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Title: Collaborative Visualizations for Wikipedia Critique and Activism
Authors: De Sabbata, Stefano
Eccles, Kathryn
Hale, Scott
Straumann, Ralph K.
Çöltekin, Arzu
First Published: 1-Jul-2015
Presented at: Ninth International Conference on Web and Social Media, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK, May 26–29, 2015
Start Date: 26-May-2015
End Date: 29-May-2015
Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence
Citation: Proceedings of the Ninth International Conference on Web and Social Media, AAAI, 2015.
Abstract: Wikipedia is one of the largest platforms based on the con- cept of asynchronous, distributed, collaborative work. A systematic collaborative exploration and assessment of Wik- ipedia content and coverage is however still largely missing. On the one hand editors routinely perform quality and cov- erage control of individual articles, while on the other hand academic research on Wikipedia is mostly focused on global issues, and only sporadically on local assessment. In this paper, we argue that collaborative visualizations have the potential to fill this gap, affording editors to collaboratively explore and analyse patterns in Wikipedia content, at differ- ent scales. We illustrate how a collaborative visualization service can be an effective tool for editors to create, edit, and discuss public visualizations of Wikipedia data. Com- bined with the large Wikipedia user-base, and its diverse lo- cal knowledge, this could result in a large-scale collection of evidence for critique and activism, and the potential to en- hance the quantity and quality of Wikipedia content.
ISBN: 978-1-57735-733-9
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Conference Paper
Rights: Copyright © 2015, Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence ( All rights reserved. Following the embargo period this file is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives License ( ), which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.
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