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Research:Citation Practices

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Andrea Forte (andicat)
This page documents a completed research project.

Key Personnel[edit]

  • Timothy Gorichanaz
  • Tom Park
  • Meen Chul Kim

Project Summary[edit]

We want to better understand how and why Wikipedians add citations to articles in order to better support both tools and knowledge about citation as a knowledge-building practice, particularly outside of scientific disciplines, which is the context for most citation analysis and theorizing.


Interviews with Wikipedia editors.


Interviews will be analyzed and submitted to research venues; any resulting papers will be posted on the PI's website: http://andreaforte.net

Wikimedia Policies, Ethics, and Human Subjects Protection[edit]

Approved by Drexel University IRB on July 24, 2014.

Benefits for the Wikimedia community[edit]

We are working on a website to allow people to explore citations that are used on Wikipedia with the dual goals of helping readers think critically about sources and helping editors understand where they and others tend to get their information.


Interviews - August-Sept 2014


National Science Foundation, Human-Centered Computing, CISE IIS (Division of Information & Intelligent Systems) #1253302


Results of this research: Andrea Forte, Nazanin Andalibi, Tim Gorichanaz, Meen Chul Kim, Thomas Park, Aaron Halfaker. (2018) Information Fortification: An Online Citation Behavior Proceedings of ACM Conference on Supporting Groupwork (Group) Sanibel Island, FL, USA. http://andreaforte.net/ForteInformationFortification.pdf

Related work from the PI: Forte, Andrea, Nazanin Andalibi, Thomas Park, Heather Willever-Farr (2014). Designing Information Savvy Societies: An Introduction to Assessability. Proceedings of ACM SIGCHI Conf. on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI'14), Toronto, Canada.

Forte, Andrea and Thomas Park. (2012). How People Assess Cooperatively Authored Information Resources. Poster. Symposium on Wikis and Open Collaboration (WikiSym '12), Linz, Austria.

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