Biographical social networks on Wikipedia - a cross-cultural study of links that made history

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Biographical Social Networks on Wikipedia - A cross-cultural study of links that made history
Authors: Pablo Aragón, Andreas Kaltenbrunner, David Laniado, Yana Volkovich [edit item]
Citation: WikiSym  : . 2012 August. Linz, Austria. ACM.
Publication type: Conference paper
Peer-reviewed: Yes
Database(s): arXiv (arXiv/1204.3799)
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Biographical Social Networks on Wikipedia - A cross-cultural study of links that made history is a publication by Pablo Aragón, Andreas Kaltenbrunner, David Laniado, Yana Volkovich.


[edit] Abstract

It is arguable whether history is made by great men and women or vice versa, but undoubtably social connections shape history. Analysing Wikipedia, a global collective memory place, we aim to understand how social links are recorded across cultures. Starting with the set of biographies in the English Wikipedia we focus on the networks of links between these biographical articles on the 15 largest language Wikipedias. We detect the most central characters in these networks and point out culture-related peculiarities. Furthermore, we reveal remarkable similarities between distinct groups of language Wikipedias and highlight the shared knowledge about connections between persons across cultures.

[edit] Research questions

"How are social links recorded across cultures?"

Research details

Topics: Other content topics [edit item]
Domains: Computer science, Information systems [edit item]
Theory type: Analysis [edit item]
Wikipedia coverage: Main topic [edit item]
Theories: [edit item]
Research design: Content analysis, Mathematical modeling, Statistical analysis [edit item]
Data source: Wikipedia pages [edit item]
Collected data time dimension: Cross-sectional [edit item]
Unit of analysis: Article, Language [edit item]
Wikipedia data extraction: Live Wikipedia [edit item]
Wikipedia page type: Article [edit item]
Wikipedia language: Multiple [edit item]

[edit] Conclusion

"...biographical connections are recorded differently in the distinct language versions of Wikipedia."

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Further notes[edit]

Aragon et al. (2012) analyzed the biographical pages of Wikipedia across 15 language versions. With network analysis of wikilinks they found American presidents central on the English Wikipedia. Comparing betweenness centrality across language versions showed overlaps among the top five most central persons with American Presidents as well as singers and World War II figures often in the top five. However, cross-cultural differences also existed, e.g., with Chinese leaders central in the Chinese Wikipedia, Latin American revolutionaries central in the Spanish and Catalan Wikipedias, and Pope John Paul II central in the Polish and Italian Wikipedia. A gender gap existed as only three women appeared among the top five central persons across the 15 languages: Elizabeth II, Marilyn Monroe and Margaret Thatcher.