The ASA Wikipedia Initiative (ASAWI) is part of a study currently conducted by Robert Kraut at Carnegie Mellon University.
The goals of this study are to a) evaluate the ASAWI, b) to improve understanding of recruitment and socialization of volunteers in online production communities like Wikipedia, and c) to build tools to assist volunteers as they participate in Wikipedia.
The ASAWI is recruiting sociological scientists and sociology students to improve the sociology articles in Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia. We have developed a portal to help members of the initiative edit Wikipedia articles. The portal provides information about sociology articles that need improvement and guidelines on how best to improve these articles. We will ask you some questions to assess your areas of interest and expertise and then suggest articles that could benefit from your expertise. You can work on these articles at any time you wish.
To create your ASAWI account, enter your Wikipedia Username. This offers you a smooth entry into the process of creating and editing Wikipedia articles. The portal provides tutorial materials, tools to match articles with your interest and expertise, and communication facilities. This portal also allows ASA to evaluate the progress and success of this initiative and recognize individual contributions.