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Protocol for a Systematic Literature Review of Research on the Wikipedia

Chitu Okoli
Concordia University, Canada
Kira Schabram
Concordia University, Canada


Abstract
Context: Wikipedia has become one of the ten-most visited sites on the Web, and the world's leading source of Web reference information. Its rapid success has attracted over 400 scholarly studies that treat Wikipedia as a major topic or data source. Objectives: This article presents a protocol for conducting a systematic mapping (a broad-based literature review) of research on Wikipedia. It identifies what research has been conducted; what research questions have been asked, and which have been answered and which remain unanswered; and what theories and methodologies have been employed to study Wikipedia. Methods: This protocol follows the rigorous methodology of evidence-based software engineering to conduct a systematic mapping study. Results and conclusions: The study specified by this protocol is currently in progress, and has thus far identified over 400 studies. Sample preliminary results are presented.

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Reference:Okoli, C., Schabram, K. (2009). "Protocol for a Systematic Literature Review of Research on the Wikipedia," . Sprouts: Working Papers on Information Systems, 9(65). http://sprouts.aisnet.org/9-65
Keywords:Wikipedia, literature review, open content, open source
Item Type:Article - Volume 9 Article 65 (2009)
Language:English
Email: Chitu Okoli (Chitu.Okoli@concordia.ca)
Kira Schabram (k_scha@jmsb.concordia.ca)
Additional Information:This is the full (expanded) version of Okoli, Chitu, and Kira Schabram. 2009. Protocol for a systematic literature review of research on the Wikipedia. In Proceedings of the International Conference on Management of Emergent Digital EcoSystems, 1:458-459. Vol. 1. Lyon, France: Association for Computing Machinery, October 27. http://portal.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=1643823.1643912.

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