Research

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How Wikipedia responds to breaking news

Wikipedia often deals with breaking news that is developed and expanded rapidly by its community of volunteer editors. 607 Journalists is a thesis that looks deeper into this development, investigating the speed of development, verifiability of article text, and the range of contributors to the article overall.

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Wikimedia Research Newsletter, July 2015

Wikipedia as an example of collective intelligence; #Wikipedia and Twitter

With contributions by: Piotr Konieczny, Tilman Bayer, and Kim Osman

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Plan your next Wikimedia writing contest with the Evaluation Report and Toolkit

In the spirit of better understanding Wikimedia programs, the Learning and Evaluation team at Wikimedia Foundation worked with 17 community members to capture data about 39 writing contests to understand the outcomes of contests. We also reached out to interview a variety of program leaders that had hosted successful contests. Today we happily announce the launch of two new products: a writing contest evaluation report and a program toolkit.

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Wikimedia Research Newsletter, June 2015

How Wikipedia built governance capability; readability of plastic surgery articles

With contributions by: Piotr Konieczny, Leeza Rodriguez and Tilman Bayer

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Wikimedia Research Newsletter, May 2015

Drug articles accurate and largely complete; women “slightly overrepresented”; talking like an admin

With contributions by: William Skaggs, Max Klein, Piotr Konieczny, Gamaliel, Jonathan Morgan and Tilman Bayer

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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.
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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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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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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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