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
Dear fellow researchers,
I am new to the list so I will first introduce myself. My name is Pasko
Bilic and I am doing PhD research in sociology on media events and
Wikipedia editing practices. I am working as a research assistant at the
Institute for International relations, Department for Culture and
Communication, Zagreb, Croatia.
I have already read numerous publications on Wikipedia which are mostly
interdisciplinary. Currently I am looking for previous publications on
various metrics in analyzing article content or in analyzing editor
networks around single Wikipedia articles.
Preferable research areas include: sociology, communication science,
social-psychology, computer-mediated communication.
Any kind of information, link, advice would be most helpful.
Thank you in advance and with kind regards,
Hi Amy, all
There was a discussion around this issue on Clay Shirky's blog Corante in 2005-2006, around the time of the launch of Citizendium. One proposal I remember was to feature the number of editors who had worked on an article at the top of every article page as a quality metric indicator; there may be others. You will find the refs in [drumroll: shameless promotion alert] my paper on WP in the Journal of Science Communication: http://jcom.sissa.it/archive/09/01/Jcom0901(2010)C01/Jcom0901(2010)C04
Hope that helps
> Message: 3
> Date: Fri, 24 Sep 2010 17:00:37 -0400
> From: Amy Bruckman <asb(a)cc.gatech.edu>
> Subject: [Wiki-research-l] cool stuff to show your favorite librarian?
> To: Research into Wikimedia content and communities
> Message-ID: <4C9D1175.8040401(a)cc.gatech.edu>
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> Next Friday I'm giving a talk to the Library Information
> Association (LITA) entitled, "How Wikipedia Really Works, and
> What This
> Means for the Nature of 'Truth.'"
> I've got my talk mostly worked out, but would love to add more
> current research--particularly in the area of interface
> innovations to
> show how trustworthy an article is. What should I talk
> about? Got
> anything you think librarians will get excited about?
> My main argument is that knowledge is socially constructed, and
> assess an article you need to know how many people have edited
> it and
> how many are watching it. The best Wikipedia articles are
> arguably more
> rigorously reviewed than a top journal article, but of course
> huge variability from there.
> All leads (including shameless self promotion)
> appreciated! Thanks!
> -- Amy
Next Friday I'm giving a talk to the Library Information Technology
Association (LITA) entitled, "How Wikipedia Really Works, and What This
Means for the Nature of 'Truth.'"
I've got my talk mostly worked out, but would love to add more on
current research--particularly in the area of interface innovations to
show how trustworthy an article is. What should I talk about? Got
anything you think librarians will get excited about?
My main argument is that knowledge is socially constructed, and to
assess an article you need to know how many people have edited it and
how many are watching it. The best Wikipedia articles are arguably more
rigorously reviewed than a top journal article, but of course there's
huge variability from there.
All leads (including shameless self promotion) appreciated! Thanks!
This might be of interest to some subscribers of the mailing list:
"The Center for Cultural Analysis announces its 2011-2012 Seminar
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Hello fellow Wikipedia researchers, my book *Good Faith Collaboration: The Culture of Wikipedia* (2010, The MIT Press) is now available. While I have long anticipated its publication, it's hard to believe the day is finally here!
In any case, I've included a brief description below and a link to the blog announcement. There, you can leave a comment, follow the links to the book's webpage which includes the foreword, preface, introduction, notes and bibliography; I'll also link to reviews and interviews. Stay tuned to the blog for information about the upcoming book talk.
Feel free to forward this announcement and forgive me if I've sent a duplicate or sent it too far afield.
Good Faith Collaboration The Culture of Wikipedia
Joseph Michael Reagle Jr.
Foreword by Lawrence Lessig
The MIT Press, Cambridge, MA.
Wikipedia's style of collaborative production has been lauded, lambasted,
and satirized. Despite unease over its implications for the character (and
quality) of knowledge, Wikipedia has brought us closer than ever to a
realization of the century-old pursuit of a universal encyclopedia. Good
Faith Collaboration: The Culture of Wikipedia is a rich ethnographic
portrayal of Wikipedia's historical roots, collaborative culture, and much
Hello Wikipedia Researchers,
As university classes are beginning, you may have heard about the
Wikimedia Public Policy Initiative (PPI) which has been gaining some
media attention. I just wanted to tell you about what's going on the
research side of the initiative. A lot of the assessment will be
conducted through the Wikiproject: United States Public Policy.
When the Wikiproject commenced in July a quantitative version of the 1.0
article quality metric emerged through collaboration with the active
community members. That metric can be seen here:
Now we are actively recruiting Wikipedians and public policy experts to
be a part of the article assessment team for the project. These article
assessments will be a basis for evaluation of the project's success. The
first task of the assessment team is to run some experiments on the
metric and see how much variation exists within the tool.
The project's article quality assessment coincides with the release of
the Article Feedback Tool and the PPI is serving as a pilot to introduce
this feature. Check out:
We are hoping that a core group of Wikipedians interested in article
assessment will emerge through participation in the PPI and will
continue to work with the foundation in development of other article
assessment methods, like the Article Feedback Tool.
In keeping with Wikipedia transparency principles, a more detailed
version of the research plan is available here:
If you would like to be involved in this project please sign up here:
Research Analyst (Public Policy Initiative)
Questions that affect all Wikipedias are suitable for wikipedia-l.
Research and data-related questions such as this might also be
appropriate for the research list.
Peter D - this is a fascinating question, but this thread may be more
suited to the research list until you find the technical answers you
are looking for.
On Mon, Sep 20, 2010 at 4:22 PM, Gerard Meijssen
> That may be, but such practical things are local issues.
> On 20 September 2010 21:43, Peter Damian <peter.damian(a)btinternet.com>wrote:
>> ---- Original Message -----
>> From: "Henning Schlottmann" <h.schlottmann(a)gmx.net>
>> To: <foundation-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
>> Sent: Monday, September 20, 2010 8:26 PM
>> Subject: Re: [Foundation-l] Classifying what is on Wikipedia
>> > On 20.09.2010 21:19, Peter Damian wrote:
>> >> Following on from my previous posts about trying to classify the scope
>> >> and
>> >> coverage of humanities subjects in Wikipedia, I have a practical
>> >> question:
>> >> is it possible to query the Wikipedia database in such a way as to get a
>> >> list of all articles (current version)? Even better, with a second,
>> >> larger
>> >> list that indexes each article with a list of categories it belongs to.
>> > This is not a foundation issue. Please reserve this list for global
>> > affairs of the WMF. Go to the enWP-list with your local stuff.
>> I have just explained in the previous thread why it is a foundation issue.
>> It affects all Wikipedia projects equally.
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