The role of wiki technology and altruism in collaborative knowledge creation

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The role of wiki technology and altruism in collaborative knowledge creation
Authors: Pattarawan Prasarnphanich, Christian Wagner [edit item]
Citation: Journal of Computer Information Systems 49 (4): 33-41. 2009.
Publication type: Journal article
Peer-reviewed: Yes
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The role of wiki technology and altruism in collaborative knowledge creation is a publication by Pattarawan Prasarnphanich, Christian Wagner.


[edit] Abstract

Collaborative knowledge creation is presently being reshaped by the use of Web 2.0 technologies such as wikis. Wikipedia, arguably the most successful application of wiki technology, demonstrates the feasibility and success of this form of collaborative knowledge creation (in a broad sense) within self-organizing, open access community. The study seeks to understand the success of the public wiki model, with Wikipedia as the test case, assessing both technology and participant motivations. The study finds that, contrary to the motivation in open source software development, altruism is a prevalent driver for participation, although mixed motives clearly exist. In particular, while participants have both individualistic and collaborative motives, collaborative (altruistic) motives dominate. The success of the collaboration model embedded in Wikipedia thus appears to be related to wiki technology and the "wiki way" (i.e., social norms) of collaboration.

[edit] Research questions

"The study seeks to understand the success of the public wiki model, with Wikipedia as the test case, assessing both technology and participant motivations"

Research details

Topics: Contributor motivation, Societal antecedents of participation [edit item]
Domains: Information systems, Knowledge management [edit item]
Theory type: Explanation [edit item]
Wikipedia coverage: Case [edit item]
Theories: "Undetermined" [edit item]
Research design: Statistical analysis [edit item]
Data source: Survey responses [edit item]
Collected data time dimension: Cross-sectional [edit item]
Unit of analysis: User [edit item]
Wikipedia data extraction: N/A [edit item]
Wikipedia page type: N/A [edit item]
Wikipedia language: N/A [edit item]

[edit] Conclusion

"The study finds that, contrary to the motivation in open source software development, altruism is a prevalent driver for participation, although mixed motives clearly exist. In particular, while participants have both individualistic and collaborative motives, collaborative (altruistic) motives dominate. The success of the collaboration model embedded in Wikipedia thus appears to be related to wiki technology and the “wiki way” (i.e., social norms) of collaboration."

[edit] Comments

"Prasarnphanich & Wagner (2009) summarized that "while Wikipedians have both individualistic and collaborative (altruistic) motives, collaborative motives dominate." (p. 33)"


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AbstractCollaborative knowledge creation is presenCollaborative knowledge creation is presently being reshaped by the use of Web 2.0 technologies such as wikis. Wikipedia, arguably the most successful application of wiki technology, demonstrates the feasibility and success of this form of collaborative knowledge creation (in a broad sense) within self-organizing, open access community. The study seeks to understand the success of the public wiki model, with Wikipedia as the test case, assessing both technology and participant motivations. The study finds that, contrary to the motivation in open source software development, altruism is a prevalent driver for participation, although mixed motives clearly exist. In particular, while participants have both individualistic and collaborative motives, collaborative (altruistic) motives dominate. The success of the collaboration model embedded in Wikipedia thus appears to be related to wiki technology and the "wiki way" (i.e., social norms) of collaboration.ay" (i.e., social norms) of collaboration.
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Collected data time dimensionCross-sectional +
CommentsPrasarnphanich & Wagner (2009) summarized that "while Wikipedians have both individualistic and collaborative (altruistic) motives, collaborative motives dominate." (p. 33)
ConclusionThe study finds that, contrary to the motiThe study finds that, contrary to the motivation in open source software development, altruism is a prevalent driver for participation, although mixed motives clearly exist. In particular, while participants have both individualistic and collaborative motives, collaborative (altruistic) motives dominate. The success of the collaboration model embedded in Wikipedia thus appears to be related to wiki technology and the “wiki way” (i.e., social norms) of collaboration.ay” (i.e., social norms) of collaboration.
Data sourceSurvey responses +
Google scholar urlhttp://scholar.google.com/scholar?ie=UTF-8&q=%22The%2Brole%2Bof%2Bwiki%2Btechnology%2Band%2Baltruism%2Bin%2Bcollaborative%2Bknowledge%2Bcreation%22 +
Has authorPattarawan Prasarnphanich + and Christian Wagner +
Has domainInformation systems + and Knowledge management +
Has topicContributor motivation + and Societal antecedents of participation +
Issue4 +
Pages33-41 +
Peer reviewedYes +
Publication typeJournal article +
Published inJournal of Computer Information Systems +
Research designStatistical analysis +
Research questionsThe study seeks to understand the success of the public wiki model, with Wikipedia as the test case, assessing both technology and participant motivations
Revid10,990 +
TheoriesUndetermined
Theory typeExplanation +
TitleThe role of wiki technology and altruism in collaborative knowledge creation
Unit of analysisUser +
Urlhttp://www.mendeley.com/research/role-wiki-technology-altruism-collaborative-knowledge-creation-1/ +
Volume49 +
Wikipedia coverageCase +
Wikipedia data extractionN/A +
Wikipedia languageN/A +
Wikipedia page typeN/A +
Year2009 +