Cultural Differences in Collaborative Authoring of Wikipedia

Pfeil, Ulrike and Zaphiris, Panayiotis and Ang, Chee Siang (2006) Cultural Differences in Collaborative Authoring of Wikipedia. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 12 (1). pp. 88-113. ISSN 1083-6101. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1083-6101.2006.00316.x) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

This article explores the relationship between national culture and computer-mediated communication (CMC) in Wikipedia. The articles on the topic game from the French, German, Japanese, and Dutch Wikipedia websites were studied using content analysis methods. Correlations were investigated between patterns of contributions and the four dimensions of cultural influences proposed by Hofstede (Power Distance, Collectivism versus Individualism, Femininity versus Masculinity, and Uncertainty Avoidance). The analysis revealed cultural differences in the style of contributions across the cultures investigated, some of which are correlated with the dimensions identified by Hofstede. These findings suggest that cultural differences that are observed in the physical world also exist in the virtual world.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: T Technology
Divisions: Faculties > Sciences > School of Engineering and Digital Arts
Faculties > Sciences > School of Engineering and Digital Arts > Digital Media
Depositing User: Tina Thompson
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2013 09:54 UTC
Last Modified: 21 Jan 2014 10:45 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/36355 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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