Interested in studying collaborative production in free culture and/or free/open source software? I'm recruiting PhD students to join me at the University of Washington and in my research collective @communitydata. Don't hesitate to reach out if you're curious or if you have any questions.

Why do people participate in small online communities? New paper from @sohwng and @jdfoote, forthcoming in #CSCW2021 @ACM_CSCW

"Measuring Wikipedia Article Quality in One Dimension by Extending ORES with Ordinal Regression" quantifying the quality of English articles with one-dimensional, continuous scores.

(@groceryheist Nate TeBlunthuis, )

New paper coming out at OpenSym 2021: Measuring Wikipedia Article Quality in One Continuous Dimension

Estimating the quality of Wikipedia articles is important task for both researchers and Wikipedia community members. I describe a new method that builds on the widely used ORES quality model and that improves on the techniques researches have used to incorporate measures of quality into their studies of Wikipedia in the past. More here:

It took us way too long but the Community Data Science Collective finally has a home in the Fediverse! Hello!

We're a research collective (made up mostly of academic types) that studies peer production, new forms of organizing, cooperation, and online communities. We study a range of communities... including the Fediverse!

Lots more online:

My new @IEEESSP paper tries to map anonymity-seeking to types/quality of online participation by comparing @torproject users to other types of @Wikipedia contributors. The short version is that Tor users are pretty similar to other newbies and unregistered editors!
RT @comdatasci
Our new paper suggests that contributors to @Wikipedia that slip past WP's block of @torproject are similar to other newbies and unregistered editors. The …

Woohoo! @jdfoote got @ICA_CAT's dissertation award! I feel super honored to server on @jdfoote's committee and know what the selection committee saw. Jeremy did *great* work. Thanks for making @comdatasci look good, Jeremy!
We are happy to announce this year's #ica20 #ica_cat Dordick Dissertation Award Winners
@jdfoote and @nzamanz

Excited to share this new blog post on my research:

The pool of active contributors to Wikipedia started declining in 2007. Researchers blamed a calcifying bureaucracy and hostility to newcomers. Are these problems in other wiki communities too? Could there be a deeper reason why these dynamics emerge?

I replicated Halfaker et al 2013's analysis of 'The rise and decline.' The dynamics observed in Wikipedia appear to reoccur again and again in many wiki communities.


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