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Value production in a collaborative environment
Abstract We review some recent endeavors and add soWe review some recent endeavors and add some new results to characterize and understand underlying mechanisms in Wikipedia (WP), the paradigmatic example of collaborative value produc- tion. We analyzed the statistics of editorial activity in different languages and observe typical circadian and weekly patterns, which enabled us to estimate the geographical origins of contributions to WPs in languages spoken in several time zones. Using a recently introduced measure we showed that the editorial activity have intrinsic dependencies in the burstiness of events. A comparison of the English and Simple English WPs revealed important aspects of language complexity and showed how peer cooperation solved the task of enhancing readability. One of our focus issues was characterizing the conflicts or edit wars in WPs, which helped us to automatically filter out controversial pages. When studying the temporal evolution of the controversiality of such pages we identified typical patterns and classified conflicts accordingly. Our quantitative analysis provides the basis of modeling conflicts and their resolution in collaborative environments and contribute to the understanding of this issue, which becomes increasingly important with the development of information communication technology.t of information communication technology.
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Conclusion of the crowd” seems to cope better with soof the crowd” seems to cope better with some tasks than pre-designed directives as the case of Simple WP demonstrates. Our main focus was to characterize and understand how conflicts emerge and get eventually resolved. While most of the WP articles are edited in a peaceful, constructive atmosphere, some of the most popular articles are rather controversial. In order to be able to study the conflict pages systematically, we developed a simple measure to identify them automatically. We have found interesting differences between peaceful and conflict pages in their dynamics as the edit activity of the latter is a long range correlated process in contrast to that of average (peaceful) pages. The language of the talk pages of conflict articles gets more reduced in complexity than that of regular articles and the leader-follower behavior is more intensive. The temporal evolution of the measure M enabled to distinguish between different types of conflicts (single conflict with resolution, multiple conflicts, permanent war). Finally, we showed that simple multi-agent modeling based on opinion dynamics can reproduce some of our findings.ynamics can reproduce some of our findings.
Data source Scholarly articles  +
Dates 25 +
Google scholar url  +
Has author Taha Yasseri + , János Kertész +
Has domain Computer science +
Has topic Literature review + , Other collaboration topics + , Participation trends +
Month August  +
Peer reviewed No  +
Publication type Working paper  +
Published in ArXiv +
Research design Literature review  +
Research questions Many questions arise when studying WP fromMany questions arise when studying WP from our point of view. What are the characteristic features of editorial activities? How are they related to other examples of human dynamics, which have been intensively studied in CSS [8, 48]? What is the mechanism behind the emergence of an article? How can the complexity of the product of the cooperation, namely that of the articles be characterized? How do conflicts emerge and get resolved? In the following we will present analysis of WP data in order to contribute to the clarification of these questions.te to the clarification of these questions.
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Theory type Analysis  +
Title Value production in a collaborative environment
Unit of analysis Scholarly article  +
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Wikipedia coverage Main topic  +
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Wikipedia language All languages  +
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Year 2012  +
Creation dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 15 October 2012 20:23:29  +
Categories Literature review  + , Other collaboration topics  + , Participation trends  + , Computer science  + , Publications with missing comments  + , Publications  + , Publications in arXiv  +
Modification dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 30 January 2014 20:32:14  +
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