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Pnina Fichman is an Associate Professor in the School of Informatics and Computing and the Director of the Rob Kling Center of Social Informatics. Her research in social informatics focuses the interaction between ICTs and cultural diversity, and the consequences and impacts of this interaction on group process and outcomes, the perception of and reaction to online deviant behaviors, such as trolling and discrimination, and the processes and outcomes of online communities and virtual teams. Her publications appeared in Information and Management, Journal of the American Society for Information Science & Technology, Journal of Information Science and other venues. She earned her Ph.D. from SILS UNC in 2003.
Noriko Hara is an Associate Professor in the School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University Bloomington. Her research examines the means by which collective behaviors—including knowledge sharing, online mobilization, and communities of practice—are enabled and/or impeded by information technology, and is rooted in the social informatics perspective. She is the author of Communities of Practice: Fostering Peer-to-Peer Learning and Informal Knowledge Sharing. Her publications have appeared in Journal of the American Society for Information Science & Technology, Information, Communication & Society, The Information Society, and Instructional Science among others.
Chapter 1: Immaterial Editors: Bots and Bot Policies Across Global Wikipedia by
Chapter 2: The Most Controversial Topics In Wikipedia: A Multilingual And Geographical Analysis
Taha Yasseri, Anselm Spoerri, Mark Graham, and János Kertész
Chapter 3: Our News, Their Events: A Comparison of Archived Current Events on English and Greek Wikipedia
Chapter 4: Cross-linguistic Neutrality: Wikipedia's Neutral Points of Views from a global perspective
Chapter 5: Gender Gap In Wikipedia Editing: A Cross-Language Comparison
Paolo Massa, Asta Zelenkauskaite
Chapter 6: Knowledge Sharing on Wikimedia Embassies
Pnina Fichman, Noriko Hara
Chapter 7: Constructing local heroes – collaborative narratives of Finnish corporations in Salla-Maaria Laaksonen, Merja Porttikivi
Chapter 8: The political economy of the Chinese copycats of Wikipedia
Chapter 10: Contributing to Wikipedia: A Question of Gender
Hélène Bourdeloie, Michaël Vicente
About the Contributors
About the Editors
Wikipedia articles are written in 285 languages, with 80 percent in languages other than English. This study claims to be the first to examine Wikipedia’s global features, including multicultural collaborative efforts. Topics in the nine essays by academics from a variety of disciplines include the use of software robots, analysis of controversial topics, archived current events, cross-linguistic neutrality, the treatment of gender across several languages, knowledge sharing, and a gender analysis of Wikipedia contributors. Included within these essays are case studies of Chinese, Finnish, French, and Greek Wikipedias. There is . . . use of statistics and charts . . . This information will be new to . . . Wikipedia users. Each essay includes a bibliography, and there is a[n] . . . index.
— American Reference Books Annual
Despite the numerous books written about the impact of Wikipedia on society, the majority take an Anglo-Saxon perspective, ignoring the fact that more than 80% of articles are written in languages other than English. This book takes a comprehensive view of Wikipedia and examines the global reach of Wikipedia. Numerous graphs and tables supplement chapters on bot policies across different Wikipedias, conflict and collaboration on international entries, and gender gaps in editing. Case studies focusing on Chinese, Finish, French, and Greek Wikipedias help to ground the topics in actual examples.