Staying in the loop: Structure and dynamics of Wikipedia's breaking news collaborations

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Abstract

Despite the fact that Wikipedia articles about current events are more popular and attract more contributions than typical articles, canonical studies of Wikipedia have only analyzed articles about pre-existing information. We expect the co-authoring of articles about breaking news incidents to exhibit high-tempo coordination dynamics which are not found in articles about historical events and information. Using 1.03 million revisions made by 158,384 users to 3,233 English Wikipedia articles about disasters, catastrophes, and conflicts since 1990, we construct "article trajectories" of editor interactions as they coauthor an article. Examining a subset of this corpus, our analysis demonstrates that articles about current events exhibit structures and dynamics distinct from those observed among articles about non-breaking events. These findings have implications for how collective intelligence systems can be leveraged to process and make sense of complex information.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationWikiSym 2012 Conference Proceedings - 8th Annual International Symposium on Wikis and Open Collaboration
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2012
Event8th Annual International Symposium on Wikis and Open Collaboration, WikiSym 2012 - Linz, Austria
Duration: Aug 27 2012Aug 29 2012

Publication series

NameWikiSym 2012 Conference Proceedings - 8th Annual International Symposium on Wikis and Open Collaboration

Other

Other8th Annual International Symposium on Wikis and Open Collaboration, WikiSym 2012
CountryAustria
CityLinz
Period8/27/128/29/12

Keywords

  • Wikipedia
  • breaking news
  • collaboration
  • high-tempo collaboration
  • multigraph
  • network analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications

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