Thank you, I will definitely keep you all updated.
I decided to ask people not to take administrative edits (what would be
a better term to include all "maintenance") or grammatical corrections,
but not to rule out anything else. Even if an edit is not a major one, I
suppose it is interesting to know where the tiny bits of information
originated. Sure the by far most interesting question at this stage
relates to writing whole articles.
I supposed that if people are contributing on their profession related
topics they are unlikely to do specific information seeking and/or they
rely on their professional sources and especially experience. It is a
separate issue from seeking or not, but I assume that it affects a whole
lot the way information is sought. This is of course speculation at this
point and I hope I can discuss this in more detail when I have the
results in my hand.
best wishes and thank you for very good comments,
Isto, This sounds like really interested work, on a
topic I am
especially fascinated by :) Please do keep us up to date when you have
some results or conclusions. I have two comments and a question after
looking at the survey. 1) You might want to define "administrative
edits" a bit better. I assume that you only want people to discuss
substantial edits to an article's content, not minor edits, edits to
project or user space, etc. 2) I don't understand how this question:
"I never contribute to Wikipedia on my profession related topics"
relates to information-seeking -- whether people contribute in areas
related to their profession seems like a separate issue from whether
they go looking for information or not. A question: would it be
worthwhile asking where people looked for information? Printed books,
other websites, newspapers, etc. "Information seeking" is very broad
and vague and can encompass many behaviors. best, -- Phoebe On Thu,
Mar 13, 2008 at 5:52 AM, Isto Huvila <isto.huvila(a)abo.fi> wrote:
I am currently engaged in conducting research on Wikipedia users'
information behaviour and especially the information sources and
services used in contributions.
The purpose of this survey is to map information sources used in writing
and editing Wikipedia articles. The survey is a part of the research
project "Information service 2.0" conducted by myself (Department of
Information Studies, ?bo Akademi University, Finland) as a part of the
Academy of Finland research project "Library 2.0 - a new participatory
The individual answers will be processed strictly confidential, the data
will not be handed over to any third parties or to non-academic use and
all informants will remain strictly anynomous.
More information about the project may be found at
Ph.D., research fellow, lecturer
Information Studies :: ?bo Akademi University
(w) +358-2-2153467 (m) +358-40-5726259
(e) isto.huvila(a)abo.fi (w3) www.istohuvila.fi
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