Measuring Wikipedia

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Measuring Wikipedia
Authors: Jakob Voss [edit item]
Citation: International Conference of the International Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics  : . 2005.
Publication type: Conference paper
Peer-reviewed: Yes
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[edit] Abstract

Wikipedia, an international project that uses Wiki software to collaboratively create an encyclopaedia, is becoming more and more popular. Everyone can directly edit articles and every edit is recorded. The version history of all articles is freely available and allows a multitude of examinations. This paper gives an overview on Wikipedia research. Wikipedia’s fundamental components, i.e. articles, authors, edits, and links, as well as content and quality are analysed. Possibilities of research are explored including examples and first results. Several characteristics that are found in Wikipedia, such as exponential growth and scale-free networks are already known in other context. However the Wiki architecture also possesses some intrinsic specialities. General trends are measured that are typical for all Wikipedias but vary between languages in detail.

[edit] Research questions

"This paper gives a first overview and outlook on Wikipedia research."

Research details

Topics: Size of Wikipedia, Research platform [edit item]
Domains: Information science [edit item]
Theory type: Analysis [edit item]
Wikipedia coverage: Main topic [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: Article, Edit, Website [edit item]
Wikipedia data extraction: Dump [edit item]
Wikipedia page type: Article [edit item]
Wikipedia language: Croatian, Danish, German, Japanese [edit item]

[edit] Conclusion

"After a linear phase, Wikipedias grow exponentially with different rates per language. Generally the growth rate of the number of articles is smaller than other ratios. Different Wikipedias can be compared with indicators such as their growth rates, namespaces and article types. Article sizes are lognormal distributed with a linear growing median. For articles with 5 or more distinct authors its number follows a power law, so does the number of distinct articles per author. More detailed methods for measuring edits exist. Because every Wikipedia article covers a single concept and links to related ones, you can derive thesaurus-like structures out of the network of articles. The network is scale-free on ingoing links, outgoing links and broken links"

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AbstractWikipedia, an international project that uWikipedia, an international project that uses Wiki software to collaboratively create an encyclopaedia, is becoming more and more popular. Everyone can directly edit articles and every edit is recorded. The version history of all articles is freely available and allows a multitude of examinations. This paper gives an overview on Wikipedia research. Wikipedia’s fundamental components, i.e. articles, authors, edits, and links, as well as content and quality are analysed. Possibilities of research are explored including examples and first results. Several characteristics that are found in Wikipedia, such as exponential growth and scale-free networks are already known in other context. However the Wiki architecture also possesses some intrinsic specialities. General trends are measured that are typical for all Wikipedias but vary between languages in detail.dias but vary between languages in detail.
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Collected data time dimensionLongitudinal +
ConclusionAfter a linear phase, Wikipedias grow

expoAfter a linear phase, Wikipedias grow

exponentially with different rates per language. Generally the growth rate of the number of articles is smaller than other ratios. Different Wikipedias can be compared with indicators such as their growth rates, namespaces and article types. Article sizes are lognormal distributed with a linear growing median. For articles with 5 or more distinct authors its number follows a power law, so does the number of distinct articles per author. More detailed methods for measuring edits exist. Because every Wikipedia article covers a single concept and links to related ones, you can derive thesaurus-like structures out of the network of articles. The network is scale-free on ingoing links, outgoing links and broken linksing links, outgoing links and broken links
Data sourceWikipedia pages +
Google scholar urlhttp://scholar.google.com/scholar?ie=UTF-8&q=%22Measuring%2BWikipedia%22 +
Has authorJakob Voss +
Has domainInformation science +
Has topicSize of Wikipedia + and Research platform +
Peer reviewedYes +
Publication typeConference paper +
Published inInternational Conference of the International Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics +
Research designStatistical analysis +
Research questionsThis paper gives a first overview and outlook on Wikipedia research.
Revid10,865 +
TheoriesUndetermined
Theory typeAnalysis +
TitleMeasuring Wikipedia
Unit of analysisArticle +, Edit + and Website +
Urlhttp://eprints.rclis.org/handle/10760/6207#.TvH7B9Tj52A +
Wikipedia coverageMain topic +
Wikipedia data extractionDump +
Wikipedia languageCroatian +, Danish +, German + and Japanese +
Wikipedia page typeArticle +
Year2005 +