Data analytics

  1. How a feminist stood up to trolls and measurably changed Wikipedia’s coverage of women scientists

    Did the efforts of Emily Temple-Wood (“Keilana”) and other editors really make a difference in Wikipedia’s coverage of women scientists—especially given the vast expanse of an encyclopedia that has 5.4 million articles in English alone? The answer, one year after the headlines, is an unequivocal yes.... Read more

  2. Hiring a data scientist

    We recently needed to backfill a data analyst position at the Wikimedia Foundation. If you’ve hired for this type of position in the past, you know that this is no easy task. Based on our successful hiring process, we’d like to share what we learned, and how we drew on existing resources to synthesize a better approach to interviewing and hiring a new member of our team.... Read more

  3. The most popular browser

    Looking at the internet through the lens of Wikimedia.... Read more

  4. “Dare to be different, yet hold your head high”: the impact of Prince’s death on Wikipedia

    “Prince is synonymous with indulging in yourself shamelessly and with passion. His music and his cultural impact mean more than words can offer.”
    “He taught me that being black was more than a color. That despite our circumstances or limitations in life, you could change the world and you could reach out and touch the stars.”
    “Dare to be different, yet hold your head ... Read more

  5. Introducing the unique devices dataset: a new way to estimate reach on Wikimedia projects

    With the unique devices dataset, we’ve been able to quantify the shift to mobile across all projects. In almost all Wikimedia projects, more than half of our unique devices are accessing content using the mobile sites.... Read more

  6. 15 years of Wikipedia in data visualization

    Leave it to designers to show us how dynamic, global, and human Wikipedia really is. Here, we look at fifteen of the best data visualizations making use of Wikipedia data.... Read more

  7. Wikipedia’s very active editor numbers have stabilized—delve into the data with us

  8. 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. (…)... Read more

  9. What are readers looking for? Wikipedia search data now available

  10. Improving the accuracy of the active editors metric