The evolution of genre in Wikipedia

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The evolution of genre in Wikipedia
Authors: Malcolm Clark, Ian Ruthven, Patrik O’Brian Holt [edit item]
Citation: JLCL 24 (1): 1-22. 2009.
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The evolution of genre in Wikipedia is a publication by Malcolm Clark, Ian Ruthven, Patrik O’Brian Holt.


[edit] Abstract

This paper presents an overview of the ways in which genres, or structural forms, develop in a community of practice, in this case, Wikipedia. Firstly, we collected data by performing a small search task in the Wikipedia search engine (powered by Lucene) to locate articles related to global car manufacturers, for example, British Leyland, Ferrari and General Motors. We also searched for typical biographical articles about notable people, such as Spike Milligan, Alex Ferguson, Nelson Mandela and Karl Marx. An examination of the data thus obtained revealed that these articles have particular forms and that some genres connect to each other and evolve, merge and overlap. We then looked at the ways in which the purpose and form of a biographical article have evolved over six years within this community. We concluded the work with a discussion on the usefulness of Wikipedia as a vehicle for such genre investigations. This small analysis has allowed us to start generating a number of detailed research questions as to how forms may act as descriptors of genre and to discuss plans for experimental work aimed at answering these questions.

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The given value was not understood."Our questions for this initial feasibility study were: 1. Is Wikipedia, as a CoP, a suitable vehicle for demonstrating the evolution/development of genre? 2. Are Wikipedia articles consistently composed of a combination of purpose and form? 3. What are the constituent parts of the CoP in the Wikipedia domain? 4. How does a classic genre, such as Biography, evolve in this community? Are there any possible new genres?"

Research details

Topics: Readability and style, Textual information retrieval [edit item]
Domains: Information science [edit item]
Theory type: Analysis [edit item]
Wikipedia coverage: Case [edit item]
Theories: [edit item]
Research design: Content analysis [edit item]
Data source: Wikipedia pages [edit item]
Collected data time dimension: Longitudinal [edit item]
Unit of analysis: Category [edit item]
Wikipedia data extraction: Live Wikipedia [edit item]
Wikipedia page type: Article [edit item]
Wikipedia language: English [edit item]

[edit] Conclusion

"This paper constitutes the first steps in research on the Wikipedia domain, in particular, how the structures evolve in this “organic” and “biological” type of community. Wikipedia seems to be a suitably large and hierarchically structured CoP to demonstrate how genres evolve over a scale of time which will allow us to look closely at the evolution of a biography even though not all articles featured in Wikipedia are as formed as others. The viewed articles also contain a good fusion of form and purpose although some of the less formed articles contain a very small amount of form."

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AbstractThis paper presents an overview of the wayThis paper presents an overview of the ways in which genres, or structural

forms, develop in a community of practice, in this case, Wikipedia. Firstly, we collected data by performing a small search task in the Wikipedia search engine (powered by Lucene) to locate articles related to global car manufacturers, for example, British Leyland, Ferrari and General Motors. We also searched for typical biographical articles about notable people, such as Spike Milligan, Alex Ferguson, Nelson Mandela and Karl Marx. An examination of the data thus obtained revealed that these articles have particular forms and that some genres connect to each other and evolve, merge and overlap. We then looked at the ways in which the purpose and form of a biographical article have evolved over six years within this community. We concluded the work with a discussion on the usefulness of Wikipedia as a vehicle for such genre investigations. This small analysis has allowed us to start generating a number of detailed research questions as to how forms may act as descriptors of genre and to discuss plans for

experimental work aimed at answering these questions.
l work aimed at answering these questions.
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Collected data time dimensionLongitudinal +
ConclusionThis paper constitutes the first steps in This paper constitutes the first steps in research on the Wikipedia domain, in particular, how the structures evolve in this “organic” and “biological” type of community. Wikipedia seems to be a suitably large and hierarchically structured CoP to demonstrate how genres evolve over a scale of time which will allow us to look closely at the evolution of a biography even though not all articles featured in Wikipedia are as formed as others. The viewed articles also contain a good fusion of form and purpose although some of the less formed articles contain a very small amount of form.icles contain a very small amount of form.
Data sourceWikipedia pages +
Google scholar urlhttp://scholar.google.com/scholar?ie=UTF-8&q=%22The%2Bevolution%2Bof%2Bgenre%2Bin%2BWikipedia%22 +
Has authorMalcolm Clark +, Ian Ruthven + and Patrik O’Brian Holt +
Has domainInformation science +
Has topicReadability and style + and Textual information retrieval +
Issue1 +
Pages1-22 +
Peer reviewedYes +
Publication typeJournal article +
Published inJLCL +
Research designContent analysis +
Research questions
Revid10,974 +
Theory typeAnalysis +
TitleThe evolution of genre in Wikipedia
Unit of analysisCategory +
Urlhttp://www.jlcl.org/2009_Heft1/01Malcolm_Clark_and_Ian_Ruthven_and_Patrik_OBrian_Holt.pdf +
Volume24 +
Wikipedia coverageCase +
Wikipedia data extractionLive Wikipedia +
Wikipedia languageEnglish +
Wikipedia page typeArticle +
Year2009 +