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

  • Homophily and the Internet

    Date Published: 5 August 2010 - 11:49 am

    Authors: Scott A. Hale

    I recently had the opportunity to meet Ethan Zuckerman while he was on a visit to Oxford for TED where he gave a talk [...]

  • Wikipedia coverage by langauge

    Date Published: 17 October 2011 - 11:27 am

    Authors: Scott A. Hale

    Update (November 2014): I’ve recently published a related paper examining how many users edit multiple language editions of Wikipedia and how these multilingual users [...]

  • Two new publications, new research project, looking to hire

    Date Published: 26 February 2012 - 11:51 am

    Authors: Scott A. Hale

    A lot has happened since my last post, and the selected publications page has been updated to reflect this. I am very pleased to [...]





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