Mining for Practices in Community Collections: Finds from Simple Wikipedia

Open Source Development, Communities and Quality, pp. 105-120

16 Pages Posted: 10 Jul 2008 Last revised: 4 Aug 2014

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Matthijs L. den Besten

GSCM-Montpellier Business School

Alessandro Rossi

University of Trento

Loris Gaio

University of Trento

Max Loubser

University of Oxford - Oxford Internet Institute

Jean-Michel Dalle

Université Paris VI Pierre et Marie Curie

Date Written: September 8, 2008

Abstract

The challenges of commons based peer production are usually associated with the development of complex software projects such as Linux and Apache. But the case of open content production should not be treated as a trivial one. For instance, while the task of maintaining a collection of encyclopedic articles might seem negligible compared to the one of keeping together a software system with its many modules and interdependencies, it still poses quite demanding problems. In this paper, we describe the methods and practices adopted by Simple Wikipedia to keep its articles easy to read. Based on measurements of article readability and similarity, we conclude that while the mechanisms adopted by the community had some effect, in the long run more efforts and new practices might be necessary in order to maintain an acceptable level of readability in the Simple Wikipedia collection.

Suggested Citation

den Besten, Matthijs L. and Rossi, Alessandro and Gaio, Loris and Loubser, Max and Dalle, Jean-Michel, Mining for Practices in Community Collections: Finds from Simple Wikipedia (September 8, 2008). Open Source Development, Communities and Quality, pp. 105-120, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1157919

Matthijs L. Den Besten

GSCM-Montpellier Business School ( email )

2300, Avenue des Moulins
Montpellier, 34185
France

Alessandro Rossi (Contact Author)

University of Trento ( email )

Via Giuseppe Verdi 26
Trento, Trento 38152
Italy

Loris Gaio

University of Trento ( email )

Via Giuseppe Verdi 26
Trento, Trento 38152
Italy

Max Loubser

University of Oxford - Oxford Internet Institute ( email )

1 St. Giles
University of Oxford
Oxford OX1 3PG Oxfordshire, Oxfordshire OX1 3JS
United Kingdom

Jean-Michel Dalle

Université Paris VI Pierre et Marie Curie ( email )

175 Rue du Chevaleret
Paris, 75013
France

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