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The People’s Encyclopedia Under the Gaze of the Sages: A Systematic Review of Scholarly Research on Wikipedia


Chitu Okoli


Concordia University, Quebec - John Molson School of Business

Mohamad Mehdi


Computer Science, Concordia University

Mostafa Mesgari


John Molson School of Business, Concordia University

Finn Årup Nielsen


Technical University of Denmark - Informatics and Mathematical Modeling

Arto Lanamäki


Information Science and Media Studies, University of Bergen

October 24, 2012


Abstract:     
Wikipedia has become one of the ten most visited sites on the Web, and the world’s leading source of Web reference information. Its rapid success has inspired hundreds of scholars from various disciplines to study its content, communication and community dynamics from various perspectives. This article presents a systematic review of scholarly research on Wikipedia. We describe our detailed, rigorous methodology for identifying over 450 scholarly studies of Wikipedia. We present the WikiLit website (http wikilit dot referata dot com), where most of the papers reviewed here are described in detail. In the major section of this article, we then categorize and summarize the studies. An appendix features an extensive list of resources useful for Wikipedia researchers.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 138

Keywords: Wikipedia, systematic literature review, encyclopedias, Web 2.0, social media, online collaboration, mass collaboration, information retrieval, information extraction, natural language processing, ontologies, open content, Creative Commons, motivations, online culture, Web references

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Date posted: March 17, 2012 ; Last revised: May 17, 2014

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Okoli, Chitu and Mehdi, Mohamad and Mesgari, Mostafa and Nielsen, Finn Årup and Lanamäki, Arto, The People’s Encyclopedia Under the Gaze of the Sages: A Systematic Review of Scholarly Research on Wikipedia (October 24, 2012). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2021326 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2021326

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Chitu Okoli (Contact Author)
Concordia University, Quebec - John Molson School of Business ( email )
1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W.
Montreal, Quebec H3G 1M8
Canada
HOME PAGE: http://chitu.okoli.org/pro
Mohamad Mehdi
Computer Science, Concordia University ( email )
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Montreal, Quebec H3G 1MB
Canada
Mostafa Mesgari
John Molson School of Business, Concordia University ( email )
1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W.
Montreal, Quebec H3G 1M8
Canada
HOME PAGE: http://johnmolson.concordia.ca/en/graduate-programs/phd-program/phd-students/1911-mostafa-mesgari
Finn Årup Nielsen
Technical University of Denmark - Informatics and Mathematical Modeling ( email )
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DK-2300 Lyngby, DE Copenhagen DK-2300
Denmark
Arto Lanamäki
Information Science and Media Studies, University of Bergen ( email )
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Bergen, 5020
Norway
+4794892099 (Phone)
HOME PAGE: http://uib.academia.edu/ArtoLanam%C3%A4ki
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