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Self-governance through group discussion in Wikipedia: measuring deliberation in online groups
Abstract Virtual teams and other online groups can Virtual teams and other online groups can find it challenging to establish norms that allow them to effectively balance task and relational aspects of their discussions. Yet, in our reliance on organizational and team theories, small group scholars have overlooked the potential for learning from examples offered by online communities.Theories of deliberation in small groups offer scholars a way to assess such discussion-centered self-governance in online groups.The study operationalizes the conceptual definition of deliberative discussion offered by Gastil and Black (2008) to examine the small group discussions that undergird policy-making processes in a well-established online community, Wikipedia. Content analysis shows that these discussions demonstrated a relatively high level of problem analysis and providing of information, but results were mixed in the group’s demonstration of respect, consideration, and mutual comprehension. Network visualizations reveal structural patterns that can be useful in examining equality, influence, and group member roles. The combination of measures has implications for future research in deliberative discussion and virtual teamwork.iberative discussion and virtual teamwork.
Added by wikilit team Added on initial load  +
Collected data time dimension Longitudinal  +
Conclusion "This research advances group research and"This research advances group research and deliberative theory by investigating how deliberative discussion happens in a wiki environment. ... Wikipedians’ use of the wiki technology to collaboratively create and edit policies to govern their own community could serve as a model for other online communities and virtual teams. This article provides a baseline description of the deliberativeness of one policy discussion. ... Our use of network analysis in this study demonstrates how visualizations can be used for discovery of patterns and relationships in data that would otherwise be obscured" (p. 625).hat would otherwise be obscured" (p. 625).
Data source Wikipedia pages  +
Google scholar url  +
Has author Laura W. Black + , Howard T. Welser + , Daniel Regis Cosley + , Jocelyn M. DeGroot +
Has domain Sociology +
Has topic Deliberative collaboration + , Policies and governance +
Month May  +
Peer reviewed Yes  +
Publication type Journal article  +
Published in Small Group Research +
Research design Statistical analysis  +
Research questions Research Question 1: To what extent are thResearch Question 1: To what extent are the analytic and social aspects of deliberation evident in the policy-making discussions? Research Question 2: How are the deliberative tendencies of contributors related to the structure of reply relationships in the group conversation?y relationships in the group conversation?
Revid 10,940  +
Theories Deliberative discussion; online discussion and virtual teams; small group research and online communities; deliberative discussion in Wikipedia
Theory type Analysis  +
Title Self-governance through group discussion in Wikipedia: measuring deliberation in online groups
Unit of analysis Edit  + , User  +
Url  +
Wikipedia coverage Main topic  +
Wikipedia data extraction Live Wikipedia  +
Wikipedia language English  +
Wikipedia page type Policy  + , Policy:talk  +
Year 2011  +
Creation dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 15 March 2012 20:30:09  +
Categories Deliberative collaboration  + , Policies and governance  + , Sociology  + , Publications with missing comments  + , Publications  +
Modification dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 30 January 2014 20:31:19  +
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