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Wed, 16 Jan 2019 10:59:40 -0800

Reminder that this event is starting in about 30 minutes!

YouTube stream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fc51jE_KNTc

As usual, you can join the conversation on IRC at #wikimedia-research.

This month's presentation:

*Understanding participation in Wikipedia: Studies on the relationship
between new editorsĄŻ motivations and activity*
By Martina Balestra, New York University

Peer production communities like Wikipedia often struggle to retain
contributors beyond their initial engagement. Theory suggests this may be
related to their levels of motivation, though prior studies either center
on contributorsĄŻ activity or use cross-sectional survey methods, and
overlook accompanied changes in motivation. In this talk, I will present a
series of studies aimed at filling this gap. We begin by looking at how
Wikipedia editorsĄŻ early motivations influence the activities that they
come to engage in, and how these motivations change over the first three
months of participation in Wikipedia. We then look at the relationship
between editing activity and intrinsic motivation specifically over time.
We find that new editorsĄŻ early motivations are predictive of their future
activity, but that these motivations tend to change with time. Moreover,
newcomersĄŻ intrinsic motivation is reinforced by the amount of activity
they engage in over time: editors who had a high level of intrinsic
motivation entered a virtuous cycle where the more they edited the more
motivated they became, whereas those who initially had low intrinsic
motivation entered a vicious cycle. Our findings shed new light on the
importance of early experiences and reveal that the relationship between
motivation and activity is more complex than previously understood.

Geography and knowledge. Reviving an old relationship with Wiki
AtlasBy Anastasios
Noulas, New York University
Wiki Atlas <https://www.wiki-atlas.org/> is an interactive cartography
tool. The tool renders Wikipedia content in a 3-dimensional, web-based
cartographic environment. The map acts as a medium that enables the
discovery and exploration of articles in a manner that explicitly
associates geography and information. At its current prototype form, a
Wikipedia article is represented on the map as a 3D element whose height
property is proportional to the number of views the article has on the
website. This property enables the discovery of relevant content, in a
manner that reflects the significance of the target element by means of
collective attention by the siteĄŻs audience.

On Thu, Jan 10, 2019 at 10:49 AM Janna Layton <jlay...@wikimedia.org> wrote:

> Hello, everyone,
>
> The next Research Showcase, *Understanding participation in Wikipedia*,
> will be live-streamed next Wednesday, January 16, at 11:30 AM PST/19:30
> UTC. This presentation is about new editors.
>
> YouTube stream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fc51jE_KNTc
>
> As usual, you can join the conversation on IRC at #wikimedia-research. You
> can also watch our past research showcases here:
> https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Research/Showcase
>
> This month's presentation:
>
> *Understanding participation in Wikipedia: Studies on the relationship
> between new editorsĄŻ motivations and activity*
>
> By Martina Balestra, New York University
>
> Peer production communities like Wikipedia often struggle to retain
> contributors beyond their initial engagement. Theory suggests this may be
> related to their levels of motivation, though prior studies either center
> on contributorsĄŻ activity or use cross-sectional survey methods, and
> overlook accompanied changes in motivation. In this talk, I will present a
> series of studies aimed at filling this gap. We begin by looking at how
> Wikipedia editorsĄŻ early motivations influence the activities that they
> come to engage in, and how these motivations change over the first three
> months of participation in Wikipedia. We then look at the relationship
> between editing activity and intrinsic motivation specifically over time.
> We find that new editorsĄŻ early motivations are predictive of their future
> activity, but that these motivations tend to change with time. Moreover,
> newcomersĄŻ intrinsic motivation is reinforced by the amount of activity
> they engage in over time: editors who had a high level of intrinsic
> motivation entered a virtuous cycle where the more they edited the more
> motivated they became, whereas those who initially had low intrinsic
> motivation entered a vicious cycle. Our findings shed new light on the
> importance of early experiences and reveal that the relationship between
> motivation and activity is more complex than previously understood.
>
> --
> Janna Layton
> Administrative Assistant - Audiences & Technology
> Wikimedia Foundation <https://wikimediafoundation.org/>
>


-- 
Janna Layton
Administrative Assistant - Audiences & Technology
Wikimedia Foundation <https://wikimediafoundation.org/>
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