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The Most Controversial Topics in Wikipedia: A Multilingual and Geographical Analysis


Taha Yasseri


University of Oxford - Oxford Internet Institute

Anselm Spoerri


Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - School of Communication and Information (SC&I)

Mark Graham


Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford

Janos Kertesz


Budapest University of Technology and Economics - Department of Theoretical Physics; Central European University (CEU) - Center for Network Science

May 23, 2013

Global Wikipedia: International and Cross-Cultural Issues in Online Collaboration, Fichman P., Hara N., eds., Scarecrow Press, 2014

Abstract:     
We present, visualize and analyse the similarities and differences between the controversial topics related to “edit wars” identified in 10 different language versions of Wikipedia. After a brief review of the related work we describe the methods developed to locate, measure, and categorize the controversial topics in the different languages. Visualizations of the degree of overlap between the top 100 list of most controversial articles in different languages and the content related geographical locations will be presented. We discuss what the presented analysis and visualizations can tell us about the multicultural aspects of Wikipedia, and, in general, about cultures of peer-production with focus on universal and specifically, local features. We demonstrate that Wikipedia is more than just an encyclopaedia; it is also a window into divergent social-spatial priorities, interests and preferences.

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Date posted: May 24, 2013 ; Last revised: July 4, 2014

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Yasseri, Taha and Spoerri, Anselm and Graham, Mark and Kertesz, Janos, The Most Controversial Topics in Wikipedia: A Multilingual and Geographical Analysis (May 23, 2013). Global Wikipedia: International and Cross-Cultural Issues in Online Collaboration, Fichman P., Hara N., eds., Scarecrow Press, 2014. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2269392 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2269392

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Taha Yasseri (Contact Author)
University of Oxford - Oxford Internet Institute ( email )
1 St. Giles
University of Oxford
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3JS
United Kingdom
HOME PAGE: http://www.oii.ox.ac.uk/people/yasseri/
Anselm Spoerri
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - School of Communication and Information (SC&I) ( email )
4 Huntington St
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
United States
Mark Graham
Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford ( email )
1 St. Giles
University of Oxford
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3JS
United Kingdom
HOME PAGE: http://www.geospace.co.uk
Janos Kertesz
Budapest University of Technology and Economics - Department of Theoretical Physics ( email )
Budafoki ut 8.
Budapest, 1111
Hungary
Central European University (CEU) - Center for Network Science ( email )
Budapest
Hungary
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