Another data source is https://meta.wikimedia.org/
wiki/List_of_Wikipedias/Table (transcluded in https://meta.wikimedia.org/wik
i/List_of_Wikipedias ), which is updated twice daily by a bot that directly
retrieves the numbers as reported in each wiki's [[Special:Statistics]]
page, and can be considered reliable. (I.e. it is using basically the same
primary source as http://wikistats.wmflabs.org/display.php?t=wp
, the tool
Two more comments inline below.
On Thu, Mar 29, 2018 at 2:12 PM, Dan Andreescu <dandreescu(a)wikimedia.org>
Forwarding this question to the public Analytics list,
where it's good to
have these kinds of discussions. If you're interested in this data and how
it changes over time, do subscribe and watch for updates, notices of
Ok, so on to your question. You'd like the *total # of articles for each
wiki*. I think the simplest way right now is to query the AQS (Analytics
Query Service) API, documented here: https://wikitech.wikimed
To get the # of articles for a wiki, let's say en.wikipedia.org
, you can
get the timeseries of new articles per month since the beginning of time:
Unless I'm mistaken, summing up these monthly numbers would yield 3.5
million articles - but English Wikipedia has already over 5 million per
. Do you get a different
In general, it's worth being aware that there are various subtleties
involved in defining article counts precisely, as detailed at
. (But not too
much aware, that's not good for your mental health. Seriously, that page is
a data analyst's version of a horror novel. Don't read it alone at night.)
And to get a list of all wikis, to plug into that URL
instead of "
en.wikipedia.org", the most up-to-date information is here:
in table form or via
the mediawiki API: https://meta.wikimedia.org/w/api.php?action=sitematrix&
formatversion=2&format=json&maxage=3600&smaxage=3600. Sometimes new
sites won't have data in the AQS API for a month or two until we add them
and start crunching their stats.
The way I figured this out is to look at how our UI uses the API:
So if you were interested in something else, you can browse around there
and take a look at the XHR requests in the browser console. Have fun!
On Thu, Mar 29, 2018 at 12:54 AM, Zainan Zhou (a.k.a Victor) <
How are you! This is Victor, It's been a while since we meet at the 2018
Wikimedia Dev Summit. I hope you are doing great.
As I mentioned to you, my team works on extracting the knowledge from
Wikipedia. Currently it's undergoing a project that expands language
coverage. My teammate Yuan Gao(cc'ed here) is tech leader of this
project.She plans to *monitor the list of all the current available
wikipedia's sites and the number of articles for each language*, so that
we can compare with our extraction system's output to sanity-check if there
is a massive breakage of the extraction logic, or if we need to add/remove
languages in the event that a new wikipedia site is introduced to/remove
from the wikipedia family.
I think your team at Analytics at Wikimedia probably knows the best where
we can find this data. Here are 4 places we already know, but doesn't seem
to have the data.
. has the
information we need, but the list is manually edited, not automatic
, has the full list, but
the information seems pretty out of date(last updated almost a month ago)
- StatsV2 UI: https://stats.wikimedia.org/v2/#/all-projects
, I can't
find the full list nor the number of articles
- API https://wikimedia.org/api/rest_v1/
suggested by elukey on
#wikimedia-analytics channel, it doesn't seem to have # of article
Do you know what is a good place to find this information? Thank you!
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* • *Software Engineer, Data Engine
* •* Google Inc.
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---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Yuan Gao <gaoyuan(a)google.com>
Date: Wed, Mar 28, 2018 at 4:15 PM
Subject: Monitor the number of Wikipedia sites and the number of articles
in each site
To: Zainan Victor Zhou <zzn(a)google.com>
Cc: Wenjie Song <wenjies(a)google.com>om>, WikiData <wikidata(a)google.com>
as we discussed in the meeting, I'd like to monitor:
1) the number of Wikipedia sites
2) the number of articles in each site
Can you help us to contact with WMF to get a realtime or at least daily
update of these numbers? What we can find now is
, but the number of
Wikipedia sites is manually updated, and possibly out-of-date.
The monitor can help us catch such bugs.
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