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
Support Free Knowledge: http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Donate
Dear Wikipedia Researcher,
I am a doctoral student in Lehigh University’s Learning Science and
Technology Ph.D. program. I invite you, as an expert in this area, to
participate in my qualifying research project on collaboration within
the Wikipedia environment.
My study is to examine the social and technical factors that have
supported the creation and evolution of Wikipedia. In order to collect
experts’ opinions, I am employing a research methodology called the
“Delphi technique” (Linstone & Turoff, 1975), which derives consensus
among a group of experts using a series of questionnaires and feedback.
Thus, participation in this study will involve responding to one or more
online questionnaires. For more information about the method, please
visit http://www.lehigh.edu/~xiz4/. If you are interested in
participating in this research project, please take the survey at
If you have more questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at
xiz4(a)lehigh.edu. Thank you for your participation.
Doctoral Student, Learning Sciences and Technology
Dr. M.J. Bishop
Apologies for duplicate reception.
CALL FOR PAPERS
First Workshop on "Interdisciplinary Research on Wiki Communities"
September 8, 2008
at WikiSym 2008
September 8-10, 2008
The array of approaches to studying wikis is a source of
wealth but also a possible source of confusion: What are
appropriate methodologies for the analysis of wiki communities?
Which are the most critical parameters (both quantitative
and qualitative) for study in wiki evolution and outcomes?
Is it possible to find effective interdisciplinary approaches
to augment our overall understanding of these dynamic
This workshop intends to provide an opportunity to explore
these questions by researchers and practitioners willing to
participate in a “brainstorming research meeting”.
How To Participate
You are invited to submit a position paper (max. length 4 pages)
showing methodologies, tools and challenges in this research
area. Submissions will be reviewed for quality and relevance.
We plan to celebrate a dynamic brainstorming research session. If
you're attending WikiSym but didn't submit a paper, you're also
invited to join the workshop.
Submissions should be sent to jfelipe_at_gsyc_dot_es and
wiki_workshop_at_gsyc_dot_es. Submissions must follow the ACM SIG
* Submission deadline: **August 12**.
* Notification of acceptance: August 19.
* Workshop date: September 8, 13:30-17:00 (time to be confirmed).
The main goal of this workshop is to provide an adequate forum for
wiki researchers to:
* Present their own approaches for studying wiki communities from
multiple perspectives (e-learning, sociology, content analysis,
quantitative analysis and data mining, social networking, etc.).
* Explain the main problems they face when integrating different
research approaches into a coherent line of research.
* Propose possible solutions in the form of tools, methodologies,
research strategies and ways of collaboration that can be adopted
to further such research.
* Exchange research ideas with colleagues who can provide novel
points of view that could complement existing research initiatives.
An important outcome will be a charter to create a global virtual
research planet on wiki communities. It will include wiki
researchers, wiki research tools, wiki research bibliography,
forums, blogs, wikis, etc. Its main objective will be to serve
as a common meeting point and resource center for all researchers
in this field.
Examples of relevant topics include, but are not limited to:
* Research tools supporting quantitative analysis of wiki
* Content quality, assessment, and author reputation.
* Social Network Analysis, web graphs, and visualization
techniques for wiki communities.
* Technological innovation for supporting wiki communities
(e.g., content distribution, P2P, security and authentication).
* Ontological and taxonomic technologies (lexical corpus
and authorities, semantic searches, content categorization).
Reflections upon methodological and disciplinary experiences
in studying wiki communities (e.g., sociology, education,
knowledge management, economics).
* Dealing with human subjects review (IRB) or ethic
guidelines (e.g., journalists interviewing versus oral
* Issues on privacy and data retention. How do these issues
vary across disciplines and countries (legal/regulatory
* Did you try to submit your work to a journal in one
discipline, have it rejected, but accepted in another?
(And why was this so?)
* Have you had any experiences working with collaborators
from other disciplines?
* Did you run into problems with your corpus of data and
the tools people typically use in your discipline?
In this context, the workshop organization will be threefold:
1.Present a complete perspective of the current state-of-the-art
of Wikipedia and wiki-based open communities from different points
of view. This will be achieved by presentations of position papers
explaining existing tools and research methods successfully applied
to the analysis of wiki environments.
2.Promote the creation of small working groups to consider the
integration of distinct research strategies, including opportunities
for interactions and feedback between researchers.
3.A final plenary session to consider the different solutions
proposed by the working groups, and summarizing a catalog of tools,
methodologies and opportunities of collaboration that may be offered
to wiki researchers wanting to undertake interdisciplinary analysis
in this area.
A detailed agenda is available at
Joseph Reagle - (NYU, USA)
Felipe Ortega - GSyC/Libresoft (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain).
Antonio J. Reinoso - GSyC/Libresoft (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain).
Rut Jesus - CPNSS (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)
Gregorio Robles - GSyC/Libresoft (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain).
Enviado desde Correo Yahoo! La bandeja de entrada más inteligente.
you may want to participate to this study or forward this
Dear public wiki contributor,
(Version française ci-dessous).
My name is Anne Goldenberg, I'm a french PhD student in sociology and
communication, doing a thesis on contributions in public wikis. I'm
mostly interested in the policies and the habits that contributors
develop in order to organize the collaboration in the wiki.
I've set up a small survey entitled ''What is it to contribute to a
wiki'', that I would like you to take.
It's available here :
According to your experience with wikis, you can help us understand
what are the contributors' motivations and expectations, how they learn
to participate online, how contributions are discussed or legitimized
and what helps to have good contributions and motivated contributors.
Your answers will allow me to write an article and a thesis chapter on
the notion of contribution in the wikisphere. The result will be
anonymised and put online under a free license on my websites (see
below). You will need about 30 to 40 min to complete the survey.
Thank you in advance for your collaboration,
I hope this will help your community,
UQAM, Montréal, Quebec, Canada
Unice, Nice, France
PS : Please, feel free to forward this email to anyone or any mailing
list that you think could be interested in this survey.
== Version Française ==
Cher contributeur, chère contributrice aux wikis publics,
Mon nom est Anne Goldenberg, je suis une doctorante française
en sociologie et communication et ma thèse porte sur la
contribution aux wikis publics. Je m'intéresse plus particulièrement
aux habitudes et aux politiques développées par les contributeurs afin
d'organiser la collaboration dans un wiki.
J'ai mis en place une petite enquête intitulée "Qu'est ce que
contribuer sur un wiki ?", à laquelle j'aimerai que vous participiez.
Elle est disponible ici :
À partir de votre expérience avec les wikis, vous nous aiderez
certainement à mieux comprendre quelles sont les motivations (et les
attentes) des contributeurs, comment s'effectue leurs apprentissage
d'une culture de la participation en ligne, comment se légitime et se
discute les contributions, qu'est ce qui favorise une bonne
Vos réponses me permettront d'écrire un article et un chapitre de thèse
sur la notion de contribution dans la wikisphère. Les résultats seront
anonymisés et mis en ligne sous licence libre sur mes sites Web (voir
ci-dessous). Il vous faudra environ 30 à 40 minutes pour répondre à
Merci d'avance pour votre collaboration,
J'espère que cela contribuera à la connaissance de votre communauté,
Avec tous mes remerciements,
UQAM, Montréal, Québec, Canada
Unice, Nice, France
PS : Sentez-vous libre de faire circuler ce courriel à toutes les
personnes ou les listes qui pourraient être intéressées par cette étude.
Forwarding whole message...
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From: Brion Vibber <brion(a)wikimedia.org>
Date: Thu, Jul 3, 2008 at 1:18 AM
Subject: [Foundation-l] Announcement: Erik Zachte, Data Analyst
To: Wikimedia Foundation Mailing List <foundation-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
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It is with great pleasure that I welcome Erik Zachte as a part-time
contractor to the Wikimedia Foundation. Erik will start work with us
officially on September 1.
Erik has worked as a Technical Analyst for Air France - KLM for more
than two decades. He is probably most famous in the Wikimedia community
as the developer of "WikiStats" (stats.wikimedia.org), an amazing
statistics package that reveals data about the growth and editing
patterns in our various wiki projects.
Erik has created many other wonderful tools, featured at
http://infodisiac.com/ . In his part-time role with the Wikimedia
Foundation, he will continue to maintain and develop code to provide
critical operational metrics about our projects. A key first project,
for example, will be the integration of traffic statistics into the
WikiStats package. These metrics will be key to communications,
fundraising, internal evaluation, and for many other purposes.
We're working in parallel to provide Erik with the support he needs to
do his work, including more regularly provisioned dumps and hardware
to run his scripts.
I'm very pleased that Erik is joining our team, and look forward to
working with him. Please join me in welcoming him. :)
- -- brion vibber (brion @ wikimedia.org)
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On Thu, Jul 3, 2008 at 1:18 AM, Brion Vibber <brion(a)wikimedia.org> wrote:
> It is with great pleasure that I welcome Erik Zachte as a part-time
> contractor to the Wikimedia Foundation. Erik will start work with us
> officially on September 1.
Fantastic news! Perhaps this is a good time to kickstart a set of pages on
Meta to help facilitate other researchers in accessing and using data - both
qualitative and quantitative? I'd also be very happy to set up a learning
community on Wikiversity with this in mind... (cross-posted to
This is an often asked question on this list...
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From: Tim Starling <tstarling(a)wikimedia.org>
Date: Tue, Jul 1, 2008 at 10:18 PM
Subject: [Wikipedia-l] New static HTML dumps available
New static HTML dumps of all Wikipedia editions are now available:
Altogether, the dumps are 650GB uncompressed, 40GB compressed.
I think a reasonable next step for this project would be to write filter
scripts that take a compressed dump, reduce the article count in some way,
and then recompress it, possibly in a different format. For instance, we
could have a "most popular 4GB" of the English Wikipedia, based on page
view statistics, recompressed as an SQLite database.
-- Tim Starling
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