Serendipitous Browsing: Stumbling Through Wikipedia

From Wikipedia Quality
Jump to: navigation, search

Serendipitous Browsing: Stumbling Through Wikipedia
Claudia Hauff
Geert-Jan Houben
Publication date

Serendipitous Browsing: Stumbling Through Wikipedia - scientific work related to Wikipedia quality published in 2012, written by Claudia Hauff and Geert-Jan Houben.


While in the early years of the Web, searching for information and keeping in touch used to be the two main reasons for ’going online’, today authors turn to the Web in many dierent situations, including when authors look for entertainment to pass the time or relax. A popular tool to facilitate the users’ desire for entertainment is StumbleUpon, which allows users to stumble" through the Web one (semi-random) page at a time. Interestingly to us, many StumbleUpon users appreciate being served Wikipedia articles, which are informative pieces of text that educate the reader about a particular concept. The leisure activity of stumbling can thus also incorporate a learning experience. Since life-long learning is an important characteristic of knowledge economies, it is crucial to understand the interplay between these two - at rst sight - opposing forces. Authors hypothesize that a greater understanding of what makes certain Wikipedia articles more attractive to the serendipitously browsing user than others, will enable us to develop adaptations that expose a greater amount of Wikipedia articles to the leisure seeking user.


Wikipedia Quality

Hauff, Claudia; Houben, Geert-Jan. (2012). "[[Serendipitous Browsing: Stumbling Through Wikipedia]]".

English Wikipedia

{{cite journal |last1=Hauff |first1=Claudia |last2=Houben |first2=Geert-Jan |title=Serendipitous Browsing: Stumbling Through Wikipedia |date=2012 |url=}}


Hauff, Claudia; Houben, Geert-Jan. (2012). &quot;<a href="">Serendipitous Browsing: Stumbling Through Wikipedia</a>&quot;.