Individual focus and knowledge contribution

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Individual focus and knowledge contribution
Authors: Lada A. Adamic, Xiao Wei, Jiang Yang, Sean Gerrish, Kevin K. Nam, Gavin S. Clarkson [edit item]
Citation: First Monday 15 (3): 14. 2010 March.
Publication type: Journal article
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Individual focus and knowledge contribution is a publication by Lada A. Adamic, Xiao Wei, Jiang Yang, Sean Gerrish, Kevin K. Nam, Gavin S. Clarkson.


[edit] Abstract

Before contributing new knowledge, individuals must attain requisite background knowledge or skills through schooling, training, practice, and experience. Given limited time, individuals often choose either to focus on few areas, where they build deep expertise, or to delve less deeply and distribute their attention and efforts across several areas. In this paper we measure the relationship between the narrowness of focus and the quality of contribution across a range of both traditional and recent knowledge sharing media, including scholarly articles, patents, Wikipedia, and online question and answer forums. Across all systems, we observe a small but significant positive correlation between focus and quality.

[edit] Research questions

"In this paper we measure the relationship between the narrowness of focus and the quality of contribution across a range of both traditional and recent knowledge sharing media, including scholarly articles, patents, Wikipedia, and online question and answer forums."

Research details

Topics: Antecedents of quality, Quality improvement processes [edit item]
Domains: Information science [edit item]
Theory type: Analysis [edit item]
Wikipedia coverage: Sample data [edit item]
Theories: "Undetermined" [edit item]
Research design: Statistical analysis [edit item]
Data source: Wikipedia pages [edit item]
Collected data time dimension: Longitudinal [edit item]
Unit of analysis: Edit [edit item]
Wikipedia data extraction: Live Wikipedia [edit item]
Wikipedia page type: Article [edit item]
Wikipedia language: English [edit item]

[edit] Conclusion

"In conclusion, we have quanti ed the value an individual's focus in contributing knowledge through dif- ferent media and across a wide range of elds. Consistently we observe a slight but signi cant correlation between an individual's degree of focus and this individual's quality of contribution. The relationship persists even when quantity of contributions is taken into account. How should individuals invest their time? While our results do not demonstrate causality, the overall trend appears to favor those who do a few things and do them well. However, individuals who focus in a very narrow eld tend to contribute work that is on average less-well recognized than that of their slightly less focused peers."

[edit] Comments

""Across all systems, we observe a small but signi cant positive correlation between focus and quality.""


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AbstractBefore contributing new knowledge, individBefore contributing new knowledge, individuals must attain requisite background knowledge or skills through schooling, training, practice, and experience. Given limited time, individuals often choose either to focus on few areas, where they build deep expertise, or to delve less deeply and distribute their attention and efforts across several areas. In this paper we measure the relationship between the narrowness of focus and the quality of contribution across a range of both traditional and recent knowledge sharing media, including scholarly articles, patents, Wikipedia, and online question and answer forums. Across all systems, we observe a small but significant positive correlation between focus and quality.ive correlation between focus and quality.
Added by wikilit teamAdded on initial load +
Collected data time dimensionLongitudinal +
Comments"Across all systems, we observe a small but signi cant positive correlation between focus and quality."
ConclusionIn conclusion, we have quanti ed the valueIn conclusion, we have quanti ed the value an individual's focus in contributing knowledge through dif-

ferent media and across a wide range of elds. Consistently we observe a slight but signi cant correlation between an individual's degree of focus and this individual's quality of contribution. The relationship persists even when quantity of contributions is taken into account. How should individuals invest their time? While our results do not demonstrate causality, the overall trend appears to favor those who do a few things and do them well. However, individuals who focus in a very narrow eld tend to contribute work that is on average less-well recognized than that of their slightly less focused peers.that of their

slightly less focused peers.
Data sourceWikipedia pages +
Google scholar urlhttp://scholar.google.com/scholar?ie=UTF-8&q=%22Individual%2Bfocus%2Band%2Bknowledge%2Bcontribution%22 +
Has authorLada A. Adamic +, Xiao Wei +, Jiang Yang +, Sean Gerrish +, Kevin K. Nam + and Gavin S. Clarkson +
Has domainInformation science +
Has topicAntecedents of quality + and Quality improvement processes +
Issue3 +
MonthMarch +
Pages14 +
Peer reviewedYes +
Publication typeJournal article +
Published inFirst Monday +
Research designStatistical analysis +
Research questionsIn this paper we measure the relationship In this paper we measure the relationship between the narrowness of

focus and the quality of contribution across a range of both traditional and recent knowledge sharing

media, including scholarly articles, patents, Wikipedia, and online question and answer forums.
ia, and online question and answer forums.
Revid10,822 +
TheoriesUndetermined
Theory typeAnalysis +
TitleIndividual focus and knowledge contribution
Unit of analysisEdit +
Urlhttp://arxiv.org/pdf/1002.0561.pdf +
Volume15 +
Wikipedia coverageSample data +
Wikipedia data extractionLive Wikipedia +
Wikipedia languageEnglish +
Wikipedia page typeArticle +
Year2010 +