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Towards a diversity-minded Wikipedia

Flock, Fabian and Vrandecic, Denny and Simperl, Elena (2011) Towards a diversity-minded Wikipedia. pp. 1-8. In: Proceedings of the ACM WebSci'11, June 14-17 2011, Koblenz, Germany.

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Abstract

Wikipedia is a top-ten Web site providing a free encyclopedia created by an open community of volunteer contributors. As investigated in various studies over the past years, contributors have different backgrounds, mindsets and biases; however, the effects - positive and negative - of this diversity on the quality of the Wikipedia content, and on the sustainability of the overall project are yet only partially understood. In this paper we discuss these effects through an analysis of existing scholarly literature in the area and identify directions for future research and development; we also present an approach for diversity-minded content management withinWikipedia that combines techniques from semantic technologies, data and text mining and quantitative social dynamics analysis to create greater awareness of diversity-related issues within theWikipedia community, give readers access to indicators and metrics to understand biases and their impact on the quality of Wikipedia articles, and support editors in achieving balanced versions of these articles that leverage the wealth of knowledge and perspectives inherent to largescale collaboration

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Web Science Comments:WebSci Conference 2011
Subjects:WS9 Sociology > WS92 Theory of Groups
WS1 Computer Science > WS12 Decentralized Information Systems
Web Science Events > Web Science 2011
ID Code:432
Deposited By: Lisa Sugiura
Deposited On:01 Jun 2011 12:20
Last Modified:25 Oct 2011 17:10

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