Research

Researching collaboration for a better world: John T. Riedl (1962 – 2013)

Does it matter that women are mostly not editing the most important information resource in our world? Does it matter that one of the most important artifacts in human history tends to be written mostly by males? […] That seems to me really important, and the question for this community,…

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Wikimedia Research Newsletter, June 2013

Vol: 3 • Issue: 6 • June 2013 [contribute] [archives] Most controversial Wikipedia topics, automatic detection of sockpuppets With contributions by: Giovanni Luca Ciampaglia, Taha Yasseri and Tilman Bayer. Contents 1 “The most controversial topics in Wikipedia: a multilingual and geographical analysis” 2 Sockpuppet evidence from automated writing style analysis…

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Wikimedia Research Newsletter, May 2013

Vol: 3 • Issue: 5 • May 2013 [contribute] [archives] Motivations on the Persian Wikipedia; is science eight times more popular on the Spanish Wikipedia than the English Wikipedia? With contributions by: Piotr Konieczny, Aaron Halfaker, Taha Yasseri, Daniel Mietchen and Tilman Bayer. Contents 1 Motivations to contribute to the…

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Wikimédia France Research Award 2013: And the winner is…

(This is a guest post by Carol Ann O’Hare of the French Wikimedia chapter.) Wikimedia France is pleased to announce the first winner of the Wikimedia France Research Award: Can history be open source ? Wikipedia and the future of the past by Roy Rosenzweig, published in The Journal of American History…

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Wikimedia Research Newsletter, April 2013

Vol: 3 • Issue: 4 • April 2013 [contribute] [archives] Sentiment monitoring; Wikipedians and academics favor the same papers; UNESCO and systemic bias; How ideas flow on Wikiversity With contributions by: Piotr Konieczny, Oren Bochman, Taha Yasseri, Jonathan T. Morgan and Tilman Bayer Contents 1 Too good to be true?…

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Wikimedia Research Newsletter, March 2013

Vol: 3 • Issue: 3 • March 2013 [contribute] [archives] “Ignore all rules” in deletions; anonymity and groupthink; how readers react when shown talk pages With contributions by: Amir E. Aharoni, Piotr Konieczny, Taha Yasseri, Oren Bochman, Heather Ford, Tilman Bayer, Giovanni Luca Ciampaglia, Daniel Mietchen. Contents 1 Wikipedia’s “Ignore…

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Wikimedia Research Newsletter, February 2013

Vol: 3 • Issue: 2 • February 2013 [contribute] [archives] Wikipedia not so novel after all, except to UK university lecturers; EPOV instead of NPOV With contributions by: Piotr Konieczny, Taha Yasseri, Heather Ford, Sage Ross, Daniel Mietchen and Tilman Bayer. Contents 1 Wikipedia in historic context: “Stigmergic accumulation” is…

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A year’s worth of Wikipedia research

The April 2012 edition Twelve years after its launch, Wikipedia continues to attract a large amount of attention from scholarly research trying to understand what made this one of the most remarkable collaborative efforts in history and what makes it work. Researchers have called Wikipedia “our Everest” (because of its…

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Suggesting tasks for new Wikipedians

If you had just signed up to become a Wikipedia contributor, what kind of experience would you like to have? Would you know exactly where to get started, or would you prefer some suggestions? For most of Wikipedia’s 12-year history, we have done very little to proactively introduce new participants…

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Vote for the most exciting paper from nine years of research about Wikipedia

(This is a guest post by Carol Ann O’Hare of Wikimedia France.) The impact of collaborative writing on the quality of Wikipedia content, new methods for monitoring contributions in order to fight vandalism, how the nature and quality of content depends on contributors’ status and the area covered, etc. These topics concern the…

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