Just a reminder that the research showcase will be starting shortly.
On Mon, Oct 17, 2016 at 2:06 PM, Sarah R <srodlund(a)wikimedia.org> wrote:
The next Research Showcase will be live-streamed this Wednesday, October
19, 2016 at 11:30 AM (PST) 18:30 (UTC).
Link for remote presenters to join the Hangout on Air:
As usual, you can join the conversation on IRC at #wikimedia-research.
And, you can watch our past research showcases here
YouTube stream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBImUZ_si5s
This month's showcase includes.
Human centered design for using and editing structured data in Wikipedia
infoboxesBy *Charlie Kritschmar
Intern, Wikimedia Deutschland
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Deutschland>*Wikidata is a
Wikimedia project which stores structured data to be used by other
Wikimedia projects like Wikipedia. Currently, integrating its data in
Wikipedia is difficult for users, since there’s no predefined way to do so
and requires some technical knowledge. To tackle these issues,
human-centered design methods were applied to find needs from which
solutions were generated and evaluated with the help of the community. The
concept may serve as a basis which may be implemented into various Wiki
projects in the future to make editing Wikidata from within another
Wikimedia project more user-friendly and improve the project’s acceptance
in the community.
Emergent Work in WikipediaBy *Ofer Arazy
<http://oferarazy.com/> (University of Haifa)*Online production
communities present an exciting opportunity for investigating novel
organizational forms. Extant theoretical accounts of knowledge
co-production point to organizational policies, norms, and communication as
key mechanisms enabling the coordination of work. Yet, in practice
participants in initiatives such as Wikipedia are often occasional
contributors who are unaware of community policies and do not communicate
with other members. How then is work coordinated and how does the
organization maintain stability in the face of dynamics in individuals’
task enactment? In this study we develop a conceptualization of emergent
roles - the prototypical activity patterns that organically emerge from
individuals’ spontaneous actions – and investigate the temporal dynamics of
emergent role behaviors. Conducing a multi-level large-scale empirical
study stretching over a decade, we tracked co-production of a thousand
Wikipedia articles, logging two hundred thousand distinct participants and
seven hundred thousand co-production activities. Using a combination of
manual tagging and machine learning, we annotated each activity type, and
then clustered participants’ activity profiles to arrive at seven
prototypical emergent roles. Our analysis shows that participants’ behavior
is turbulent, with substantial flow in and out of co-production work and
across roles. Our findings at the organizational level, however, show that
work is organized around a highly stable set of emergent roles, despite the
absence of traditional stabilizing mechanisms such as pre-defined work
procedures or role expectations. We conceptualize this dualism in emergent
work as “Turbulent Stability”. Further analyses suggest that co-production
is artifact-centric, where contributors mutually adjust according to the
artifact’s changing needs. Our study advances the theoretical
understandings of self-organizing knowledge co-production and particularly
the nature of emergent roles.
Hope to see you there!
Sarah R. Rodlund
Senior Project Coordinator-Engineering, Wikimedia Foundation
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