A data-driven sketch of Wikipedia editors

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A Data-Driven Sketch of Wikipedia Editors
Authors: Robert West, Ingmar Weber, Carlos Castillo [edit item]
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A Data-Driven Sketch of Wikipedia Editors is a publication by Robert West, Ingmar Weber, Carlos Castillo.


[edit] Abstract

Who edits Wikipedia? We attempt to shed light on this question by using aggregated log data from Yahoo!’s browser toolbar in order to analyze Wikipedians’ editing behavior in the context of their online lives beyond Wikipedia. We broadly characterize editors by investigating how their online behavior differs from that of other users; e.g., we find that Wikipedia editors search more, read more news, play more games, and, perhaps surprisingly, are more immersed in pop culture. Then we inspect how editors’ general interests relate to the articles to which they contribute; e.g., we confirm the intu- ition that editors show more expertise in their active domains than average users. Our results are relevant as they illuminate novel aspects of what has become many Web users’ prevalent source of information and can help in recruiting new editors.

[edit] Research questions

"How do Wikipedia readers and editor spend the rest of their onlines lives?"

Research details

Topics: Cultural and linguistic effects on participation [edit item]
Domains: Computer science [edit item]
Theory type: Analysis [edit item]
Wikipedia coverage: Main topic [edit item]
Theories: "Undetermined" [edit item]
Research design: Content analysis [edit item]
Data source: Computer usage logs [edit item]
Collected data time dimension: Cross-sectional [edit item]
Unit of analysis: User [edit item]
Wikipedia data extraction: Live Wikipedia [edit item]
Wikipedia page type: Article, User [edit item]
Wikipedia language: English [edit item]

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