Wikipedia as a Distributed Problem-Solving Network

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Matthijs L. den Besten

GSCM-Montpellier Business School

Max Loubser

University of Oxford - Oxford Internet Institute

Jean-Michel Dalle

Université Paris VI Pierre et Marie Curie

Date Written: November 17, 2008

Abstract

Wikipedia, the free online encyclopaedia put together by volunteers, is a prime example of a distributed problem-solving network with a global array of contributors creating a resource that has been compared to leading encyclopedia. The study focused on efforts to maintain the quality of Wikipedia entries and in particular of the use of tagging to signal the need for improvement in entries of Simple Wikipedia.

Keywords: distributed problem solving networks, internet, network, crowd sourcing, problem solving, organization, wikipedia, knowledge, collaboration, digital networks, information sharing

Suggested Citation

den Besten, Matthijs L. and Loubser, Max and Dalle, Jean-Michel, Wikipedia as a Distributed Problem-Solving Network (November 17, 2008). OII Working Paper No. 13. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1302898 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1302898

Matthijs L. Den Besten (Contact Author)

GSCM-Montpellier Business School ( email )

2300, Avenue des Moulins
Montpellier, 34185
France

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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