Good Faith Collaboration

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Good Faith Collaboration
Good Faith Collaboration.jpg
Author Joseph M. Reagle Jr.
Language English
Publisher MIT Press
Publication date
Media type Print
Pages 256
ISBN 978-0-262-01447-2

Good Faith Collaboration: The Culture of Wikipedia is a 2010 book by Joseph M. Reagle Jr. (a Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School), published by MIT Press.[1][2] The foreword is by Lawrence Lessig.

Good Faith Collaboration is based on Reagle's PhD dissertation.[3] The book is a study of the history of Wikipedia, its real life and theoretical precursors, and the culture which has developed around it. Reagle explores the history of collaboration, touching on the methods of the Quakers, the World Brain envisaged by H. G. Wells and Paul Otlet's Universal Repository.[4][5]

The book received a positive review from Cory Doctorow, who said that Reagle "offers a compelling case that Wikipedia's most fascinating and unprecedented aspect isn't the encyclopedia itself – rather, it's the collaborative culture that underpins it: brawling, self-reflexive, funny, serious, and full-tilt committed to the project."[6]

In August 2011, Reagle was a keynote speaker at the Wikimania conference in Haifa, Israel.[7] In September 2011, the Web edition of the book was released[8] under a Creative Commons license.

Time line[edit]

  • 1895 – Otlet’s Permanent Encyclopedia: liberating ideas from the binding of books.
  • 1936 – Wells’s World Brain: a vision of a worldwide encyclopedia using microfilm.
  • 1945 – Bush’s memex: a vision of a hyper-textual knowledge space and new forms of encyclopedias.
  • 1965 – Nelson’s Xanadu: a vision of hypertext.
  • 1971 – Hart’s Project Gutenberg: a vision of providing ebooks through achievable means (“plain vanilla ASCII”).
  • 1980s – Academic American Encyclopedia is made available in an online experiment; multimedia CD-ROMs soon follow.
  • 1991 – Berners-Lee’s World Wide Web: a vision of highly accessible read/write.
  • 1993 – Interpedia: an ambiguous vision lost among too many infrastructural options.
  • 1995 – Cunningham’s WikiWikiWeb: making the Web easy to collaboratively edit.
  • 1999 – Distributed Encyclopedia: many people should contribute independent essays that could be centrally indexed.
  • 1999 – Stallman’s “The Free Universal Encyclopedia and Learning Resource.”
  • 2000 – Distributed Proofreaders: distributing the task of proofreading among many.
  • 2000 (March 9) – Nupedia launched: a FOSS-inspired expert-driven free encyclopedia.
  • 2001 (January 10) – “Let’s make a Wiki.”
  • 2001 (January 15) – launched.


  1. ^ Bulatovic, Peja (January 14, 2011). "Wikipedia turns 10". CBC News. 
  2. ^ Solon, Olivia (January 11, 2011). "A Decade Of Wikipedia, The Poster Child For Collaboration". Wired. 
  3. ^ Madrigal, Alexis (October 19, 2010). "In Rancorous Times, Can Wikipedia Show Us How to All Get Along?". The Atlantic. 
  4. ^ Kowinski, William (December 30, 2010). "Good Faith Collaboration: The Culture of Wikipedia". North Coast Journal. 
  5. ^ Lee, Humphreys (April 1, 2011). "Good Faith Collaboration: The Culture of Wikipedia". Journal of Communication 61 (2): E1–E4. doi:10.1111/j.1460-2466.2011.01545.x. 
  6. ^ Doctorow, Cory (December 20, 2010). "Good Faith Collaboration: How Wikipedia works". Boing Boing. 
  7. ^ Avigayil Kadesh (July 14, 2011). "Israel hosts Wikimania 2011". Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Retrieved October 2, 2011. 
  8. ^ Web/CC Edition of Good Faith Collaboration

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