This project brings together OII research fellows and doctoral students to shed light on the incorporation of new users and information into the Wikipedia community.

Wikipedia captures complex online social interactions among its over 13 million users and has managed to create free online encyclopedias with over 10,000 articles in nearly 100 languages (list of wikipedias). Yet, analysis of geo-tagged articles reveals that large knowledge gaps remain. Contributions from new Internet users in underrepresented regions are key to expanding the coverage and raising the quality of Wikipedia.

As the Wikipedia user community has grown, it has developed norms and expectations about how users should contribute. These norms and practices may at times be opaque and intimidating to new users. These issues are compounded for users who are contributing in a foreign language.

This project brings together research fellows and doctoral candidates at the Oxford Internet Institute aiming to shed light on the incorporation of new users and information into the Wikipedia community. Current research focuses on how new users are perceived, represented, and incorporated into the community, and how, and to what extent, knowledge is shared between various language editions.

Map of frequency of geotagged wikipedia articles by country

Latest blog posts

  • Even good bots fight and a typology of Internet bots

    Date Published: 26 February 2017 - 6:17 pm

    Authors: Taha Yasseri

    Our new paper titled “Even good bots fight: The case of Wikipedia” has finally appeared on PLOS One. There are two things that I [...]

  • Can we predict electoral outcomes from Wikipedia traffic?

    Date Published: 6 December 2016 - 3:34 pm

    Authors: Taha Yasseri

    2016 presidential candidate Donald Trump in a residential backyard near Jordan Creek Parkway and Cody Drive in West Des Moines, Iowa, with lights and [...]

  • Even Good Bots Fight

    Date Published: 5 December 2016 - 10:36 am

    Authors: Milena Tsvetkova

    In recent years, there has been a huge increase in the number of bots online, varying from web crawlers for search engines, to chatbots [...]





  • Loubser, M. (2010) Organisational Mechanisms in Peer Productions: The Case of Wikipedia. DPhil Thesis, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford.