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Is Wikipedia Inefficient? Modelling Effort and Participation in Wikipedia


Kevin Crowston


Syracuse University - School of Information Studies

Nicolas Jullien


Telecom Bretagne; M@rsouin (Môle Amoricain de Recherche sur la Société de l'information et les Usages d'Internet)

Felipe Ortega


Universidad Carlos III de Madrid - GSyC/Libresoft

August 31, 2012

Presented at HICSS 2013

Abstract:     
Concerns have been raisedabout the decreased ability of Wikipedia to recruit editors and in to harness the effort of contributors to create new articles and improve existing articles. But, as Marwell & Oliver explained,in collective projects, in the initial stage of the project, people are few and efforts costly; in the diffusion phase, the number of participants grows as their efforts are rewarding; and in the mature phase, some inefficiency may appear as the number of contributors is more than the work requires. In this paper, thanks to original data we extract from 36 of the main language projects, we compare the efficiency of Wikipedia projects in different languages and at different states of development to examine this effect.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 10

Keywords: Wikipedia, Data Envelopment Analysis, efficiency

JEL Classification: C67, D29, L23, L86

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Date posted: November 17, 2011 ; Last revised: January 22, 2013

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Crowston, Kevin and Jullien, Nicolas and Ortega, Felipe, Is Wikipedia Inefficient? Modelling Effort and Participation in Wikipedia (August 31, 2012). Presented at HICSS 2013. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1960696 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1960696

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Kevin Crowston
Syracuse University - School of Information Studies ( email )
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Syracuse, NY 13244
United States
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Nicolas Jullien (Contact Author)
Telecom Bretagne ( email )
Technopole Brest Iroise
Brest, 29238
France
M@rsouin (Môle Amoricain de Recherche sur la Société de l'information et les Usages d'Internet) ( email )
France

Felipe Ortega
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid - GSyC/Libresoft ( email )
Mostoles, Madrid
Spain
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