Wikipedia and westminster: Quality and dynamics of wikipedia pages about UK politicians

Pushkal Agarwal, Miriam Redi, Nishanth Sastry, Edward Wood, Andrew Blick

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Abstract

Wikipedia is a major source of information providing a large variety of content online, trusted by readers from around the world. Readers go to Wikipedia to get reliable information about different subjects, one of the most popular being living people, and especially politicians. While a lot is known about the general usage and information consumption on Wikipedia, less is known about the life-cycle and quality of Wikipedia articles in the context of politics. The aim of this study is to quantify and qualify content production and consumption for articles about politicians, with a specific focus on UK Members of Parliament (MPs). First, we analyze spatio-temporal patterns of readers' and editors' engagement with MPs' Wikipedia pages, finding huge peaks of attention during election times, related to signs of engagement on other social media (e.g. Twitter). Second, we quantify editors' polarisation and find that most editors specialize in a specific party and choose specific news outlets as references. Finally we observe that the average citation quality is pretty high, with statements on 'Early life and career' missing citations most often (18%).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 31st ACM Conference on Hypertext and Social Media, HT 2020
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages161-166
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781450370981
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jul 2020
Event31st ACM Conference on Hypertext and Social Media, HT 2020 - Virtual, Online, United States
Duration: 13 Jul 202015 Jul 2020

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 31st ACM Conference on Hypertext and Social Media, HT 2020

Conference

Conference31st ACM Conference on Hypertext and Social Media, HT 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityVirtual, Online
Period13/07/202015/07/2020

Keywords

  • Editors
  • Polarisation
  • Politics
  • Wikipedia

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