Vote for the most exciting paper from nine years of research about Wikipedia

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(This is a guest post by Carol Ann O’Hare of Wikimedia France.)
The impact of collaborative writing on the quality of Wikipedia content, new methods for monitoring contributions in order to fight vandalism, how the nature and quality of content depends on contributors’ status and the area covered, etc. These topics concern the Wikimedians who write and use Wikipedia… but also more and more researchers!
By launching an international award for research on Wikimedia projects and free knowledge, Wikimédia France wants to highlight these research works, encourage them and especially, make them understandable and accessible to the Wikimedia community.
Starting in July, the first step was to ask the community of researchers that study Wikimedia projects to nominate scientific papers that they consider the most influential and important from the years 2003 to 2011. We collected more than 30 proposals, each satisfying the selection criteria: Available under open access and published in peer-reviewed publications. It is thanks to a quality jury, composed of researchers working on these topics, that we could select five finalists papers among these. You can find summaries and full texts linked below:

To decide the winner, Wikimédia France wishes to encourage all Wikimedians to give their opinion and vote for the paper that seems the most stimulating and relevant.
Voting will close on Monday, March 11. The announcement of the winning paper is scheduled for the end of March. The authors will receive a grant of €2,500. They can freely allocate this sum, provided it is dedicated to help open knowledge research.
Carol Ann O’Hare
Wikimedia France

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