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The reach and richness of Wikipedia: is Wikinomics only for rich countries?
Abstract This study examined the impact of technoloThis study examined the impact of technological and economic factors on the global diffusion of Wikinomics among developed and developing countries. Examining different language editions of Wikipedia, this study found significant correlation between a variety of socio-economic factors and involvement in Wikipedia.omic factors and involvement in Wikipedia.
Added by wikilit team Added on initial load  +
Collected data time dimension Cross-sectional  +
Comments In spite of some claims, Wikipedia is generally more suitable for participants from developed countries.
Conclusion First of all, we find a linear relationshiFirst of all, we find a linear relationship between reach and richness so we can confirm more contributors mean more interaction in terms of more articles. Therefore, more editing will attract more contributors. In regards to network effects, we also find a very strong relationship between longevity and reach, which seems natural because an older Wikipedia network will have more contributors because the network had demostrated durability over time. Besides the linear relationship with reach, the richness of Wikipedia is correlated with levels of human development. The higher the level of literacy, education, and standard of living in a given country, the more likely a given contributor from that country will contribute to Wikipedia. Vice versa, we might argue that an increase in the number of edits of articles has effects on the levels of literacy, education, and standard of living in a given country. A similar argument can be made for the impact of this factor on reach. Figure 1 illustrates that investing in technological infrastructure is not solely sufficient. Although there is a linear relationship between the Internet penetration and reach of Wikipedia, there is a stronger linear relationship between the level of human development and Internet penetration. All things considered, the level of human development is a strong contributing factor, more significant than technological factors alone. Economics factors, such as literacy, education, and the standard of living, are also important.he standard of living, are also important.
Data source Websites  +
Google scholar url http://scholar.google.com/scholar?ie=UTF-8&q=%22The%2Breach%2Band%2Brichness%2Bof%2BWikipedia%3A%2Bis%2BWikinomics%2Bonly%2Bfor%2Brich%2Bcountries%3F%22  +
Has author Morten Rask +
Has domain Sociology +
Has topic Size of Wikipedia + , Societal antecedents of participation +
Issue 6  +
Month June  +
Pages 10  +
Peer reviewed Yes  +
Publication type Journal article  +
Published in First Monday +
Research design Statistical analysis  +
Research questions This study examined the impact of technoloThis study examined the impact of technological and economic factors on the global diffusion of Wikinomics among developed and developing countries. Examining different language editions of Wikipedia, this study found significant correlation between a variety of socio–economic factors and involvement in Wikipedia. To investigate levels of participation in Wikipedia we have chosen to compare Wikipedia editions created in developed countries with those created in developing countries because participation from developing countries should uneven due to a variety of technological and economic macro–environmental factors (Kraemer, et al., 2006)ironmental factors (Kraemer, et al., 2006)
Revid 10,988  +
Theories participation from developing countries should uneven due to a variety of technological and economic macro–environmental factors (Kraemer, et al., 2006)
Theory type Analysis  + , Explanation  +
Title The reach and richness of Wikipedia: is Wikinomics only for rich countries?
Unit of analysis Language  +
Url http://firstmonday.org/htbin/cgiwrap/bin/ojs/index.php/fm/article/viewArticle/2046  +
Volume 13  +
Wikipedia coverage Main topic  +
Wikipedia data extraction Live Wikipedia  +
Wikipedia language Multiple  +
Wikipedia page type N/A  +
Year 2008  +
Creation dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 15 March 2012 20:31:22  +
Categories Size of Wikipedia  + , Societal antecedents of participation  + , Sociology  + , Publications  +
Modification dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 30 January 2014 20:31:53  +
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