The Wikipedia Revolution

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The Wikipedia Revolution: How A Bunch of Nobodies Created The World's Greatest Encyclopedia
First edition cover
Author Andrew Lih
Country United States
Language English
Subject Wikipedia
Genre Nonfiction
Publisher Hyperion (US Version)
Aurum Press (UK Version)
Publication date
March 17, 2009
ISBN 978-1-4013-0371-6
OCLC 232977686
031 22
LC Class ZA4482 .L54 2009

The Wikipedia Revolution: How A Bunch of Nobodies Created The World's Greatest Encyclopedia is a 2009 popular history book by new media researcher and writer Andrew Lih.[1][2][3][4]

At the time of its publication it was "the only narrative account" of the online encyclopedia Wikipedia (in English).[5] It covers the period from Wikipedia's founding in early 2000 up to early 2008. Written as a popular history, the text ranges from short biographies of Jimmy Wales, Larry Sanger and Ward Cunningham, to brief accounts of infamous events in Wikipedia's history such as the Essjay controversy and the Seigenthaler incident.

Lih describes the importance of early influences on Wikipedia including Usenet, Hypercard, Slashdot, and MeatballWiki. He also explores the cultural differences found within sister projects such as the German Wikipedia, the Chinese Wikipedia, and the Japanese Wikipedia. The book also covers the Citizendium project, originally a fork of Wikipedia by co-founder Larry Sanger.

There is a foreword by Wales, and an afterword partially created by volunteers through an online wiki detailing the problems and opportunities of Wikipedia's future.[6]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Biography, Andrew Lih's homepage.
  2. ^ Andrew Lih. The Wikipedia Revolution. Hyperion, March 17, 2009. ISBN 978-1-4013-0371-6
  3. ^ "Everybody Knows Everything", Jeremy Philips, The Wall Street Journal, March 18, 2009
  4. ^ "Wikipedia: Exploring Fact City", Noam Cohen, New York Times, March 28, 2009
  5. ^ 'The Wikipedia Revolution', biography of Andrew Lih
  6. ^ Wikipedia Revolution Wiki

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