By Topic

Wikipedia and its network of authors from a social network perspective

Sign In

Cookies must be enabled to login.After enabling cookies , please use refresh or reload or ctrl+f5 on the browser for the login options.

Formats Non-Member Member
$31 $13
Learn how you can qualify for the best price for this item!
Become an IEEE Member or Subscribe to
IEEE Xplore for exclusive pricing!
close button

puzzle piece

IEEE membership options for an individual and IEEE Xplore subscriptions for an organization offer the most affordable access to essential journal articles, conference papers, standards, eBooks, and eLearning courses.

Learn more about:

IEEE membership

IEEE Xplore subscriptions

5 Author(s)
Hirth, M. ; Inst. of Comput. Sci., Univ. of Wurzburg, Wurzburg, Germany ; Lehrieder, F. ; Oberste-Vorth, S. ; Hossfeld, T.
more authors

Online social networks (OSNs) become more and more important in today's social and business life. Therefore, considerable effort is put in research to gain a deeper knowledge of the development of these networks and their dynamics. However, most of the existing literature is based on very limited subsets of the network data, which is often filtered by the OSN operator providing the data or biased by the crawling mechanisms used to obtain the data. This makes it difficult to analyze the temporal evolution of OSNs based on complete data. To overcome this issue, we investigate the dynamics of the publicly available collaboration network of the Wikipedia authors as an example for an OSN-like network. In particular, we study the temporal evolution of this network since its beginning and demonstrate that it exhibits prominent similarities to well known social networks such as the small-world phenomenon. This indicates that the insights gained from the analysis of Wikipedia's collaboration network might be transferable to social networks in general.

Published in:

Communications and Electronics (ICCE), 2012 Fourth International Conference on

Date of Conference:

1-3 Aug. 2012