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The evolution of genre in Wikipedia
Abstract This paper presents an overview of the wayThis paper presents an overview of the ways in which genres, or structural forms, develop in a community of practice, in this case, Wikipedia. Firstly, we collected data by performing a small search task in the Wikipedia search engine (powered by Lucene) to locate articles related to global car manufacturers, for example, British Leyland, Ferrari and General Motors. We also searched for typical biographical articles about notable people, such as Spike Milligan, Alex Ferguson, Nelson Mandela and Karl Marx. An examination of the data thus obtained revealed that these articles have particular forms and that some genres connect to each other and evolve, merge and overlap. We then looked at the ways in which the purpose and form of a biographical article have evolved over six years within this community. We concluded the work with a discussion on the usefulness of Wikipedia as a vehicle for such genre investigations. This small analysis has allowed us to start generating a number of detailed research questions as to how forms may act as descriptors of genre and to discuss plans for experimental work aimed at answering these questions.l work aimed at answering these questions.
Added by wikilit team Added on initial load  +
Collected data time dimension Longitudinal  +
Conclusion This paper constitutes the first steps in This paper constitutes the first steps in research on the Wikipedia domain, in particular, how the structures evolve in this “organic” and “biological” type of community. Wikipedia seems to be a suitably large and hierarchically structured CoP to demonstrate how genres evolve over a scale of time which will allow us to look closely at the evolution of a biography even though not all articles featured in Wikipedia are as formed as others. The viewed articles also contain a good fusion of form and purpose although some of the less formed articles contain a very small amount of form.icles contain a very small amount of form.
Data source Wikipedia pages  +
Google scholar url  +
Has author Malcolm Clark + , Ian Ruthven + , Patrik O’Brian Holt +
Has domain Information science +
Has topic Readability and style + , Textual information retrieval +
Issue 1  +
Pages 1-22  +
Peer reviewed Yes  +
Publication type Journal article  +
Published in JLCL +
Research design Content analysis  +
Revid 10,974  +
Theory type Analysis  +
Title The evolution of genre in Wikipedia
Unit of analysis Category  +
Url  +
Volume 24  +
Wikipedia coverage Case  +
Wikipedia data extraction Live Wikipedia  +
Wikipedia language English  +
Wikipedia page type Article  +
Year 2009  +
Creation dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 16 August 2012 19:17:38  +
Has improper value forThis property is a special property in this wiki. Research questions  +
Categories Readability and style  + , Textual information retrieval  + , Information science  + , Publications with missing theories  + , Publications with missing comments  + , Publications  +
Modification dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 30 January 2014 20:31:41  +
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