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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[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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Abstract | Wikipedia is one of the most successful ex … 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.le patterns of inequality in the long run. |
Added by wikilit team | Added on initial load + |
Collected data time dimension | Longitudinal + |
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 |
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. |
Conference location | Big Island, HI, United states + |
Data source | Wikipedia pages + |
Dates | 7-10 + |
Doi | 10.1109/HICSS.2008.333 + |
Google scholar url | http://scholar.google.com/scholar?ie=UTF-8&q=%22On%2Bthe%2Binequality%2Bof%2Bcontributions%2Bto%2BWikipedia%22 + |
Has author | Felipe Ortega +, Jesus M. Gonzalez-Barahona + and Gregorio Robles + |
Has domain | Information science + |
Has topic | Participation trends + |
Month | January + |
Peer reviewed | Yes + |
Publication type | Conference paper + |
Published in | HICSS '08 Proceedings of the Proceedings of the 41st Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences + |
Publisher | Inst. of Elec. and Elec. Eng. Computer Society + |
Research design | Statistical analysis + |
Research questions | how equal (or unequal) are the contributio … 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. Wikipedia, and their evolution over time. |
Revid | 10,889 + |
Theories | Undetermined |
Theory type | Analysis + |
Title | On the inequality of contributions to Wikipedia |
Unit of analysis | Language + and User + |
Url | http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpls/abs_all.jsp?arnumber=4439009&tag=1 + |
Wikipedia coverage | Main topic + |
Wikipedia data extraction | Dump + |
Wikipedia language | Multiple + |
Wikipedia page type | Article + and History + |
Year | 2008 + |