Type
Article in a conference proceedings
Title
Contropedia – the analysis and visualization of controversies in Wikipedia articles
In
Proceedings of The International Symposium on Open Collaboration (OpenSym '14)
Author(s)
BORRA Erik - (Author)
CIUCCARELLI Paolo - D.com Research Unit (Author)
WELTEVREDE Esther - (Author)
KALTENBRUNNER Andreas - Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Author)
LANIADO David - (Author)
MAGNI Giovanni - (Author)
MAURI Michele - Politecnico di Milano [Milan] (Author)
ROGERS Richard - (Author)
VENTURINI Tommaso - Médialab (Author)
Editor
New York : Éditions ACM
Pages
34 - p.
Conferance name
The International Symposium on Open Collaboration (OpenSym '14)
Conference date(s)
2018-08-22 / 2018-08-24
Conference place
Paris, FRANCE
Abstract
EN
Collaborative content creation inevitably reaches situations where different points of view lead to conflict. In Wikipedia, one of the most prominent examples of collaboration online, conflict is mediated by both policy and software, and conflicts often reflect larger societal debates. Contropedia is a platform for the analysis and visualization of such controversies in Wikipedia. Controversy metrics are extracted from activity streams generated by edits to, and discussions about, individual articles and groups of related articles. An article’s revision history and its corresponding discussion pages constitute two parallel streams of user interactions that, taken together, fully describe the process of the collaborative creation of an article. Our proposed platform, Contropedia, builds on state of the art techniques and extends current metrics for the analysis of both edit and discussion activity and visualizes these both as a layer on top of Wikipedia articles as well as a dashboard view presenting additional analytics. Furthermore, the combination of these two approaches allows for a deeper understanding of the substance, composition, actor alignment, trajectory and liveliness of controversies on Wikipedia. Our research aims to provide a better understanding of sociotechnical phenomena that take place on the web and to equip citizens with tools to fully deploy the complexity of controversies. Contropedia is useful for the general public as well as user groups with specific interests such as scientists, students, data journalists, decision makers and media communicators.

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