Assessing the value of cooperation in Wikipedia

@article{Wilkinson2007AssessingTV,
  title={Assessing the value of cooperation in Wikipedia},
  author={D. Wilkinson and B. Huberman},
  journal={First Monday},
  year={2007},
  volume={12}
}
Since its inception six years ago, the online encyclopedia Wikipedia has accumulated 6.40 million articles and 250 million edits, contributed in a predominantly undirected and haphazard fashion by 5.77 million unvetted volunteers. Despite the apparent lack of order, the 50 million edits by 4.8 million contributors to the 1.5 million articles in the English–language Wikipedia follow strong certain overall regularities. We show that the accretion of edits to an article is described by a simple… Expand

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