Just a reminder that the Research Showcase is this week!

On Thu, Jul 11, 2019 at 4:45 PM Janna Layton <jlay...@wikimedia.org> wrote:

> Hi all,
>
> The next Research Showcase will be live-streamed next Wednesday, July 17,
> at 11:30 AM PDT/18:30 UTC.
>
> YouTube stream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9vvwV5KfW4
>
> As usual, you can join the conversation on IRC at #wikimedia-research. You
> can also watch our past research showcases here:
> https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Research/Showcase
>
> This month's presentations:
>
> Characterizing Incivility on Wikipedia
>
> Elizabeth Whittaker, University of Michigan School of Information
>
> In a society whose citizens have a variety of viewpoints, there is a
> question of how citizens can govern themselves in ways that allow these
> viewpoints to co-exist. Online deliberation has been posited as a problem
> solving mechanism in this context, and civility can be thought of as a
> mechanism that facilitates this deliberation. Civility can thus be thought
> of as a method of interaction that encourages collaboration, while
> incivility disrupts collaboration. However, it is important to note that
> the nature of online civility is shaped by its history and the technical
> architecture scaffolding it. Civility as a concept has been used both to
> promote equal deliberation and to exclude the marginalized from
> deliberation, so we should be careful to ensure that our conceptualizations
> of incivility reflect what we intend them to in order to avoid
> unintentionally reinforcing inequality.
>
> To this end, we examined Wikipedia editors’ perceptions of interactions
> that disrupt collaboration through 15 semi-structured interviews. Wikipedia
> is a highly deliberative platform, as editors need to reach consensus about
> what will appear on the article page, a process that often involves
> deliberation to coordinate, and any disruption to this process should be
> apparent. We found that incivility on Wikipedia typically occurs in one of
> three ways: through weaponization of Wikipedia’s policies, weaponization of
> Wikipedia’s technical features, and through more typical vitriolic content.
> These methods of incivility were gendered, and had the practical effect of
> discouraging women from editing. We implicate this pattern as one of the
> underlying causes of Wikipedia’s gender gap.
>
> Hidden Gems in the Wikipedia Discussions: The Wikipedians’ Rationales
>
> Lu Xiao, Syracuse University School of Information Studies
>
> I will present a series of completed and ongoing studies that are aimed at
> understanding the role of the Wikipedians’ rationales in Wikipedia
> discussions. We define a rationale as one’s justification of her viewpoint
> and suggestions. Our studies demonstrate the potential of leveraging the
> Wikipedians’ rationales in discussions as resources for future
> decision-making and as resources for eliciting knowledge about the
> community’s norms, practices and policies. Viewed as rich digital traces in
> these environments, we consider them to be beneficial for the community
> members, such as helping newcomers familiarize themselves on the commonly
> accepted justificatory reasoning styles. We call for more research
> attention to the discussion content from this rationale study perspective.
>
> --
> Janna Layton (she, her)
> Administrative Assistant - Audiences & Technology
> Wikimedia Foundation <https://wikimediafoundation.org/>
>


-- 
Janna Layton (she, her)
Administrative Assistant - Audiences & Technology
Wikimedia Foundation <https://wikimediafoundation.org/>
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