Individual focus and knowledge contribution

Before contributing new knowledge, individuals must attain requisite background knowledge or skills through schooling, training, practice, and experience. Given limited time, individuals often choose either to focus on few areas, where they build deep expertise, or to delve less deeply and distribute their attention and efforts across several areas. In this paper we measure the relationship between the narrowness of focus and the quality of contribution across a range of both traditional and recent knowledge sharing media, including scholarly articles, patents, Wikipedia, and online question and answer forums. Across all systems, we observe a small but significant positive correlation between focus and quality.
Date: March 01, 2010
Book Title: First Monday
Type: Article
Volume: 15
Number: 3
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  author = "Lada Adamic and Xiao Wei and Jiang Yang and Sean Gerrish and Kevin K Nam and Gavin Clarkson",
  title = "{Individual focus and knowledge contribution}",
  month = "March",
  year = "2010",
  number = "3",
  volume = "15",
  journal = "First Monday",