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1 Introduction

The main purpose of this article is to survey various strategies, methods and tools that allow to measure what participants (and students in particular) do in a wiki. Surveyed literature also will include topics that are only indirectly related to this area, but are of technical interest, e.g. the literature on trust metrics or wiki health.

In addition we will look at strategies, tools and tactics that will enhance wiki participation and collaboration. I.e. modern wikis such as Mediawikis allow to add simple collaboration visualizations or social networking that could enhance spontaneous collaboration. Of course, in education, it's the pedagogical scenario (the instructional design model) that will have the most impact and that will not discussed here.

Finally, we will try to outline a few paths for further development, i.e. we will try to formulate some desiderata for educational wiki software with respect to organization, orchestration, monitoring and assessment.

It will take some time before this piece will achieve good draft status - 10:51, 4 November 2011 (CET).

See also:

2 Contribution and collaboration metrics

Research and development about wiki collaboration and contributions has interested researchers from various fields and for various reasons. A lot of research was triggered directly or indirectly by the success of the WikiMedia projects that includes Wikpedia, Wikibooks and Wikiversity. Directly, because it's interesting how such large sites grow and indirectly because it's a huge database that researchers from many fields can play with. Examples of such research fields are visualization, data-mining, language processing and social networking Finally, the Mediawiki foundation itself sponsors internal research projects. Below we shall look at a few projects that are of interest to education and related fields.

Diaz and Puente (2010) argue that “Corporate wikis differ from their grow-up counterparts such as Wikipedia. First, they tend to be much smaller. Second, they require analysis to be customized for their own domains. So far, most analysis tools focus on large wikis where handling efficiently large bulks of data is paramount. This tends to make analysis tools access directly the wiki database. This binds the tool to the wiki engine, hence, jeopardizing customizability and interoperability. However, corporate wikis are not so big while customizability is a desirable feature. This change in requirements advocates for analysis tools to be decoupled from the underlying wiki engines. Our approach argues for characterizing analysis tools in terms of their abstract analysis model (e.g. a graph model, a contributor model). How this analysis model is then map into wiki-implementation terms is left to the wiki administrator. The administrator, as the domain expert, can better assess which is the right terms/granularity to conduct the analysis.”. We can speculate that this approach also could be appropriate for analysing educational wikis, such as the french version of this wiki.

2.1 How could we measure contribution ?

Arazy et al. (2009:172) developed “a wiki attribution algorithm that: (a) calculates the authors’ contributions to each wiki page, (b) cannot be easily manipulated, (c) estimates the extent of a contribution using a sentence as the basic unit of meaning, and (d) distinguishes between contributions that persist on the page from those that are deleted”. More particularly, the algorithm is based mainly based on sentence ownership. Sentences between the current and previous release are compaired and considered to similar (i.e. the same) if the sentence in the current release is very similar to one in the previous release. From that principle, the authors can compute (a) the total amount of work and (b) the total contributions that persist, i.e. measure the relevancy of a sentence and therefore the quality of a user's contribution. In addition the number of internal and external links and word-level changes are measured.

2.2 How could we measure collaboration

Meishar-Tal and Tal-Elhasid describes the methodology developed in the Open University of Israel (OUI) to measure collaboration among students in wikis. Analytics was conducted on a page per page basis. Measures were computed with respect to the total number of participants in class.

  • Diversity is the amount of users that can participate in editing/writing a page, e.g. the class for open-ended projects or a group if it is confined to writing a common article.

The authors used three indicators: relative diversity (how many students in a group participate in writing page), interactivity and intensity.

  • Relative diversity, was calculated by the formula:
Relative Diversity = Diversity / No. of potential editors
E.g. “If a group of five students is able to work on a page but only four students are active and contributing, the level of collaboration would be 0.8”
  • Interactivity, was (simply) measured by:
Number of interactions among the participants, i.e. the number of edits
  • Intensity, is expressed by the following ratio.
Intensity= Interactivity / Diversity

2.3 Quality

Dennis Wilkinson and Bernardo Huberman (2007a, 2007b) “ examined all 50 million edits made to the 1.5 million English-language Wikipedia articles. In their literature review, the authors identified several automatic quality metrics: number of edits and unique editors to an article (Lih, 2004) factual accuracy (Giles 2005, Encyclopaedia Britannica, 2006 and Desilets, 2006], credibility (Chesney, 2006), revert times (Víegas et al, 2004)), and formality of language (Emigh et al., 2005). They argue that that encyclopedia quality (Wikipedia) cannot be assessed using a single metric (e.g. Crawford, 2001), but that complex combinations of metrics (Stvilia, 2005) seem to depend on rather arbitrary parameter choices.

Wilkinson and Humberman found that the high-quality articles are distinguished by a marked increase in number of edits, number of editors, and intensity of cooperative behavior, as compared to other articles of similar visibility and age.” (Wilkison, 2007b:157). Simplifying a lot the mathematics of this research, the method used could be described as follows. The overal dynamics of editing over a longer time (e.g. 240 weeks) is log normal with a heavy tail, i.e. typical articles are edited 100 times, very few thousands of times and few only a few times. In other words, only a small number of articles accrete a disproportionally large number of edits. This distribution could then compared to the list of 1211 (0.081%) featured articles by the Wikipedia community according to criteria such as accuracy, neutrality, completeness, and style. However, the authors made some adjustments, e.g. "topic popularity" was controlled by using google pageranks. For all types of articles (moderately popular to very popular), there was a significant difference, i.e. all types of featured articles had a higher editing number than non-featured articles in the same category. The same principle was then applied to the number of contributors (editors)

In this research, Wilkinson and Huberman demonstrated demonstrated the correlation between number of edits, number of distinct editors, and article quality in Wikipedia. In other words, we also could conclude, that in similar wikis both a high edit number and distinct editors should a poweful indicator of quality. Edit number may have to be adapted to small wikis such as EduTechWiki, since student behavior can be different with respect to saving, i.e. one probably should rather look at blocks of edits. Some people (like the main author of this article) use an external editor and hit the save button in frequent intervals since the editing window is kept open. Others would write the text in an external editor and then copy and paste a final section.

Cooperation was also studied in this 1.5 million articles study and it had to operationalized by a simple indicator, i.e. the number of "posting" to the talk page. Again, the study demonstrated a strong correlation between number of comments posted to a talkpage and quality of the corresponding article. “It is worth noting that the difference between the featured and nonfeatured populations is more distinct in this figure than the corresponding plots for edits and distinct editors, suggesting that cooperation could be a more important indicator of article quality than raw edit counts” (ibid, p. 161). It also was suggested the number of edits is correlated to cooperation, since an “editor is very unlikely to engage in cooperative authoring without making at least several edits.”.

2.4 Ask the user, a solution for teachers

Xavier de Pedro Puente (2007) asked the question on how to measure student work within an experiential learning scenario, that is composed of the following stages: (1) "Concrete Experience", (2) "Reflective Observation", (3) "Abstract Conceptualization", and (4) "Feedback or Active Experimentation". Students were requested to "tag" each contribution by choosing from a list of contribution types:

List of contribution types (de Pedre Puente, 2007)
importance
(***=important)
contribution type Descriptiong
Others (report) Other contribution type not listed in the menu at present (report which one to teachers)
* Organizational aspects Proposals and other questions related to the organization of the work team, scheduling,....
* Improvements in markup Improvements in markup, spelling, etc. (bear in mind that final document quality for printing (nicer tables, paginated table of contents, page markup...) will be performed at the end
* Support requests Simple questions, help requests, etc. without too much making of previous information
** Help partners Help group or course mates who asked questions, requested support, formulated doubts, etc. (group or course forum)
** New information New information has been added to text or discussion
*** New hypotheses New hypothesis has been prepared from preexisting information, and possibly, some new information (if so, mark option 'New information ' also)
*** Elaborated questions and new routes to advance Elaborated questions and new ways to move forward in the work which they were not taken into account previously (not just simple questions or elementary requests of support)
*** Synthesis / making of information Synthesize or refine speech with preexisting information

This was implemented as pulldown menu in a Tikiwiki.

Knowing both type and size of contributions provides an initial method of valuing each student's contribution, which the author labelled process (P) In addition, a final submitted text in word processing format, labelled final product (FP) was also graded. Both types of indicators then are then used in the following grading rubric.

Evaluation criteria, estimation methods and grading percentage.
Criteria Estimation method  % of grade
Teamwork (P): Sum of sizes of all contribution types 15
Synthesis & clarity of information (P): Statement (corrected) of students, and sum of sizes of specific contribution type (*** Synthesis / making of information) 30
Quantity & quality of contributed information (a) (P): Statement (corrected) of students and sum of sizes of related contributions types (** New Information, *** New hypothesis and *** Synthesis / making of information")
(b) (FP): Revision by teachers of individual attribution statements of each section at final printed document
40
Formal quality of work (a) (P): Statement of the students and specific contribution size and type (* Improvements of presentation")
(b) (FP): Arbitrary scoring by teachers to last work by editors-inchief to final document prior to printing
15

P indicators can be extracted from the database since “information detailing each student's contribution (type/s and size), was recorded in the Tiki action log, and types could be re-associated by the teacher, if necessary” (p 89). We don't know if the extensions are available.

2.5 Use extra collaboration tools

A wiki may implement rating systems, social networking, project management. In the Mediawiki realm, some extensions can help with that (see below).

3 Wiki health

3.1 Viability indicators

Camille Roth (2007) started investigating the sustainability of wikis by looking at factors like distinct policies, norms, user incentives, technical and structural features, and by examining the demographics of a portion of the wikisphere. Fistly, he found intertwining of population and content dynamics and also identified various stages of growth. He found that “some factors underlying population growth are directly linked to content characteristics.” (Roth, 2007:123). Content characteristics are factored into content stabilization, i.e. mechanism for regulation an arbitration, and quality evaluation, e.g. system to rate articles.

Roth et al (2008), in further research, identified a simple list of indicators that allow to measure the viability of a wiki as whole.

  • rank - Daily rank of the wiki in terms of content growth
  • id - Internal identifier of the wiki
  • name - Full name of the wiki
  • total - Total number of pages
  • good - Number of real pages after discarding system pages
  • edits - Number of edits
  • views - Total number of views
  • admins - Number of users with administrator privileges
  • users - Total number of users
  • images - Number of images uploaded to the wiki
  • ratio - Ratio of good pages over total
  • type - Wiki engine
  • url - wiki root url

A study of over 360 wikis that had an initial population between 400 and 20000 users that both structural and governance factors have an impact on the growth rate. (to be completed ....)

Roth-Taraborelli-Gilbert Wiki Viability (2008)

Taraborelli et al (2009) then proposed a WikiTracer system that would allow to follow to measure the performance and growth of wiki-based communities with a standard plug-in system. It introduces over twenty indicators grouped into several categories: Wiki identification, population indicators, content indicators, governance indicators, access control and system information.

Social Text: Wiki Analytics asks the question whether there are “algorithmic ways of determining the health of a Wiki”. The following categories are suggested:

  • Page names - The better the names, the more likely people will link to those pages, both intentionally and accidentally. Goodness can be measured by "smaller is better", i.e. number of characters, words/tokens and number of non-alphabetic characters.
  • Link (Graph Analysis)- If no pages are linked to anything else, then every page is an island of one, and you are probably not using the Wiki in a useful way. This is measured by number of "single connections" (blocks), patterns of interconnectedness, longest diameter (path to reach another page) and number of incoming/outgoing links.
  • Page Content Analysis. Simple metrics would include page size, number of sections and word clouds.
  • Time Analysis - how content evolves -- how it is refactored (or not), how conflict is resolved, and in general, what the patterns of interaction look like
  • Tags (categories), i.e. another kind of incoming/outgoing link
  • Usage patters. Measured with edits/accesses, how many times orphan pages are assessed and edited, most wanted pages and numbers of editors.

See also Wiki metrics that provides more operational definitions of some indicators.

EduTechWiki does fairly well with respect to all of these, execept the usage pattern ....

3.2 Evolution of Wiki discussions

“Kaltenbrunner and Laniado look at the time evolution of Wikipedia discussions, and how it correlates to editing activity, based on 9.4 million comments from the March 12, 2010 dump.[9] Peaks in commenting and peaks in editing often co-occur (for sufficiently large peaks of 20 comments, 63% of the time) within two days. They show the articles with the longest comment peaks and most edit peaks, and the 20 slowest and 20 fastest discussions.” (Wikipedia Research:Newsletter/2012/April)

3.3 Revision history

What kind of change happens ?

All wikis by definition include a revision history. This history is of interest to authors (e.g. learners), researchers and administrators (e.g. teachers). However, revision history is somewhat "difficult" to read and various interfaces have been suggested.

Mikalai Sabel (2007) introduced version trees, a “mechanism to arrange versions of wiki page history into a weighted tree structure that reflects the actual page evolution”. The author believes “that this mechanism will be of great use for emerging wiki reputation, trust and reliability algorithms (Sabel et al., 2005, Zeng et al., 2006). Secondly, adoption coefficients themselves and their visualization is a powerful tool for wiki analysis, complementary to HistoryFlow (Víegas et al, 2004). HistoryFlow focuses on the detailed evolution of text fragments, while adoption coefficients and version trees provide general view of content evolution.” (Sabel, 2007:125).

This research has been carried out with samples from Wikipedia and author found that indeed, regular pages exhibit a structure that can be represented by a tree structure, i.e. new versions are not necessarily based on the immediate prior version. This is not the case in EduTechWiki (unless we had to remove some span or fix a bad unintentional editing mistake).

Similarity between page versions are characterized numerically by adoption coefficients that measure how much content of version i is preserved in version j. “The scale for adoption coefficient is [0, 1], with 0 corresponding to independent versions, and 1 meaning that j is a copy of i, with no differences” (p. 126). The algorithm implemented works roughly in the following way:

  • Text of versions is segmented into blocks, roughly representing sentences.
  • From two "simplified" wiki page versions we compute N insertions and N deletions
  • The "normalized" adoption coefficient is then found as:
a = 1 - (N insertions + N deletions) / (N total of version j + N deletions).

The software doesn't seem to be available. Dead links and dead project ?

4 Wiki design

4.1 Built-in wiki collaboration and quality tools

“Based on a classification made Carley (2004), Wiki-specific networks can be arranged in four categories (Figure 1): social perspective (who knows who), knowledge perspective (who knows what), information perspective (what refers to what), and temporal perspective (what was done before). Relationships in one network usually imply relationships in another” (Müller and Meuthrath, 2007).

Some wikis include a reviewing process that allows authors to write drafts that only are published once it has been reviewed. A typical example is found in Wikimedia's Wikibooks. This is implemented with the Flagged Revisions extension.

4.2 Policies and guidelines

Wikipatterns.com, a toolbox of patterns & anti-patterns, lists a large variety of "people and anti-people patterns" and "adoption and and anti-adoption patterns.

Quality in a wiki can be determined by user evaluation (including self evaluation). In this Wiki, we use a simple templates like "stub" and "incomplete" to convey self-assessed quality statements to the reader.

“Wikipedia has developed several user-driven approaches for evaluating the articles. High quality articles can be marked as “Good Articles” or “Featured Articles” whereas poor quality articles can be marked as “Articles for Deletion”” (Wöhner and Peters, 2009). Features and processes are documented in Wikipedia's Good article reassessment and also Good article criteria

5 Software

5.1 Mediawiki extensions

  • The Collaboration diagram extension using the Graphviz extension dynamically creates graphs that show user contributions for an article, a list of articles or a category of articles. (Click on "authors" in this wiki to see how it works). Currently broken, but the code should be easy to fix ....
  • W4G Rating Bar. Lets users vote on pages, lists top pages (globally or by category), lists latest votes, etc.
  • Extension:TODOListProgressBar aimed at making the process of tracking the progress of a TODO list (or other list) easier. (last updated 6/2010). This extension requires (light) XML editing skills from users.
  • SocialProfile Incorporates a basic social profile into a MediaWiki, specifically Avatars, Friending, Foeing, User Board, Board Blast, basic Profile Information, User Levels, Awards and Gifts.
  • Extension:Contribution Scores. polls the wiki database to locate contributors with the highest contribution volume – it is also in stable use on a high-volume wiki such as translatewiki.net. The extension is intended to add a fun metric for contributors to see how much they are helping out. Installed in EduTechWiki/fr

5.2 Using the MediaWiki API

Any (not too old) MediaWiki has by default an API enabled that allows programs to interact with it. The API supports many output formats, including JSON, WDDX, XML, YAML and PHP's native serialization format. One simple use of the API is downloading contents and then analyze these locally. E.g. the interactive version of StatMediaWiki does this.

See

5.3 Wikipedia research tools list

See Research Tools: Statistics, Visualization, etc. at meta.wikimedia.org

  • StatMediaWiki is a project that creates tools to collect and aggregate information available in a MediaWiki installation. In StatMediaWiki Classic, results are static HTML pages including tables and graphics that can help to analyze the wiki status and development. StatMediaWiki Interactive (Beta) is an interactive application with several menus, which generate analysis, graphs and tables according to user instructions. See (in this wiki): StatMediaWiki

5.4 External widget kits

Michele Notari suggests to used external widgets for monitoring, evaluating and scaffolding. A widget set could include:

  • Rating of pages or page elements
  • Request feedback
  • Some kind of work package management (e.g. simple progress visualization)
  • A console that could pull data from the other widgets.

In addition, widgets ought to able to work with groups. Since double authentication is not necessarily practical, one also could imagine using various APIs for authentication, group making and such.

Many wikis already allow use of widgets. E.g. for Mediawikis, one could use

Simple existing widgets

  • rating widgets

5.5 External analysis software

Below we only list software found in the wiki-related literature. See also Social network analysis.

  • StatMediaWiki collects and aggregates information available in a MediaWiki installation. This tool works will with small Mediawikis (tested with 17.x on Jan 2012), but it can take days (or possible weeks) to analyse a large wiki. Also, if you use extra namespaces, a minor code change is required in the python program.
  • WikiApiary collects, graphs and analyzes information about MediaWiki websites. Once a website is registered with WikiApiary a suite of bots will start collecting information about the versions of software being used, the amount of editing activity on the site as well as the use of Semantic MediaWiki. WikiApiary intends to help those running MediaWiki sites have a better insight into their sites.
  • BCFinder is a free open-source software for detecing communities in bipartite networks. The program is written in Java (platform independant).
  • SoniVis has the mission to create, as a community, a leading network analysis and network mining software that will run on all major platforms. As of Jan 2012, this project seems to be dead, although the software is still available.
  • Cognitive Computation Group (University of Illinois) created a series of natural language processing tools. Used by Arazy et al. (2009).
  • Wikitracer is a web service providing platform-independent analytics and comparative growth statistics for wikis.
  • Tinaweb A web application to explore online or off line bipartite graphs.
  • Tinasoft desktop A desktop application to text-mine corpora, build maps and explore the resulting networks.
  • Wikicrawler (dead link, since the university refused a class....) (Stuckman & Purtilo 2011).
  • Wikipedia:Snuggle. is a browser-based newcomer observation and support system. Snuggle is designed to allow Wikipedian mentors to observe the activities of recently registered editors and separate good newcomers (good-faith and productive) from the bad ones (bad-faith and vandals).
  • Wikitrust is an open-source, on-line reputation system for Wikipedia authors and content. To use WikiTrust, you need to install a Firefox add-on, and then visit one of the Wikipedias on which it is active (currently, the the English, French, German, or Polish Wikipedias). You will see a WikiTrust tab. If you click on it, you will see the text of the Wikipedia, colored according to the degree with which it has been revised by high-reputation authors...
  • WikiScan tracks the french Wikipedia. Nice graphics and tables ..... Documentation is here. This tool works via a data replication server. Currently (15:37, 29 November 2013 (CET)), the code is not available but should work with any very recent MediaWiki ...

5.6 General purpose text analytics tools

6 Links

6.1 Conferences, organizations and journals

Conferencences
Organizations / Groups
Research projects
Other
  • Manypedia is a website that allows to compare side by side various language versions of the same Wikipedia article. Although Wikipedia enforces a so-called "neutral point of view" policy there are interesting differences showing that "neutral" is culturally defined. You also can translate a language version via the Google API.
  • Simon Knight's blog. Search for "MediaWiki"

6.2 Policies and strategies

6.3 Metrics

6.4 Other good resources

  • snurblog run by Axel Bruns (Queensland University of Technology) includes some postings/news about wikis (among other things).

7 Bibliography

See also other articles in the Wikis category, e.g.


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E.g. read pages 61ff. for the methodology used
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“We present a novel method for detecting communities in bipartite networks. Based on an extension of the k-clique community detection algorithm, we demonstrate how modular structure in bipartite networks presents itself as overlapping bicliques.”
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“Wiki users receive very little guidance on the trustworthiness of the information they find. It is difficult for them to determine how long the text in a page has existed, or who originally authored the text. It is also difficult to assess the reliability of authors contributing to a wiki page. In this paper, we create a set of trust indicators and metrics derived from phrasal analysis of the article revision history. These metrics include author attribution, author reputation, expertise ratings, article evolution, and text trustworthiness. We also propose a new technique for collecting and maintaining explicit article ratings across multiple revisions.”
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“Four perspectives on Wiki networks are introduced to investigate all dynamic processes and their interrelationships in a Wiki information space. The Social Network Analysis (SNA) is used to uncover existing structures and temporal changes. [...] The collaboration network shows the nature of cooperation in a Wiki and reveals special roles, like the Wiki-Champion.”
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“[...] quality assessment has been becoming a high active research field. In this paper we offer new metrics for an efficient quality measurement. The metrics are based on the lifecycles of low and high quality articles, which refer to the changes of the persistent and transient contributions throughout the entire life span.”
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