The vocal minority: local self-representation and co-editing on Wikipedia in the Middle East and North Africa

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The vocal minority: local self-representation and co-editing on Wikipedia in the Middle East and North Africa
Authors: Bernie Hogan, Mark Graham, Ahmed Medhat Mohamed
Citation: missing booktitle  : 2012
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Meeting: Influence12
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Link(s): http://socialmedialab.ca/influence12/submissions/influence12_submission_37.pdf
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The vocal minority: local self-representation and co-editing on Wikipedia in the Middle East and North Africa is a study on the editing pattern of the English Wikipedia.

They analyzed geotagged articles about topics in the with Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and established the co-editing social network. By examining the user page they tried to determine if the user was from a specific country.

They found 21,297 geotagged articles about MENA topics. These articles were contributed by 76,394 authors were 12,248 was ascribed to one country.

They found that most "MENA"-authors are from the United Kingdom (2267), then Australia, Mexico and Canada (1049). While 421 are from Israel.


[edit] Critique

  • As they themselves point out, users from the United States of America were poorly matched to their country.
  • It is unclear why the test reads that Israel has 421 authors while the table say 209 "nodes".
  • It seems strange that they are using the talk pages of the users rather than the user pages when trying to do geographical resolving.
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