Pursuant to prior discussions about the need for a research
policy on Wikipedia, WikiProject Research is drafting a
policy regarding the recruitment of Wikipedia users to
participate in studies.
At this time, we have a proposed policy, and an accompanying
group that would facilitate recruitment of subjects in much
the same way that the Bot Approvals Group approves bots.
The policy proposal can be found at:
The Subject Recruitment Approvals Group mentioned in the proposal
is being described at:
Before we move forward with seeking approval from the Wikipedia
community, we would like additional input about the proposal,
and would welcome additional help improving it.
Also, please consider participating in WikiProject Research at:
University of Minnesota
The WikiSym 2010 Doctoral Symposium is accepting applications from PhD
students until April 5. Events like this are unparalleled
opportunities. The 2010 symposium is especially notable because
accepted students will get to work closely with and get feedback on
their work from Kevin Crowston, Cliff Lampe, and Nicolas Jullien, who
are all world-class researchers. I will also be a faculty mentor. I
cannot stress enough how valuable my own doctoral consortium
experiences were as I defined my dissertation work. If you are a PhD
student, consider applying. If you are a faculty member, please
forward to your best and brightest! :)
Directions for applying can be found below,
:: Andrea Forte
:: Assistant Professor
:: College of Information Science and Technology, Drexel University
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
The WikiSym 2010 Doctoral Consortium will be held immediately after
WikiSym, from 10:30-17:00 on Saturday 10 July 2010, at the conference
location in Gdansk, Poland. The consortium is open to all doctoral
students (at the time of the consortium). Students beginning their
research are especially invited to submit. The consortium is aimed in
particular at students who have defined a dissertation topic but are
still approximately one year from finishing at the time of
application. However, students closer to completion can submit their
work for discussion in the forum.
* April 5: Submission deadline for Doctoral Symposium proposals.
* May 4: Notification of acceptance for research papers and
Doctoral Symposium proposals.
The WikiSym 2010 Doctoral Symposium aims to offer PhD. students an
unparalleled opportunity to present their ongoing working lines on
wikis and open collaboration research and to receive supportive
feedback from their peers and a panel of faculty mentors. The main
goal of the consortium is to offer students valuable feedback from
scholars and other attendees to the session, so that students can
envision new, added-value contributions to their current research. In
the same way, it also offers a perfect environment for the exchange of
information, methodologies, practical experiences and advice that may
help PhD. students on their way, unleashing potential interactions and
opportunities for collaboration.
Accepted students will have an opportunity to present their research
and receive feedback from the faculty and other students. The
consortium will also include a faculty and peer panel on topics of
relevance to PhD students studying wikis and open collaboration.
Finally, the session will include opportunities for students to
interact with each other and with the faculty, thus contributing to
the development of their professional networks.
The faculty for the consortium include:
* Kevin Crowston (external link), Syracuse University
* Andrea Forte (external link), Drexel University
* Nicolas Jullien (external link), Institut Telecom Bretagne & UEB
* Cliff Lampe (external link), Michigan State University
Submitters should submit an application to the doctoral consortium on
the main Wikisym submission system, following the conference
submission instructions. Submissions should be made by the deadline (5
April 2010) for best consideration, though submissions after this date
will be considered if space is available. Evaluation of submissions
will be based on fit of the student's topic to the conference, stage
in the thesis research and quality of the proposal. Students will be
advised of acceptance of their applications no later than 4 May 2010.
The submission should be a PDF manuscript that summarizes in about 5
pages the student's current/prospective research line. The structure
and content of this manuscript will vary depending on the background
level of the submitter but should state:
* Introduction: summarizing the main objective(s) of their PhD.
work, or a brief recap of the main goals targeted in their
* Central topic of the dissertation/research work, and area of
interest (e.g.: wikis, industrial application, open communities, open
publishing, FLOSS development, etc.).
* Methodology/working area: a brief description of the proposed
methodology to carry out these research objectives (in case this has
been already identified/developed), or a sketch of possible
alternatives to pursue these goals.
* A list of previous publications (alternatively, submitted works
under review or planned works to be carried out next up).
* Interesting feedback/collaboration opportunities that would
offer significant improvement for their ongoing research work.
In addition to the application, your adviser must send a letter of
recommendation that includes a brief description of your dissertation
progress to date and your expected date of completion to the Doctoral
Symposium chair (this letter may be submitted as an email message).
A student may submit both a regular research paper and a doctoral
consortium application based on their thesis research.
Further requests for clarifications can be send to Dr. Kevin Crowston,
chair of the Doc. Symposium, who can be reached at the following email
Doc. Symposium chair: crowston(a)syr.edu
DBpedia  is a community effort to extract structured information from
Wikipedia and to make this information available on the Web. DBpedia allows
you to ask sophisticated queries against Wikipedia knowledge . DBpedia
also plays a central role as an interlinking hub in the emerging Web of Data
The DBpedia Team at Freie Universität Berlin  is looking for a
developer/researcher who wants to contribute to the further development of
the DBpedia information extraction framework, investigate approaches to
annotate free-text with DBpedia URIs and participate in the various Linked
Data efforts currently advanced by our team.
Candidates should have
+ good programming skills in Java, in addition Scala and PHP are helpful.
+ a university degree preferably in computer science or information systems.
Previous knowledge of Semantic Web Technologies (RDF, SPARQL, Linked Data)
and experience with information extraction and/or named entity recognition
techniques are a plus.
Contract start date: 15 May 2010
Duration: 1 year
Salary: around 40.000 Euro/year (German BAT IIa)
You will be part of an innovative and cordial team and enjoy flexible work
hours. After the year, chances are high that you will be able to choose
between longer-term positions at Freie Universität Berlin and at neofonie.
Please contact me via email (chris(a)bizer.de) until 15 April 2010 for
additional details and include information about your skills and experience.
The whole DBpedia team is very thankful to Neofonie GmbH for contributing to
the development of the DBpedia project by financing this position. Neofonie
is a Berlin-based company offering leading technologies in the area of Web
search, social media and mobile applications (http://www.neofonie.de/).
Prof. Dr. Christian Bizer
Web-based Systems Group
Freie Universität Berlin
+49 30 838 55509
Technology demonstrations are a great way to show of your research and
engineering projects - no research paper is required, just a short description
of what you like to present.
The submission deadline for technology demos at WikiSym has been extended until
March 28. For details, see <http://wikisym.org/ws2010/Call+for+Papers>.
So, if you have any pet projects you want to share, I invite you to submit it to
This is a quick reminder that registration for the Wikimedia Developers'
Workshop (in Berlin, April 14-16) will end on Sunday, March 21. Most places are
already take, but we have room for 16 more people to attend.
So, if you want to come, sign up now at <http://www.amiando.com/WMCON10DEV.html>!
More information about the workshop is available at <http://tinyurl.com/wmdev10>.
-- Daniel Kinzler
If anyone would like this domain, I'd be happy to transfer.
Otherwise, I'll let expire. It was for a project I began in 2005 and
abandoned in 2006.
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From: Joker.com Registration Robot <JokerRobot(a)joker.com>
Subject: Your Domain wikipediastats.org must be renewed
Forwarding to the Wikimedia Research list as this seems like something
people there would be interested in.
Peace, love & metadata
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From: Jessica Roberts <jessyrob(a)gmail.com>
Date: 11 March 2010 15:35
Subject: [Commons-l] Academic research about community and Wikipedia
I am working on a research project related to the idea of community and the
extent to which Wikipedia constitutes a community, or may contain a
community (in the group of editors, the WikiCommons or some other group). I
would like to interview people who consider themselves part of a
Wikipedia-related community, people who participate in Wikipedia but do NOT
consider it a community, people who consider Wikipedia a community but see
themselves as outside that community, or anyone at all who would like to
talk about their experiences interacting with others in Wikipedia.
Those who are interested in talking to me about this can contact me at
University of Maryland
Philip Merrill College of Journalism
Commons-l mailing list
I'm forwarding a mail by Tomasz to this list, who just announced that
the database dump on English Wikipedia is complete.
Finally, after 3.5 years since the last complete dump with all versions,
a new version is available.
The mdf5stum of that 280GB file is "65677bc275442c7579857cc26b355ded".
Please see this thread on Wikitech-l for more information:
Church of emacs
Language Resources and Evaluation Journal
Special Issue on "Collaboratively Constructed Language Resources"
Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Mechanical Turk, Games with a Purpose,
Folksonomies, Twitter, Social Networks
In recent years, online resources collaboratively constructed by
ordinary users on the Web have considerably influenced the
language resources community. They have been successfully used for
example as a substitute for conventional language resources and as
semantically structured corpora. Particularly, knowledge acquisition
bottlenecks and coverage problems pertinent to conventional language
resources can be overcome by collaboratively constructed resources.
The resource that has gained the greatest popularity in this respect
so far is Wikipedia. However, other promising resources were recently
discovered, such as folksonomies, Twitter, the Wiki dictionary
Wiktionary, social Q&A sites like WikiAnswers, approaches based on
Mechanical Turk, or game-based approaches.
The benefits of using collaboratively constructed resources come along
with new challenges, such as the interoperability with existing
resources, or the quality of the extracted lexical semantic knowledge.
Interoperability between resources is crucial as no single resource
provides perfect coverage. The quality of collaboratively constructed
resources is a fundamental issue, as they often lack editorial control
or contain incomplete entries. These challenges actually present a
chance for natural language processing methods to improve the quality
of collaboratively constructed resources. Researchers have therefore
proposed techniques for link prediction or information extraction that
can be used to guide the "crowds" in constructing resources of better
TOPICS OF INTEREST
Specific topics include but are not limited to:
- Analysis of collaboratively constructed resources, such as
wiki-based resources, folksonomies, Twitter, or social networks;
- Using special features of collaboratively constructed resources
to create novel resource types, for example revision-based corpora,
simplified versions of resources, etc.;
- Analyzing the structure of collaboratively constructed resources
related to their use in computational linguistics and language
- Interoperability of collaboratively constructed resources with
conventional language resources and between themselves;
- Mining social and collaborative content for constructing structured
language resources (e.g. lexical semantic resources) and the
- Mining multilingual information from collaboratively constructed
- Game-based approaches to resource creation;
- Mechanical Turk for building language resources;
- Quality and reliability of collaboratively constructed language
We would also like to welcome papers outlining the challenges related
to using collaboratively constructed resources in computational
linguistics and language technology, and spanning the
cross-disciplinary boundaries to discourse analysis, social network
analysis, and artificial intelligence.
Submission deadline: Jul 1, 2010
Preliminary decisions: Oct 1, 2010
Submission of revised articles: Nov 1, 2010
Final versions due: Feb 1, 2011
Submissions should be not exceed 30 pages, must be in English, and
follow the submission guidelines on the Language Resources and
Evaluation Web site
Submissions will be reviewed according to the standards of the LRE
journal. Papers should not have been submitted or published elsewhere
but may be substantially extended or refined versions of conference
Substantially extended and revised versions of papers accepted at
previous workshops concerned with collaboratively constructed
semantic resources, e.g. the ACL 2009 workshop on "Collaboratively
Constructed Semantic Resources" or the forthcoming COLING 2010
workshop on the same topic are encouraged.
Authors are encouraged to send a brief email to Torsten Zesch
(lastname (at) tk.informatik.tu-darmstadt.de)
indicating their intention to submit an article as soon as possible,
including their contact information and the topic they intend to
address in their submissions.
To submit papers:
- Go to http://www.editorialmanager.com/chum/
- Register and login as an author
- Select "SI: Collaboratively Constructed Semantic" as Paper Type
- Follow the instructions on the screen
Iryna Gurevych and Torsten Zesch
Technische Universität Darmstadt
PRELIMINARY GUEST EDITORIAL BOARD
Further responses are pending and will be announced later.
Anette Frank Heidelberg University
Christiane Fellbaum Princeton University
Diana McCarthy University of Sussex
Graeme Hirst University of Toronto
Gregory Grefenstette Exalead, Paris, France
Massimo Poesio University of Essex
ABOUT THE JOURNAL
Language Resources and Evaluation is the first publication devoted to
the acquisition, creation, annotation, and use of language resources,
together with methods for evaluation of resources, technologies, and