Drawing a data-driven portrait of Wikipedia editors

Robert West, Ingmar Weber, Carlos Castillo

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8 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

While there has been a substantial amount of research into the editorial and organizational processes within Wikipedia, little is known about how Wikipedia editors (Wikipedians) relate to the online world in general. We attempt to shed light on this issue by using aggregated log data from Yahoo!'s browser toolbar in order to analyze Wikipedians' editing behavior in the context of their online lives beyond Wikipedia. We broadly characterize editors by investigating how their online behavior differs from that of other users; e.g., we find that Wikipedia editors search more, read more news, play more games, and, perhaps surprisingly, are more immersed in popular culture. Then we inspect how editors' general interests relate to the articles to which they contribute; e.g., we confirm the intuition that editors are more familiar with their active domains than average users. Finally, we analyze the data from a temporal perspective; e.g., we demonstrate that a user's interest in the edited topic peaks immediately before the edit. Our results are relevant as they illuminate novel aspects of what has become many Web users' prevalent source of information.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWikiSym 2012 Conference Proceedings - 8th Annual International Symposium on Wikis and Open Collaboration
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2012
Externally publishedYes
Event8th Annual International Symposium on Wikis and Open Collaboration, WikiSym 2012 - Linz, Austria
Duration: 27 Aug 201229 Aug 2012

Other

Other8th Annual International Symposium on Wikis and Open Collaboration, WikiSym 2012
CountryAustria
CityLinz
Period27/8/1229/8/12

Keywords

  • editors
  • expertise
  • web usage
  • Wikipedia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications

Cite this

West, R., Weber, I., & Castillo, C. (2012). Drawing a data-driven portrait of Wikipedia editors. In WikiSym 2012 Conference Proceedings - 8th Annual International Symposium on Wikis and Open Collaboration https://doi.org/10.1145/2462932.2462937

Drawing a data-driven portrait of Wikipedia editors. / West, Robert; Weber, Ingmar; Castillo, Carlos.

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

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

West, R, Weber, I & Castillo, C 2012, Drawing a data-driven portrait of Wikipedia editors. in WikiSym 2012 Conference Proceedings - 8th Annual International Symposium on Wikis and Open Collaboration. 8th Annual International Symposium on Wikis and Open Collaboration, WikiSym 2012, Linz, Austria, 27/8/12. https://doi.org/10.1145/2462932.2462937
West R, Weber I, Castillo C. Drawing a data-driven portrait of Wikipedia editors. In WikiSym 2012 Conference Proceedings - 8th Annual International Symposium on Wikis and Open Collaboration. 2012 https://doi.org/10.1145/2462932.2462937
West, Robert ; Weber, Ingmar ; Castillo, Carlos. / Drawing a data-driven portrait of Wikipedia editors. WikiSym 2012 Conference Proceedings - 8th Annual International Symposium on Wikis and Open Collaboration. 2012.
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