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From Wikimania 2012 • Washington, D.C., USA

This is an accepted submission for Wikimania 2012.

Submission no.


Title of the submission

Almost Wikipedia: What Eight Collaborative Encyclopedia Projects Reveal About Mechanisms of Collective Action

Type of submission (workshop, tutorial, panel, presentation)


Author of the submission

Benjamin Mako Hill

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User:Benjamin Mako Hill

Country of origin


Affiliation, if any (organization, company etc.)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Harvard University (Berkman Center for Internet and Society)

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Abstract (at least 300 words to describe your proposal)

I'm going to present some preliminary findings from a qualitative, inductive, case-study based analysis of 8 early projects to create online collaborative encyclopedias founded before Wikipedia. My initial results are based on data from 8 projects -- the full population -- in the form of interviews of the projects' founders and extensive archival data. My findings are a set of propositions focused on suggesting why Wikipedia succeeded in attracting contributors while the other projects did so less effectively. In a follow-up project, I'm hoping to test these in a quantitative dataset I've been building.

The project is part of a larger research project that attempts to use failure cases to understand why some attempts at online collective action are successful while most never take off.

Additional information:


WikiCulture and Community; Research, Analysis, and Education

Length of presentation/talk
25 Minutes
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