Research

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Wikimedia Research Newsletter, April 2015

Military history, cricket, and Australia targeted in Wikipedia articles’ popularity vs. quality; how copyright damages economy

With contributions by: Niklas Laxström, Federico Leva, Masssly, Gamaliel and Piotr Konieczny

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Edit-a-thon in Banff, Canada.
Photo by ABsCatLib, under CC BY-SA 4.0

How many women edit Wikipedia?

An overview of the existing research on this question, also including new results from the most recent general Wikipedia editor survey

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Graphic by Fabrice Florin, CC-BY-SA 3.0.

What we learned from the blog survey

To learn what you think of this blog, we ran a survey in February-March 2015, asking feedback about its content, features — and suggestions for improvement. Many of you shared your insights, telling us you prefer quality over quantity, with more depth and relevance — and more community reports, in more languages.

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Wikimedia Research Newsletter, March 2015

Most important people; respiratory reliability; academic attitudes

With contributions by: Piotr Konieczny, Anwesh Chatterjee and Tilman Bayer.

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An image from a 1973 London School of Economics appeal for funds for its library. Photo by London School of Economics and Political Science's Library, free licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

Wikimedia Foundation adopts Open Access Policy to support free knowledge

The Wikimedia Foundation announces a new policy to make all research it directly supports freely available to the public under open licenses.

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This Sankey diagram shows how readers reach the English Wikipedia article about London and where they go from there, based on the Wikipedia Clickstream data set. Graph by Ellery Wulczyn and Dario Taraborelli, CC0.

Growing free knowledge through open data

Open data can help us understand how people find and share knowledge online. The Wikimedia Foundation’s Research and Data Team has published 5 open data sets about Wikimedia projects. (…)

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We are more than our sex and more than our gender, and many users want more nuanced options for identifying themselves online. Andrógino by Ismael Nery. Public Domain.

Gender as a text field: What Wikipedia can learn from Facebook

We are more than our sex and more than our gender, and many users want more nuanced options for identifying themselves online. (…)

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Wikimedia Research Newsletter, February 2015

Gender bias, SOPA blackout, and a student assignment that backfired

With contributions by: Max Klein, Neil Kandalgaonkar, Tilman Bayer, Piotr Konieczny and Pine.

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Some Wikipedia readers in Pakistan have become active contributors, as featured in this group portrait from the 2013 Karachi Photo Walk. Karachi Walkers by Azlan Khan, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

Survey: What do Pakistani readers think of Wikipedia?

The first online survey of Pakistani readers was conducted to better understand their needs and relationship with Wikipedia. Here are the results. (…)

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Participatory grantmaking works because of committees such as this one. These community members review proposals for funding and help decide what to fund. Photo by Adam Novak, CC-BY-SA-4.0.

Report finds the Wikimedia Foundation to be the largest known Participatory Grantmaking Fund

A report by the The Lafayette Practice group found that the Foundation’s participatory grantmaking program is “innovative and groundbreaking”, with the largest peer-review participation of any funder of this kind. (..)

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