Andrea Scharnhorst: Classifying knowledge in the age of Wikipedia

Information scientist Andrea Scharnhorst on how her research team overcame competing interests, conceptual mismatches, and technological limitations to create Design vs. Emergence (2011). She explains how the coherence and balance of Wikipedia’s socially generated, cross-cultural system of knowledge classification has proven the naysayers wrong.

VII.5 Design vs. Emergence, Visualization of Knowledge Orders

Acknowledgements: This exhibit is supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. IIS-0238261, CHE-0524661, IIS-0534909 and IIS-0715303, the James S. McDonnell Foundation; Thomson Reuters; the Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center, University Information Technology Services, and the School of Library and Information Science, all three at Indiana University. Some of the data used to generate the science maps is from the Web of Science by Thomson Reuters and Scopus by Elsevier. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.