Wikis and public history – a case study of the IEEE Global History Network

@article{Brewer2015WikisAP,
  title={Wikis and public history – a case study of the IEEE Global History Network},
  author={Nathan Brewer},
  journal={2015 ICOHTEC/IEEE International History of High-Technologies and their Socio-Cultural Contexts Conference (HISTELCON)},
  year={2015},
  pages={1-6}
}
  • Nathan Brewer
  • Published 29 October 2015
  • Business
  • 2015 ICOHTEC/IEEE International History of High-Technologies and their Socio-Cultural Contexts Conference (HISTELCON)
This paper measures the behavior of users of the IEEE Global History Network (GHN), a semiopen wiki with a focus in the history of electrical engineering. The MediaWiki software platform allows for the easy exhibition of thousands of documents, and is a viable method for the publication of public history. The GHN was initially opened to IEEE members and received limited engagement from the public. Usability studies were conducted on the site, and it was found that users contribute wikis when… 

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