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Abstract Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia anWikipedia, the free online encyclopedia anyone can edit, is a live social experiment: millions of individuals volunteer their knowledge and time to collective create it. It is hence interesting trying to understand how they do it. While most of the attention concentrated on article pages, a less known share of activities happen on user talk pages, Wikipedia pages where a message can be left for the specific user. This public conversations can be studied from a Social Network Analysis perspective in order to highlight the structure of the “talk” network. In this paper we focus on this preliminary extraction step by proposing different algorithms. We then empirically validate the differences in the networks they generate on the Venetian Wikipedia with the real network of conversations extracted manually by coding every message left on all user talk pages. The comparisons show that both the algorithms and the manual process contain inaccuracies that are intrinsic in the freedom and unpredictability of Wikipedia growth. Nevertheless, a precise description of the involved issues allows to make informed decisions and to base empirical findings on reproducible evidence. Our goal is to lay the foundation for a solid computational sociology of wikis. For this reason we release the scripts encoding our algorithms as open source and also some datasets extracted out of Wikipedia conversations, in order to let other researchers replicate and improve our initial effort. replicate and improve our initial effort.
Abstractsub Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia anWikipedia, the free online encyclopedia anyone can edit, is a live social experiment: millions of individuals volunteer their knowledge and time to collective create it. It is hence interesting trying to understand how they do it. While most of the attention concentrated on article pages, a less known share of activities happen on user talk pages, Wikipedia pages where a message can be left for the specific user. This public conversations can be studied from a Social Network Analysis perspective in order to highlight the structure of the “talk” network. In this paper we focus on this preliminary extraction step by proposing different algorithms. We then empirically validate the differences in the networks they generate on the Venetian Wikipedia with the real network of conversations extracted manually by coding every message left on all user talk pages. The comparisons show that both the algorithms and the manual process contain inaccuracies that are intrinsic in the freedom and unpredictability of Wikipedia growth. Nevertheless, a precise description of the involved issues allows to make informed decisions and to base empirical findings on reproducible evidence. Our goal is to lay the foundation for a solid computational sociology of wikis. For this reason we release the scripts encoding our algorithms as open source and also some datasets extracted out of Wikipedia conversations, in order to let other researchers replicate and improve our initial effort. replicate and improve our initial effort.
Bibtextype inproceedings  +
Has author Paolo Massa +
Has keyword Wikipedia + , Wiki + , Social network + , Empirical analysis + , Open source +
Has reference Internet encyclopaedias go head to head + , Referential attachment in the growth of social networks: the internet encyclopedia wikipedia + , Network analysis for wikipedia + , Wikipedias: collaborative web-based encyclopedias as complex networks + , Analysis of the wikipedia category graph for nlp applications + , Identifying document topics using the Wikipedia category network + , Talk Before You Type: Coordination in Wikipedia + , Governance in social media: a case study of the wikipedia promotion process + , Beyond Wikipedia: Coordination and Conflict in Online Production Groups + , Finding social roles in Wikipedia + , Analyzing the creative editing behavior of wikipedia editors through dynamic social network analysis + , Us vs. Them: Understanding Social Dynamics in Wikipedia with Revert Graph Visualizations + , Network analysis of collaboration structure in Wikipedia + , What is in control of wikipedia? +
Has remote mirror http://www.gnuband.org/files/papers/social_networks_of_wikipedia_hypertext_2011_conference_paolo_massa.pdf  +
Has slides http://www.slideshare.net/phauly/social-networks-of-wikipedia-paolo-massa-presentation-at-2011-acm-hypertext-2011-22nd-acm-conference-on-hypertext-and-hypermedia  +
Language English +
Number of citations by publication 2  +
Number of references by publication 14  +
Peer-reviewed Yes  +
Published in Hypertext +
Related dataset Social networks of Wikipedia dataset +
Related tool Gephi + , Wiki-network +
Title Social networks of Wikipedia +
Type conference paper  +
Year 2011 +
Creation dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 22 January 2012 17:48:51  +
Categories Publications without license parameter  + , Publications without DOI parameter  + , Publications without archive mirror parameter  + , Publications without paywall mirror parameter  + , Conference papers  + , Publications  +
Modification dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 6 February 2012 20:57:45  +
DateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 2011  +
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