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Volunteers in Wikipedia: why the community matters
Abstract Wikipedia is a reliable encyclopedia with Wikipedia is a reliable encyclopedia with over seven million articles in several languages all contributed and maintained by volunteers. To learn more about what drives people to devote their time and expertise to building and maintaining this remarkable resource, surveys with Likert-scaled items measuring different types of motivations were completed by 115 Wikipedia administrators. The survey also included comments and openended questions that were used to check the validity of the Likert-scaled items and allow participants to express their reasons for being a Wikipedian. The Likert-scaled items showed that Wikipedia administrators are largely driven by motivations to learn and create. The comments and open-ended questions indicated that altruism — the desire to create a public repository for all knowledge — is one of the most important factors.ge — is one of the most important factors.
Added by wikilit team Added on initial load  +
Collected data time dimension Cross-sectional  +
Conclusion The Likert-scaled items showed that WikipeThe Likert-scaled items showed that Wikipedia administrators are largely driven by motivations to learn and create. The comments and open-ended questions indicated that altruism — the desire to create a public repository for all knowledge — is one of the most important factors.ge — is one of the most important factors.
Data source Survey responses  +
Google scholar url http://scholar.google.com/scholar?ie=UTF-8&q=%22Volunteers%2Bin%2BWikipedia%3A%2Bwhy%2Bthe%2Bcommunity%2Bmatters%22  +
Has author Hoda Baytiyeh + , Jay Pfaffman +
Has domain Information systems + , Psychology + , Sociology +
Has topic Contributor motivation + , Community building +
Issue 2  +
Pages 128-40  +
Peer reviewed Yes  +
Publication type Journal article  +
Published in Educational Technology & Society +
Research design Statistical analysis  +
Research questions To learn more about what drives people to devote their time and expertise to building and maintaining this remarkable resource, surveys with Likert-scaled items measuring different types of motivations were completed by 115 Wikipedia administrators.
Revid 11,036  +
Theories Theories of Motivation: Social researchersTheories of Motivation: Social researchers have explored theories of motivations and distinguished between the intrinsic and extrinsic motivation. In Self-Determination Theory individuals’ competence and self-determination are strongly connected to emotions and enjoyment (Ryan & Deci, 2000). Dewey (1915) argued that humans possess an innate desire to learn. Csikszentmihalyi (1975) who was one of the first psychologists to study the enjoyment-based motivation suggested a state of “flow” where enjoyment is maximized. Another aspect of motivation is the sense of creativity in task achievement (Amabile, 1996). The third level Maslow’s (1987) hierarchy of needs is belongingness or love, typically provided by colleagues , family, or friends. Wikipedia community may provide its members with some of these needs for feeling connected.some of these needs for feeling connected.
Theory type Explanation  +
Title Volunteers in Wikipedia: why the community matters
Unit of analysis User  +
Url http://vnweb.hwwilsonweb.com/hww/results/getResults.jhtml%20%20%28that%20URL%20didn%27t%20work%20for%20me%20but%20here%20is%20a%20working%20link:%20http://www.ifets.info/journals/13_2/ets_13_2.pdf#page=133%20---%20Arto%29  +
Volume 13  +
Wikipedia coverage Main topic  +
Wikipedia data extraction N/A  +
Wikipedia language English  +
Wikipedia page type N/A  +
Year 2010  +
Creation dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 15 March 2012 20:32:40  +
Categories Contributor motivation  + , Community building  + , Information systems  + , Psychology  + , Sociology  + , Publications with missing comments  + , Publications  +
Modification dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 30 January 2014 20:32:18  +
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