For those of you who haven't seen it, take a look at Domas' Mituzas wiki-stats:
This is real, accurate hourly snapshot data on the access to Wikipedia
captured from the Wikimedia Squid servers. Project counts show the
total access in a time period to the different language editions.
This is great stuff for visualization, behavioral pattern analysis,
and other purposes. If you do something with it, let us know. :-)
URL may change in the future - we'll put a redirect on the above one
if that happens.
Deputy Director, Wikimedia Foundation
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Title: Towards End-User Programming with Wikis
Authors: Craig Anslow, Dirk Riehle
Abstract: When business software fails to provide the desired
functionality, users typically turn to spreadsheets to perform simple
but general computational tasks. However, spreadsheets enforce a view of
the world that consists mostly of tables and numbers rather than the
domain concepts users have in mind. We are using wikis as a platform for
empowering end-users to perform computational tasks of their choice.
This paper discusses how core properties of wikis can support end-user
programming. We illustrate our approach using wiki prototype software
for working with business objects as made available by SAP’s business
Reference: In Proceedings of the Fourth Workshop in End-User Software
Engineering (WEUSE IV). IEEE Press, 2008, to appear.
Phone: + 1 (650) 215 3459
I want to announce this minitrack, scheduled in the next HICSS 42 Conference.
This year, it focuses also on Open Communities, so it is specially suitable for Wikipedia and wiki related research papers from many different points of view (semantics, ontologies, social networks, quantitative analysis, etc.)
If you plan to submit, please note that it is recommendable that you send to Kevin or to me an abstract summarizing the contents before 1 June.
Full papers deadline: 15 june.
The conference will be held from 5-8 January, 2009.
Topics and research areas include, but are not limited to:
* Issues in distributed software development for FLOSS
* Issues in content development in OC and OComm
* Distributed collaboration in and coordination of FLOSS and OC development teams
* Distributed group development for FLOSS
* Community development and its evolution in OC
* FLOSS teams as communities of practice
* Leadership, management and policies in FLOSS, OC groups and Open Communities
* Creators roles in OC, and OComm and how they evolve over time
* Implementation of FLOSS systems
* Distributed project management and distributed team management
* Knowledge management and learning in OComm, OC and FLOSS development
* Member satisfaction and effectiveness in OComm, OC and FLOSS development
* Analysis and assessment of software development processes for FLOSS
* Motivations and ideologies in OC, OComm and FLOSS
* User involvement and user support in FLOSS development
* FLOSS systems supporting OC projects
* Web 20, Enterprise 20, mashups and their relationships with OC and OComm
* Forecasting the evolution of FLOSS and OC projects, as well as OComm
* Application, implementation and cases of use of OC and FLOSS projects in education, health care, public administrations and mass media
* Social networks in FLOSS, OC projects and OComm
Felipe Ortega (Primary Contact)
Universidad Rey Juan Carlos
Tulipán s/n28933 Mostoles, Madrid, Spain
School of Information Studies
348 Hinds HallSyracuse, NY 13244-4100 USA
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International Conference on Computer Mediated Social Networking
(ICCMSN - 2008)
Dunedin, New Zealand
Conference dates: 11-13 June 2008
Submission date: 9th March 2008 (note the new submission date)
Although the use of HTML and early Web browsers expanded the Internet
experience from mostly one-to-one interactions to that of one-to-
many, this development still did not afford the sophisticated kinds
of social interactions undertaken by people in the real world.
Recently, however, new technologies (such as Weblogs, Web services,
RSS/Atom, tagging with folksonomies, and Wikis – sometimes
collectively called “Web 2.0") have appeared that offer more socially-
oriented network interactions. This has led to the new system
development mode of employing lightweight scripting languages to
bundle various Web 2.0 elements, or plugins, and then deploying them
on network servers, thereby establishing Social Network Systems
(SNS). The physical nature of the new network architectures is
increasingly heterogeneous, comprising more lightweight portable
devices (cell phones and PDAs) interacting with ever-more powerful
network servers that host SNS. From these developments have merged
such popular services such as Facebook, MySpace, Friendster,
LiveJournal, Flickr, and YouTube. But analysts and observers predict
that SNS have much greater potential than merely exchanging media
files: these are expected to afford opportunities to meet and engage
in extended, creative, and more meaningful (in fact, unforeseeable)
interactions that will greatly enhance their Internet experiences.
How can this vision be achieved?
An important new platform technology where all these developments
come together is that of the new virtual environments, such as Second
Life and There, which enable people to meet and engage in virtual,
three-dimensional social interactions. The future of SNS will
certainly be played out on these platforms.
The Key Issues: In all societies, whether electronic or real, there
is a fundamental tension between freedom and rules. If the
interaction rules of behaviour are too rigid, people feel constrained
and leave the society. On the other hand, if interaction rules are
too lax, aimless inhabitants become bored – plus the society can be
overrun by vandals and free-riders. To address this concern we need
to explore the following questions:
• How can we facilitate effective structure in a SNS?
• How can we facilitate SNS collaboration/cooperation in
education, e-commerce, international research etc?
• How can collective knowledge be constructed and shared?
• What is the role of network topologies in disease spreading,
opinion dynamics, norm spreading, etc.?
• How can software agents be used in the development and
simulation of on-line societies?
• How can various Web 2.0 tools be integrated to satisfy the needs
of electronic communities?
• How can realistic virtual environments be modelled, designed and
• How can high speed networks, such as KAREN facilitate real world
experiences of virtual environments?
• How can privacy, security, and trust issues be addressed in on-
Since this topic has came out several times recently, I've decided to
update the WP:ACST (Wikipedia in academic studies) page on Wikipedia. It
now has about 200 publications. It is still not comprehensive, but after
tripling it size over the past few days I hope it collects close to or
more than 75% of relevant publications out there.
Since it is a wiki page, it is easily updatable by us all (hint). It
certainly could benefit from further additions, if you are familiar with
any that are missing, as well as copyedit (double check the links; find
missing keywords; standarize author's names; standarize conference names
and publications outlets).
Since it is a Wikipedia page, there is no chance it will ever go down
and the effort of contributing to it be wasted (like apparently has
happened with http://bibliography.wikimedia.de/ - do we even know who
is/was responsible for maintaining that tool?). Combined with sortable
table, optional abstracts and keywords, I do think that WP:ACST is THE
ultimate Wikipedia research bibliography.
Certainly we would benefit from agreeing on a single site we should
contribute to; the current state with several sites collecting wikipedia
related bibliography, mostly unlinked to each other, with partial
overlapping, most missing much of what any other has (I have looked
through all of the ones linked here so far, cannibalizing them for
WP:ACST, and hence I stick by the above comment) is hardly helpful. As
with online encyclopedias, I think it makes much sense that "one should
rule them all" :)
The page in question can be found at:
"The problem about Wikipedia is, that it just works in reality, not in
Mike Bergman has collected an impressive and (I think) comprehensive list of
publications about mining structured data from Wikipedia.
The list demonstrates that Wikipedia mining is starting to set the
state-of-the-art in areas such as:
a.. Ontology development and categorization
b.. Word sense disambiguation
c.. Named entity recognition
d.. Named entity disambiguation
e.. Semantic relatedness and relations.
See http://www.mkbergman.com/?p=417 for the complete list.
Mike: Thanks a lot for this!
Freie Universität Berlin
+49 30 838 54057
To Wikipedia researchers,
My name is Dr. Kotaro Nakayama from Osaka University in Japan. I would
like to announce our latest visualization system for Wikipedia
Thesaurus, a huge scale "association" thesaurus, based on Java applet.
It allows users to see the relation network among concepts (articles) in
(Please click on the "NetVis" to show the network for a concept)
We did not just visualize the link structure of Wikipedia, but we
calculated the relatedness for all concepts in Wikipedia using pfibf
(Path Frequency - Inversed Backward link Frequency) analogous to tf-idf
in information retrieval (See "Wikipedia Mining for An Association Web
Thesaurus Construction" in WISE2007 for more information if you are
We are conducting several projects such as Wikipedia Thesaurus (Since
2005), Wikipedia Bilingual Dictionary, Wikipedia API and Wikipedia
Ontology. Detailed information about our activities can be found under
the following URL.
There is no doubt that Wikipedia is an invaluable corpus for knowledge
extraction and this is the time to boost the research up by
collaborating each other. I hope our research is of interest to you.
Dear Wiki[media] researchers,
this mail is to announce the release of the current, intermediate state of
SWiM, a semantic wiki for mathematics. Based on the semantic wiki IkeWiki
(http://ikewiki.salzburgresearch.at), which is similar to the better-known
Semantic MediaWiki but offers a better RDF and XML infrastructure and a more
flexible user interface, SWiM adds support for the following mathematical
* MathML, a W3C standard in its upcoming version 3, is used for presenting
* OpenMath (http://www.openmath.org) is used to enter mathematical formulae in
a semantically reasonable structure, regardless of how they are rendered.
* OMDoc (http://www.omdoc.org) is used to embed formulae into documents and to
semantically structure these documents into mathematical theories and
Note the difference to wikis supporting LaTeX formulae: Here, we chiefly care
about the _semantics_ of mathematical knowledge and how to benefit from these
structures, and only in a second step about the visual appearance of
New features in 0.2 are:
1. a completely redesigned and improved user interface, mostly thanks to the
hard work Sebastian Schaffert did on IkeWiki
2. rendering of mathematical formulae in MathML 3, according to notation
definitions for symbols that can dynamically be made inside the wiki, using
the mmlproc renderer (http://kwarc.info/projects/mmlkit/).
3. a way to edit OMDoc XML structures as tables and OpenMath content-markup
formulae in a linearized ASCII notation inside the TinyMCE HTML editor
4. import and export working for OMDoc documents, and partly working for
OpenMath content dictionaries and MathML 3 notation definitions.
For the next milestone, I'll mainly be working on enhancing the OpenMath
support, e.g. turning SWiM into a proper editor for OpenMath content
dictionaries. For technical details, see the roadmap at
Check out …
* the live demo at http://swim.kwarc.info
* the project homepage at http://kwarc.info/projects/swim/ for further
information, downloading an installable packags or the sources, and recent
* the bug tracker at http://trac.kwarc.info/swim/ to report bugs or to request
* the SWiM mailing list at
http://lists.jacobs-university.de/mailman/listinfo/project-swim and the
MathWeb wiki page at http://mathweb.org/wiki/SWiM for more announcements and
to participate in detailed discussions.
Christoph Lange, Jacobs Univ. Bremen, http://kwarc.info/clange, Skype duke4701
I am thinking to make a submission to a "computers in education"
conference, either a non-refereed paper or a "workshop". The audience
will be "teachers and teacher educators". Around 600 people will
attend. The conference is held every two years.
One of the conference themes is "E-learning including information
literacy, Web 2.0 and school libraries".
At first I thought to do a workshop, but their computer labs have only
15-20 computers, which seems very limited to me. So then it seems like
a non-refereed paper is best.
I think a good topic might be '"Safe wiki": Teaching responsible use
of Wikipedia', as just like sex, an abstinence-only approach will not
be very successful when it comes to students & Wikipedia. ;)
Anyway I figure there may be some people here familiar with this kind
of research, although I am not submitting a refereed paper it would
still be useful to see what has been done before.
I recall the wiki research bibliography - is it still alive? Both
<http://tools.wikimedia.de/~voj/bibliography/> are dead links...
They've just been waiting in a mountain for the right moment:
we have just released in open-source format the code of WikiTrust, the tool
we use for the Wikipedia trust coloring.
The project homepage is http://trust.cse.ucsc.edu/ , and from there, you can
follow a link to a live demo.
The code itself is available from http://trust.cse.ucsc.edu/WikiTrust .
The code is suitable to the trust-coloring of a static dump of a wiki; the
code for the coloring of edits in real-time, as they happen, is under
The code is extensible, and it provides a platform over which it is
(relatively) easy to write wiki analysis tools... for instance, we wrote
small analysis procedures that measure the inter-edit time distribution, and
the amount of text contributed by authors of various reputation ranges.
As the text analysis engine and the dump traversal engines are already
built, it is relatively easy to add other analysis modules.
We hope this will be of interest!
All the best,
Luca de Alfaro
(message sent on behalf also of Bo Adler and Ian Pye)