Becoming Wikipedian: Transformation of participation in a collaborative online encyclopedia

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Becoming Wikipedian: Transformation of participation in a collaborative online encyclopedia is a 2005 conference paper by Bryant, Susan, rea Forte, Amy Bruckman and published in Proceedings of GROUP International Conference on Supporting Group Work, 2005. pp 1.-10..

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Traditional activities change in surprising ways when computermediated communication becomes a component of the activity system. In this descriptive study, we leverage two perspectives on social activity to understand the experiences of individuals who became active collaborators in Wikipedia, a prolific, cooperatively-authored online encyclopedia. Legitimate peripheral participation provides a lens for understanding participation in a community as an adaptable process that evolves over time. We use ideas from activity theory as a framework to describe our results. Finally, we describe how activity on the Wikipedia stands in striking contrast to traditional publishing and suggests a new paradigm for collaborative systems.

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