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Title: Not at Home on the Range: Peer Production and the Urban/Rural Divide
Authors: Johnson, Isaac
Lin, Yilun
Jia-Jun Li, Toby
Hall, Andrew
Halfaker, Aaron
Schöning, Johannes
Hecht, Brent
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: ACM
Citation: Proceedings of the International Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, (2016)
Abstract: Wikipedia articles about places, OpenStreetMap features, and other forms of peer-produced content have become critical sources of geographic knowledge for humans and intelligent technologies. In this paper, we explore the effectiveness of the peer production model across the rural/urban divide, a divide that has been shown to be an important factor in many online social systems. We find that in both Wikipedia and OpenStreetMap, peer-produced content about rural areas is of systematically lower quality, is less likely to have been produced by contributors who focus on the local area, and is more likely to have been generated by automated software agents (i.e. “bots”). We then codify the systemic challenges inherent to characterizing rural phenomena through peer production and discuss potential solutions.
Notes: Johnson, IL (reprint author), Univ Minnesota, Dept Comp Sci, GroupLens Res, Minneapolis, MN 55455 USA. ijohnson@cs.umn.edu; ylin@cs.umn.edu; tobyli@cs.cmu.edu; hall@cs.umn.edu; ahalfaker@wikimedia.org; johannes.schoening@uhasselt.be; bhecht@cs.umn.edu
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/20228
DOI: 10.1145/2858036.2858123
ISI #: 000380532900002
ISBN: 978-1-4503-3362-7
Category: C1
Type: Proceedings Paper
Validation: ecoom, 2017
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