Research:Reference Quality in English Wikipedia

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Task T305888
00:03, 24 March 2022 (UTC)
Aitolkyn Baigutanova
Jaehyeon Myung
Changwook Jung
References, Knowledge Integrity, Disinformation

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Wikipedia plays a crucial role in web information seeking, with its content being regularly read by millions of readers and fed into major search engines. Wikipedia’s integrity relies on collective intelligence, and its editors are asked to verify the information by providing citations when they add or restore any material on site. The goal of this project is to evaluate the reliability of this global encyclopedia through the lens of its references. More specifically operationalize the notion of reference quality by defining (1) Reference Need, i.e., the percentage of citation missing sentences in an article, and (2) Reference Risk, i.e., the credibility of the references. Running a longitudinal study we plan to describe the temporal evolution of these two metrics. With this study we aim to provide valuable insights that can help the community and the WMF to understand and improve the quality and coverage of references.

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