Wikipedia contributions, motivations studied by UN University survey

At Wikimania I sat on a panel with Ruidiger Glott who presented a paper on the first multilingual survey of Wikipedia contributors which had the full support of Wikimedia, the Foundation that finances Wikipedia.

  • 65% of respondents self-described as readers, and 35% as mostly occasional contributors.
  • 60% of contributors do it because “they like the idea of sharing knowledge”, while 50% wanted to fix a mistake

via Wikimedia blog » Blog Archive » First preliminary results from UNU-Merit Survey of Wikipedia Readers and Contributors available.

Sorin Adam Matei

Sorin Adam Matei - Professor of Communication at Purdue University - studies the relationship between information technology and social groups. He published papers and articles in Journal of Communication, Communication Research, Information Society, and Foreign Policy. He is the author or co-editor of several books. The most recent is Structural differentation in social media. He also co-edited Ethical Reasoning in Big Data,Transparency in social media and Roles, Trust, and Reputation in Social Media Knowledge Markets: Theory and Methods (Computational Social Sciences) , all three the product of the NSF funded KredibleNet project. Dr. Matei's teaching portfolio includes online interaction, and online community analytics and development classes. His teaching makes use of a number of software platforms he has codeveloped, such as Visible Effort . Dr. Matei is also known for his media work. He is a former BBC World Service journalist whose contributions have been published in Esquire and several leading Romanian newspapers. In Romania, he is known for his books Boierii Mintii (The Mind Boyars), Idolii forului (Idols of the forum), and Idei de schimb (Spare ideas).

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