Analyzing multi-dimensional networks within mediawikis

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Analyzing multi-dimensional networks within mediawikis is a 2013 conference paper written in English by Keegan B.C., Ceni A., Smith M.A. and published in Proceedings of the 9th International Symposium on Open Collaboration, WikiSym + OpenSym 2013.

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The MediaWiki platform supports popular socio-technical systems such as Wikipedia as well as thousands of other wikis. This software encodes and records a variety of rela- Tionships about the content, history, and editors of its arti- cles such as hyperlinks between articles, discussions among editors, and editing histories. These relationships can be an- Alyzed using standard techniques from social network analy- sis, however, extracting relational data from Wikipedia has traditionally required specialized knowledge of its API, in- formation retrieval, network analysis, and data visualization that has inhibited scholarly analysis. We present a soft- ware library called the NodeXL MediaWiki Importer that extracts a variety of relationships from the MediaWiki API and integrates with the popular NodeXL network analysis and visualization software. This library allows users to query and extract a variety of multidimensional relationships from any MediaWiki installation with a publicly-accessible API. We present a case study examining the similarities and dif- ferences between dierent relationships for the Wikipedia articles about \Pope Francis" and \Social media." We con- clude by discussing the implications this library has for both theoretical and methodological research as well as commu- nity management and outline future work to expand the capabilities of the library. Categories and Subject Descriptors H.4 [Information Systems Applications]: Miscellaneous; D.2.8 [Software Engineering]: Metricscomplexity mea- sures, performance measures General Terms System. Copyright 2010 ACM.

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