MATURE at WikiSym 2011
The success of wikis depends very strongly on the user participation and the willingness to edit. Athanasios Mazarakis and Clemens van Dinther from MATURE presented results at the WikiSym conference in San Francisco how to foster participation with feedback mechanisms. WikiSym is the International Symposium on Wikis and Open Collaboration, the premier conference on open collaboration and related technologies for researchers, industry, entrepreneurs and practitioners worldwide.
The results about the feedback mechanisms have been collected in field experiments about course wikis. With different experimental treatments it was possible to show that:
- Feedback can help to prioritize to knowledge maturing activities
- Foster participation in wikis
- A social ranking can even more help to raise awareness for knowledge exchange
Contacts to the Wikimedia Foundation have been established as these result seem promising as well for the Wikipedia project.