Okoli, Chitu, and Kira Schabram. 2009. Protocol for a systematic literature
review of research on the
In Proceedings of the International Conference on Management of Emergent
Digital EcoSystems, 1:458-459. Vol. 1. Lyon, France: Association for
Computing Machinery, October 27.
Context: Wikipedia has become one of the ten-most visited sites on the Web,
and the world's leading source of Web reference information. Its rapid
success has attracted over 1,000 scholarly studies that treat Wikipedia as a
major topic or data source. Objectives: This article presents a protocol for
conducting a systematic mapping (a broad-based literature review) of
research on Wikipedia. It identifies what research has been conducted; what
research questions have been asked, which have been answered; and what
theories and methodologies have been employed to study Wikipedia. Methods:
This protocol follows the rigorous methodology of evidence-based software
engineering to conduct a systematic mapping study. Results and conclusions:
This protocol reports a study in progress.
Okoli, Chitu, Kira Schabram, and Bilal Abdul Kader. 2009. From the Academy
to the Wiki: Practical Applications of Scholarly Research on
In Proceedings of Wikimania 2009. Buenos Aires: Wikimedia Foundation, August
To date, over 400 peer-reviewed scholarly studies have researched various
aspects of Wikipedia. These studies contribute valuable knowledge in
understanding the inner workings of Wikipedia and can serve to continuously
improve it. In this presentation, we offer a coherent synthesis of the
scholarly research that has been conducted on Wikipedia, highlighting the
main research trends, summarizing the key findings, and identifying the gaps
and unanswered questions. Based on these findings, we apply the research
conclusions to the practical functioning of Wikipedia and highlight
implications for policy and administration for Wikipedia contributors,
administrators, and the Wikimedia Foundation.
Okoli, Chitu. 2009. Information product creation through open source
In Proceedings of the International Conference of Computing in Engineering,
Science and Informatics. Fullerton, USA: IEEE, April 2.
This is the published article version of my grant application to the Social
Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada <http://www.sshrc.ca/>.
The grant is funded as ___.
The same open source philosophy that has been traditionally applied to
software development can be applied to the collaborative creation of
non-software information products, such as encyclopedias, books, and
dictionaries. Most notably, the eight-year-old Wikipedia is a comprehensive
general encyclopedia, comprising over 12 million articles in over 200
languages. It becomes increasingly important to rigorously investigate the
workings of the open source process to understand its benefits and
motivations. This paper presents a research program funded by the Social
Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada with the following
objectives: (1) Survey open source encyclopedia participants to understand
their motivations for participating and their demographic characteristics,
and compare them with participants in traditional open source software
projects; (2) investigate the process of open source encyclopedia
development in a live community to understand how their motivations interact
in the open source framework to create quality information products.
Okoli, Chitu. 2009. A Brief Review of Studies of Wikipedia in Peer-Reviewed
In Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Digital Society,
2009., 155-160. Cancun, Mexico.
Since its establishment in 2001, Wikipedia, "the free encyclopedia that
anyone can edit" has become a cultural icon of the unlimited possibilities
of the World Wide Web. Thus, it has become a serious subject of scholarly
study to objectively and rigorously understand it as a phenomenon. This
paper reviews studies of Wikipedia that have been published in peer-reviewed
journals. Among the wealth of studies reviewed, major sub-streams of
research covered include: how and why Wikipedia works; assessments of the
reliability of its content; using it as a data source for various studies;
and applications of Wikipedia in different domains of endeavour.
Verily, with hardship comes ease.
On Tue, May 11, 2010 at 2:28 AM, lior gimel <lior.gimel(a)gmail.com> wrote:
A good comparative analysis of history articles:
Rosenzweig, Roy (2006). "Can History be Open Source? Wikipedia and the
Future of the Past". *Journal of American History*, vol. 93, n° 1, p.
On Tue, May 11, 2010 at 4:48 AM, Adrianne Wadewitz <wadewitz(a)gmail.com>wrote;wrote:
I am looking at submitting a grant so that I can
work on an analyses
of en.wikipedia's coverage of art, literature, and history articles -
their accuracy, etc. I am looking to establish a complete bibliography
of all of the "quality" assessments that have been done about
Wikipedia - on any language. Could we pool our knowledge?
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