Determinants of wikipedia quality: The roles of global and local contribution inequality

Ofer Arazy, Oded Nov

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    Abstract

    The success of Wikipedia and the relative high quality of its articles seem to contradict conventional wisdom. Recent studies have begun shedding light on the processes contributing to Wikipedia's success, highlighting the role of coordination and contribution inequality. In this study, we expand on these works in two ways. First, we make a distinction between global (Wikipedia-wide) and local (article-specific) inequality and investigate both constructs. Second, we explore both direct and indirect effects of these inequalities, exposing the intricate relationships between global inequality, local inequality, coordination, and article quality. We tested our hypotheses on a sample of a Wikipedia articles using structural equation modeling and found that global inequality exerts significant positive impact on article quality, while the effect of local inequality is indirect and is mediated by coordination.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publication2010 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, CSCW 2010
    Pages233-236
    Number of pages4
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 2010
    Event2010 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, CSCW 2010 - Savannah, GA, United States
    Duration: Feb 6 2010Feb 10 2010

    Publication series

    NameProceedings of the ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, CSCW

    Other

    Other2010 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, CSCW 2010
    CountryUnited States
    CitySavannah, GA
    Period2/6/102/10/10

    Keywords

    • Contribution inequality
    • Coordination
    • Global inequality
    • Information quality
    • Local inequality
    • Wikipedia

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Software
    • Human-Computer Interaction
    • Computer Networks and Communications

    Cite this

    Arazy, O., & Nov, O. (2010). Determinants of wikipedia quality: The roles of global and local contribution inequality. In 2010 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, CSCW 2010 (pp. 233-236). (Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, CSCW). https://doi.org/10.1145/1718918.1718963