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Researching Wikipedia - current approaches and new directions
Abstract Wikipedia (<http://www.wikipedia.org &gWikipedia (<http://www.wikipedia.org >), an international, multi-lingual and collaboratively produced free online encyclopedia, has experienced massive growth since its inception in 2001. The site has become the world's single largest encyclopedia as well as one of the world's most diverse online communities. Because of these factors, the site provides a unique view into the processes of collaborative work and the factors that go into producing encyclopedic content. To date, there has been no unified review of the current research that is taking place on and about Wikipedia, and indeed there have been few formal studies of the site, despite its growing importance. This project is a review of social science and information science studies of the site, focusing on research methods and categorizing the areas of the site that have been studied so far. Studies of Wikipedia have focused primarily on the social dynamics of contributors (such as how disputes are resolved and why contributors participate), and the content of Wikipedia (such as whether it is an accurate source), but due to the unique collaborative processes on Wikipedia these two areas are deeply intertwined.ia these two areas are deeply intertwined.
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Collected data time dimension N/A  +
Comments First general literature review on Wikipedia research.
Conclusion Research questions that have been addresseResearch questions that have been addressed focus on two distinct areas, the content of the site and the Wikipedia community. However, due to Wikipedia's collaborative work processes, these areas are deeply entwined and affect each other in ways that may be unique to the site. This paper reviews and analyzes 18 recent studies focusing on Wikipedia in terms of their methods, the data source that they used, and their findings.source that they used, and their findings.
Conference location Austin, Texas, USA +
Data source Scholarly articles  +
Dates 3-9 +
Doi 10.1002/meet.14504301252 +
Google scholar url http://scholar.google.com/scholar?ie=UTF-8&q=%22Researching%2Bwikipedia%2B-%2Bcurrent%2Bapproaches%2Band%2Bnew%2Bdirections%22  +
Has author Phoebe Ayers +
Has domain Information science + , Library science +
Has topic Literature review +
Issue 1  +
Month November  +
Pages 1-14  +
Peer reviewed Yes  +
Publication type Conference paper  +
Published in Proceedings of the American Society for Information Science and Technology +
Publisher American Society for Information Science and Technology +
Research design Literature review  +
Research questions This paper is a review of social science and information science research studies done on and about Wikipedia. ...This paper also outlines research questions that have been raised to date and suggests future directions.
Revid 11,494  +
Theories N/A
Theory type Analysis  +
Title Researching wikipedia - current approaches and new directions
Unit of analysis Scholarly article  +
Url http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/meet.14504301252/abstract  +
Volume 43  +
Wikipedia coverage Main topic  +
Wikipedia data extraction N/A  +
Wikipedia language All languages  +
Wikipedia page type N/A  +
Year 2006  +
Creation dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 5 September 2012 21:49:05  +
Categories Literature review  + , Information science  + , Library science  + , Publications with references  + , Publications  +
Modification dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 10 July 2014 11:17:28  +
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