On the inequality of contributions to Wikipedia

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On the inequality of contributions to Wikipedia
Authors: Felipe Ortega, Jesus M. Gonzalez-Barahona, Gregorio Robles [edit item]
Citation: HICSS '08 Proceedings of the Proceedings of the 41st Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences  : . 2008 January 7-10. Big Island, HI, United states. Inst. of Elec. and Elec. Eng. Computer Society.
Publication type: Conference paper
Peer-reviewed: Yes
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DOI: 10.1109/HICSS.2008.333.
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On the inequality of contributions to Wikipedia is a publication by Felipe Ortega, Jesus M. Gonzalez-Barahona, Gregorio Robles.


[edit] Abstract

Wikipedia is one of the most successful examples of massive collaborative content development. However, many of the mechanisms and procedures that it uses are still unknown in detail. For instance, how equal (or unequal) are the contributions to it has been discussed in the last years, with no conclusive results. In this paper, we study exactly that aspect by using Lorenz curves and Gini coefficients, very well known instruments to economists. We analyze the trends in the inequality of distributions for the ten biggest language editions of Wikipedia, and their evolution over time. As a result, we have found large differences in the number of contributions by different authors (something also observed in free, open source software development), and a trend to stable patterns of inequality in the long run.

[edit] Research questions

"how equal (or unequal) are the contributions to Wikipedia has been discussed in the last years, with no conclusive results. In this paper, we study exactly that aspect by using Lorenz curves and Gini coefficients, very well known instruments to economists. We analyze the trends in the inequality of distributions for the ten biggest language editions of Wikipedia, and their evolution over time."

Research details

Topics: Participation trends [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: Language, User [edit item]
Wikipedia data extraction: Dump [edit item]
Wikipedia page type: Article, History [edit item]
Wikipedia language: Multiple [edit item]

[edit] Conclusion

"we have found large differences in the number of contributions by different authors (something also observed in free, open source software development), and a trend to stable patterns of inequality in the long run."

[edit] Comments

""we have found large differences in the number of contributions by different authors (something also observed in free, open source software development), and a trend to stable patterns of inequality in the long run." p. 1"


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AbstractWikipedia is one of the most successful exWikipedia is one of the most successful examples of massive collaborative content development. However, many of the mechanisms and procedures that it uses are still unknown in detail. For instance, how equal (or unequal) are the contributions to it has been discussed in the last years, with no conclusive results. In this paper, we study exactly that aspect by using Lorenz curves and Gini coefficients, very well known instruments to economists. We analyze the trends in the inequality of distributions for the ten biggest language editions of Wikipedia, and their evolution over time. As a result, we have found large differences in the number of contributions by different authors (something also observed in free, open source software development), and a trend to stable patterns of inequality in the long run.le patterns of inequality in the long run.
Added by wikilit teamAdded on initial load +
Collected data time dimensionLongitudinal +
Comments"we have found large differences in the number of contributions by different authors (something also observed in free, open source software development), and a trend to stable patterns of inequality in the long run." p. 1
Conclusionwe have found large differences in the number of contributions by different authors (something also observed in free, open source software development), and a trend to stable patterns of inequality in the long run.
Conference locationBig Island, HI, United states +
Data sourceWikipedia pages +
Dates7-10 +
Doi10.1109/HICSS.2008.333 +
Google scholar urlhttp://scholar.google.com/scholar?ie=UTF-8&q=%22On%2Bthe%2Binequality%2Bof%2Bcontributions%2Bto%2BWikipedia%22 +
Has authorFelipe Ortega +, Jesus M. Gonzalez-Barahona + and Gregorio Robles +
Has domainInformation science +
Has topicParticipation trends +
MonthJanuary +
Peer reviewedYes +
Publication typeConference paper +
Published inHICSS '08 Proceedings of the Proceedings of the 41st Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences +
PublisherInst. of Elec. and Elec. Eng. Computer Society +
Research designStatistical analysis +
Research questionshow equal (or unequal) are the contributiohow equal (or unequal) are the contributions to Wikipedia has been discussed in the last years, with no conclusive results. In this paper, we study exactly that aspect by using Lorenz curves and Gini coefficients, very well known instruments to economists. We analyze the trends in the inequality of distributions for the ten biggest language editions of Wikipedia, and their evolution over time. Wikipedia, and their evolution over time.
Revid10,889 +
TheoriesUndetermined
Theory typeAnalysis +
TitleOn the inequality of contributions to Wikipedia
Unit of analysisLanguage + and User +
Urlhttp://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpls/abs_all.jsp?arnumber=4439009&tag=1 +
Wikipedia coverageMain topic +
Wikipedia data extractionDump +
Wikipedia languageMultiple +
Wikipedia page typeArticle + and History +
Year2008 +