Staying in the Loop: Structure and Dynamics of Wikipedia's Breaking News Collaborations

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Staying in the Loop: Structure and Dynamics of Wikipedia's Breaking News Collaborations is a 2012 conference paper written in English by Brian Keegan, Darren Gergle, Noshir Contractor and published in WikiSym.

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Despite the fact that Wikipedia articles about current events are more popular and attract more contributions than typical articles, canonical studies of Wikipedia have only analyzed articles about pre-existing information. We expect the co-authoring of articles about breaking news incidents to exhibit high-tempo coordination dynamics which are not found in articles about historical events and information. Using 1.03 million revisions made by 158,384 users to 3,233 English Wikipedia articles about disasters, catastrophes, and conflicts since 1990, we construct “article trajectories” of editor interactions as they coauthor an article. Examining a subset of this corpus, our analysis demonstrates that articles about current events exhibit structures and dynamics distinct from those observed among articles about non-breaking events. These findings have implications for how collective intelligence systems can be leveraged to process and make sense of complex information.

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