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  • Halfaker, A., Geiger, S., Jonathan, M., & Riedl, J. (2012). The rise and decline of an open collaboration system: How Wikipedia’s reaction to sudden popularity is causing its decline. American Behavioral Scientist.
  • The article about iron man has more than 10 thousand words, has lots of useful informations and well-structured.
  • 50% of ~5,000 psychology articles not evaluated 83% of ~2,500 evaluated articles were rated “C” or below
  • Use Greta’s side
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Carnegie_Mellon_University#Rankings
  • Wikipedia intro

    1. 1. Introduction to Wikipedia &Wikipedia assignment
    2. 2. Highly popular
    3. 3. Wide variety of uses
    4. 4. Wide variety of uses
    5. 5. The encyclopedia that anyone can edit
    6. 6. The encyclopedia that anyone can edit
    7. 7. Who is editing now? http://www.lkozma.net/wpv/
    8. 8. Interactions don’t always go smoothly
    9. 9. Wiki
    10. 10. Wikis applied to many domain
    11. 11. Wikipedia AssignmentWrite a new Wikipedia article or substantially improve an existing one on a topic relevant to the course
    12. 12. Goals of Wikipedia assignment• Become an “expert” in some topic relevant to the course• Provide common ground for class – Getting involved in a online community new to most – Example of problems & solutions in contribution, regulation, socialization, organization & start-up• Provide a public good – Return some of what you’ve learned back to the world by improving Wikipedia
    13. 13. History• Founded in Jan 15, 2001 as a feeder to Nupedia, an expert-authored, peer- reviewed, free encyclopedia• Co-founders – Jimmy Wales – Larry Sanger Jimmy Wales• Heavily subsidized by bomis.com (1996), Wales’ search portal, ad and porn company Larry Sanger
    14. 14. Growth• English version – ~4M articles in English language Wikipedia – 151,934 unique editors – Average 435 words/article (vs. 650 in Britannica) – Doubling number of & editors articles every 40 weeks – Slower growth starting in 2007• All versions Article growth per month – 250 languages – 11 language versions > 100K articles – 282,875 unique editors• Spin-offs – Wiktionary, wikibooks, wikiversity, wikinews, wikispecies, wikiquote, wikisource
    15. 15. Misalignment in Wikipedia: Iron Man or ds w ,1 89 10 16
    16. 16. Major source of information on most psychologicalconcepts
    17. 17. Yet many Wikipedia articles on psychology wereimpoverished or out of date t ub ent A S ont oc ly n irt ual rds V o nc es 0 w f er e 35 r e No
    18. 18. Assignment• Substantially improve a Wikipedia article relevant to the course or write a new one, if one doesn’t exist. – Goal is “Good Article” status
    19. 19. w Ne bio ry l it h heo iginaing bio t s w from Or b e pag rated 7 om 2 a cl e c :2 ti1 ar heory sep tions ,669 c t and ons: 7 Se rds: 5 1 5 ti Sec s: 831 Wo ges: es: 3 18 d Wor es: 0 Ima erenc links: f g 5 Ima rences: : 7 Re ernal t s Ex Refe nal link r Exte
    20. 20. Undergrads can do amazing workGreta Munger, Davidson College, an honor seminar course Greta Munger, Davidson College, an honor seminar course
    21. 21. Editing
    22. 22. Portions of poor quality
    23. 23. Revisions: History of the article Mar 17, 2010 Jan 24, 2011
    24. 24. Article discussion pages: Where coordination gets done• http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Carnegie_Mellon_University#Rankings
    25. 25. Principles and policies
    26. 26. What Wikipedia is not
    27. 27. Creating a user account
    28. 28. Via APS/Wikipedia Initiative http://hciresearch4.hcii.cs.cmu.edu/~apswi/stage/site/index.php Register for class: CarCMU 05-32039-000-rob
    29. 29. 7. Link your real name to username at
    30. 30. Create a user page & sandbox To create a subpage (e.g., sandbox): [[user:Charlottesweb28/Sandbox]] Or practice in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Sandbox
    31. 31. Start your user page by copyingsomeone elses
    32. 32. Editing your user page
    33. 33. Provides a dashboard & tools forworking on assignment
    34. 34. Read the Wikipedia Tutorial• http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Tutorial

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