Redundancy and collaboration in Wikibooks

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Redundancy and collaboration in wikibooks is a 2011 conference paper written in English by Ilaria Liccardi, Olivier Chapuis, Ching-Man Au Yeung, Wendy Mackay and published in INTERACT.

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This paper investigates how Wikibooks authors collaborate to create high-quality books. We combined Information Retrieval and statistical techniques to examine the complete multi-year lifecycle of over 50 high-quality Wikibooks. We found that: 1. The presence of redundant material is negatively correlated with collaboration mechanisms; 2. For most books, over 50\% of the content is written by a small core of authors; and 3. Use of collaborative tools (predicted pages and talk pages) is significantly correlated with patterns of redundancy. Non-redundant books are well-planned from the beginning and require fewer talk pages to reach high-quality status. Initially redundant books begin with high redundancy, which drops as soon as authors use coordination tools to restructure the content. Suddenly redundant books display sudden bursts of redundancy that must be resolved, requiring significantly more discussion to reach high-quality status. These findings suggest that providing core authors with effective tools for visualizing and removing redundant material may increase writing speed and improve the book's ultimate quality.

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This publication has 12 references. Only those references related to wikis are included here:

  • "Collaborative authoring on the web: A genre analysis of online encyclopedias" (create it!) [search]

  • "Fatally flawed: refuting the recent study on encyclopedic accuracy by the journal Nature" (create it!) [search]

  • "The challenges and successes of wikibookian experts and Wikibook novices: Classroom and community collaborative experiences" (create it!) [search]

  • "Wikibook as college textbook: a case study of college students’ participation in writing, editing and using a wikibook as primary course textbook" (create it!) [search]

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