This presentation is part of the WikiSym + OpenSym 2013 program.
Wikipedia is an important institution and part of the new media landscape having evolved from the collaborative efforts of millions of distributed users. This research will examine how the issues that have been highlighted by conflict within the community have shaped the evolution of Wikipedia from an open wiki experiment to a global knowledge producer. Bringing together the concepts of interpretive flexibility and generative friction with existing theories on the evolution of institutions, the research aims to present possible futures for Wikipedia as part of not only the larger Wikimedia movement, but of an open and accessible web.
A PDF file will be made available on August 5, 2013, through the WikiSym + OpenSym 2013 conference proceedings.