The collaborative organization of knowledge

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The collaborative organization of knowledge
Authors: Diomidis Spinellis, Panagiotis Louridas [edit item]
Citation: Communications of the ACM 51 (8): 68-73. 2008.
Publication type: Journal article
Peer-reviewed: Yes
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DOI: 10.1145/1378704.1378720.
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The collaborative organization of knowledge is a publication by Diomidis Spinellis, Panagiotis Louridas.


[edit] Abstract

The fully recorded evolutionary development of Wikipedia's structure has allowed to examine the way existing articles foster development of new entries and links. The growth of Wikipedia is attributable to a mixture of technologies and a process of open participation. The key technology behind Wikipedia is that of a Wiki-online lightweight Web-based collaboration. Wikipedia content appears online as static {HTML} pages, though each such page includes an edit button anyone can use to modify its content. Existing research on Wikipedia employs descriptive, analytic, and empirical methodologies. A series of measurements has been published that identifies power laws in terms of number of distinct authors per article, articles edited per author, and ingoing, outgoing, and broken links. Wikipedia's incremental-growth model suggests that the processes discovered may continue to shape Wikipedia in the future.

[edit] Research questions

"Why Wikipedia's remarkable growth is sustainable"

Research details

Topics: Size of Wikipedia [edit item]
Domains: Information science, Knowledge management [edit item]
Theory type: Explanation [edit item]
Wikipedia coverage: Main topic [edit item]
Theories: "Undetermined" [edit item]
Research design: Statistical analysis [edit item]
Data source: Wikipedia pages [edit item]
Collected data time dimension: Longitudinal [edit item]
Unit of analysis: Website [edit item]
Wikipedia data extraction: Dump [edit item]
Wikipedia page type: Article, History [edit item]
Wikipedia language: English [edit item]

[edit] Conclusion

"Our finding that the ratio of incomplete vs. complete articles remains constant yields a picture of sustainable coverage and growth. An increasing ratio would result in thinner coverage and diminishing utility and a decreasing ratio of incomplete vs. complete articles to eventual stagnation of Wikipedia growth.

The idea of growth triggered by undefined references is supported by our second finding—that most new articles are created shortly after a corresponding reference to them is entered into the system. We also found that new articles are typically written by different authors from the ones behind the references to them. Therefore, the scalability of the endeavor is limited not by the capacity of individual contributors but by the total size of the contributor pool."

[edit] Comments

"The idea of growth triggered by undefined references is supported by our second finding—that most new articles are created shortly after a corresponding reference to them is entered into the system."


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AbstractThe fully recorded evolutionary developmenThe fully recorded evolutionary development of Wikipedia's structure has allowed to examine the way existing articles foster development of new entries and links. The growth of Wikipedia is attributable to a mixture of technologies and a process of open participation. The key technology behind Wikipedia is that of a Wiki-online lightweight Web-based collaboration. Wikipedia content appears online as static {HTML} pages, though each such page includes an edit button anyone can use to modify its content. Existing research on Wikipedia employs descriptive, analytic, and empirical methodologies. A series of measurements has been published that identifies power laws in terms of number of distinct authors per article, articles edited per author, and ingoing, outgoing, and broken links. Wikipedia's incremental-growth model suggests that the processes discovered may continue to shape Wikipedia in the future.continue to shape Wikipedia in the future.
Added by wikilit teamYes +
Collected data time dimensionLongitudinal +
CommentsThe idea of growth triggered by undefined references is supported by our second finding—that most new articles are created shortly after a corresponding reference to them is entered into the system.
ConclusionOur finding that the ratio of incomplete vOur finding that the ratio of incomplete vs. complete articles remains constant yields a picture of sustainable coverage and growth. An increasing ratio would result in thinner coverage and diminishing utility and a decreasing ratio of incomplete vs. complete articles to eventual stagnation of Wikipedia growth. The idea of growth triggered by undefined references is supported by our second finding—that most new articles are created shortly after a corresponding reference to them is entered into the system. We also found that new articles are typically written by different authors from the ones behind the references to them. Therefore, the scalability of the endeavor is limited not by the capacity of individual contributors but by the total size of the contributor pool.by the total size of the contributor pool.
Data sourceWikipedia pages +
Doi10.1145/1378704.1378720 +
Google scholar urlhttp://scholar.google.com/scholar?ie=UTF-8&q=%22The%2Bcollaborative%2Borganization%2Bof%2Bknowledge%22 +
Has authorDiomidis Spinellis + and Panagiotis Louridas +
Has domainInformation science + and Knowledge management +
Has topicSize of Wikipedia +
Issue8 +
Pages68-73 +
Peer reviewedYes +
Publication typeJournal article +
Published inCommunications of the ACM +
Research designStatistical analysis +
Research questionsWhy Wikipedia's remarkable growth is sustainable
Revid10,968 +
TheoriesUndetermined
Theory typeExplanation +
TitleThe collaborative organization of knowledge
Unit of analysisWebsite +
Urlhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1145/1378704.1378720 +
Volume51 +
Wikipedia coverageMain topic +
Wikipedia data extractionDump +
Wikipedia languageEnglish +
Wikipedia page typeArticle + and History +
Year2008 +