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The afterlife of 'living deliverables': angels or zombies?


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Living deliverables of the research project STELLAR are analysed with respect to exposed editing activity -- beyond the deadline of actual delivery.

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The afterlife of 'living deliverables': angels or zombies?

  1. 1. Living deliverables: angels or zombies?<br />2ndInternational Workshop on Research 2.0, September 28, 2010, Barcelona, Spain<br />Fridolin Wild, Thomas Ullmann<br />The Open University<br />
  2. 2. Living Deliverables<br />Deliverable:pre-defined, tangible, and verifiable work product; report on progress against tasks<br />Living deliverable: continuously edited with lively activity beyond official delivery deadline;wiki<br />>><br />2<br />… prior work … method … analysis … outlook<br />
  3. 3. Sunword Glyph (Arazy et al., 2010)<br />Detailed Glyph (Arazy et al., 2010)<br />Prior Work<br />WikiChanges: Sparklines (Nunes et al., 2008)<br />Focus on individual articles<br />History Flow (Viegas et al., 2004)<br />
  4. 4. Prior Work (2)<br />Corporate Knowledge Sharing analysed with Sonivis (Baumgrass et al., 2008)<br />Different scope or different wiki use<br />Revert Graphs (Suh et al., 2007)<br />Meso-Zoom Analysis (Jesus et al., 2009)<br />
  5. 5. Life after deadline<br />Angel:cheerful editing activity of a coherent set of pages of a deliverable also after deadline<br />Zombie: Low or no editing activity after deadline<br />5<br />
  6. 6. Method of Analysis<br />Data extraction from latest changes feed and versioning history in database<br />Statistics on revision histories<br />Social Network Analysis using revision history<br />Co-authorship networks: two people edit the same page = co-authorship: IMA,Tx IMTA,T<br />Bipartite author-page networks: person edits page = directed edge from person to page: AMA∧P, A∧P<br />
  7. 7. Observed Living Deliverables<br />7<br />Average: 22.7 users, 3 820 page views, selected from 14 living deliverables, thereby excluding small group works and obvious zombies (no editing activity from the first day)<br />
  8. 8. Cumulated Edits over Lifetime<br />8<br />
  9. 9. Co-authorship network of d6.3<br />9<br />
  10. 10. Co-Authorship net w/o ‘Home’<br />10<br />
  11. 11. Page-author net before deadline<br />11<br />D6.3<br />
  12. 12. Page-author net after deadline<br />12<br />D6.3<br />
  13. 13. Other deliverables after deadline<br />D7.1<br />D6.2<br />D1.1<br />D1.2 became a ‘zombie’ (in the period of analysis – might be an angel by today)<br />
  14. 14. 14<br />Discussion<br />Limit: Don’t mistake wiki co-authorship for overall collaboration on a deliverable<br />Limit: Small set of wikis investigated<br />Found: Way to make activities more transparent<br />Found: There are phases in life<br />Found: Shift in focus after delivery<br />Outlook: differentiation of editing types<br />Outlook: animation over time<br />Outlook: reflection tool about collaboration?<br />
  15. 15. Beware, the end is near.<br />15<br />