Protocol for a Systematic Literature Review of Research on the Wikipedia
Proceedings of the International ACM Conference on Management of Emergent Digital EcoSystems (MEDES)
8 Pages Posted: 11 Jul 2013
Date Written: October 27, 2009
Context: 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 attracted over 400 scholarly studies that treat Wikipedia as a major topic or data source.
Objectives: This article presents a protocol for conducting a systematic mapping (a broad-based literature review) of research on Wikipedia. It identifies what research has been conducted; what research questions have been asked, and which have been answered and which remain unanswered; and what theories and methodologies have been employed to study Wikipedia.
Methods: This protocol follows the rigorous methodology of evidence-based software engineering to conduct a systematic mapping study.
Results and conclusions: The study specified by this protocol is currently in progress, and has thus far identified over 400 studies. Sample preliminary results are presented.
This is the longer form of a poster summary published in the referenced proceedings.
Keywords: Wikipedia, systematic literature review, open content, open source
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