Keep it simple: a companion for simple Wikipedia?

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Keep it simple: a companion for simple Wikipedia?
Authors: Matthijs den Besten, Jean-Michel Dalle [edit item]
Citation: Industry and Innovation 15 (2): 169-178. 2008.
Publication type: Journal article
Peer-reviewed: Yes
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DOI: 10.1080/13662710801970126.
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Keep it simple: a companion for simple Wikipedia? is a publication by Matthijs den Besten, Jean-Michel Dalle.


[edit] Abstract

In this paper, we inquire about some of the ways in which the community around Simple Wikipedia - an offspring of Wikipedia, the notorious free online encyclopedia - manages the online collaborative production of reliable knowledge. We focus on how it keeps its collection of articles simple" and easy to read. We find that the labeling of pages as "unsimple" by core members of the community plays a significant but seemingly insufficient role. We suggest that the nature of this mode of decentralized knowledge production and the structure of Wiki-technology might call for the implementation of an editorial companion to the community.

[edit] Research questions

"In this paper, we inquire about some of the ways in which the community around Simple Wikipedia—an offspring of Wikipedia, the notorious free online encyclopedia—manages the online collaborative production of reliable knowledge. We focus on how it keeps its collection of articles “simple” and easy to read."

Research details

Topics: Readability and style, Policies and governance, Quality improvement processes [edit item]
Domains: Education [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: Wikipedia pages [edit item]
Collected data time dimension: Cross-sectional [edit item]
Unit of analysis: Article [edit item]
Wikipedia data extraction: Live Wikipedia [edit item]
Wikipedia page type: Article [edit item]
Wikipedia language: Simple English [edit item]

[edit] Conclusion

"We believe that the management and maintenance of collaborative knowledge production is soon to become a very important but difficult issue. The practice to identify pages that need to be attended seems to work although many pages go undetected, and while in some cases the tag that calls for attention is ignored or could even provoke an adverse reaction. However, on the positive side, we find that relatively simple metrics could go a relatively long way to help the community analyze and monitor the process of tagging. This suggests that it would be feasible to build appropriate bots, and perhaps a community companion as an editorial assistant for the management and maintenance of collections of this kind."

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AbstractIn this paper, we inquire about some of thIn this paper, we inquire about some of the ways in which the community around Simple Wikipedia - an offspring of Wikipedia, the notorious free online encyclopedia - manages the online collaborative production of reliable knowledge. We focus on how it keeps its collection of articles simple" and easy to read. We find that the labeling of pages as "unsimple" by core members of the community plays a significant but seemingly insufficient role. We suggest that the nature of this mode of decentralized knowledge production and the structure of Wiki-technology might call for the implementation of an editorial companion to the community.f an editorial companion to the community.
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Collected data time dimensionCross-sectional +
ConclusionWe believe that the management and maintenWe believe that the management and maintenance of collaborative knowledge production is soon to become a very important but difficult issue. The practice to identify pages that need to be attended seems to work although many pages go undetected, and while in some cases the tag that calls for attention is ignored or could even provoke an adverse reaction. However, on the positive side, we find that relatively simple metrics could go a relatively long way to help the community analyze and monitor the process of tagging. This suggests that it would be feasible to build appropriate bots, and perhaps a community companion as an editorial assistant for the management and maintenance of collections of this kind.d maintenance of collections of this kind.
Data sourceWikipedia pages +
Doi10.1080/13662710801970126 +
Google scholar urlhttp://scholar.google.com/scholar?ie=UTF-8&q=%22Keep%2Bit%2Bsimple%3A%2Ba%2Bcompanion%2Bfor%2Bsimple%2BWikipedia%3F%22 +
Has authorMatthijs den Besten + and Jean-Michel Dalle +
Has domainEducation +
Has topicReadability and style +, Policies and governance + and Quality improvement processes +
Issue2 +
Pages169-178 +
Peer reviewedYes +
Publication typeJournal article +
Published inIndustry and Innovation +
Research designContent analysis +
Research questionsIn this paper, we inquire about some of thIn this paper, we inquire about some of the ways in which the community around Simple Wikipedia—an offspring of Wikipedia, the notorious free online encyclopedia—manages the online collaborative production of reliable knowledge. We focus on how it keeps its collection of articles “simple” and easy to read.ion of articles “simple” and easy to read.
Revid10,842 +
TheoriesUndetermined
Theory typeAnalysis +
TitleKeep it simple: a companion for simple Wikipedia?
Unit of analysisArticle +
Urlhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13662710801970126 +
Volume15 +
Wikipedia coverageMain topic +
Wikipedia data extractionLive Wikipedia +
Wikipedia languageSimple English +
Wikipedia page typeArticle +
Year2008 +