Wisdom of the crowds: decentralized knowledge construction in Wikipedia

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Wisdom of the Crowds: Decentralized Knowledge Construction in Wikipedia
Authors: Ofer Arazy, Wayne Morgan, Raymond Patterson [edit item]
Citation: Proceeding of the 16th Workshop on Information Technologies & Systems (WITS’06)  : . 2006 December 2006. Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
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Wisdom of the Crowds: Decentralized Knowledge Construction in Wikipedia is a publication by Ofer Arazy, Wayne Morgan, Raymond Patterson.


[edit] Abstract

Recently, Nature published an article comparing the quality of Wikipedia articles to those of Encyclopedia Britannica (Giles 2005). The article, which gained much public attention, provides evidence for Wikipedia quality, but does not provide an explanation of the underlying source of that quality. Wikipedia, and wikis in general, aggregate information from a large and heterogeneous author-base, where authors are free to modify any article. Building upon Surowiecki (2005)'s Wisdom of Crowds, we develop a model of the factors that determine wiki content quality. In an empirical study of Wikipedia, we find strong support for our model. Our results indicate that increasing size and diversity of the author-base improves content quality. We conclude by highlighting implications for system design and suggesting avenues for future research.

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AbstractRecently, Nature published an article compRecently, Nature published an article comparing the quality of Wikipedia articles to those of Encyclopedia Britannica (Giles 2005). The article, which gained much public attention, provides evidence for Wikipedia quality, but does not provide an explanation of the underlying source of that quality. Wikipedia, and wikis in general, aggregate information from a large and heterogeneous author-base, where authors are free to modify any article. Building upon Surowiecki (2005)'s Wisdom of Crowds, we develop a model of the factors that determine wiki content quality. In an empirical study of Wikipedia, we find strong support for our model. Our results indicate that increasing size and diversity of the author-base improves content quality. We conclude by highlighting implications for system design and suggesting avenues for future research.nd suggesting avenues for future research.
Added by wikilit teamNo +
Conference locationMilwaukee, Wisconsin +
DatesDecember 2006 +
Google scholar urlhttp://scholar.google.com/scholar?ie=UTF-8&q=%22Wisdom%2Bof%2Bthe%2BCrowds%3A%2BDecentralized%2BKnowledge%2BConstruction%2Bin%2BWikipedia%22 +
Has authorOfer Arazy +, Wayne Morgan + and Raymond Patterson +
Peer reviewedYes +
Publication typeConference paper +
Published inProceeding of the 16th Workshop on Information Technologies & Systems (WITS’06) +
Revid11,496 +
TitleWisdom of the Crowds: Decentralized Knowledge Construction in Wikipedia
Year2006 +