I am the lead author on two wiki research papers my group at the
University of Minnesota is publishing this fall.
The first focuses on Wikipedia:
* Reid Priedhorsky, Jilin Chen, Shyong (Tony) K. Lam, Kathering
Panciera, Loren Terveen, John Riedl. "Creating, Destroying, and
Restoring Value in Wikipedia." To appear in Proc. GROUP 2007. 10 pages.
* Link: http://www.cs.umn.edu/~reid/papers/group282-priedhorsky.pdf
* Abstract: Wikipedia’s brilliance and curse is that any user can edit
any of the encyclopedia entries. We introduce the notion of the impact
of an edit, measured by the number of times the edited version is
viewed. Using several datasets, including recent logs of all article
views, we show that an overwhelming majority of the viewed words were
written by frequent editors and that this majority is increasing.
Similarly, using the same impact measure, we show that the probability
of a typical article view being damaged is small but increasing, and we
present empirically grounded classes of damage. Finally, we make policy
recommendations for Wikipedia and other wikis in light of these findings.
The second is not Wikipedia-focused, and as such not really on topic for
this list, but as I'm already sending a mail, I thought I'd include it.
If you are interested only in research directly related to Wikipedia,
you can stop reading now.
* Reid Priedhorsky, Benjamin Jordan, Loren Terveen. "How a Personalized
Geowiki Can Help Bicyclists Share Information More Effectively." Short
paper. To appear in Proc. WikiSym 2007. 6 pages.
* Link: http://www.cs.umn.edu/~reid/papers/wiki09s-priedhorsky.pdf
* Abstract: The bicycling community is focused around a real-world
activity - navigating a bicycle - which requires planning within a
complex and ever-changing space. While all the knowledge needed to find
good routes exists, it is highly distributed. We show, using the results
of surveys and interviews, that cyclists need a comprehensive,
up-to-date, and personalized information resource. We introduce the
personalized geowiki, a new type of wiki which meets these requirements,
and we formalize the notion of geowiki. Finally, we state some general
prerequisites for wiki contribution and show that they are met by cyclists.
Questions and comments welcome.
Graduate Research Assistant
GroupLens Research, http://www.grouplens.org