Okinawa in Japanese and English Wikipedia

Update (March 2015):
Please see the full paper I have written based on this extended abstract:
Hale, S. A. (2015). Cross-language Wikipedia Editing of Okinawa, Japan. In Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI ’15, ACM.


This research analyzes edits by foreign-language users in Wikipedia articles about Okinawa, Japan, in the Japanese and English editions of the encyclopedia. Okinawa, home to both English and Japanese speaking users, provides a good case to look at content differences and cross-language editing in a small geographic area on Wikipedia. Consistent with prior work, this research finds large differences in the representations of Okinawa in the content of the two editions. The number of users crossing the language boundary to edit both editions is also extremely small. When users do edit in a non-primary language, they most frequently edit articles that have cross-language (interwiki) links, articles that are edited more by other users, and articles that have more images. Finally, the possible value of edits from foreign-language users and design possibilities to motivate wider contributions from foreign-language users are discussed.

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The official version (paywall) of the extended abstract is in the ACM Digital Library, and an identical identical open-access copy is freely available here or through this open-access link.


Hale, S. A. (2014). Okinawa in Japanese and English Wikipedia. In Extended Abstracts of the 2014 ACM Annual Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, ACM (Toronto, Canada).

	author = {Hale, Scott A.},
	title = {Okinawa in Japanese and English Wikipedia},
	booktitle = {CHI '14 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems},
	series = {CHI EA '14},
	year = {2014},
	isbn = {978-1-4503-2474-8},
	location = {Toronto, Ontario, Canada},
	pages = {927--932},
	numpages = {6},
	url = {},
	doi = {10.1145/2559206.2579413},
	acmid = {2579413},
	publisher = {ACM},
	address = {New York, NY, USA},
	keywords = {cross-language, information diffusion, information discovery, multilingual, social media, wikipedia},

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