We are delighted to announce that Wiki Workshop 2021 will be held
virtually in April 2021 and as part of the Web Conference 2021 .
The exact day is to be finalized and we know it will be between April
In the past years, Wiki Workshop has traveled to Oxford, Montreal,
Cologne, Perth, Lyon, and San Francisco, and (virtually) to Taipei.
Last year, we had more than 120 participants in the workshop and we
are particularly excited about this year's as we will celebrate the
20th birthday of Wikipedia.
We encourage contributions by all researchers who study the Wikimedia
projects. We specifically encourage 1-2 page submissions of
preliminary research. You will have the option to publish your work as
part of the proceedings of The Web Conference 2021.
You can read more about the call for papers and the workshop at
http://wikiworkshop.org/2021/#call. Please note that the deadline for
the submissions to be considered for proceedings is January 29. All
other submissions should be received by March 1.
If you have questions about the workshop, please let us know on this
list or at wikiworkshop(a)googlegroups.com.
Looking forward to seeing many of you in this year's edition.
Miriam Redi, Wikimedia Foundation
Bob West, EPFL
Leila Zia, Wikimedia Foundation
Dear Wiki Community,
My name is Mackenzie Lemieux and I am a neuroscience researcher at the Salk
Institute for Biological Studies and I am interested in exploring biases on
My research hypothesis is that gender or ethnicity mediate the rate of
flagging and deletion of pages for women in STEM. I hope to
retrospectively analyze Wikipedia's deletion history, harvest the
biographical articles about scientists that have been created over the past
n years and then confirm the gender and ethnicity of a large sample.
It appears that we can identify deleted pages with Wikipedia's deletion log
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Deletion_log>, but to actually see
the page that was deleted we need to be members of one of these Wikipedia
user groups: Administrators
Does anyone have advice on how to obtain researcher status or is there
anyone willing to collaborate who has access to the data we need?
220 Gilmour Avenue
Join the Research Team at the Wikimedia Foundation  for their monthly
Office hours next week on 2021-02-02 at 17:00-18:00 PM UTC (9am PT/6pm
To participate, join the video-call via this Wikimedia-meet link . There
is no set agenda - feel free to add your item to the list of topics in the
etherpad  (You can do this after you join the meeting, too.), otherwise
you are welcome to also just hang out. More detailed information (e.g.
about how to attend) can be found here .
Through these office hours, we aim to make ourselves more available to
answer some of the research related questions that you as Wikimedia
volunteer editors, organizers, affiliates, staff, and researchers face in
your projects and initiatives. Some example cases we hope to be able to
support you in:
You have a specific research related question that you suspect you
should be able to answer with the publicly available data and you don’t
know how to find an answer for it, or you just need some more help with it.
For example, how can I compute the ratio of anonymous to registered editors
in my wiki?
You run into repetitive or very manual work as part of your Wikimedia
contributions and you wish to find out if there are ways to use machines to
improve your workflows. These types of conversations can sometimes be
harder to find an answer for during an office hour, however, discussing
them can help us understand your challenges better and we may find ways to
work with each other to support you in addressing it in the future.
You want to learn what the Research team at the Wikimedia Foundation
does and how we can potentially support you. Specifically for affiliates:
if you are interested in building relationships with the academic
institutions in your country, we would love to talk with you and learn
more. We have a series of programs that aim to expand the network of
Wikimedia researchers globally and we would love to collaborate with those
of you interested more closely in this space.
You want to talk with us about one of our existing programs .
Hope to see many of you,
Martin (WMF Research Team)
(Apologies for cross-posting!)
The Community Resources team is inviting you to an exciting opportunity to
be a committee member as part of the grants programs' participatory
Participatory grantmaking ensures that resourcing community efforts in the
movement is diverse, equal and inclusive. This practice aligns with
movement strategy recommendation 4. Ensure Equity in Decision-making:
Establishing shared responsibility and accountability for decision-making
and distribution of resources.
Serving committee members will have the opportunity to inform and advise
funding decisions and proactively share recommendations and mentorship to
support grantees worldwide in their development, growth, and sustainability
strategies; that contribute to a world in which every single human being
can freely share in the sum of all knowledge.
You will also strengthen your capacity in participatory decision-making
processes while learning about our community's incredible work and the
different contexts that influence their work.
Here is statement by current committee member, Thepwnco, on their
My experiences with Wikimedia Foundation grant programs have been very
rewarding and I feel so fortunate to have served as a volunteer committee
member since 2014. Grant programs contribute to equity and sustainability
in our movement through funding unmet and under-resourced needs. Under our
participatory approach to grantmaking, volunteers play a key role in
decision-making. Volunteers also help support and strengthen community-led
initiatives by reviewing grant proposals for impact and providing feedback
and other support to prospective grantees. But being a volunteer committee
member is much more than just a way to share your knowledge and insights,
it’s also an incredible opportunity to learn and be inspired by the breadth
of amazing and innovative work taking place across the movement and in
diverse communities and regions.
Here are the committees that are currently soliciting new members:
* Project Grants: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Project
** Project Grants Committee reviewing Community Organizing proposals: This
committee reviews proposals for projects that inspire and coordinate
volunteers, via campaigns, training, contests and other forms of community
organizing. You can learn more about Project Grants here:
** Project Grants Committee reviewing Research and Software proposals: This
committee reviews proposals for projects that create or maintain software
that supports the Wikimedia movement, or that conduct research to answer
questions important for Wikimedia communities and projects.
* Simple Annual Plan Grants:
** Simple APG Committee: This committee reviews proposals to fund a group
or organization's programs and operating expenses for 12 months. The groups
and organizations need to already have experience managing programs and
Orientation and training is provided for new members and you don’t have to
have previous experience to sign up.
Committee responsibilities include:
* Providing review and constructive feedback to help support applicants and
strengthen grant proposals
* Evaluating and recommending promising proposals for funding
* Helping recruit and spread the word about grants
* Optional: Becoming a project advisor for proposals that interest you
Eligibility requirements for committee members can be found here:
* Project Grants :
* Simple APG: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Simple/Committee
You can sign up as a candidate for a committee here:
Deadlines for submitting committee candidacy:
* Project Grants Committee reviewing Community Organizing proposals --
February 5, 2020
* Project Grants Committee reviewing Research and Software proposals --
March 5, 2020
* Simple APG Committee -- February 5, 2020
Please reach out to projectgrants(a)wikimedia.org for questions on the
Project Grants Committee and simple(a)wikimedia.org for questions on the
Simple APG Committee.
Veronica Thamaini, Program Officer for Simple APG
Marti Johnson, Program Officer for Project Grants
Chris Schilling, Program Officer for Rapid Grants
*Chris Schilling* (him/his/they/their)
User:I JethroBT (WMF)
Senior Program Officer, Wikimedia Foundation Grants
Wikimedia Foundation <https://wikimediafoundation.org/>
Call for Papers
formal papers - informal papers - doctoral programme
14th Conference on Intelligent Computer Mathematics
- CICM 2021 -
July 26-31, 2020
Digital and computational solutions are becoming the prevalent means
for the generation, communication, processing, storage and curation of
CICM brings together the many separate communities that have developed
theoretical and practical solutions for mathematical applications such
as computation, deduction, knowledge management, and user interfaces.
It offers a venue for discussing problems and solutions in each of
these areas and their integration.
CICM 2021 Programme committee:
CICM 2021 invites submissions in all topics relating to intelligent
computer mathematics, in particular but not limited to
* theorem proving and computer algebra
* mathematical knowledge management
* digital mathematical libraries
CICM appreciates the varying nature of the relevant research in this
area and invites submissions of different forms:
1) Formal submissions will be reviewed rigorously and accepted papers
will be published in a volume of Springer LNCS:
* regular papers (up to 15 pages including references) present
novel research results
* project and survey papers (up to 15 pages + bibliography)
summarize existing results
* system and dataset descriptions (up to 5 pages including
references) present digital artifacts
* system entry (1 page according to the given LaTeX template)
provides metadata and a quick overview of a new tool or a new
release of an existent tool
2) Informal submissions will be reviewed with a positive bias and
selected for presentation based on their relevance for the
* informal papers may present work-in-progress, project
announcements, position statements, etc.
* posters and system demos will be presented in parallel in special
3) The doctoral programme provides PhD students with a forum to
present early results and receive constructive feedback and
*** Important Dates ***
- Abstract deadline: March 15, 2021
- Full paper deadline: March 26, 2021
- Reviews sent to authors: May 4, 2021
- Rebuttals due: May 8, 2021
- Notification of acceptance: May 13, 2021
- Camera-ready copies due: May 29, 2021
- Conference: July 26-31, 2021
Informal submissions and doctoral programme
- Submission deadline: May 15, 2021
- Notification of acceptance: June 1, 2021
All submissions should be made via easychair at
As in previous years, we will publish the CICM 2021 proceedings with
We’re preparing for the January 2021 research newsletter and looking for
contributors. Please take a look at
https://etherpad.wikimedia.org/p/WRN202101 and add your name next to any
paper you are interested in covering. Our target publication time is 31
January 23:59 UTC. If you can't make this deadline but would like to cover
a particular paper in the subsequent issue, leave a note next to the
paper's entry below. As usual, short notes and one-paragraph reviews are
*Highlights from this month:*
- A Review of Public Datasets in Question Answering Research
- Admins, mods, and benevolent dictators for life: The implicit
feudalism of online communities
- Assessing the Contribution of Subject-matter Experts to Wikipedia
- Controlled Analyses of Social Biases in Wikipedia Bios
- Empathy plasticity: Decolonizing and reorganizing Wikipedia and other
online spaces to address racial equity
- HopRetriever: Retrieve Hops over Wikipedia to Answer Complex Questions
- Identifying Used Methods and Datasets in Scientific Publications
- Measuring the quality of scientific references in Wikipedia: an
analysis of more than 115M citations to over 800 000 scientific articles
- New maps for an inclusive Wikipedia: decolonial scholarship and
strategies to counter systemic bias
- SF-QA: Simple and Fair Evaluation Library for Open-domain Question
- The Influence of Multilingualism and Mutual Intelligibility on
Wikipedia Reading Behaviour - A Research Proposal
- The Truth is Out There: Investigating Conspiracy Theories in Text
- Visibility Layers: A Framework for Facing the Complexity of the Gender
Gap in Wikipedia Content
- Wikipedia as OER: the “Learning with Wikipedia” project
*Masssly and Tilman Bayer*
 WikiResearch (@WikiResearch) | Twitter
The next Research Showcase will be live-streamed on Wednesday, January 20,
at 9:30 AM PST/17:30 UTC. In this month’s showcase, Aaron Shaw will
present ongoing research illustrating the values and challenges of
macro-level organizational analysis of peer production and social computing
systems. Specifically, he will give an overview on different studies
showing convergent trends of formalization in large Wikipedias; divergent
editor engagement in small Wikipedias; and commensal patterns of ecological
interdependence across communities.
Youtube stream: <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9Wcc-TeaEY>
As usual, you can join the conversation on IRC at #wikimedia-research. You
can also watch our past research showcases here:
Aaron Shaw (Northwestern University)
*Title*: The importance of thinking big. Convergence, divergence, and
interdependence among wikis and peer production communities
*Abstract*: Designing and governing collaborative, peer production
communities can benefit from large-scale, macro-level thinking that focuses
on communities as the units of analysis. For example, understanding how and
why seemingly comparable communities may follow convergent, divergent,
and/or interdependent patterns of behavior can inform more parsimonious
theoretical and empirical insights as well as more effective strategic
action. This talk gives a sneak peak at research-in-progress by members of
the Community Data Science Collective <http://communitydata.science/> to
illustrate these points. In particular, I focus on studies of (1)
convergent trends of formalization in several large Wikipedias; (2)
divergent editor engagement among three small Wikipedias; and (3) commensal
patterns of ecological interdependence across communities. Together, the
studies underscore the value and challenges of macro-level organizational
analysis of peer production and social computing systems.
Is there any research about the effect of vandalism in wiki content pages
on readers, experienced editors, and new and potential editors?
And of abuse in discussion pages and edit summaries on experienced editors
and new and potential editors?
Intuitively and anecdotally one could think of the following:
1. Vandalism in content pages (articles) wastes editors' and patrollers'
time. This (probably) doesn't require proof (or does it?). But some people
say it also causes some experienced editors to burn out and leave. Is there
any data about it, beyond intuition?
2. Does vandalism *measurably* affect the perception of the wikis'
reliability? (This may be wildly different in different languages and
3. Abusive language on discussion pages and edit summaries affects editors,
and may cause them to reduce their editing, to stop editing about certain
topics, or to leave the wiki entirely. Is this effect measurable? How does
it differ for various groups by gender, age, religion, country,
professional and educational background, seniority at the wiki, etc.?
Amir Elisha Aharoni · אָמִיר אֱלִישָׁע אַהֲרוֹנִי
“We're living in pieces,
I want to live in peace.” – T. Moore