedia is a free, online encyclopedia collaboratively written by mostly anonymous, volunteer contributors. The name Wikipedia came from encyclopedia and the Hawaiian word for quickwiki—that also denotes a technology for collaborative website building. Wikipedia has been cited as a prime example of space for produsage, a portmanteau of production and usage that refers to content generation spearheaded by communities of users. Its tagline is “the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit.” The encyclopedia has likewise been viewed as a site of participatory journalism since it has become a platform where writers draft history during the long gap between the emergence of news stories and the publication of related history books.

Available in at least 300 languages, Wikipedia has become one of the world’s most visited websites. ...

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