Hi Lars,

You have a couple of options:

1. download the data in lossless compressed form, https://dumps.wikimedia.org/other/pagecounts-ez/  The format is clever and doesn't lose granularity, should be a lot quicker than pagecounts-raw (this is basically what stats.grok.se did with the data as well, so downloading this way should be equivalent)
2. work on Toolforge, a virtual cloud that's on the same network as the data, so getting the data is a lot faster and you can use our compute resources (free, of course): https://wikitech.wikimedia.org/wiki/Portal:Toolforge

If you decide to go with the second option, the IRC channel where they support folks like you is #wikimedia-cloud and you can always find me there as milimetric.

On Tue, Feb 20, 2018 at 12:51 PM, Lars Hillebrand <larshillebrand@icloud.com> wrote:
Dear Analytics Team,

I am a M.Sc. student at Copenhagen Business School. For my Master Thesis I would like to use page views data from certain Wikipedia articles. I found out that in July 2015 a new API was created which delivers this data. However, for my project I have to use data from before 2015. 
In my further search I found out that the old page views data exists (https://dumps.wikimedia.org/other/pagecounts-raw/) and until March 2017 it could be queried by using stats.grok.se. Unfortunately, this site does no longer exists, which is why I cannot filter and query the raw data in .gz format on the webpage.

Are there any possibilities to get the page views data for certain articles from before July 2017?

Thanks a lot and best regards,

Lars Hillebrand

PS: I am conducting my research in R and for the post 2015 data the package “pageviews” works great.

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