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What motivates wikipedians?
Abstract In order to increase and enhance user-geneIn order to increase and enhance user-generated content contributions, it is important to understand the factors that lead people to freely share their time and knowledge with others. Wikipedia, the Web-based user-created encyclopedia, is a prominent example of a collaborative, user-generated content outlet based on the open source model, and a promising model for knowledge sharing. Given the changes in the restriction practices associated with information creation and use, and the growth of user-generated content, organizations and media outlets such as {YouTube}, Slashdot, or the {BBC}, who wish to draw on such content, must know what motivates contributors and which motivations are associated with increased contribution.re associated with increased contribution.
Added by wikilit team Added on initial load  +
Collected data time dimension Cross-sectional  +
Comments the top motivations were found to be Fun and Ideology, whereas Social, Career, and Protective were not found to be strong motivations for contribution
Conclusion The average level of contribution was 8.27The average level of contribution was 8.27 hours per week—a total that varied across Wikipedians' demographics and motivation levels. Overall, the top motivations were found to be Fun and Ideology, whereas Social, Career, and Protective were not found to be strong motivations for contribution (see Table 2). As expected, it was found that the levels of each of the six motivations positively correlated with contribution level (see Table 2). However, somewhat unexpectedly, the contribution level was not correlated significantly with the Ideology and Social motivations. with the Ideology and Social motivations.
Data source Survey responses  +
Doi 10.1145/1297797.1297798 +
Google scholar url http://scholar.google.com/scholar?ie=UTF-8&q=%22What%2Bmotivates%2Bwikipedians%3F%22  +
Has author Oded Nov +
Has domain Information systems +
Has topic Contributor motivation + , Societal antecedents of participation +
Issue 11  +
Month November  +
Pages 60-4  +
Peer reviewed Yes  +
Publication type Journal article  +
Published in Communications of the ACM +
Research design Statistical analysis  +
Research questions What motivates Wikipedians?
Revid 11,049  +
Theories Undetermined
Theory type Explanation  +
Title What motivates wikipedians?
Unit of analysis User  +
Url http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=1297798  +
Volume 50  +
Wikipedia coverage Main topic  +
Wikipedia data extraction N/A  +
Wikipedia language English  +
Wikipedia page type N/A  +
Year 2007  +
Creation dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 15 March 2012 20:32:57  +
Categories Contributor motivation  + , Societal antecedents of participation  + , Information systems  + , Publications  +
Modification dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 30 January 2014 20:32:27  +
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