The reach and richness of Wikipedia: is Wikinomics only for rich countries?

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The reach and richness of Wikipedia: is Wikinomics only for rich countries?
Authors: Morten Rask [edit item]
Citation: First Monday 13 (6): 10. 2008 June.
Publication type: Journal article
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The reach and richness of Wikipedia: is Wikinomics only for rich countries? is a publication by Morten Rask.


[edit] Abstract

This study examined the impact of technological and economic factors on the global diffusion of Wikinomics among developed and developing countries. Examining different language editions of Wikipedia, this study found significant correlation between a variety of socio-economic factors and involvement in Wikipedia.

[edit] Research questions

"This study examined the impact of technological and economic factors on the global diffusion of Wikinomics among developed and developing countries. Examining different language editions of Wikipedia, this study found significant correlation between a variety of socio–economic factors and involvement in Wikipedia. To investigate levels of participation in Wikipedia we have chosen to compare Wikipedia editions created in developed countries with those created in developing countries because participation from developing countries should uneven due to a variety of technological and economic macro–environmental factors (Kraemer, et al., 2006)"

Research details

Topics: Size of Wikipedia, Societal antecedents of participation [edit item]
Domains: Sociology [edit item]
Theory type: Analysis, Explanation [edit item]
Wikipedia coverage: Main topic [edit item]
Theories: "participation from developing countries should uneven due to a variety of technological and economic macro–environmental factors (Kraemer, et al., 2006)" [edit item]
Research design: Statistical analysis [edit item]
Data source: Websites [edit item]
Collected data time dimension: Cross-sectional [edit item]
Unit of analysis: Language [edit item]
Wikipedia data extraction: Live Wikipedia [edit item]
Wikipedia page type: N/A [edit item]
Wikipedia language: Multiple [edit item]

[edit] Conclusion

"First of all, we find a linear relationship between reach and richness so we can confirm more contributors mean more interaction in terms of more articles. Therefore, more editing will attract more contributors. In regards to network effects, we also find a very strong relationship between longevity and reach, which seems natural because an older Wikipedia network will have more contributors because the network had demostrated durability over time. Besides the linear relationship with reach, the richness of Wikipedia is correlated with levels of human development. The higher the level of literacy, education, and standard of living in a given country, the more likely a given contributor from that country will contribute to Wikipedia. Vice versa, we might argue that an increase in the number of edits of articles has effects on the levels of literacy, education, and standard of living in a given country. A similar argument can be made for the impact of this factor on reach.

Figure 1 illustrates that investing in technological infrastructure is not solely sufficient. Although there is a linear relationship between the Internet penetration and reach of Wikipedia, there is a stronger linear relationship between the level of human development and Internet penetration. All things considered, the level of human development is a strong contributing factor, more significant than technological factors alone. Economics factors, such as literacy, education, and the standard of living, are also important."

[edit] Comments

"In spite of some claims, Wikipedia is generally more suitable for participants from developed countries."


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AbstractThis study examined the impact of technoloThis study examined the impact of technological and economic factors on the global diffusion of Wikinomics among developed and developing countries. Examining different language editions of Wikipedia, this study found significant correlation between a variety of socio-economic factors and involvement in Wikipedia.omic factors and involvement in Wikipedia.
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Collected data time dimensionCross-sectional +
CommentsIn spite of some claims, Wikipedia is generally more suitable for participants from developed countries.
ConclusionFirst of all, we find a linear relationshiFirst of all, we find a linear relationship between reach and richness so we can confirm more contributors mean more interaction in terms of more articles. Therefore, more editing will attract more contributors. In regards to network effects, we also find a very strong relationship between longevity and reach, which seems natural because an older Wikipedia network will have more contributors because the network had demostrated durability over time. Besides the linear relationship with reach, the richness of Wikipedia is correlated with levels of human development. The higher the level of literacy, education, and standard of living in a given country, the more likely a given contributor from that country will contribute to Wikipedia. Vice versa, we might argue that an increase in the number of edits of articles has effects on the levels of literacy, education, and standard of living in a given country. A similar argument can be made for the impact of this factor on reach. Figure 1 illustrates that investing in technological infrastructure is not solely sufficient. Although there is a linear relationship between the Internet penetration and reach of Wikipedia, there is a stronger linear relationship between the level of human development and Internet penetration. All things considered, the level of human development is a strong contributing factor, more significant than technological factors alone. Economics factors, such as literacy, education, and the standard of living, are also important.he standard of living, are also important.
Data sourceWebsites +
Google scholar urlhttp://scholar.google.com/scholar?ie=UTF-8&q=%22The%2Breach%2Band%2Brichness%2Bof%2BWikipedia%3A%2Bis%2BWikinomics%2Bonly%2Bfor%2Brich%2Bcountries%3F%22 +
Has authorMorten Rask +
Has domainSociology +
Has topicSize of Wikipedia + and Societal antecedents of participation +
Issue6 +
MonthJune +
Pages10 +
Peer reviewedYes +
Publication typeJournal article +
Published inFirst Monday +
Research designStatistical analysis +
Research questionsThis study examined the impact of technoloThis study examined the impact of technological and economic factors on the global diffusion of Wikinomics among developed and developing countries. Examining different language editions of Wikipedia, this study found significant correlation between a variety of socio–economic factors and involvement in Wikipedia. To investigate levels of participation in Wikipedia we have chosen to compare Wikipedia editions created in developed countries with those created in developing countries because participation from developing countries should uneven due to a variety of technological and economic macro–environmental factors (Kraemer, et al., 2006)ironmental factors (Kraemer, et al., 2006)
Revid10,988 +
Theoriesparticipation from developing countries should uneven due to a variety of technological and economic macro–environmental factors (Kraemer, et al., 2006)
Theory typeAnalysis + and Explanation +
TitleThe reach and richness of Wikipedia: is Wikinomics only for rich countries?
Unit of analysisLanguage +
Urlhttp://firstmonday.org/htbin/cgiwrap/bin/ojs/index.php/fm/article/viewArticle/2046 +
Volume13 +
Wikipedia coverageMain topic +
Wikipedia data extractionLive Wikipedia +
Wikipedia languageMultiple +
Wikipedia page typeN/A +
Year2008 +