Understanding open collaboration of wikipedia good articles

Huichen Chou, Donghui Lin, Toru Ishida, Naomi Yamashita

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Abstract

Contents created by open collaboration online is an important knowledge source to the modern society nowadays. Wikipedia is a prime example which can match the quality of professional encyclopedias. Yet the percentage good quality articles are low. So how different sized teams yield similar quality work is unclear such as articles of the same Wikipedia category. By identifying different editors and studying the collaboration with the work process of Wikipedia Good Articles (GAs), one can understand how different teams create quality work in open collaboration online. To distinguish editors, this research denotes their editing activity categories and subject the editing activities to factor analysis to obtain editor characteristics in the form of quantitative scores. Then we study the collaboration by investigating editors’ engagement in the work creation process along with the article size changes. The result shows the GAs creation are largely done by editors of high scored in content-shaping characteristic. In a short period prior to GA nomination, these editors suddenly appear to work and increases the article’s size to the completed GA level. Editors without dominate editor characteristics are causing the differences in team size. This research contributes to propose a new method to understand how open collaboration creates quality work and the method can easily extend to study more Wikipedia article categories. Last, the research result implies quality work can be assured by expert to work at the end of the creation process in the open collaboration.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSocial Computing and Social Media. Participation, User Experience, Consumer Experience, and Applications of Social Computing - 12th International Conference, SCSM 2020, Held as Part of the 22nd HCI International Conference, HCII 2020, Proceedings
EditorsGabriele Meiselwitz
PublisherSpringer
Pages29-43
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9783030495756
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event12th International Conference on Social Computing and Social Media, SCSM 2020, held as part of the 22nd International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, HCII 2020 - Copenhagen, Denmark
Duration: 2020 Jul 192020 Jul 24

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume12195 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Conference

Conference12th International Conference on Social Computing and Social Media, SCSM 2020, held as part of the 22nd International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, HCII 2020
Country/TerritoryDenmark
CityCopenhagen
Period20/7/1920/7/24

Keywords

  • Collaborative content creation
  • Crowd intelligence
  • Wikipedia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)

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