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Seeing similarity in the face of difference: enabling comparison of online production systems
Abstract The purpose of this paper is to present anThe purpose of this paper is to present an approach to model, analyze and visualize online production systems, such as Wikipedia, open source software development processes, and Flickr. While the final result of the production in these systems depends on the type of product (e.g., content, software, and tags), there are similarities in their modes of actions. The approach taken is to interpret online production systems as social information spaces, and to describe them with a generic vocabulary that is implemented in software. One scenario for open content production is presented using data from the online encyclopedia Wikipedia. The generic vocabulary is extended by wiki-specific vocabulary; the value of the approach is illustrated with two selected network presentations. The main insight is that key processes in online production systems can be reduced to two basic items and three fundamental relations. Various kinds of online production systems can be mapped onto this vocabulary and the same software solution can be applied for analyzing them. The approach presented here has two practical implications: first, available data from online production systems can be obtained and evaluated more easily. Second, results are comparable because the generic vocabulary serves as a shared understanding of online production systems.nderstanding of online production systems.
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Collected data time dimension Cross-sectional  +
Conclusion The main insight is that key processes in The main insight is that key processes in online production systems can be reduced to two basic items and three fundamental relations. Various kinds of online production systems can be mapped onto this vocabulary and the same software solution can be applied for analyzing them. The approach presented here has two practical implications: first, available data from online production systems can be obtained and evaluated more easily. Second, results are comparable because the generic vocabulary serves as a shared understanding of online production systems.nderstanding of online production systems.
Data source Wikipedia pages  +
Google scholar url http://scholar.google.com/scholar?ie=UTF-8&q=%22Seeing%2Bsimilarity%2Bin%2Bthe%2Bface%2Bof%2Bdifference%3A%2Benabling%2Bcomparison%2Bof%2Bonline%2Bproduction%2Bsystems%22  +
Has author Claudia Müller-Birn + , Benedikt Meuthrath + , Andreas Erber + , Sebastian Burkhart + , Anne Baumgrass + , JanetteLehmann + , Robert Schmidl +
Has domain Computer science +
Has topic Wikipedia as a system + , Other collaboration topics +
Peer reviewed Yes  +
Publication type Journal article  +
Published in Social Network Analysis and Mining +
Research design Statistical analysis  +
Research questions The purpose of this paper is to present anThe purpose of this paper is to present an approach to model, analyze and visualize online production systems, such as Wikipedia, open source software development processes, and Flickr. While the final result of the production in these systems depends on the type of product (e.g., content, software, and tags), there are similarities in their modes of actions. The approach taken is to interpret online production systems as social information spaces, and to describe them with a generic vocabulary that is implemented in software.ocabulary that is implemented in software.
Revid 10,937  +
Theories Undetermined
Theory type Design and action  +
Title Seeing similarity in the face of difference: enabling comparison of online production systems
Unit of analysis Website  +
Url http://www.springerlink.com/content/u664v208279w7447/  +
Wikipedia coverage Case  +
Wikipedia data extraction Dump  +
Wikipedia language English  +
Wikipedia page type Article  + , Information categorization and navigation  +
Year 2010  +
Creation dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 15 March 2012 20:30:08  +
Categories Wikipedia as a system  + , Other collaboration topics  + , Computer science  + , Publications with missing comments  + , Publications  +
Modification dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 30 January 2014 20:31:18  +
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