Visualizing large-scale human collaboration in Wikipedia
Robert P. Biuk-Aghai; Cheong-Iao Pang; Yain-Whar Si
2014-02-01
Source PublicationFuture Generation Computer Systems
ISSN0167739X
Volume31Issue:1Pages:120-133
Abstract

Volunteer-driven large-scale human-to-human collaboration has become common in the Web 2.0 era. Wikipedia is one of the foremost examples of such large-scale collaboration, involving millions of authors writing millions of articles on a wide range of subjects. The collaboration on some popular articles numbers hundreds or even thousands of co-authors. We have analyzed the co-authoring across entire Wikipedias in different languages and have found it to follow a geometric distribution in all the language editions we studied. In order to better understand the distribution of co-author counts across different topics, we have aggregated content by category and visualized it in a form resembling a geographic map. The visualizations produced show that there are significant differences of co-author counts across different topics in all the Wikipedia language editions we visualized. In this article we describe our analysis and visualization method and present the results of applying our method to the English, German, Chinese, Swedish and Danish Wikipedias. We have evaluated our visualization against textual data and found it to be superior in usability, accuracy, speed and user preference. © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

KeywordCategory Co-authoring Information Visualization Visualization Of Collaborative Processes & Applications Wikipedia
DOI10.1016/j.future.2013.04.001
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Indexed BySCI
Language英语
WOS Research AreaComputer Science
WOS SubjectComputer Science, Theory & Methods
WOS IDWOS:000329683200012
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionDEPARTMENT OF COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCE
Corresponding AuthorRobert P. Biuk-Aghai; Cheong-Iao Pang; Yain-Whar Si
AffiliationDepartment of Computer and Information Science, Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Macau, Av. Padre Tomas Pereira, Taipa, Macau S.A.R., China
First Author AffilicationFaculty of Science and Technology
Corresponding Author AffilicationFaculty of Science and Technology
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Robert P. Biuk-Aghai,Cheong-Iao Pang,Yain-Whar Si. Visualizing large-scale human collaboration in Wikipedia[J]. Future Generation Computer Systems,2014,31(1):120-133.
APA Robert P. Biuk-Aghai,Cheong-Iao Pang,&Yain-Whar Si.(2014).Visualizing large-scale human collaboration in Wikipedia.Future Generation Computer Systems,31(1),120-133.
MLA Robert P. Biuk-Aghai,et al."Visualizing large-scale human collaboration in Wikipedia".Future Generation Computer Systems 31.1(2014):120-133.
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