Is Wikipedia Inefficient? Modelling Effort and Participation in Wikipedia
Syracuse University - School of Information Studies
Telecom Bretagne, iSchool; M@rsouin (Môle Amoricain de Recherche sur la Société de l'information et les Usages d'Internet)
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid - GSyC/Libresoft
August 31, 2012
Presented at HICSS 2013
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
Date posted: November 17, 2011 ; Last revised: January 22, 2013
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