Wikipedia To Learn More About Its Volunteers
Rishab Aiyer Ghosh, who leads the Collaborative Creativity Group at UNU-MERIT said that “surprisingly little data exists so far on why, how and how much Wikipedians contribute, or indeed even who they are.”
“Wikipedia is the world’s largest and most successful collaborative reference project: its success is worth examining,” Aiyer Gosh said.
UNU-MERIT has used surveys and other methods to examine free and open source software, like Linux and Firefox. Like Wikipedia, those programs depend on contributions from volunteers worldwide.
The group will survey Wikipedia contributors and readers in different languages over the next several months. Early findings are scheduled for release at Wikimania, the Wikmedia Foundation’s annual conference, which will be held in Egypt this July.
“Wikipedia is an invaluable resource for diffusion of and access to knowledge, especially in developing countries where commercially available resources are scarce,” Professor Luc Soete, director of UNU-MERIT, an institute of the United Nations University, said in a prepared statement. “Understanding how Wikipedia functions is very much part of our mission at UNU-MERIT.”
commented on Jan 25, 2008 4:54:01 PMI’ll make a couple of bets, with the money going to a charity of K.C. Jones’ choice. $20 apiece.
1. Will this survey include feedback from at least 10 of the tens of thousands of “indefinitely blocked” User accounts at Wikipedia? If not, it’s just going to be the usual self-congratulatory pablum. $20 says they don’t obtain this important feedback.
2. Will this survey uncover the real identity of uber-admins SlimVirgin, Jayjg, or Ryulong? $20 says they don’t find out any of their identities, despite the study supposedly being “comprehensive” and purposed to learn “who” contributes to Wikipedia.
Sounds like another PR puff piece to laud the Wikimedia Foundation and its irresponsible encyclopedia. Yay for “free knowledge”.
Yay for Information Week.commented on Jan 28, 2008 9:44:19 AMthekohser commented on Jan 25, 2008 4:54:01 PMSounds like another PR puff piece to laud the Wikimedia
Foundation and its irresponsible encyclopedia. Yay for
“free knowledge”. Yay for Information Week.
How do you arrive at “irresponsible”?
That strikes me as an irresponsible accusation…