Hello and Welcome to my Userpage. :)
Welcome to my userpage
My name is Nuša Farič and I have carried out a Masters research study on "Who edits health-related Wikipedia pages and Why?". I was interested to characterize editors (Wikipedians) of health-related Wikipedia pages and find out more about their editorial motivations and experiences. The study is currently being edited for a publication in Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR). Below is the abstract of my study as it appeared in my thesis.
Objectives: Wikipedia is the largest free online encyclopaedia and it is of the most requested, accessed and consulted sources of health information in the world. The current English Wikipedia contains 4.1 million articles with over 25,000 articles pertaining to health. The aim of this study was to characterise individuals involved in the editorial process of building health-content on Wikipedia and explore the underlying motivations for their contributions. Design: Quantitative and qualitative approaches were employed, guided by the Grounded Theory framework of Glaser and Strauss (1967). Method: Thirty-two Wikipedians with a history of health-related edits completed a questionnaire and 16 were interviewed face-to-face, online via Skype, or online via e-mail. Interviews were transcribed and analysed following the Glaserian paradigm. Results: Wikipedians in this study were identified as health professionals, professionals with specific health-interests, patients and students. Their motivations for editing health-related content formed five over-arching categories: Education, Help, Responsibility, Fulfilment and Positive Attitude to Wikipedia. An additional factor, Hostility, was identified that negatively affected Wikipedians’ motivations. Conclusions: Wikpedia’s health-related content is built by a similar proportion of health-specialists and lay people of varying editorial skills. There is an urgent need for a greater editorial involvement in the context of Wikipedia’s health-related content. The implications of the study are discussed in the proposed motivational model.
This User page was created for the research activities for the duration of January- September 2012. The study was approved by Wikimedia Research Committee and UCL Ethics Committee.
If you require some additional information or a copy of this study please contact the researcher Nuša Farič at nusa.faric.11ucl.ac.uk. If you have other concerns or questions and wish to contact someone other than the researcher, please contact Dr Henry Potts at h.pottsucl.ac.uk or visit Dr Potts' UCL page. Dr Potts is supervising the project; he also has a Wikipedia account as User:bondegezou. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any other questions.