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Understanding collaboration in Wikipedia

Understanding collaboration in Wikipedia is a 2011 conference paper written in English by Royce Kimmons and published in First Monday.

[edit] Abstract

Wikipedia stands as an undeniable success in online participation and collaboration. However, previous attempts at studying collaboration within Wikipedia have focused on simple metrics like rigor (i.e., the number of revisions in an article’s revision history) and diversity (i.e., the number of authors that have contributed to a given article) or have made generalizations about collaboration within Wikipedia based upon the content validity of a few select articles. By looking more closely at metrics associated with each extant Wikipedia article (N=3,427,236) along with all revisions (N=225,226,370), this study attempts to understand what collaboration within Wikipedia actually looks like under the surface. Findings suggest that typical Wikipedia articles are not rigorous, in a collaborative sense, and do not reflect much diversity in the construction of content and macro–structural writing, leading to the conclusion that most articles in Wikipedia are not reflective of the collaborative efforts of the community but, rather, represent the work of relatively few contributors.

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  • "Patterns of revision in online writing: A study of Wikipedia’s featured articles" (create it!) [search]


  • "Power of the few vs. wisdom of the crowd: Wikipedia and the rise of the bourgeoisie" (create it!) [search]


  • "Identifying and understanding the problems of Wikipedia’s peer governance: The case of inclusionists versus deletionists" (create it!) [search]



  • "Evaluating quality control of Wikipedia’s feature articles" (create it!) [search]


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