An activity theoretic model for information quality change

  • Besiki Stvilia College of Information, Florida State University
  • Les Gasser GSLIS, University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign
Keywords: Information Quality, Information Dynamics, Activity Theory

Abstract

To manage information quality (IQ) effectively, one needs to know how IQ changes over time, what causes it to change, and whether the changes can be predicted. In this paper we analyze the structure of IQ change in Wikipedia, an open, collaborative general encyclopedia. We found several patterns in Wikipedia’s IQ process trajectories and linked them to article types. Drawing on the results of our analysis, we develop a general model of IQ change that can be used for reasoning about IQ dynamics in many different settings, including traditional databases and information repositories.

Author Biographies

Besiki Stvilia, College of Information, Florida State University
Assistant Professor
Les Gasser, GSLIS, University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign
Professor
Published
2008-03-05
How to Cite
Stvilia, B., & Gasser, L. (2008). An activity theoretic model for information quality change. First Monday, 13(4). https://doi.org/10.5210/fm.v13i4.2126