Cross-cultural analysis of the Wikipedia community

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Cross-cultural analysis of the Wikipedia community is a 2010 journal article written in English by Noriko Hara, Pnina Shachaf, Khe Foon Hew and published in J. Am. Soc. Inf. Sci. Technol..

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Cross-cultural analysis of the Wikipedia community is a 2010 journal article by Noriko Hara, Pnina Shachaf, Khe Foon Hew and published in Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology.

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This article reports a cross-cultural analysis of four Wikipedias in different languages and demonstrates their roles as communities of practice {(CoPs).} Prior research on {CoPs} and on the Wikipedia community often lacks cross-cultural analysis. Despite the fact that over 75\% of Wikipedia is written in languages other than English, research on Wikipedia primarily focuses on the English Wikipedia and tends to overlook Wikipedias in other languages. This article first argues that Wikipedia communities can be analyzed and understood as {CoPs.} Second, norms of behaviors are examined in four Wikipedia languages {(English,} Hebrew, Japanese, and Malay), and the similarities and differences across these four languages are reported. Specifically, typical behaviors on three types of discussion spaces (talk, user talk, and Wikipedia talk) are identified and examined across languages. Hofstede's dimensions of cultural diversity as well as the size of the community and the function of each discussion area provide lenses for understanding the similarities and differences. As such, this article expands the research on online {CoPs} through an examination of cultural variations across multiple {CoPs} and increases our understanding of Wikipedia communities in various languages.

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