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 incident Seigenthaler .

Lih describes the importance of early influences on Wikipedia including Usenet , Hypercard , Slashdot , and MeatballWiki . He also explores the cultural differences within the scope of his research projects such as the German Wikipedia, the Chinese Wikipedia, and the Japanese Wikipedia.

There is a foreword by Wales, and an afterword Partially created by volontaires through an online wiki detailing the problems and Opportunities of Wikipedia’s future. [6]


  • Andrew Lih . The Wikipedia Revolution: How A Bunch of Nobodies Created The World’s Greatest Encyclopedia . Hyperion , March 17, 2009. ISBN 978-1-4013-0371-6
  • Andrew Lih. The Wikipedia Revolution: How A Bunch of Nobodies Created The World’s Greatest Encyclopedia . Aurum , March 19, 2009. ISBN 978-1-84513-473-0

See also

  • Bibliography of Wikipedia
  • History of Wikipedia


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

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