[Air-L] Fwd: [Wiki-research-l] Survey: Expert barriers to Wikipedia

Alex Halavais alex at halavais.net
Wed Feb 9 06:44:02 PST 2011

I know--survey fatigue. But figured this one might be of interest to
some of you. Or at the very least, completely mess up their



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From: Dario Taraborelli <dtaraborelli at wikimedia.org>
Date: Wed, Feb 9, 2011 at 9:20 AM
Subject: [Wiki-research-l] Survey: Expert barriers to Wikipedia
To: Research into Wikimedia content and communities
<wiki-research-l at lists.wikimedia.org>

Wikipedia is increasingly used by university students for
"pre-research", to gain context and explore ideas for course
assignments and research projects [1]. Yet many among scientists,
academics and experts are reluctant to contribute to Wikipedia,
despite a growing number of calls from the scientific community to
join the project [2-3].

The Wikimedia Research Committee [4] has just launched a survey to
understand why scientists, academics and other experts do (or do not)
contribute to Wikipedia, and whether individual motivation aligns with
shared perceptions of Wikipedia within expert communities. We hope
this may help us identify ways around barriers to expert
participation. The survey is anonymous and takes about 20 min to
complete. Please help us circulate the link among your students and


Dario Taraborelli
Panagiota Alevizou
Daniel Mietchen

[1] http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/125899/
[2] http://www.jmir.org/2011/1/e14/
[3] http://www.psychologicalscience.org/index.php/members/aps-wikipedia-initiative/
[4] http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Research_Committee
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