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Explaining authors' contribution to pivotal artifacts during mass collaboration in the Wikipedia's knowledge base
Abstract This article discusses the relevance of laThis article discusses the relevance of large-scale mass collaboration for computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL) research, adhering to a theoretical perspective that views collective knowledge both as substance and as participatory activity. In an empirical study using the German Wikipedia as a data source, we explored collective knowledge as manifested in the structure of artifacts that were created through the collaborative activity of authors with different levels of contribution experience. Wikipedia's interconnected articles were considered at the macro level as a network and analyzed using a network analysis approach. The focus of this investigation was the relation between the authors' experience and their contribution to two types of articles: central pivotal articles within the artifact network of a single knowledge domain and boundary-crossing pivotal articles within the artifact network of two adjacent knowledge domains. Both types of pivotal articles were identified by measuring the network position of artifacts based on network analysis indices of topological centrality. The results showed that authors with specialized contribution experience in one domain predominantly contributed to central pivotal articles within that domain. Authors with generalized contribution experience in two domains predominantly contributed to boundary-crossing pivotal articles between the knowledge domains. Moreover, article experience (i.e., the number of articles in both domains an author had contributed to) was positively related to the contribution to both types of pivotal articles, regardless of whether an author had specialized or generalized domain experience. We discuss the implications of our findings for future studies in the field of CSCL. © 2013 International Society of the Learning Sciences, Inc. and Springer Science+Business Media New York. Springer Science+Business Media New York.
Abstractsub This article discusses the relevance of laThis article discusses the relevance of large-scale mass collaboration for computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL) research, adhering to a theoretical perspective that views collective knowledge both as substance and as participatory activity. In an empirical study using the German Wikipedia as a data source, we explored collective knowledge as manifested in the structure of artifacts that were created through the collaborative activity of authors with different levels of contribution experience. Wikipedia's interconnected articles were considered at the macro level as a network and analyzed using a network analysis approach. The focus of this investigation was the relation between the authors' experience and their contribution to two types of articles: central pivotal articles within the artifact network of a single knowledge domain and boundary-crossing pivotal articles within the artifact network of two adjacent knowledge domains. Both types of pivotal articles were identified by measuring the network position of artifacts based on network analysis indices of topological centrality. The results showed that authors with specialized contribution experience in one domain predominantly contributed to central pivotal articles within that domain. Authors with generalized contribution experience in two domains predominantly contributed to boundary-crossing pivotal articles between the knowledge domains. Moreover, article experience (i.e., the number of articles in both domains an author had contributed to) was positively related to the contribution to both types of pivotal articles, regardless of whether an author had specialized or generalized domain experience. We discuss the implications of our findings for future studies in the field of CSCL. © 2013 International Society of the Learning Sciences, Inc. and Springer Science+Business Media New York. Springer Science+Business Media New York.
Bibtextype article  +
Doi 10.1007/s11412-013-9182-3  +
Has author Iassen Halatchliyski + , Johannes Moskaliuk + , Joachim Kimmerle + , Ulrike Cress +
Has keyword Artifact + , Mass collaboration + , Network analysis + , Wikipedia +
Issn 15561607  +
Issue 1  +
Language English +
Number of citations by publication 0  +
Number of references by publication 0  +
Pages 97–115  +
Published in International Journal of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning +
Title Explaining authors' contribution to pivotal artifacts during mass collaboration in the Wikipedia's knowledge base +
Type journal article  +
Volume 9  +
Year 2014 +
Creation dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 6 November 2014 18:34:47  +
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Modification dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 6 November 2014 18:34:47  +
DateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 2014  +
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