Collaborative development of data curation profiles on a wiki platform: Experience from free and open source software projects and communities

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Collaborative development of data curation profiles on a wiki platform: Experience from free and open source software projects and communities is a 2013 conference paper written in English by Sowe S.K., Zettsu K. and published in Proceedings of the 9th International Symposium on Open Collaboration, WikiSym + OpenSym 2013.

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Wiki technologies have proven to be versatile and successful in aiding collaborative authoring of web content. Multitude of users can collaboratively add, edit, and revise wiki pages on the fly, with ease. This functionality makes wikis ideal platforms to support research communities curate data. However, without appropriate customization and a model to support collaborative editing of pages, wikis will fall sort in providing the functionalities needed to support collaborative work. In this paper, we present the architecture and design of a wiki platform, as well as a model that allow scientific communities, especially disaster response scientists, collaborative edit and append data to their wiki pages. Our experience in the implementation of the platform on MediaWiki demonstrates how wiki technologies can be used to support data curation, and how the dynamics of the FLOSS development process, its user and developer communities are increasingly informing our understanding about supporting collaboration and coordination on wikis. Categories and Subject Descriptors H.4 [Information Systems Applications]: Miscellaneous; D.2.10 [Software Engineering]: Design-methodologies, representation General Terms Design, Human Factors, Management, Theory. Copyright 2010 ACM.

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