WikiSym 2013 retrospective
98 registered participants attended the annual WikiSym+OpenSym conference from August 5-7 at Hong Kong’s Cyberport facility. The event preceded the annual global Wikimania conference of the Wikimedia movement in the same city.
WikiSym was started in 2005 as the “International Symposium on Wikis”, and its scope has since been broadened to include the study of other forms of “open collaboration” (such as free software development, or open data), reflected in the adoption of the separate “OpenSym” label. The proceedings, published online at the start of the conference, contain 22 full papers (out of 43 submissions), in addition to short papers, posters, abstracts for research-in-progress presentations, etc. The coverage below reflects the scope of this research report, and complements the pre-conference reviews of some papers in the previous issue.
Next year’s WikiSym+OpenSym conference will be held in Berlin, on August 27-29, 2014, and call for papers is already out. Conference chair Dirk Riehle announced that the proceedings will continue to published with ACM, now under its new open access policy.
- Despite policy, only just over half of Wikipedia sources are secondary: “Getting to the Source: Where does Wikipedia Get Its Information From” presents an overall statistics on the sources referred to in English Wikipedia articles to answer this question. The initial seed of source tags is constructed by analysing 30 randomly selected articles, and then all articles in Wikipedia as of May 2012 have been probed to find and classify the references. Some 67 million citations for 3.5 million articles have been found. The classification is performed on a random selection of 500 citations and by two human coders. More than 30% of the citations were classified as primary sources, around 53% as secondary, and around 13% as tertiary. After discussing type, creator, and publisher of the references as well as large scale domain analysis and persistence in time, the paper concludes: “Wikipedia’s content is ultimately driven by the sources from which that content comes. … Although secondary sources are considered by policy to be the most desirable type, we demonstrate that nearly half of all citations are either primary or tertiary sources, with primary sources making up approximately one-third of all citations.”
- Conflict on Wikipedia as “generative friction”: (more…)