Interdisciplinary Research on Wiki Communities

I don’t often post CFPs and I won’t be able to attend WikiSym this year, but I am looking forward to reading the submissions and papers. I’ve been mulling over what it means when people describe “interdisciplinary” – or “multidisciplinary” – research and haven’t reached any definitive conclusions, but as Inigo Montoya once said to Vizzini, I sometimes think: “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.” In any case, I hope this workshop might shed some light on the question in the context of wiki community studies.

Interdisciplinary Research on Wiki Communities, September 8, 2008

The array of approaches to studying wikis is a source of wealth but also a possible source of confusion: What are appropriate methodologies for the analysis of wiki communities? Which are the most critical parameters (both quantitative and qualitative) for study in wiki evolution and outcomes? Is it possible to find effective interdisciplinary approaches to augment our overall understanding of these dynamic creative environments? This workshop intends to provide an opportunity to explore these questions by researchers and practitioners willing to participate in a “brainstorming research meeting”.

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