Wiki-Watch , Formally Known As Arbeitsstelle Wiki-Watch im “Studien- und Forschungsschwerpunkt Medienrecht” Juristischen der Fakultät der Europa-Universität Viadrina [1] ( English : Wiki-Watch Project at the “Study and Research Center on Media Law” from the Faculty of Law at Viadrina European University ) is a German university project for the transparency of Wikipedia and Wikipedia.

Wiki-Watch conducted and published a survey of German Wikipedia and blogs regularly about German Wikipedia problems. Wiki-Watch’s site provides statistical insights on Wikipedia. [2] [3] [4] [5] [6]

Part of is a free software application for page analysis. Wikipedia articles in French and German. It produces a five-level evaluation score for its assessment of reliability. [7] Second, its “Exclusive Insight” shows what is occurring in Wikipedia in nearly realtime. [8] The Wiki-Watch blog spots current trends in Wikipedia and is a source of news coverage about the Wikipedia project. [9] [10]

Wiki-Watch was developed at the Viadrina European University in Frankfurt an der Oder, Germany. The development team included professors Wolfgang Stock and Johannes Weberling . [7] [11] [12]

Wiki-Watch’s formal page analysis

Wiki-Watch’s formal analysis relies on tracking each entry made in a Wikipedia article. It checks the number of sources, the number of editors and the number of links to the article. Within the WikiTrust each editor is also given a “quality score” that assesses the reliability of their edits. [11]

Hundreds of thousands of editors have contributed Wikipedia entries [13] and the reliability of the information within Wikipedia has been the subject of debate among experts. [14] Since 2009, the Wikimedia Foundation had been considering marking text that had not been reviewed or edited by multiple editors as “untested”. Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to: navigation, search

Text tracking HAS incorporated into the wikitrust system, in Ongoing development at the University of California Santa Cruz [11] [15] and Implemented in Wiki-Watch. [16] or unsafe. Synonyms [17] The reliability and reputation scoring system uses a color code to evaluate pieces of text, based on the edit history and number of revisions by users, thus signaling what may be unreliable changes within an article. The Reliability of each Editor is assessed by reviewing the changes they have made to various items, And tracking their contributions to see how well the contributions survive after edits by other editors. [18]

The page analysis is comparable to WikiBu with some differences. WikiTrust is more detailed than WikiBu. Wiki-Watch stresses more the quality of sources, while WikiBu stresses more the quantity of views over sources. Wiki-Watch is aimed at media professionals, while WikiBu is liked on pupils and teachers.

“Exclusive Insight”

In “Exclusive Insight” Wiki-Watch shows a compact overview of current Wikipedia developments (What and Who). Users can choose between one hour and one month. A logged-in user can see more detailed statistics: most read pages, new pages, most edited pages, and so on. Additionally, graphs are provided for the most read pages, displaying each day. [19] The “Exclusive Insight” displays edit wars and deletions, as well as the activities of administrators and power editors. [19] [20]

Criticism of co-founder

In July 2011 the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper published articles describing an alleged conflict of interest between co-founder Wolfgang Stock’s work for Wiki-Watch and his work for a pharmaceutical company that was a client of his agency Convincet. [21] [22] [23] Wiki-Watch (late 2010) and two years before the accusation (July 2011).

In a formal reply in Der Spiegel , Stock refuted the allegations, calling them “wrong” and “false”. [24] Stock quote that he had made his edits of entries related to a pharmaceutical company “before my consulting work for the pharmaceutical company.” [24] By his own admission, Stocks edits derived from personal interest and were not paid by anybody. Only later, from summer 2009 on, he had worked as a consultant for the pharmaceutical company. [25] [26] [27] “Given the ongoing legal dispute” on the charge, Stock gave up his leadership position of Wiki-Watch [24] and his access rights to his Internet platform,

The Viadrina European University called the allegations “demonstrably false”. [28]

See also

  • Internet portal
  • Reliability of Wikipedia
  • Wikiscanner


  1. Jump up^ “Wiki-Watch – Impressum” . . Retrieved 2012-03-22 .
  2. Jump up^ Deutsche Presse Agentur (13 January 2011). “German watchdog monitoring English Wikipedia.” . Monsters and Critics.
  3. Jump up^ Möller, Christian (10 January 2011). “Wikipedia: On Watch” . The Information Society Blog. Wol [f] gang Stock is confident: ‘With Wiki Watch and WikiTrust in place no one will be able to smuggle in an additional name or other false information unnoticed in the future.’
  4. Jump up^ Corinth, Ernst (4 November 2010). “Netzgeflüster: Einblicke ins Wiki” . Hannoversche Allgemeine .
  5. Jump up^ Torsten Kleinz; Jo Bager. “Wikipedia-Admins: männlich, gebildet und genervt” . Archived from the original on 2010-10-25 . Retrieved 2010-10-25 .
  6. Jump up^ Hollstein, Miriam (31 October 2010). “Undurchschaubare Wissensmacht” . Welt am Sonntag : 4.
  7. ^ Jump up to:b Mann, Selena (January 14, 2011), New tool used to evaluate Wikipedia , Canada: IT World
  8. Jump up^ Wiki-Watch. “Exklusive Insight” . Retrieved 12 October 2012 .
  9. Jump up^ Wiki-Watch. “International Press Review by languages” . Retrieved 12 October 2012 .
  10. Jump up^ Wiki-Watch. “German Press Review” . Retrieved 12 October 2012 .
  11. ^ Jump to:c News , CA: CNW, 14 January 2011
  12. Jump up^ Wiki-Watch: new tool checking Wikipedia reliability , CE Daily News, 14 January 2011
  13. Jump up^ Seelye, Katharine Q (4 December 2005), “snared in the web of a Wikipedia Liar” , The New York Times
  14. Jump up^ Can you trust Wikipedia? , The Guardian, 24 October 2005
  15. Jump up^ Wikipedia Consumer Coloring Untested Text , Information Week , 31 August 2009
  16. Jump up^ German watchdog monitoring English Wikipedia , Monsters and Critics, 13 January 2011
  17. Jump up^ dpa: Wiki-Watch-Projekt wird fortgesetzt – Stock legt Leitung nieder of 7 September 2011.
  18. Jump up^ Tech: wiki software , Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, 6 September 2007
  19. ^ Jump up to:b Alfred Krüger (2010-11-03). “Aufpasser für Wikipedianer: Portal, Wiki-Watch ‘will Online-Lexikon durchsichtiger machen” . Heute online, ZDF . Retrieved 2010-11-04 .
  20. Jump up^ Schwan, Ben (27 October 2010). “Wissenschaftliches Projekt Wiki-Watch: Wikipedia von innen” . Taz .
  21. Jump up^ Jörg Wittkewitz (2011), “Hier prüft der Staatsbürger das Insulin noch persönlich”, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (in German) (151), pp. 42, item was taken offline after-Johannes Weberling andWolfgang Stock annoncé Legal Action
  22. Jump up^ Jörg Wittkewitz (2011-07-11). “Kritik an Wiki-Watch: Schon Großmutter war zuckerkrank” . FAZ online . Retrieved 2011-07-11 . – article was taken offline after Weberling and Stock announced legal action. The FAZ had a formal reply:Gegendarstellung zum Beitrag “Schon Großmutter war zuckerkrank” vom 11.7.2011. By Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Stock, written on 1 August 2011.
  23. Jump up^ Jörg Wittkewitz (2011-07-08). ” ” Der Rest war Handarbeit “: Interview mit einem Wikipedia-Administrator” . Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung . Retrieved 2011-07-09 . – article was taken offline after Weberling and Stock announced legal action
  24. ^ Jump up to:d Stock, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang (15 September 2011). “Gegendarstellung” .
  25. Jump up^ Grill, Markus (2011). “Wir bleiben im Hintergrund” . Der Spiegel (28). pp. 74-76.
  26. Jump up^ “Zielkonflikt: Wikipedia-Author arbeitet for Sanofi-Aventis” . Spiegel online . 2011-07-10 . Retrieved 2011-07-11 .
  27. Jump up^ Markus Grill (2011-07-15). “Wiki-Watch-Gründer gerät in Erklärungsnot” . Spiegel Online . Retrieved 2011-07-15 .
  28. ^ Jump up to:b European University Viadrina (7 September 2011). “Medieninformation Nr. 129-2011 vom 7. 20 September: Wiki-Watch organiziert sich neu” .

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