Trends and Research of Wikis' Quality and Governance Based on Bibliometric and Content Analysis

Trends and Research of Wikis' Quality and Governance Based on Bibliometric and Content Analysis

Qinghua Zhu (Nanjing University, China), Linghe Huang (Nanjing University, China), Jia Tina Du (University of South Australia, Australia) and Hua Liu (Nanjing University, China)
Copyright: © 2014 |Pages: 19
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-4892-0.ch008
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Wiki is a typical representative of the User-Generated Content. Its appearance greatly promotes the creation, organization, management, and sharing of knowledge on the Internet. As articles grow rapidly in Wikis, the quality of the articles has aroused many people’s concerns. The topics on how to assess and control the quality of articles have attracted many researchers. However, few studies have been conducted to investigate the status of this research topic. This chapter explores the current research status and trends of wikis' quality and governance. The authors selected papers from the databases of ISI, EI, IEEE, and other widely used databases. They reported the trends and research of wikis’ quality and governance using bibliometric analysis and content analysis of a total of 99 relevant papers. The results show that although the research topics in the field have experienced a very rapid development, they are still at an early age that lacks theories to support them. The discipline of Library and Information Science was found to play a very active role in this new area. Future research agenda and directions are also discussed.
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Research Aims And Questions

This paper aims to investigate the current research status of wikis’ quality and governance and put forward future directions on this topic. Table 1 lists the research questions to be addressed in the study.

Table 1.
Research questions
Q1What are the changes on the article numbers from 2000 to 2012?
Q2What are the most productive journals publishing related papers?
Q3Who are the most prolific authors and institutes publishing related papers?
Q4What are the hotspots?
Q5What are the changes on the research topics over the years?
Q6What are the core authors and co-authorship on this filed?
Q7What are the most frequently used theories?
Q8Which research methods are often used in related studies?
Q9What are the future directions of the topic?

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