The past, present, and future of Wikipedia

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The past, present, and future of Wikipedia
Authors: Shyong Tony K. Lam, John Riedl [edit item]
Citation: Computer  : 87-90. 2011 March.
Publication type: Journal article
Peer-reviewed: Yes
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DOI: 10.1109/MC.2011.94.
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The past, present, and future of Wikipedia is a publication by Shyong Tony K. Lam, John Riedl.


[edit] Abstract

An open question is how big Wiki pedia should become. How many ideas are worthy of an article? Per haps all of the notable subjects have already been covered, and the number of new contributors should be kept small. Wales has argued in recent years that the challenge to Wikipedia going forward is to shift the focus from volume to quality of content. Here we examine the size of Wiki pedia and how it has evolved over the years. A future column will explore the issue of quality.

[edit] Research questions

"Here we examine the size of Wikipedia and how it has evolved over the years."

Research details

Topics: Size of Wikipedia, Participation trends [edit item]
Domains: Information science [edit item]
Theory type: Analysis [edit item]
Wikipedia coverage: Main topic [edit item]
Theories: "Undetermined" [edit item]
Research design: Conceptual [edit item]
Data source: N/A [edit item]
Collected data time dimension: N/A [edit item]
Unit of analysis: Website [edit item]
Wikipedia data extraction: Live Wikipedia [edit item]
Wikipedia page type: Article [edit item]
Wikipedia language: All languages [edit item]

[edit] Conclusion

"What do these trends say about the future? First, media predictions of Wikipedia’s near-term demise are overblown. Although the number of new articles is decreasing each year, it is already the largest encyclopedia ever—and still growing. Perhaps more important, Wikipedia remains one of the top 10 most-visited sites on the Web. However, Wikipedia faces real challenges in recruiting new editors and in keeping existing contributors productive. From its inception, the number of active editors had grown rapidly until recently. Millions of new editors continue to sign up every year, but corresponding millions leave, never to edit again. The most likely explanation is increasing conflict: as Suh and his PARC colleagues suggest, the ecological niche for Wikipedia is filling up, and contributors are increasingly likely to find themselves in a fight when trying to improve an article. In principle, this increasing conflict might be fine. Properly channeled, it could lead to improved quality, which is more important than an overall increase in the amount of content, according to Jimmy Wales. There is a risk, though, of gridlock, with millions of editor-hours invested in negotiating changes that provide little actual improvement to the articles. We believe it is important for Wikipedia to explore new social computing tools that can aid the community in surviving these challenges by helping contributors work together happily and efficiently."

[edit] Comments

""Wikipedia faces real challenges in recruiting new editors and in keeping existing contributors productive." p.90"


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AbstractAn open question is how big Wiki pedia shoAn open question is how big Wiki pedia should become. How many ideas are worthy of an article? Per haps all of the notable subjects have already been covered, and the number of new contributors should be kept small. Wales has argued in recent years that the challenge to Wikipedia going forward is to shift the focus from volume to quality of content. Here we examine the size of Wiki pedia and how it has evolved over the years. A future column will explore the issue of quality. column will explore the issue of quality.
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Comments"Wikipedia faces real challenges in recruiting new editors and in keeping existing contributors productive." p.90
ConclusionWhat do these trends say about the future?What do these trends say about the future? First, media predictions of Wikipedia’s near-term demise are overblown. Although the number of new articles is decreasing each year, it is already the largest encyclopedia ever—and still growing. Perhaps more important, Wikipedia remains one of the top 10 most-visited sites on the Web.

However, Wikipedia faces real challenges in recruiting new editors and in keeping existing contributors productive. From its inception, the number of active editors had grown rapidly until recently. Millions of new editors continue to sign up every year, but corresponding millions leave, never to edit again. The most likely explanation is increasing conflict: as Suh and his PARC colleagues suggest, the ecological niche for Wikipedia is filling up, and contributors are increasingly likely to find themselves in a fight when trying to improve an article. In principle, this increasing conflict might be fine. Properly channeled, it could lead to improved quality, which is more important than an overall increase in the amount of content, according to Jimmy Wales. There is a risk, though, of gridlock, with millions of editor-hours invested in negotiating changes that provide little actual improvement to the articles.

We believe it is important for Wikipedia to explore new social computing tools that can aid the community in surviving these challenges by helping contributors work together happily and efficiently.
ors work together happily and efficiently.
Data sourceN/A +
Doi10.1109/MC.2011.94 +
Google scholar urlhttp://scholar.google.com/scholar?ie=UTF-8&q=%22The%2Bpast%2C%2Bpresent%2C%2Band%2Bfuture%2Bof%2BWikipedia%22 +
Has authorShyong Tony K. Lam + and John Riedl +
Has domainInformation science +
Has topicSize of Wikipedia + and Participation trends +
MonthMarch +
Pages87-90 +
Peer reviewedYes +
Publication typeJournal article +
Published inComputer +
Research designConceptual +
Research questionsHere we examine the size of Wikipedia and how it has evolved over the years.
Revid10,984 +
TheoriesUndetermined
Theory typeAnalysis +
TitleThe past, present, and future of Wikipedia
Unit of analysisWebsite +
Urlhttp://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpls/abs_all.jsp?arnumber=5731572&tag=1 +
Wikipedia coverageMain topic +
Wikipedia data extractionLive Wikipedia +
Wikipedia languageAll languages +
Wikipedia page typeArticle +
Year2011 +