WikiProject (or Wikiproject ) is the organization of a group of participants in a wiki in order to achieve specific goals. [1] [2] [3] WikiProjects are prevalent within the largest wiki, Wikipedia , and exists to varying degrees within sister projects such as Wiktionary , Wikiquote , and Wikisource .

On Wikipedia

Some Wikipedia WikiProjects are a very important part of cooperative activities. For example, in the year 2014 the Cochrane Collaborative, which had entered into a partnership with Wikipedia’s WikiProject Medicine , “to improve the reliability and accessibility of Wikipedia medical information online”. [4]

Wikipedia has hundreds of WikiProjects. [1] [3] One task Commonly Performed by topical WikiProjects in Wikipedia is the assessment of the quality of items That Fall Within That topic area. [5] In Wikipedia and sister projects, WikiProject pages are located in project space, [1] and the meta information regarding the association between the article and the WikiProject is usually included on the talk page of the article. [5] WikiProjects provide an additional avenue for engagement between editors with similar interests, and have increased the productivity of such editors. [2] In order to spur participation and effectiveness concentrate, WikiProjects in Wikipedia May engages in activities like having a “Collaboration of the week”, [6] or Designating one item to be Improved to the point of Achieving “featured” status. [7] The WikiProject Council is a group of editors that assists with the development of active WikiProjects.

A 2008 academic study of Wikipedia Concluded That participation in WikiProjects Substantially Improved the chances of an editor Becoming an administrator, finding That One policy Wikipedia edit gold edit WikiProject is worth ten item edits, [8] and Concluding:

Merely performing a lot of production work is insufficient for “promotion” in Wikipedia. Candidates’ article edits were weak predictors of success. They also have demonstrated more managerial behavior. Widely used to predict the success of RfA success. Wikipedia is a bureaucracy [9] and that coordination work has increased substantially. [10] [11] […] Participation in Wikipedia policy and WikiProjects was not predictive of adminship prior to 2006, suggesting the community as a whole.

References

  1. ^ Jump up to:c Phoebe Ayers, Charles Matthews, Ben Yates, How Wikipedia Works: And How You Can Be a Part of it (2008), p. 213.
  2. ^ Jump up to:b Robert E. Kraut, Paul Resnick, Sara Kiesler, Building Successful Online Communities (2012), p. 207, “WikiProjects are groups of editors who work together on articles within a domain, like military history, sports, or medicine.”
  3. ^ Jump up to:b Broughton, John (2008). Wikipedia – The Missing Manual . O’Reilly Media . pp. 165-175.
  4. Jump up^ Press Release, “Cochrane announces partnership initiative with WikiProject Medicine” (February 11, 2014).
  5. ^ Jump up to:b Huijing Deng, Bernadetta Tarigan, Mihai Grigore, Juliana Sutanto, ‘Understanding the Quality Motion’ of Wikipedia Articles Through Semantic Convergence Analysis, HCI in Business: Lecture Notes in Computer Science , Vol. 9191 (July 21, 2015), p. 64-75.
  6. Jump up^ Robert E. Kraut, Paul Resnick, Sara Kiesler,Building Successful Online Communities(2012), p. 38, “WikiProjects are groups of editors that work together on articles within a domain, like military history, sports, or medicine.”
  7. Jump up^ Robert E. Kraut, Paul Resnick, Sara Kiesler,Building Successful Online Communities(2012), p. 85, “WikiProjects are groups of editors who work together on articles within a domain, like military history, sports, or medicine”.
  8. Jump up^ Burke, Moira; Kraut, Robert (2008). “Taking up the mop”. Proceeding of the twenty-sixth annual CHI conference extended abstracts on human factors in computing systems – CHI 08 : 3441. doi : 10.1145 / 1358628.1358871 .
  9. Jump up^ Butler, Brian; Joyce, Elizabeth; Pike, Jacqueline (2008). “Do not look now, but we’ve created a bureaucracy”. Proceeding of the twenty-sixth annual CHI conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems – CHI 08 : 1101. doi : 10.1145 / 1357054.1357227 .
  10. Jump up^ Kittur, Aniket; Suh, Bongwon; Pendleton, Bryan A .; And Chi, Ed H. (2007). “He says, she says: conflict and coordination in Wikipedia”. Proceedings of the SIGCHI conference on Human factors in computing . Association for Computing Machinery: 453-462. ISBN  978-1-59593-593-9 . Doi : 10.1145 / 1240624.1240698 .
  11. Jump up^ Viegas, Fernanda B .; Wattenberg, Martin; Kriss, Jesse; Van Ham, Frank (2007). “Talk Before You Type: Coordination in Wikipedia”. 40th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Science . IEEE Xplore Digital Library: 575-582. Doi :10.1109 / HICSS.2007.511 .

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