Studying the Role of Diversity in Open Collaboration Network: Experiments on Wikipedia

  • Katarzyna Baraniak
  • Marcin Sydow
  • Jacek Szejda
  • Dominika Czerniawska
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9564)


This paper presents some empirical study towards understanding the role of diversity of individual authors and whole teams of authors on the quality of the articles they co-edit in open collaboration environments like Wikipedia. We introduce a concept of diversity of interests or versatility of a Wikipedia editor and Wikipedia teams and examine how it is correlated with the quality of their production. Our experiments indicate that editor’s and team’s diversity seems to have bigger impact on quality of their work than other properties.


Diversity of interest Team diversity Wikipedia Article quality Open collaboration 



The work is partially supported by the Polish National Science Centre grant 2012/05/B/ST6/03364.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Katarzyna Baraniak
    • 1
  • Marcin Sydow
    • 1
    • 4
  • Jacek Szejda
    • 2
  • Dominika Czerniawska
    • 3
  1. 1.Polish-Japanese Academy of Information TechnologyWarsawPoland
  2. 2.Educational Research InstituteWarsawPoland
  3. 3.Interdisciplinary Centre for Mathematical and Computational ModellingUniversity of WarsawWarsawPoland
  4. 4.Institute of Computer Science, Polish Academy of SciencesWarsawPoland

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