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Cultural configuration of Wikipedia: measuring autoreferentiality in different languages
Abstract Among the motivations to write in WikipediAmong the motivations to write in Wikipedia given by the current literature there is often coincidence, but none of the studies presents the hypothesis of contributing for the visibility of the own national or language related content. Similar to topical coverage studies, we outline a method which allows collecting the articles of this content, to later analyse them in several dimensions. To prove its universality, the tests are repeated for up to twenty language editions of Wikipedia. Finally, through the best indicators from each dimension we obtain an index which represents the degree of autoreferentiality of the encyclopedia. Last, we point out the impact of this fact and the risk of not considering its existence in the design of applications based on user generated content.ications based on user generated content.
Added by wikilit team Yes  +
Collected data time dimension Cross-sectional  +
Conclusion In this study, first we determined with a In this study, first we determined with a simple technique method the scope of the local content in WP language editions, which is in average a 24%. Choosing key words which are very tight to each language like the territories where they are spoken proved right to obtain local content, although a good choice of key words like the territory names and gentilics from the language edition was key to avoid losing content. Most of content comes from the main territory name. While this selection could have been influenced by the noisy category structure, studying after the category memberships as a feature of the content and discovering local content has more categories memberships reinforced the method. Our results according to our methodology for creating an index showed that autoreferentiality value can increase due to several dimensions.ue can increase due to several dimensions.
Conference location Hissar, Bulgaria +
Data source Wikipedia pages  +
Dates 2011 +
Google scholar url  +
Has author Marc Miquel-Ribé + , Horacio Rodríguez +
Has domain Computer science + , Sociology +
Has topic Contributor motivation + , Cultural and linguistic effects on participation +
Month September  +
Pages 316-322  +
Peer reviewed Unknown  +
Publication type Conference paper  +
Published in Recent Advances in Natural Language Processing +
Research design Content analysis  + , Mathematical modeling  +
Research questions Could it not be then that some editors getCould it not be then that some editors get involved due to some sort of cultural motivation related to their own national or linguistic sphere too? ... Autoreferentiality concept we propose stands out to describe the interest of a culture on itself, which in WP translates to the interest of editors for their own local content in a WP language edition. Our study makes two contributions: first, we show empirically how by an algorithm using the relations among categories and articles it is possible to retrieve a kind of content which is local to a language; second, how by the use of all kinds of WP features we can understand the importance of this content.understand the importance of this content.
Revid 10,724  +
Theories Undetermined
Theory type Analysis  +
Title Cultural Configuration of Wikipedia: Measuring Autoreferentiality in Different Languages
Unit of analysis Language  +
Url  +
Wikipedia coverage Main topic  +
Wikipedia data extraction Live Wikipedia  +
Wikipedia language Multiple  +
Wikipedia page type Article  + , Information categorization and navigation  +
Year 2011  +
Creation dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 17 October 2012 15:52:45  +
Categories Contributor motivation  + , Cultural and linguistic effects on participation  + , Computer science  + , Sociology  + , Publications with missing comments  + , Publications  +
Modification dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 30 January 2014 20:23:11  +
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