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Paper – The Evolution of Wikipedia’s Norm Network

The Evolution of Wikipedia’s Norm Network – Bradi Heaberlin and Simon DeDeoFuture, Internet 2016, 8(2), 14; doi:10.3390/fi8020014

“Social norms have traditionally been difficult to quantify. In any particular society, their sheer number and complex interdependencies often limit a system-level analysis. One exception is that of the network of norms that sustain the online Wikipedia community. We study the fifteen-year evolution of this network using the interconnected set of pages that establish, describe, and interpret the community’s norms. Despite Wikipedia’s reputation for ad hoc governance, we find that its normative evolution is highly conservative. The earliest users create norms that both dominate the network and persist over time. These core norms govern both content and interpersonal interactions using abstract principles such as neutrality, verifiability, and assume good faith. As the network grows, norm neighborhoods decouple topologically from each other, while increasing in semantic coherence. Taken together, these results suggest that the evolution of Wikipedia’s norm network is akin to bureaucratic systems that predate the information age.”

The Social Intranet Insights on Managing and Sharing Knowledge Internally

IBM Center for the Business of Government – The Social Intranet: Insights on Managing and Sharing Knowledge Internally, March 2016: “Corporate America increasingly relies on social intranets to leverage employees’ knowledge and foster collaboration in ways that speed up work and reduce costs . While much of the federal government lags behind, some agencies areContinue Reading

New page for people/institutions who want to get data into Wikidata

Wikidata:Data donation – “This page is written for institutions, companies, organisations and individuals who are interested in adding data to Wikidata…Wikidata aims to create a multilingual free knowledge base about the world that can be read and edited by humans and machines alike. It provides data in all the languages of the Wikimedia projects, andContinue Reading

Wikimedia Foundation Transparency Report

“Our mission is to provide free access to the sum of all human knowledge. We believe that protecting user privacy and defending against censorship are essential to the success of that mission. Every year, we receive requests from governments, individuals, and organizations to disclose information about our users or to delete or alter content onContinue Reading

From Freebase to Wikidata: The Great Migration

“Collaborative knowledge bases that make their data freely available in a machine-readable form are central for the data strategy of many projects and organizations. The two major collaborative knowledge bases are Wikimedia’s Wikidata and Google’s Freebase. Due to the success of Wikidata, Google decided in 2014 to offer the content of Freebase to the WikidataContinue Reading

New on LLRX – 6 lessons from sharing humanitarian data

Via LLRX.com – 6 lessons from sharing humanitarian data – This is Francis Irving’s concise and focused overview of best practices used by the Humanitarian Data Exchange (HDX), a data hub created by the United Nations and used by agencies, NGOs, companies, governments and academics to share data.

Wikipedia at 15: Millions of readers in scores of languages

Pew Factank: “Wikipedia turn[ed] 15 on Friday [January 15, 2016]. A key element in its creators’ vision of a user-generated online encyclopedia was to make it a repository of information serving audiences in multiple languages. The first non-English versions launched shortly after the Wikipedia’s founding in 2001, with offerings in six languages – German, Catalan, Swedish, French, Spanish andContinue Reading

New on LLRX – Student Research Resources on the Internet 2016

Via LLRX.com – Student Research Resources on the Internet 2016 – Marcus Zillman’s comprehensive, actionable guide provides links to hundreds of resources that assist students of all ages to leverage free and low cost resources to facilitate more efficient, effective learning – either as an individual, as part of a team, in a classroom, orContinue Reading

New on LLRX – Creating Information Literacy and a critical guide for using Wikipedia

Via LLRX Creating the Information Literate Warrior: Step 6 to Information Literacy – In his part of her ongoing series, Lorette Weldon concentrates on successful methods for developing needed tools for kids’ study through demonstrations to show them how to find the information on their own. Wikipedia and Information Literacy: Step 5 to Information LiteracyContinue Reading

EC – Businesses raise their internet profile by using social media

“This article presents recent statistics on the use of social media by enterprises in the European Union (EU) as part of their strategy for integrating information and communication technologies (ICT) in their business. Social media refer to internet based applications such as, for instance, social networks, blogs, multimedia content-sharing sites and wikis. In principle, enterprises use social media for image buildingContinue Reading

New York Review of Books – The fast pace of change on the information superhighway

Are We Puppets in a Wired World? – Sue Halpern highlights new books on a range of issues including privacy, big data, social media and predictive analysis in relationship to e-commerce. “In the first five years of the new millennium, Internet use grew 160 percent; by 2005 there were nearly a billion people on the Internet. By 2005,Continue Reading

Commentary – The Decline of Wikipedia

Tom Simonite – MIT Technology Review: “The sixth most widely used website in the world is not run anything like the others in the top 10. It is not operated by a sophisticated corporation but by a leaderless collection of volunteers who generally work under pseudonyms and habitually bicker with each other. It rarely triesContinue Reading