Wikipedians, And Why They Do It

For Wikipedians, and folk wanting to understand why they do what they do, here’s a survey that aims to explore  the motivation of contributors to Wikipedia:

Joachim Schroer writes “We are a research team at the University of Wuerzburg (Germany) interested in the reasons and motives why participants are involved in Wikipedia as authors, administrators, or software developers. We hope this study will provide statistical data and insight about Wikipedia which go beyond previous reports in the media, encourage a helpful discussion between participants and reveal best practices for Wikipedia as well as related Open Content projects.

We would like to invite everyone who contributes to Wikipedia at least once in a while to take our online survey. The questionnaire will be available until August 3 at http://www.unipark.de/uc/wikipedia/.

Should be interesting to see the results.

31. July 2005 by jeremy
Categories: Internet life, Media | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | 1 comment

One Comment

  1. Hello,

    there’s now a working paper with some results of the first part of the survey (i.e., among contributors to the German Wikipedia):

    http://www.abo.psychologie.uni-wuerzburg.de/virtualcollaboration/publications.php?action=view&id=44

    I hope you might find this interesting. Because it seems I borrowed a part of the title from you, I thought I’d post a comment here. 😉

    Best wishes,

    Joachim