Motivations of contributors to Wikipedia

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Motivations of contributors to Wikipedia
Authors: Stacey Kuznetsov [edit item]
Citation: ACM SIGCAS Computers and Society 36 (2): . 2006.
Publication type: Journal article
Peer-reviewed: Yes
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DOI: 10.1145/1215942.1215943.
Google Scholar cites: Citations
Link(s): Paper link
Added by Wikilit team: Yes
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Motivations of contributors to Wikipedia is a publication by Stacey Kuznetsov.


[edit] Abstract

This paper aims to explain why people are motivated to contribute to the Wikipedia project. A comprehensive analysis of the motivations of Wikipedians is conducted using the iterative methodology developed by Batya Friedman and Peter Kahn in Value Sensitive Design and Information Systems and co-developed by Nissenbaum and Friedman in Bias in Computer Systems. The Value Sensitive Design (VSD) approach consists of three stages: Empirical Investigation, Conceptual Investigation, and Technical Investigation. During the empirical phase, motivations of the contributors to Wikipedia are identified through analysis of data from two published surveys and a pilot survey conducted at New York University. The underlying values behind these motivations are then defined in the conceptual phase of the study. Finally, a technical investigation is conducted in order to determine how features of the Wiki technology support and facilitate these values.

[edit] Research questions

""What motivates these people to contribute effort and time to the Wikipedia project, and what role does Wikipedia play in fostering these motivations?""

Research details

Topics: Contributor motivation [edit item]
Domains: Information systems [edit item]
Theory type: Analysis [edit item]
Wikipedia coverage: Main topic [edit item]
Theories: ""This paper develops an account of the motivations of Wikipedians by applying Friedman and Kahn’s the Value Sensitive Design (VSD) methodology to the study of Wikipedia." -> "The underlying idea behind VSD was first introduced by Nissenbaum and Friedman in Bias in Computer Systems."" [edit item]
Research design: Conceptual, Statistical analysis [edit item]
Data source: Survey responses [edit item]
Collected data time dimension: Cross-sectional [edit item]
Unit of analysis: N/A [edit item]
Wikipedia data extraction: N/A [edit item]
Wikipedia page type: N/A [edit item]
Wikipedia language: Not specified [edit item]

[edit] Conclusion

""The primary purpose of Wikipedia is to create a comprehensive, free and reliable encyclopedia. People from all around the world connect with this goal and choose to contribute to the expansion of human knowledge. The virtual realm of Wikipedia rewards its participants in ways that are unmatched by most establishments in the non virtual world. Wikipedians enjoy a sense of accomplishment, collectivism, and benevolence, while working with exceptional freedom and ease. The values of reputation, community, reciprocity, altruism and autonomy are fostered both by the people and the technology, effectively creating a near-utopian society in which individuals voluntarily collaborate and learn together.""

[edit] Comments

"I added this paper in January 2014. For some reason, we had missed or omitted this earlier. This paper has well over 100 citations in Google Scholar, and is thus an important study of contributor motivations. -- Arto"


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AbstractThis paper aims to explain why people are This paper aims to explain why people are motivated to contribute to the Wikipedia project. A comprehensive analysis of the motivations of Wikipedians is conducted using the iterative methodology developed by Batya Friedman and Peter Kahn in Value Sensitive Design and Information Systems and co-developed by Nissenbaum and Friedman in Bias in Computer Systems. The Value Sensitive Design (VSD) approach consists of three stages: Empirical Investigation, Conceptual Investigation, and Technical Investigation. During the empirical phase, motivations of the contributors to Wikipedia are identified through analysis of data from two published surveys and a pilot survey conducted at New York University. The underlying values behind these motivations are then defined in the conceptual phase of the study. Finally, a technical investigation is conducted in order to determine how features of the Wiki technology support and facilitate these values.ology support and facilitate these values.
Added by wikilit teamYes +
Collected data time dimensionCross-sectional +
CommentsI added this paper in January 2014. For some reason, we had missed or omitted this earlier. This paper has well over 100 citations in Google Scholar, and is thus an important study of contributor motivations. -- Arto
Conclusion"The primary purpose of Wikipedia is to cr"The primary purpose of Wikipedia is to create a comprehensive, free and reliable encyclopedia. People from all around the world connect with this goal and choose to contribute to the expansion of human knowledge. The virtual realm of Wikipedia rewards its participants in ways that are unmatched by most establishments in the non virtual world. Wikipedians enjoy a sense of accomplishment, collectivism, and benevolence, while working with exceptional freedom and ease. The values of reputation, community, reciprocity, altruism and autonomy are fostered both by the people and the technology, effectively creating a near-utopian society in which individuals voluntarily collaborate and learn together."luntarily collaborate and learn together."
Data sourceSurvey responses +
Doi10.1145/1215942.1215943 +
Google scholar urlhttp://scholar.google.com/scholar?ie=UTF-8&q=%22Motivations%2Bof%2Bcontributors%2Bto%2BWikipedia%22 +
Has authorStacey Kuznetsov +
Has domainInformation systems +
Has topicContributor motivation +
Issue2 +
Peer reviewedYes +
Publication typeJournal article +
Published inACM SIGCAS Computers and Society +
Research designConceptual + and Statistical analysis +
Research questions"What motivates these people to contribute effort and time to the Wikipedia project, and what role does Wikipedia play in fostering these motivations?"
Revid10,878 +
Theories"This paper develops an account of the mot"This paper develops an account of the motivations of Wikipedians by applying Friedman and Kahn’s the Value Sensitive Design (VSD) methodology to the study of Wikipedia." -> "The underlying idea behind VSD was first introduced by Nissenbaum and Friedman in Bias in Computer Systems."and Friedman in Bias in Computer Systems."
Theory typeAnalysis +
TitleMotivations of contributors to Wikipedia
Unit of analysisN/A +
Urlhttp://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=1215943 +
Volume36 +
Wikipedia coverageMain topic +
Wikipedia data extractionN/A +
Wikipedia languageNot specified +
Wikipedia page typeN/A +
Year2006 +