Stigmergic Coordination in Wikipedia

Title: Stigmergic Coordination in Wikipedia

Authors: Amira Rezgui (IMT Atlantique) and Kevin Crowston (Syracuse University)

Abstract: We look for evidence of stigmergic coordination (i.e., coordination mediated by changes to a shared work product) in the context of Wikipedia. Using a novel approach to identifying edits to the same part of a Wikipedia article, we show that a majority of edits to two example articles are not associated with discussion on the article Talk page, suggesting the possibility of stigmergic coordination. However, discussion does seem to be related to article quality, suggesting the limits to this approach to coordination.

Download: The contribution is part of the OpenSym 2018 proceedings and is available as a PDF file.

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