The first month of the summer research program in the Wikimedia Foundation has passed, and we’d like to share a quick update on the continuing work of our eight researchers in the Community Department, as well as some snapshots of what it’s like to be here at the Foundation during their time with us.
As our announcement described, the Wikimedia Summer of Research is a relatively short but intensive study of the Wikipedia editor community. We’re using a variety of qualitative and quantitative methods, from large scale measurement via tools such as Apache Hadoop, to rhetorical analysis of widely-used templates. Most of our research questions focus on editors who have made between one and 100 edits (i.e. newbies).
Though our work is still very much in progress, our public documentation can be seen on Meta. The two dozen sprints so far could all use comments and questions from fellow wiki researchers and community members. Think of them as a rough draft that needs your help in polishing.
Beyond the particulars of our first weeks of collaboration, we wanted to share a photographic look at interdisciplinary research in action at the Wikimedia Foundation this summer. The following snapshots are of our recent planning day. Enjoy!
Steven Walling, Wikimedia Fellow,
on behalf of the Community Department research group