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Why We Read Wikipedia

Philipp Singer, Florian Lemmerich, Robert West, Leila Zia, Ellery Wulczyn, Markus Strohmaier, Jure Leskovec
2017 Proceedings of the 26th International Conference on World Wide Web - WWW '17  
Although it is crucial to understand what exactly these needs are in order to be able to meet them, little is currently known about why users visit Wikipedia.  ...  Then, we quantify the prevalence of these use cases via a large-scale user survey conducted on live Wikipedia with almost 30,000 responses.  ...  Mansurov, Jon Robson, and Sam Smith for running the surveys on Wikipedia; and Aeryn Palmer for creating the privacy statements for this research.  ... 
doi:10.1145/3038912.3052716 dblp:conf/www/SingerL0ZWSL17 fatcat:dlyqrwdo6jdgtkku5s4d4q7lia

Analyze This: Usage and Your Collection

Kate Lawrence, Deirdre Costello, Kathleen McEvoy
2014 Against the Grain  
"It's like a game -teachers tell us not to use Wikipedia, and -wink, winkwe say we won't, but we all know we will!"  ...  "I skim the page and read little bits here and there -selectively" said one college sophomore, "and because I can't take the time to read everything, I just look [for my search terms] and read those bits  ... 
doi:10.7771/2380-176x.6886 fatcat:z574pfy6mrfvzevbpt4t5qvkai

Why the World Reads Wikipedia: Beyond English Speakers [article]

Florian Lemmerich, Diego Sáez-Trumper, Robert West, Leila Zia
2018 arXiv   pre-print
Despite this global readership, little is known about why users read Wikipedia's various language editions.  ...  Third, we show that certain Wikipedia use cases are more common in countries with certain socio-economic characteristics; e.g., in-depth reading of Wikipedia articles is substantially more common in countries  ...  ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS We thank the following Wikipedia users for translating the survey to their languages and acting as our points of contact in their language communities: _ , Amire80, Antanana, AWossink,  ... 
arXiv:1812.00474v1 fatcat:axcdlrz7bvc5foelkcv3jfbak4

Wikipedia as Science Communication: A Step-by-Step Guide

Paul Börsting, Maximilian Heimstädt
2021 Zenodo  
The Wikipedia community has become a source of information for a broad and global public.  ...  Engaging with an article: check out the backstage area After reading the Wikipedia article, we had a few ideas for editing based on the journal article.  ...  We tried to balance such a one-sided evaluation by providing further information on why open peer-review may help countering predatory journals.  ... 
doi:10.5281/zenodo.5111710 fatcat:mwea737mm5fa7bl6dcoxm4rir4

Wikipedia access and contribution: Language choice in multilingual communities . A case study

Joan Soler-Adillon, Pere Freixa
2017 Anàlisi: Quaderns de Comunicació i Cultura  
Students favor the English edition of Wikipedia when consulting it despite the fact that this is the language they assess themselves as being less proficient at in reading.  ...  This paper presents a study on language use in both accessing and contributing to Wikipedia in a context were users were expected to be able to read and write in at least three languages (Catalan, Spanish  ...  Acknowledgement We would like to thank Amical Wikimedia for their collaboration in both the design and implementation of the pedagogical exercise, as well as the Wikipedia community of volunteers, who  ... 
doi:10.5565/rev/analisi.3109 fatcat:ksrscr2parhn7peb2hmgkwthlm

No, Youtube'S "Trolls" Won'T Destroy Wikipedia [article]

Jonas Kaiser
2018 Zenodo  
YouTube's decision to embed Wikipedia articles under controversial videos caused a huge uproar.  ...  But we know that the audience is not just there and passive.  ...  This point is crucial, because it both highlights why YouTube's idea is futile and explains why "trolls" won't suddenly flock to Wikipedia in a united uproar.  ... 
doi:10.5281/zenodo.1205981 fatcat:rxvwstpbyrhmpd7qeel36hlije

"You get what you need" : A study of students' attitudes towards using Wikipedia when doing school assignments

Marte Blikstad-Balas
2015 Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research  
At the same time, students are aware of most credibility issues associated with Wikipedia.  ...  The main finding suggests that students favor Wikipedia because the site provides them with exactly what they need, being fast, flexible, and easy to use.  ...  We must ask ourselves: Why is it that an encyclopedia has become the most popular knowledge source in school?  ... 
doi:10.1080/00313831.2015.1066428 fatcat:rniqb2v4cbautdmyrybmuutcwy

Evaluating discourse-based answer extraction forwhy-question answering

Suzan Verberne, Lou Boves, Nelleke Oostdijk, Peter-Arno Coppen
2007 Proceedings of the 30th annual international ACM SIGIR conference on Research and development in information retrieval - SIGIR '07  
We studied all Webclopedia questions and the corresponding Wikipedia fragments and we found that for 84.7% of questions, a complete paragraph from Wikipedia is a satisfactory answer.  ...  We only considered the questions for which we were able to find an answer in Wikipedia (54% of all questions).  ... 
doi:10.1145/1277741.1277883 dblp:conf/sigir/VerberneBOC07 fatcat:s5s26morajbpbfos56lo3bzqj4

Citation_Needed_September_2019_Wikimedia_Research_Showcase_Presentation [article]

Jonathan Morgan, Miriam Redi
2019 Figshare  
Slides from the September 2019 Wikimedia Research Showcase presenting research on Unsourced Statements on Wikipedia.  ...  {{Citation needed|reason=Your explanation here|date=September 2019}} Recent Changes Can we help editors identify if and why Wikipedia statements need citations?  ...  Why?  ... 
doi:10.6084/m9.figshare.11387646.v1 fatcat:gkhr7kxi75frdauofmposiuvni

Knowledge, lost in translation

Kamran Abbasi
2011 Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine  
A survey of junior physicians estimated use of Wikipedia at 70%. Yet anybody can edit Wikipedia, why would we trust it? The evidence is less damning than perception.  ...  The Internet offers helpful solutions but poses challenges, foremost of which is how much we trust the information we are reading?  ... 
doi:10.1258/jrsm.2011.11k047 pmid:22179286 pmcid:PMC3241517 fatcat:sdz3hdxdajgqvkrylrlppubr5e

Random Ramblings- In Defense of Wikipedia and Google: When Scholarly Publications Fall Short

Bob Holley
2016 Against the Grain  
We do love the books too much. We still believe they have a useful place in the world, and maybe that's why we keeping plugging away at them.  ...  But Wikipedia is free, easy to access, and includes such a broad range of topics that I can understand why students often make it their first stop.  ... 
doi:10.7771/2380-176x.6584 fatcat:rgvggqn72fbc7l5ifxsb6kbkhq

Meet Students Where They Are: Centering Wikipedia in the Classroom

Diana Park, Oregon State University, Laurie Bridges, Oregon State University
2022 Communications in Information Literacy  
In 2019 we decided to meet students where they are by developing a two-credit course, Wikipedia and Information Equity, at Oregon State University that centers and critically examines Wikipedia as an information  ...  There is a common classroom refrain, "Don't use Wikipedia; it's unreliable."  ...  We'd also like to thank Laurie's son, Anders, and his third-grade teacher, Elvira Huidor Dever, both of whom inspired Laurie to begin investigating the educational benefits of Wikipedia in the classroom  ... 
doi:10.15760/comminfolit.2022.16.1.2 fatcat:iraqnsv6lvgghowlsxe4bxnnra

Global gender differences in Wikipedia readership [article]

Isaac Johnson, Florian Lemmerich, Diego Sáez-Trumper, Robert West, Markus Strohmaier, Leila Zia
2020 arXiv   pre-print
From a global online survey of 65,031 readers of Wikipedia and their corresponding reading logs, we present novel evidence of gender differences in Wikipedia readership and how they manifest in records  ...  More specifically we report that (1) women are underrepresented among readers of Wikipedia, (2) women view fewer pages per reading session than men do, (3) men and women visit Wikipedia for similar reasons  ...  We thank Clemens Lechner (GESIS -Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences) for providing advice on the selection and harmonization of survey questions.  ... 
arXiv:2007.10403v1 fatcat:ybjyznm6urckxjaptqo7rdbit4

WikiPedia censorship : how to kill knowledge with a mock court case

Christian Bois
2020 Zenodo  
Why WikiPedia is HELL for innovative scholars ???  ...  Why is this process still existing after 19 years of WikiPedia experience ? What do the administrators do when an article present for 13 years is erased ?  ...  Why should other concepts be in WikiPedia showcase and not ours ? B. « I am not a shady moron !  ... 
doi:10.5281/zenodo.4115999 fatcat:he3xugau3bdbnf4ik2gnypkqna

Education Through Wikipedia

Susanna Mkrtchyan, Institute for Informatics and Automation Problems of NAS RA
2021 Mathematical Problems of Computer Science  
Wikipedia belongs to education in various ways. One gains knowledge by reading Wikipedia, the other obtains profound knowledge by contributing to Wikipedia.  ...  It is the reason why educators in many countries include Wikipedia editing into their curriculum.  ...  Wikipedia Belongs to Education Below are the statements on why reading or contributing to Wikipedia is the best way to learn and digest the topic of one's study. 1.  ... 
doi:10.51408/1963-0074 fatcat:vjtzvhwfyvcvxjpmearikycjby
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