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Date: 14 January 2013 16:39
Subject: [Wiki-research-l] Fwd: [Asis-l] CFP> Global Wikipedia:
International and cross-cultural issues in online collaboration
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Apologies for any duplication; a call for chapters on a topic many
folks here have worked on.

From: [] On
Behalf Of Noriko Hara
Sent: Monday, January 14, 2013 8:17 AM
Subject: [Asis-l] CFP> Global Wikipedia: International and
cross-cultural issues in online collaboration

Call for Chapters:

Global Wikipedia: International and cross-cultural issues in online

Important dates:

Proposals Submission Due: January 31, 2013

Full Chapters Due: March 15, 2013

Final Submission Due: July 1, 2013

Editors (to whom chapters should be sent and questions addressed):

Pnina Fichman ( ); Noriko Hara ( )

Indiana University, Bloomington.


Wikipedia offers articles in 285 languages and more than 80% of
Wikipedia articles are written in languages other than English. In
addition, the English Wikipedia itself attracts users from all over
the world. This global nature of Wikipedia provides a rich
socio-technical environment to examine a wide range of international
and cross-cultural issues. Despite the global reach of Wikipedia, most
of the published works about Wikipedia are based on the English site.
More research should pay attention to the global, multilingual nature
of Wikipedia to gain a better understanding of online international
cooperation, on one hand, and of cross-cultural variations in mass
knowledge production processes and outcomes, on the other. The purpose
of this book is to explore a wide range of international and
cross-cultural issues as they are manifested on Wikipedia. We are
particularly interested in research that takes a socio-technical
perspective on the global Wikipedia and integrates social theory to
explain online interactions. For example, we invite studies on online
global collaboration, coordination, and conflict management in this
rich socio-technical environment. We hope that these works will
highlight implications for other socio-technical environments or
extend the use and development of social theory. This unique
publication aims to be a collection of international and
cross-cultural research on the Wikipedia. We expect that this edited
volume will appeal to academic researchers, graduate, and
undergraduate students interested in Wikipedia and, more broadly, in
social studies of information and communication technologies, as well
as to Wikipedia contributors.

Recommended topics :

We are seeking chapters that include both empirical and conceptual
work and soliciting innovative analysis of international and
cross-cultural aspects of Wikipedia to be part of this book.

Appropriate topics for chapters include (but are not limited to) the
following list:

· Case studies of Wikipedia in one of the 285 languages, with special
interest in small and medium size Wikipedias; for example, focusing on
policies, processes, interactions or information quality

· Conflict and collaboration in editing international entries on any
particular language of Wikipedia

· International and cross-cultural collaboration; for example,
international cooperation in fighting vandalism

· Intercultural synergy across boundaries on Wikipedia or Wikimedia projects

· Cross-cultural studies that compare more than one Wikipedia, for
example, focusing on:

· Cross-cultural comparisons of content, structures, and contributions

· Comparative studies of policies, interactions, and processes

· Efforts to understand similarities and differences across Wikipedia
in multiple languages in user motivations, establishment and
maintenance of local communities and challenges

· Comparative analysis of editing policies around the globe

· Information quality across two or more Wikipedia languages

· Comparison of scope and representation of topics across Wikipedia in
several languages

· Vandalism and trolling behaviors across national and language boundaries

Chapters are expected to have between 4000 and 5000 words (excluding
references, figures, and tables). Only original work whose copyright
is owned (or cleared) by the chapter authors and not considered for
publication elsewhere can be considered for inclusion.

Important dates :

January 31, 2013: submit 2-3 page chapter proposals and authors’ bios
(200 words)

Feb 1, 2013: receive acceptance notification

March 15, 2013: submit first full chapters

May 15, 2013: receive reviewers’ comments

July 1, 2013: submit final versions

This book is scheduled to be published by Scarecrow Press. For
additional information, please visit .
Scarecrow Press is the publisher of, among other titles, Digital Media
: Technological and Social Challenges of the Interactive World (2011).
The publication is anticipated to be released in 2014.

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