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The past, present, and future of Wikipedia
Abstract An open question is how big Wiki pedia shoAn open question is how big Wiki pedia should become. How many ideas are worthy of an article? Per haps all of the notable subjects have already been covered, and the number of new contributors should be kept small. Wales has argued in recent years that the challenge to Wikipedia going forward is to shift the focus from volume to quality of content. Here we examine the size of Wiki pedia and how it has evolved over the years. A future column will explore the issue of quality. column will explore the issue of quality.
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Comments "Wikipedia faces real challenges in recruiting new editors and in keeping existing contributors productive." p.90
Conclusion What do these trends say about the future?What do these trends say about the future? First, media predictions of Wikipedia’s near-term demise are overblown. Although the number of new articles is decreasing each year, it is already the largest encyclopedia ever—and still growing. Perhaps more important, Wikipedia remains one of the top 10 most-visited sites on the Web. However, Wikipedia faces real challenges in recruiting new editors and in keeping existing contributors productive. From its inception, the number of active editors had grown rapidly until recently. Millions of new editors continue to sign up every year, but corresponding millions leave, never to edit again. The most likely explanation is increasing conflict: as Suh and his PARC colleagues suggest, the ecological niche for Wikipedia is filling up, and contributors are increasingly likely to find themselves in a fight when trying to improve an article. In principle, this increasing conflict might be fine. Properly channeled, it could lead to improved quality, which is more important than an overall increase in the amount of content, according to Jimmy Wales. There is a risk, though, of gridlock, with millions of editor-hours invested in negotiating changes that provide little actual improvement to the articles. We believe it is important for Wikipedia to explore new social computing tools that can aid the community in surviving these challenges by helping contributors work together happily and efficiently.ors work together happily and efficiently.
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Doi 10.1109/MC.2011.94 +
Google scholar url http://scholar.google.com/scholar?ie=UTF-8&q=%22The%2Bpast%2C%2Bpresent%2C%2Band%2Bfuture%2Bof%2BWikipedia%22  +
Has author Shyong Tony K. Lam + , John Riedl +
Has domain Information science +
Has topic Size of Wikipedia + , Participation trends +
Month March  +
Pages 87-90  +
Peer reviewed Yes  +
Publication type Journal article  +
Published in Computer +
Research design Conceptual  +
Research questions Here we examine the size of Wikipedia and how it has evolved over the years.
Revid 10,984  +
Theories Undetermined
Theory type Analysis  +
Title The past, present, and future of Wikipedia
Unit of analysis Website  +
Url http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpls/abs_all.jsp?arnumber=5731572&tag=1  +
Wikipedia coverage Main topic  +
Wikipedia data extraction Live Wikipedia  +
Wikipedia language All languages  +
Wikipedia page type Article  +
Year 2011  +
Creation dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 15 March 2012 20:30:43  +
Categories Size of Wikipedia  + , Participation trends  + , Information science  + , Publications  +
Modification dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 30 January 2014 20:31:50  +
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