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Wisdom of the crowds: decentralized knowledge construction in Wikipedia
Abstract Recently, Nature published an article compRecently, Nature published an article comparing the quality of Wikipedia articles to those of Encyclopedia Britannica (Giles 2005). The article, which gained much public attention, provides evidence for Wikipedia quality, but does not provide an explanation of the underlying source of that quality. Wikipedia, and wikis in general, aggregate information from a large and heterogeneous author-base, where authors are free to modify any article. Building upon Surowiecki (2005)'s Wisdom of Crowds, we develop a model of the factors that determine wiki content quality. In an empirical study of Wikipedia, we find strong support for our model. Our results indicate that increasing size and diversity of the author-base improves content quality. We conclude by highlighting implications for system design and suggesting avenues for future research.nd suggesting avenues for future research.
Added by wikilit team No  +
Conference location Milwaukee, Wisconsin +
Dates December 2006 +
Google scholar url  +
Has author Ofer Arazy + , Wayne Morgan + , Raymond Patterson +
Peer reviewed Yes  +
Publication type Conference paper  +
Published in Proceeding of the 16th Workshop on Information Technologies & Systems (WITS’06) +
Revid 11,496  +
Title Wisdom of the Crowds: Decentralized Knowledge Construction in Wikipedia
Year 2006  +
Creation dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 30 May 2012 05:20:01  +
Categories Publications with missing research questions  + , Publications with missing topics  + , Publications missing domains  + , Publications with missing theory type  + , Publications with missing Wikipedia coverage  + , Publications with missing theories  + , Publications with missing research design  + , Publications with missing data source  + , Publications with the missing collected data time dimension  + , Publications with missing unit of analysis  + , Publications with missing wikipedia data extraction  + , Publications with missing Wikipedia page type  + , Publications with missing Wikipedia language  + , Publications with missing conclusion  + , Publications with missing comments  + , Publications  +
Modification dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 17 January 2014 15:59:02  +
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