Wikipedia, a Social Pedia: Research Challenges and Opportunities
Robert West, Leila Zia, Jure Leskovec, Organizers
Technical Report WS-15-19
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Wikipedia is one of the most popular sites on the Web, a main source of knowledge for a large fraction of Internet users, and one of very few projects that make not only their content but also many activity logs available to the public. For these reasons, Wikipedia has become an important object of study for researchers across many subfields of the computational and social sciences, such as social-network analysis, social psychology, education, anthropology, political science, human-computer interaction, cognitive science, artificial intelligence, linguistics, and natural-language processing. The goal of this workshop is to create a forum for researchers exploring all social aspects of Wikipedia, including the creation and consumption of content, participation in discussions and their dynamics, task management and the evolution of hierarchies, finding consensus on editorial issues, etc. With a member of the Wikimedia Foundation's research team in the organizing committee and a keynote speaker from the Foundation, we aim to establish a direct exchange of ideas between the organization that operates Wikipedia and the researchers that are interested in studying it.