We report our experience using a peer-to-peer (P2P) wiki system for academic writing tutorials. Our wiki system supports a non-traditional collaboration model, where each participant maintains their own version of the documents. The users share their contributions in the P2P network, which allows them to be exposed to multiple viewpoints, and to reuse each other's work. We collected and analyzed the contributions of the participants to these tutorials, and the results demonstrate the value of this collaboration model. In particular, we found the popularity of a document in the system is correlated with its quality, and the similarity between contributions of peers is a good predictor of future similarities. These properties provide helpful criteria for users to identify valuable material for reuse.

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Keywords Collaboration, decentralized, Peer-to-peer, Wiki
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1109/CTS.2012.6261064
Conference 2012 13th International Conference on Collaboration Technologies and Systems, CTS 2012
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Davoust, A. (Alan), Craig, A. (Alexander), Esfandiari, B, & Kazmierski, V. (2012). Decentralized collaboration with a peer-to-peer wiki. Presented at the 2012 13th International Conference on Collaboration Technologies and Systems, CTS 2012. doi:10.1109/CTS.2012.6261064