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From speech acts to institution: Examining the Emergence of the Wikipedia community

Goldspink, Chris (2007) From speech acts to institution: Examining the Emergence of the Wikipedia community

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Abstract

This paper sets out a methodology for, and the preliminary results of, an examination into the mechanisms by which community arises and is maintained around the task of producing the open source knowledge base that is Wikipedia. The methodology incorporates activity theory and analysis of speech acts as a means for studying the interplay between technical and social artefacts. The methodology was designed to collect data which lends itself to subsequent computer simulation of institutional emergence, in particular for surfacing the interplay between individual agency and social structure. This is part of work being undertaken by a European collaboration titled 'Emergence in the Loop'.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Additional Information: Published in: the Social Websites - Complex Dynamics and Structure a satellite conference of ECCS’07, October 5th, 2007, Dresden, Germany.
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences > Sociology > Centre for Research in Social Simulation (CRESS)
Depositing User: Mr Adam Field
Date Deposited: 27 May 2010 14:42
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2013 18:33
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/1585

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