Hi Amy, all
There was a discussion around this issue on Clay Shirky's blog Corante in 2005-2006,
around the time of the launch of Citizendium. One proposal I remember was to feature the
number of editors who had worked on an article at the top of every article page as a
quality metric indicator; there may be others. You will find the refs in [drumroll:
shameless promotion alert] my paper on WP in the Journal of Science Communication:
Hope that helps
Date: Fri, 24 Sep 2010 17:00:37 -0400
From: Amy Bruckman <asb(a)cc.gatech.edu>
Subject: [Wiki-research-l] cool stuff to show your favorite librarian?
To: Research into Wikimedia content and communities
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=ISO-8859-1; format=flowed
Next Friday I'm giving a talk to the Library Information
Association (LITA) entitled, "How Wikipedia Really Works, and
Means for the Nature of 'Truth.'"
I've got my talk mostly worked out, but would love to add more
current research--particularly in the area of interface
show how trustworthy an article is. What should I talk
anything you think librarians will get excited about?
My main argument is that knowledge is socially constructed, and
assess an article you need to know how many people have edited
how many are watching it. The best Wikipedia articles are
rigorously reviewed than a top journal article, but of course
huge variability from there.
All leads (including shameless self promotion)