Bipartite Networks of Wikipediaʼs Articles and Authors: a Meso-level Approach

Publication: Research - peer-reviewArticle in proceedings – Annual report year: 2009

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This exploratory study investigates the bipartite network of articles linked by common editors in Wikipedia, 'The Free Encyclopedia that Anyone Can Edit'. We use the articles in the categories (to depth three) of Physics and Philosophy and extract and focus on significant editors (at least 7 or 10 edits per each article). We construct a bipartite network, and from it, overlapping cliques of densely connected articles and editors. We cluster these densely connected cliques into larger modules to study examples of larger groups that display how volunteer editors flock around articles driven by interest, real-world controversies, or the result of coordination in WikiProjects. Our results confirm that topics aggregate editors; and show that highly coordinated efforts result in dense clusters.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWikiSym '09 : Proceedings of the 5th International Symposium on Wikis and Open Collaboration
Number of pages10
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication date2009
PagesArticle No. 5
ISBN (print)978-1-60558-730-1
StatePublished - 2009
Event5th International Symposium on Wikis and Open Collaboration (WikiSym 2009) - Orlando, Florida, United States


Conference5th International Symposium on Wikis and Open Collaboration (WikiSym 2009)
CountryUnited States
CityOrlando, Florida
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