[Wikimedia-l] Global Wikipedia: International and cross-cultural issues in online collaboration

Everton Zanella Alvarenga ezalvarenga at wikimedia.org
Sat Jan 19 15:41:50 UTC 2013

(Sorry for the cross-posting, but today is Saturday.)

*Important dates:*

Proposals Submission Due: January 31, 2013
Full Chapters Due: March 15, 2013
Final Submission Due: July 1, 2013

*Editors (to whom chapters should be sent and questions addressed):

Pnina Fichman (fichman at indiana.edu <mailto:fichman at indiana.edu>); Noriko
Hara (nhara at indiana.edu <mailto:nhara at indiana.edu>) Indiana
University, Bloomington.


Wikipedia offers articles in 285 languages and more than 80% of
Wikipedia articles are written in languages other than English. In
addition, the English Wikipedia itself attracts users from all over the
world. This global nature of Wikipedia provides a rich socio-technical
environment to examine a wide range of international and cross-cultural
issues. Despite the global reach of Wikipedia, most of the published
works about Wikipedia are based on the English site. More research
should pay attention to the global, multilingual nature of Wikipedia to
gain a better understanding of online international cooperation, on one
hand, and of cross-cultural variations in mass knowledge production
processes and outcomes, on the other. The purpose of this book is to
explore a wide range of international and cross-cultural issues as they
are manifested on Wikipedia. We are particularly interested in research
that takes a socio-technical perspective on the global Wikipedia and
integrates social theory to explain online interactions. For example, we
invite studies on online global collaboration, coordination, and
conflict management in this rich socio-technical environment. We hope
that these works will highlight implications for other socio-technical
environments or extend the use and development of social theory. This
unique publication aims to be a collection of international and
cross-cultural research on the Wikipedia.We expect that this edited
volume will appeal to academic researchers, graduate, and undergraduate
students interested in Wikipedia and, more broadly, in social studies of
information and communication technologies, as well as to Wikipedia

*Recommended topics*:

We are seeking chapters that include both empirical and conceptual work
and soliciting innovative analysis of international and cross-cultural
aspects of Wikipedia to be part of this book.

Appropriate topics for chapters include (but are not limited to) the
following list:

·Case studies of Wikipedia in one of the 285 languages, with special
interest in small and medium size Wikipedias; for example, focusing on
policies, processes, interactions or information quality

·Conflict and collaboration in editing international entries on any
particular language of Wikipedia

·International and cross-cultural collaboration; for example,
international cooperation in fighting vandalism

·Intercultural synergy across boundaries on Wikipedia or Wikimedia projects

·Cross-cultural studies that compare more than one Wikipedia, for
example, focusing on:

·Cross-cultural comparisons of content, structures, and contributions

·Comparative studies of policies, interactions, and processes

·Efforts to understand similarities and differences across Wikipedia in
multiple languages in user motivations, establishment and maintenance of
local communities and challenges

·Comparative analysis of editing policies around the globe

·Information quality across two or more Wikipedia languages

·Comparison of scope and representation of topics across Wikipedia in
several languages

·Vandalism and trolling behaviors across national and language boundaries
Chapters are expected to have between 4000 and 5000 words (excluding
references, figures, and tables). Only original work whose copyright is
owned (or cleared) by the chapter authors and not considered for
publication elsewhere can be considered for inclusion.

*Important dates*:

*January 31, 2013:  submit 2-3 page chapter proposals and authors’ bios
(200 words)
*Feb 1, 2013: receive acceptance notification
*March 15, 2013:*submit first full chapters
*May 15, 2013: receive reviewers’ comments
*July 1, 2013: submit final versions

This book is scheduled to be published by Scarecrow Press. For
additional information, please visit https://rowman.com/Scarecrow.
Scarecrow Press is the publisher of, among other titles, /Digital
Media/: /Technological and Social Challenges of the Interactive World/
(2011). The publication is anticipated to be released in 2014.
EASA Media Anthropology Network
For further information please contact:
Dr. John Postill
RMIT University, Melbourne
jrpostill at gmail.com
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Everton Zanella Alvarenga (also Tom)
"A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more
useful than a life spent doing nothing."

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