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Measuring Wikipedia
Abstract Wikipedia, 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.
Added by wikilit team Added on initial load  +
Collected data time dimension Longitudinal  +
Conclusion After 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 source Wikipedia pages  +
Google scholar url  +
Has author Jakob Voss +
Has domain Information science +
Has topic Size of Wikipedia + , Research platform +
Peer reviewed Yes  +
Publication type Conference paper  +
Published in International Conference of the International Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics +
Research design Statistical analysis  +
Research questions This paper gives a first overview and outlook on Wikipedia research.
Revid 10,865  +
Theories Undetermined
Theory type Analysis  +
Title Measuring Wikipedia
Unit of analysis Article  + , Edit  + , Website  +
Url  +
Wikipedia coverage Main topic  +
Wikipedia data extraction Dump  +
Wikipedia language Croatian  + , Danish  + , German  + , Japanese  +
Wikipedia page type Article  +
Year 2005  +
Creation dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 15 March 2012 20:29:35  +
Categories Size of Wikipedia  + , Research platform  + , Information science  + , Publications with missing comments  + , Publications  +
Modification dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 30 January 2014 20:29:36  +
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