"Fauna Ribbon" by VernoWhitney, under CC BY-SA 3.0

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.

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. (…)

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. (..)

Here are the top external sites that link to Wikipedia, based on overall link volume for all Wikipedia languages and all top-level domains.
Graph by Gianluca Demartini, CC-BY-SA 4.0.

Who links to Wikipedia?

To learn more about who links to Wikipedia, University of Sheffield researchers analyzed the structure of links that point to Wikipedia pages from external websites. Here’s what they found. (…)

"Leonardo self" by Leonardo da Vinci - : Home; Leonndardo self, under Public Domain

Wikimedia Research Newsletter, January 2015

Bot writes about theatre plays; “Renaissance editors” create better content

With contributions by: Kim Osman, Federico Leva, Tilman Bayer and Maximilian Klein.

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Wikimedia Research Newsletter, December 2014

Featured in this edition of the Research Newsletter:
* Wikipedia in higher education
* Gender-driven talk page conflicts
* Disease forecasting

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<a href="">"Health-wikipedia motivational model 4 (1)"</a> by <a href="">Hydra Rain</a>, under <a href="">CC-BY-SA-4.0</a>

Around half of Wikipedia’s medical editors are experts

Half of the editors working on Wikipedia’s 25,000 pages of medical content are qualified medics or other healthcare professionals, providing reassurance about the reliability of the website, according to our newly published research results. Those editors, who are contributing their time for free, are motivated […]

<a href="">"Usersessions stackoverflow"</a> by Aaron Halfakerr, under <a href="">CC-BY-SA-4.0</a>

Wikimedia Research Newsletter, November 2014

Gender gap and skills gap; academic citations on the rise; European food cultures
With contributions by: Piotr Konieczny, Maximilian Klein and Tilman Bayer.

"SRL-Full-p40" by Jasneet.sabharwal, under CC-BY-SA-4.0

Wikimedia Research Newsletter, October 2014

Informed consent and privacy; newsmaking on Wikipedia; Wikipedia and organizational theories
With contributions by: Maximilian Klein, Piotr Konieczny, Kim Osman, Pine and Tilman Bayer

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Wikimedia Research Newsletter, September 2014

Vol: 4 • Issue: 9 • September 2014

99.25% of Wikipedia birthdates accurate; focused Wikipedians live longer; merging WordNet, Wikipedia and Wiktionary