An Analysis of Semantic Wiki Communities: Why Are They Embracing Properties and Not Concepts?

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SMWCon Fall 2013An Analysis of Semantic Wiki Communities: Why Are They Embracing Properties and Not Concepts?
SMWCon Fall 2013
An Analysis of Semantic Wiki Communities: Why Are They Embracing Properties and Not Concepts?
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Description: This talk describes the analysis of the behaviors of semantic wiki communities and suggests improving the ability of a wiki community to contribute.
Speaker(s): Yolanda Gil
Slides: see here
Type: Talk
Audience: Everyone
Event start: 2013/10/30 12:10:00 PM
Event finish: 2013/10/30 12:30:00 PM
Length: 20 minutes
Video: click here
Keywords: semantic wiki communities, properties, concepts
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There are hundreds of communities that are using semantic wikis for social knowledge collection. Although wikis have been analyzed extensively, there has been little analysis of the behaviors of semantic wiki communities. We analyzed 230 installations of Semantic MediaWiki, focusing on how users edit wikis to add structure to their contents. We analyzed the concepts and properties created, the amount of editors involved in creating them, and the amount of edits for concepts and for properties. We found that concepts are not used very often, and not used at all in many wikis. Properties were used in all the wikis, although very small numbers of users edit them. Very large numbers of property assertions are made in almost every wiki. Our analysis contributes to the understanding of semantic wikis as a platform for social knowledge collection, and suggests extensions to semantic wikis that proactively prompt users to define concepts or properties, detect inconsistent definitions, and mediate their resolution. Improving the ability of all users to contribute to the semantic aspects of the wiki will enhance the use of knowledge-rich systems and broaden the adoption of semantic web technologies.

Details about these work can be found in these papers: