Is Wikipedia inefficient? Modelling effort and participation in Wikipedia

Kevin Crowston, Nicolas Jullien, Felipe Ortega

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Abstract

Concerns have been raised about the decreased ability of Wikipedia to recruit editors and in to harness the effort of contributors to create new articles and improve existing articles. But, as [1], [2] explained, in collective projects, in the initial stage of the project, people are few and efforts costly; in the diffusion phase, the number of participants grows as their efforts are rewarding; and in the mature phase, some inefficiency may appear as the number of contributors is more than the work requires. In this paper, thanks to original data we extract from 36 of the main language projects, we compare the efficiency of Wikipedia projects in different languages and at different states of development to examine this effect.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 46th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS 2013
Pages3197-3206
Number of pages10
DOIs
StatePublished - 2013
Event46th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS 2013 - Wailea, Maui, HI, United States
Duration: Jan 7 2013Jan 10 2013

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
ISSN (Print)1530-1605

Other

Other46th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS 2013
CountryUnited States
CityWailea, Maui, HI
Period1/7/131/10/13

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

Cite this

Crowston, K., Jullien, N., & Ortega, F. (2013). Is Wikipedia inefficient? Modelling effort and participation in Wikipedia. In Proceedings of the 46th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS 2013 (pp. 3197-3206). [6480229] (Proceedings of the Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences). https://doi.org/10.1109/HICSS.2013.368