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Research on social activity on Wikis

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This line of research focuses on analysing patterns of social interactions on Wikis, mainly Wikipedia. We have studied social networks and interactions between contributors in Wikipedia, see the paper "Social networks of Wikipedia" and "Digital libraries and social Web: Insights from Wikipedia users’ activities".

We have also investigated the processes of collective memory building in Wikipedia, analyzing contributions about events both traumatic, such as current revolutions, and non traumatic. See the papers "Collective memory building in Wikipedia: the case of North African uprisings", "Wiki-revolutions: Wikipedia as a Lens for Studying the Real-time Formation of Collective Memories of Revolutions".

We have also focused on the different representations of the same concept across different language editions of Wikipedia. You can try it at or read the paper "Manypedia: Comparing Language Points of View of Wikipedia Communities". We have also studied the distribution of edits to Wikipedia in the world countries and across genders and created a tool for visualizing this information. You can try the web tool at or read the paper "WikiTrip: animated visualization over time of gender and geo-location of Wikipedians who edited a page". We have also created a web tool for seeing which organizations edit anonymously Wikipedia pages, you can try it at

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Ferron, M. (2013). Wikimemories: La costruzione della memoria collettiva del terremoto dell’Aquila in Wikipedia. In M. Farinosi & A. Micalizzi (Eds.), Netquake. Media digitali e disastri naturali. Dieci ricerche empiriche sul ruolo della rete nel terremoto dell’Aquila (139-163). Milano: Franco Angeli. (preprint paper)

Ferron, M., & Massa, P. (2013). Beyond the encyclopedia: Collective memories in Wikipedia. Memory Studies. doi: 10.1177/1750698013490590

Ferron, M., & Massa, P. (2012). Psychological processes underlying Wikipedia representations of natural and manmade disasters. In Proceedings of ACM WikiSym 2012 (August 27-29 2012). New York, ACM Press.

Massa, P., Napolitano, M., Scrinzi, F., & Ferron, M. (2012). WikiTrip: Animated visualization over time of geo-location and gender of Wikipedians who edited a page. In Proceedings of ACM WikiSym 2012 (August 27-29 2012). New York, ACM Press.

Ferron, M., & Massa, P. (2011). Collective memory building in Wikipedia: The case of North African uprisings. In Proceedings of ACM WikiSym 2011 (October 3-5 2011). New York, ACM Press.

Ferron, M., & Massa, P. (2011). Studying collective memories in Wikipedia. 3rd Digital Memories Conference (Prague, Czech Republic, March 14-16, 2011).

Ferron, M., & Massa, P. (2011). Wiki Revolutions: Wikipedia as a lens for studying the real-time formation of collective memories of Revolutions. International Journal of Communication, 5.