Stigmergic coordination in Wikipedia

Amira Rezgui, Kevin G Crowston

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Abstract

We look for evidence of stigmergic coordination (i.e., coordination mediated by changes to a shared work product) in the context of Wikipedia. Using a novel approach to identifying edits to the same part of a Wikipedia article, we show that a majority of edits to two example articles are not associated with discussion on the article Talk page, suggesting the possibility of stigmergic coordination. However, discussion does seem to be related to article quality, suggesting the limits to this approach to coordination.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 14th International Symposium on Open Collaboration, OpenSym 2018
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
ISBN (Electronic)9781450359368
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 22 2018
Event14th International Symposium on Open Collaboration, OpenSym 2018 - Paris, France
Duration: Aug 22 2018Aug 24 2018

Other

Other14th International Symposium on Open Collaboration, OpenSym 2018
CountryFrance
CityParis
Period8/22/188/24/18

Keywords

  • Coordination
  • Distributed groups
  • On-line epistemic community
  • Stigmergy
  • Wikipedia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software

Cite this

Rezgui, A., & Crowston, K. G. (2018). Stigmergic coordination in Wikipedia. In Proceedings of the 14th International Symposium on Open Collaboration, OpenSym 2018 [a19] Association for Computing Machinery, Inc. https://doi.org/10.1145/3233391.3233543