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Title: Latent Groups in Online Communities: a Longitudinal Study in Wikipedia
Authors: Lanamäki, Arto
Lindman, Juho
Keywords: Latency;Latent group;Longitudinal;Online community;Wikipedia
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: Springer
metadata.dc.relation.ispartof: Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW): Vol. 27, No. 1
metadata.mci.reference.pages: 77-106
Series/Report no.: Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW)
Abstract: Research on online communities has shown that content production involves manifest groups and latent users. This paper conceptualizes a related but distinct phenomenon of latent groups. We ground this contribution in a longitudinal study on the Finnish Wikipedia (2007–2014). In the case of experts working on content within their area of expertise, individuals can constitute a group that maintains itself over time. In such a setting, it becomes viable to view the group as an acting unit instead of as individual nodes in a network. Such groups are able to sustain their activities even over periods of inactivity. Our theoretical contribution is the conceptualization of latent groups, which includes two conditions: 1) a group is capable of reforming after inactivity (i.e., dormant ), and 2) a group is difficult to observe to an outsider (i.e., non-manifest ).
metadata.dc.identifier.doi: 10.1007/s10606-017-9295-8
ISSN: 1573-7551
Appears in Collections:JCSCW Vol. 27 (2018)

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