Hi Anders,

Yes, it's a great question! Mark Graham and I are currently working on a project around how to determine quality within and between Wikipedias and I've been looking around for literature. I'm only just starting the literature review but I've found some interesting studies by Callahan & Herring (2011) [1] and Stvilia, Al-Faraj, and Yi (2009) [2]. The majority of quality studies, we find, have been done on English Wikipedia (starting with the famous 2005 Nature study) but there have been few studies that assess of quality between languages. If you find anything else, let us know!



[1] http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/asi.21577/abstract

[2] http://www.researchgate.net/publication/200773220_Issues_of_cross-contextual_information_quality_evaluation_-_The_case_of_Arabic_English_and_Korean_Wikipedia/file/60b7d51ae682e9912a.pdf


Heather Ford
Oxford Internet Institute Doctoral Programme
EthnographyMatters | Oxford Digital Ethnography Group 
http://hblog.org | @hfordsa

On 10 June 2014 07:58, Anders Wennersten <mail@anderswennersten.se> wrote:
(reposted from Wikimedia-i)

I have several times asked for a professional quality study of our different language versions, but not seen it exist or being done, perhaps you know more on this list?. before we start the strategy work I  believe we should have basic facts on the table like this one

I therefor list here my subjective impression after daily looking into the different version for 5-15 articles (new ones being created on sv.wp) (I list them in order how often I use them to calibrate the svwp articles).

enwp- a magnitude better then any other. main weakeness are articles on marginal subjects that seems to be allowed to exist there, even if rather bad, and without templates (noone cares to patrol these?)

eswp - a very  good version, which in the general discussion are not getting appropriate credit

dewp - good when the articles exist, but many serious holes. Is the elitist way of running it, discouraging new editors in non obvious subjects (that after time passes gets very relevant)?
frwp - also good, but somewhat scattered quality both in coverage and the different articles (even in same subject area)
nlwp - very good coverage in the geographic subjects, decent quality on articles but limited "world" coverage in areas like biographies
itwp - good articles but a bit italiancentered,

nowp - small but decent articles. Their short focused articletext sometimes give more easyaccessed knowledge then an overly long one in other languages

ptwp - the real disappointment. it is among the top ten in volume and accesses but clearly missing a lot, and even existing articles are uneven. I now use it even less then Ukrainian and Russian which I use very seldom as the different alphabet makes it hard to understand the article content

dawp,fiwp and plwp -Ok but only used by me for articles related to the country

(arabic, chinese and japanese I almost never use, too complicated)

(I also use some smaller ones like sqwp , in these versions I have seen serious quality problems not to be found in any of the above ones, I am not sure they even have basic patrolling in place)


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