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Beyond the encyclopedia: Collective memories in Wikipedia
Abstract Collective memory processes have been studCollective memory processes have been studied from many different perspectives. For example, while psychology has investigated collaborative recall in small groups, other research traditions have focused on flashbulb memories or on the cultural processes involved in the formation of collective memories of entire nations. In this article, considering the online encyclopedia Wikipedia as a global memory place, we analyze online commemoration patterns of traumatic events. We extracted 88 articles and talk pages related to traumatic events, and using logistic regression, we analyzed their edit activity comparing it with more than 370,000 other Wikipedia pages. Results show that the relative amount of edits during anniversaries can significantly distinguish between pages related to traumatic events and other pages. The logistic regression results, together with the transcription of a group of messages exchanged by the users during the anniversaries of the September 11 attacks and the Virginia Tech massacre, suggest that commemoration activities take place in Wikipedia, opening the way to the quantitative study of online collective memory building processes on a large scale.emory building processes on a large scale.
Abstractsub Collective memory processes have been studCollective memory processes have been studied from many different perspectives. For example, while psychology has investigated collaborative recall in small groups, other research traditions have focused on flashbulb memories or on the cultural processes involved in the formation of collective memories of entire nations. In this article, considering the online encyclopedia Wikipedia as a global memory place, we analyze online commemoration patterns of traumatic events. We extracted 88 articles and talk pages related to traumatic events, and using logistic regression, we analyzed their edit activity comparing it with more than 370,000 other Wikipedia pages. Results show that the relative amount of edits during anniversaries can significantly distinguish between pages related to traumatic events and other pages. The logistic regression results, together with the transcription of a group of messages exchanged by the users during the anniversaries of the September 11 attacks and the Virginia Tech massacre, suggest that commemoration activities take place in Wikipedia, opening the way to the quantitative study of online collective memory building processes on a large scale.emory building processes on a large scale.
Bibtextype article  +
Doi 10.1177/1750698013490590  +
Has author Michela Ferron + , Paolo Massa +
Has keyword Collective memory + , Commemoration + , Edit activity + , Traumatic event + , Web 2.0 + , Wikipedia +
Issn 17506980  +
Issue 1  +
Language English +
Number of citations by publication 0  +
Number of references by publication 0  +
Pages 22–45  +
Published in Memory Studies +
Title Beyond the encyclopedia: Collective memories in Wikipedia +
Type journal article  +
Volume 7  +
Year 2014 +
Creation dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 6 November 2014 16:06:37  +
Categories Publications without license parameter  + , Publications without remote mirror parameter  + , Publications without archive mirror parameter  + , Publications without paywall mirror parameter  + , Journal articles  + , Publications without references parameter  + , Publications  +
Modification dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 6 November 2014 16:06:37  +
DateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 2014  +
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