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Here a comprehensive literature review of Wikipedia research:

Most of the abstracts are included, though hidden. To access all the abstracts for searching, you might want to either display the wiki source code (by clicking "Edit") or view the source of the HTML page. Then you could do a simple keyword search on "emotion" or "elderly" or other keywords.

My view on wikimedia research commons


Extracted from: Fuster Morell, M. (2011). E­-esearch: collaborative grouping and methods in the Social and Political Sciences. In Angel Juan; Thanasis Daradoumis, Meritxell Roca; Scott Grasman; Javier Faulin (Ed.). Collaborative and Distributed E­Research: Innovations in Technologies, Strategies and Applications. Computer Science Department / Internet Interdisciplinary Institute: Open University of Catalonia, Spain.(Forthcoming)

  • "The network of wiki pages and communicational channels which synthesize and concentrate the up-to-date scientific knowledge and expertise conducted within Wikipedia and its sister projects conforms to the form of a sort of commons of the community of Wikipedia researchers. The commons become a valuable resource (to identify literature or obtain methodological advice) for conducting research on Wikipedia; furthermore, researchers have incentives to maintain the commons and contribute to it in order to spread their own research and to be known by the community. This commons is then used by research groups or individual researchers at Universities and Academic institutions to then feed and have input to define their research projects. (....) The fact that the collaborative community grew inside Wikipedia makes it less of a protagonist or visible from certain perspectives compared to other international academic resources. However, as a collaborative research community, it could be said that it is relatively productive and builds useful resources for research, even though this research community might be difficult to evaluate in terms of traditional academic indicators (such as academic publications), even if community members are among the academically more recognized researchers in the area.
  • "In other words, "Wikimedia research commons" is a very large (more than 500 collaborators in different degrees of contribution), global, and multi-centered network of networks composed by individuals (researchers, experts or wikipedians) and research groups (national or international research groups performing research projects in Universities and Research Committees and other research groups linked to the Wikimedia Foundation or other wiki-related initiatives and Foundations) that communicate, collaborate and interact in several online channels (mailing lists, wiki pages, or chats) (without clear coherence and sometimes overlapping among those channels) with the goal of becoming a node and resource of expertise (from the most plural of perspectives and disciplines) and to build, maintain, update and share and provide a set of research resources (including a compilation and systematization and review of bibliographies, directory of researchers and experts, list of ongoing research projects, access to research data, methodological guides and manuals, among others). It is worth highlighting that in 2011 there are more than 2100 peer-reviewed articles and 38 doctoral dissertations dedicated to Wikipedia. This constitutes a substantial amount of research on Wikipedia. Even more, if we consider that Wikipedia started in 2001 and the academic research on Wikipedia has substantially increased only since 2005. Wikimedia itself (through Wiki pages and other communicational channels) provides an environment and framework (the more important one) for collaboration of this research community."