[wiki-research] Research Topics
leitner at wikiservice.at
Mon Aug 14 09:19:52 CEST 2006
Adding to the "wikipedia research" and "wiki research" discussion
it might just be helpful to add some topics that fall into these
categories or cross their boundaries.
This is brainstorming, not systematic treatment.
* What are the reasons for the WikiPedia success?
** Can a success recipe be transferred to non-wikipedian projects?
* How do technological feature influence the use of wiki?
** comparison of different engines
** comparison of different configurations
* Typology of wikis
** high-energy-traffic (like wp), low-energy (like most)
** real community based / online community based
** focused on: content / community / process
* Creating critical mass
** "response functions" from usenet, blog, ... advertizing
** "modality" of contributions
* Creating common research language
** what is an "article", a "folder", a "workspace" ...?
* Ways of observations
** accepted standards for statistics, logs, session analysis, ...
** to ease cross-engine research and improve comparability
* Role-models and constitutional elements
** What kinds do exist?
** What influence do they have on open wiki projects?
* Reusable experiences
** wiki practices, in organizations, in open communities
** wiki patterns
** wiki in education
** wiki in OpenSource communities
* System theory
** relevance of Christopher Alexander's "unfolding" theories
** relevance of Erving Goffman's "interaction order" theories
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