I am doing a PhD on online civic participation project
(e-participation). Within my research, I have carried out a user
survey, where I asked how many people ever edited/created a page on a
Wiki. Now I would like to compare the results with the overall rate of
wiki editing/creation on country level.
I've found some country-level statistics on Wikipedia Statistics (e.g.
3,000 editors of Wikipedia articles in Italy) but data for UK and
France are not available since Wikipedia provides statistics by
languages, not by countries. I'm thus looking for statistics on UK and
France (but am also interested in alternative ways of measuring wiki
editing/creation in Sweden and Italy).
I would be grateful for any tips!
Sunny regards, Alina
European University Institute
Of interest... an altmetrics paper published this week, "Altmetrics in
the Wild: Using Social Media to Explore Scholarly Impact"
counts Wikipedia citations as one possible alt-metric for scholars. I
got lost in the statistics around relationship between alt and
traditional metrics and use, but one of the takeaways is that around
5% of their sample of 24,331 articles from PLOS (everything ever
published in PLOS) were cited in Wikipedia.
The article is interesting for other reasons, but I am intrigued by
this 5% number. What do you think of this measure? At first I thought
-- "wow, 5% (1200 articles) is pretty high! We are doing a good job at
citing the scholarly literature!" Then I thought -- "actually,
considering all the bio articles on Wikipedia, it's pretty low!" Then
I thought "but this is only PLOS, which has only been around for a
decade, so actually that's pretty high!"
Anyway, an interesting paper for the bibliometrics geeks among us.
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We are pleased to announce the release of UBY 1.0 -
a large-scale lexical-semantic resource for natural language processing (NLP)
based on the ISO standard Lexical Markup Framework (LMF):
UBY combines a wide range of information from expert-constructed and collaboratively constructed resources for English and German.
Currently, UBY holds structurally and semantically interoperable versions of nine resources in two languages:
* English WordNet, Wiktionary, Wikipedia, FrameNet and VerbNet,
* German Wikipedia, Wiktionary and GermaNet, and multilingual OmegaWiki.
A subset of these resources is linked at the word sense level.
There are monolingual sense alignments between VerbNet–FrameNet and VerbNet–WordNet as well as between WordNet–Wikipedia and WordNet–Wiktionary.
In addition, UBY provides cross-lingual sense alignments between WordNet and German OmegaWiki,
also including the inter-language links given in Wikipedia and OmegaWiki.
All resources in UBY are represented according to our LMF lexicon model, UBY-LMF.
UBY-LMF captures lexical information at a ﬁne-grained level by employing a large number of Data Categories from ISOCat.
Highlights of UBY:
* The union of a wide range of heterogeneous resources in a single, standardized resource.
* The linking at the word sense level between a subset of the resources.
UBY is complemented by a Java API, the UBY-API, and conversion tools (e.g., for converting the resources to UBY-LMF).
The UBY API and conversion tools are available at Google Code:
Highlights of the UBY-API:
* Unified access to the various information types in the nine resources.
* Easy cross-resource access to the various information types in the resources.
A tutorial showing the use of the UBY-API can be found at
A Web Interface for exploring and visualizing UBY is currently being developed and will soon be available
This project was initiated under the auspices of Prof. Dr. Iryna Gurevych, Ubiquitous Knowledge Processing Lab (UKP), Technische Universität Darmstadt.
We are grateful for the generous financial support from the Volkswagen Foundation and the German Research Foundation.
Please direct any questions or suggestions to
Dr. Judith Eckle-Kohler
Ubiquitous Knowledge Processing Lab (UKP-TUDA)
FB 20 Computer Science Department
Technische Universität Darmstadt
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Web Research at TU Darmstadt (WeRC) www.werc.tu-darmstadt.de
>From a recent hackathon
https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Chennai_Hackathon_March_2012 , a project
that might be of interest to researchers:
> 3. Find list of unique Tamil words in tawiki
> By: Shrinivasan T
> What it does:
> It took the entire tamil wikipedia dump and extracted all unique words
> out of it. About 1.3 million unique tamil words were extracted. Has
> multiple applications, including a tamil spell checker.
> Code and the dataset live on github:
Volunteer Development Coordinator
As I mentioned in an e-mail last week, we are on the final stages of a large literature review on scholarly research on Wikipedia. We have extracted and organized most of the data and have published it to a Semantic MediaWiki wiki at http://wikilit.refarata.com. [Thanks to emijpr for inspiring the structure through WikiPapers.] As I indicated, this is sort of an incubator site to finish up our data to prepare for publication, after which we intend to export the data permanently to other sites like AcaWiki and WikiPapers.
Thanks for your responses to my inquiries; we have included abstracts, and the data is dual-licensed as CC-BY-SA and ODC-ODbl (http://opendatacommons.org/licenses/odbl/summary/) [thanks, Dario, for the links!], except for copyrighted abstracts. We have submitted a related presentation proposal for Wikimania 2012 at http://wikimania2012.wikimedia.org/wiki/Submissions/Wikilit:_Ten_years_of_W….
We are asking the Wikipedia research community to please help us verify the accuracy of our data extraction so far. Practically, if you could at least take a look at your own publications and the publications you know well, that would be great. It's an open wiki, so please make any corrections directly, even anonymously. (However, if you want us to acknowledge your contributions, please create a user account and identify yourself on your user page.) In particular, please help us with the following:
* Please correct any inaccuracies you see, or e-mail us at wikilit(a)okoli.org to notify us of them.
* Please point out any peer-reviewed journal articles or PhD dissertations we have missed that were published before July 2011; we will certainly add these. (After that, the Wikimedia Research Newsletter began.)
* Please point out any other scholarly studies (especially conference articles and significant non-peer-reviewed work) that you feel should definitely be analyzed in detail. Although we have listed 1,500 conference papers (http://wikilit.referata.com/wiki/List_of_conference_papers), our limited time and resources only permits us to analyze a fraction of them in detail. So, please help us highlight the most important ones that we have not analyzed in detail, with a brief explanation of why they are particularly important.
* Please add any published scholarly studies about Wikipedia that we have left out, regardless of peer review or publication type! Please add your own work! Our restrictions in what we include are purely pragmatic due to time and resource limitations. However, if you add a new article, please be sure to *complete as many input fields as possible*, since we will generally exclude any article with incomplete data in our final analysis.
* Please suggest any data analysis or visualizations you would like to see as we synthesize the data.
* Please give any other feedback or suggestion that can help us make this dataset more useful to researchers! Send comments to wikilit(a)okoli.org.
The data is publicly available, but this is a beta release and there are probably a lot of errors. We hope to have a stable and very clean dataset within a couple months, both from community help and from our own internal quality control processes; we'll make another announcement when we feel the dataset has reached "featured" quality. In particular, please wait a bit before exporting the data to other research collection websites and wikis until it is in a cleaner state; by then, we'll help make it available in as many export formats as practical.
For the WikiLit project team: Arto Lanamäki, Mohamad Mehdi, Mostafa Mesgari, Finn Årup Nielsen, Chitu Okoli
CALL FOR PAPERS - Wikipedia Academy 2012: Research and Free Knowledge.
June 29 - July 1, 2012 | Berlin, Germany
*** EXTENDED submission deadline: 15 Apr 2012 ***
Conference Website: http://wikipedia-academy.de/2012/wiki/Main_Page
Submit your papers here: https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=wpac2012
The “Wikipedia Academy 2012: Research and Free Knowledge” provides a
platform for the research community and the Wikipedia community to
connect, present, discuss and advance research on Wikipedia in
particular and on free knowledge in general.
The Wikipedia Academy 2012 is organized by Wikimedia Deutschland e.V.
in collaboration with the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for
Internet and Society and Freie Universität Berlin. The conference will
take place in Berlin, 29 June to 1 July 2012. The event will be open
to all interested parties and features a variety of session formats
ranging from workshops, panel discussions and tracks with traditional
paper and poster presentations to break-out sessions, lightning talks,
speed geeking and a free culture brunch. We particularly invite young
doctoral and postdoctoral researcher to participate and to submit
For research paper and poster sessions, we would like to encourage the
submission of extended abstracts addressing issues in the overall
nexus of Wikipedia and free knowledge.
== Dates ==
* Submission of extended abstracts: 15 April 2012
* Notification of acceptance: 1 May 2012
* Submission of full papers: 1 June 2012
* Event: 29 June - 1 July 2012
== Topics of interest ==
Submissions are invited for the categories following below.
=== Research on Users of and Contributors to Wikipedia ===
* Diversity among users of and contributors to Wikipedia (e.g. gender gap)
* Influencing participation by adapting user interfaces in open
* Using information visualization as information instrument to users
=== Wikipedia Global ===
* Relations and Differences between national Wikipedias
* Differences between and critique of free/open knowledge ideologies
* Regional studies of Wikipedia and free knowledge with global lessons
=== Sharing Cultures and Practices ===
* Sharing culture(s) in Wikipedia and other projects of commons-based
* Incentives, innovation and community dynamics in open collaborative
* Wiki theory and wiki practices
=== Economic and Regulatory Aspects of Free Knowledge ===
* Economic, regulatory and societal implications of (increased) access
to free knowledge
* Different Modes of Governance: Emergence of Order and Coordination
* The role of licensing decisions for Wikipedia and other
collaborative forms of knowledge production
=== Wikipedia Analytics ===
* Wikis and Wikipedia as a research tool
* Analyzing Wikipedia as a source of "Big Data"
* Assessing and measuring the quality of Wikipedia articles
== Submission Guidelines ==
Extended Abstracts must be submitted by the given deadline for peer
review. Conference language is English, exceptions can be made on a
case-by-case basis. Submission entails a commitment that at least one
author will attend the event in the case of acceptance and deliver a
full paper version prior to the event. Also, authors grant the
organizers the right to publish accepted papers in the form of online
proceedings or a similar format, to be determined at a later stage. In
addition, accepted submissions will be automatically licensed under a
Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license unless the authors
explicitly state in their submission that they wish to opt out of this
licensing agreement. We encourage authors to use said license in order
to promote open access to scholarly work although decisions to opt out
will be respected and will not influence the review process in any
way. In any case, authors of accepted submissions cannot opt out from
the basic condition that they grant the organizers the right to
publish at least the extended abstract online.
Please submit your extended abstract (about 2-3 pages) in PDF, Open
Document Format (ODF) or plain text format at:
Note: You will need an easychair account to submit. You can create one
on the spot if you do not have one yet.
In case of further questions, don't hesitate to contact us via
Wikimedia Deutschland e.V.
Eisenacher Straße 2
Tel.: +49 30 219158260
Email: paolo AT gnuband DOT org
Hi all, the conference below looks like it will be a great one for
researchers in this area. Excellent invited speakers!
COLLECTIVE INTELLIGENCE 2012
MIT, Cambridge, MA
April 18-20, 2012
DEADLINE FOR ADVANCE REGISTRATION: April 13, 2012.
On-site registration is subject to space available.
See www.ci2012.org<http://www.ci2012.org/> for more information,
including detailed schedule.
This interdisciplinary conference seeks to bring together researchers
from a variety of fields relevant to understanding and designing
collective intelligence of many types.
• Lada Adamic (Michigan)
• Yochai Benkler (Harvard)
• Colin Camerer (Caltech)
• Chris Chabris (Union)
• Yiling Chen (Harvard)
• Elizabeth Churchill (Yahoo!)
• Iain Couzin (Princeton)
• Deborah Gordon (Stanford)
• Ed Hutchins (UCSD)
• Panos Ipeirotis (NYU)
• Robert Kraut (CMU)
• Karim Lakhani (Harvard)
• Winter Mason (Stevens)
• Rob Miller (MIT)
• Scott Page (Michigan)
• Matthew Salganik (Princeton)
• Ben Shneiderman (Maryland)
• Justin Wolfers (Penn)
• Anita Woolley (CMU)
• Jonathan Zittrain (Harvard)
Topics of interest include:
• human computation
• social computing
• wisdom of crowds (e.g., prediction markets)
• group memory and problem-solving
• deliberative democracy
• animal collective behavior
• organizational design
• public policy design (e.g., regulatory reform)
• ethics of collective intelligence (e.g., "digital sweatshops")
• computational models of group search and optimization
• emergence and evolution of intelligence
• new technologies for making groups smarter
Thomas Malone (MIT)
Luis von Ahn (Carnegie Melllon University)
Robert Goldstone (Indiana University)
Deborah Gordon (Stanford University)
Eric Horvitz (Microsoft Research)
Michael Kearns (University of Pennsylvania)
Andrew Lo (MIT)
Paul Resnick (University of Michigan)
Duncan Watts (Yahoo! Research)
LOCAL ARRANGEMENTS CHAIRS
Cynthia Rudin (MIT)
Seyda Ertekin (MIT)
Michael Bernstein (MIT)
Panagiotis Ipeirotis (NYU)
National Science Foundation
:: Andrea Forte
:: Assistant Professor
:: College of Information Science and Technology, Drexel University