University of Konstanz
Jürgen Lerner

BA-/MA-Project Analyzing Wikipedia collaboration networks (Summer 2017)

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Topics will be presented in the first coordination meeting
26.04.2017 at 13:30 in PZ1001

Data from the online encyclopedia Wikipedia offers an opportunity to study large-scale, self-organizing collaboration networks. Interesting research questions include finding out determinants of article quality and the factors that influence the status or reputation of contributing users. In this project students will collect, preprocess and analyze freely available data from Wikipedia.

Prerequisites: Good programing skills in java or in a similar language. Basic knowledge of algorithms and datastructures. Interest in quantitative methods for analyzing online social collaboration.

Coordinator: Jürgen Lerner


Coordination meetings 26.04.2017 and 03.05.2017 at 13:30-15:00 in PZ 1001
Presentation 19.07.2017 and 26.07.2017 at 13:30-15:00 in PZ 1001


Some documents are only locally accessible - see possibilities for remote access.



Some documents are only locally accessible - see possibilities for remote access.

Wikipedia research

  1. Arazy et al. (2011). Information quality in Wikipedia: The effects of group composition and task conflict. Journal of Management Information Systems 27(4): 71-98. (local copy)
  2. Ransbotham and Kane (2011). Membership turnover and collaboration success in online communities: Explaining rises and falls from grace in Wikipedia. MIS Quarterly 35(3): 613-627. (local copy)
  3. Stvilia et al. (2008). Information quality work organization in Wikipedia. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology 59(6): 983-1001. (local copy)
  4. Burke and Kraut (2008). Mopping up: modeling wikipedia promotion decisions. Proc. 2008 ACM conf. Computer supported cooperative work, pages 27-36. (local copy)
  5. Leskovec, Huttenlocher, and Kleinberg (2010). Governance in social media: A case study of the Wikipedia promotion process. Proc. Intl. Conf. Weblogs and Social Media, pages 98-105. (local copy)
  6. Leskovec, Huttenlocher, and Kleinberg (2010). Signed networks in social media. Proc. SIGCHI conf. human factors in computing systems, pages 1361-1370. (local copy)
  7. Adler and De Alfaro (2007). A content-driven reputation system for the Wikipedia. Proc 16th intl. conf. World Wide Web (WWW 2007), pages 261-270. (local copy)
  8. Flöck and Acosta (2014). WikiWho: Precise and efficient attribution of authorship of revisioned content. Proc 23rd intl. conf. World Wide Web (WWW 2014). (local copy)
  9. Keegan, Gergle, and Contractor (2012). Do editors or articles drive collaboration? Multilevel statistical network analysis of Wikipedia coauthorship. Proc. ACM 2012 conf. computer supported cooperative work, pages 427-436. (local copy)
  10. Romero, Huttenlocher, and Kleinberg (2015). Coordination and Efficiency in Decentralized Collaboration. Preprint arXiv:1503.07431. (local copy)

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