Paper “Wikipedia research and tools: Review and comments”

The draft paper “Wikipedia research and tools: Review and comments” by Finn Arup Nielsen (dated March 17, 2011) is a very useful 56-pages resource highlighting key areas of research for Wikipedia (with citations to relevant work already published). The key areas identified are in the following. The cited papers (with annotations!) are 236! Even if this is draft paper, it is a super valuable resource! Check the pdf file.

Identified key research areas. Quality, Factual errors, Coverage and bias, Actuality, Sources, Accessibility, Size across languages, Network analysis, matrix factorizations and other operations, Genre, Article feedback, Vandalism reversion, Biased editing, Use of Wikipedia in court, User contributions, User characteristics, Organization, Popularity, Why do people edit?, Why do people leave?, Why does it work?, Serving content, Using categories, Thesaurus construction, Translation, Trend spotting and prediction, Searching with Wikipedia, Databasing the structured content, Geography, Extending Wikipedia, Quality assessment, certification and rating, Automatic creation of content, Tables and databases, Semantic wikis, Form-based editing, Markup, Extended Authoring, Geographical extension, Extending browsing, Graphic extensions, Video extensions, Real-time editing, Distributed and disconnected Wikipedia, Wiki and programming, Using Wikipedia and other wikis in research and education, Attitude towards Wikipedia, Use of Wikipedia, Citing Wikipedia, Special wikis, Censorship, Carl Hewitt vs. Wikipedia, Wikipedia and wikis as a teach- project, Wikiversity, serves the purpose of building a ressource for teaching and learning tool, Using wikis for course communication, Textbooks, Future.

Abstract: I here give an overview of Wikipedia and wiki research and tools. Well over 1,000 reports have been published in the field and there exist dedicated scientific meetings for Wikipedia research. It is not possible to give a complete review of all material published. This overview serves to describe some key areas of research.

Credits: Image by XKCD released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.5 License.

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4 Responses to this post.

  1. Izno's Gravatar

    Posted by Izno on 23.03.11 at 2:42 am

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    Just an FYI, but that particular image from xkcd is actually licensed under CC by SA per

  2. paolo's Gravatar

    Posted by paolo on 23.03.11 at 2:42 am

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    Thank Izno, I read at that

    All the xkcd webcomics are under the CC-NC-BY-2.5 license — which is not considered to be a free license on Wikimedia Commons. However, the author, Randall Munroe (en:User:Xkcd), released this specific image under CC-BY-2.5 so that it can be used on Wikipedia.
    so I updated the post, thanks!

    P.s.: I found there is also the Italian version ;)

  3. paolo's Gravatar

    Posted by paolo on 23.03.11 at 2:42 am

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    Check also
    A Brief Review of Studies of Wikipedia In Peer-Reviewed Journals
    by Chitu Okoli

  4. pippo's Gravatar

    Posted by pippo on 23.03.11 at 2:42 am

    Mozilla Firefox 3.6.16 Ubuntu Linux

    Check also
    Researching wikipedia – current approaches and new directions

    Phoebe Ayers

    Proceedings of the American Society for Information Science and Technology

    Volume 43, Issue 1, pages 1–14, 2006;jsessionid=82B0C74D5E443530C7EE592332BBC279.d01t01

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