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
Join the Research Team at the Wikimedia Foundation  for their monthly
Office hours on 2021-06-01 at 16:00-17:00 UTC (9am PT/6pm CEST).
To participate, join the video-call via this 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 on behalf of the WMF Research Team
please find below the CFP for the upcoming Workshop on
Mathematical User Interaction
All the best
physikerwelt (Moritz Schubotz)
(see MathUI at http://www.cicm-conference.org/2021)
13th MathUI Workshop 2021
Mathematical User Interaction
at the Conference on Intelligent Computer Mathematics
Timisoara, Romania (online)
between July 26 - 31, 2021
MathUI is an international workshop for discussing HOW USERS CAN BE
WHEN INTERACTING WITH MATHEMATICAL CONTENT, i.e.,
mathematics using a digital device.
Use cases range from professional mathematicians trying to proof a new
theorem up to
non-math oriented people trying to understand the math formula used
* What do we know about interactions between users and math?
* Which mathematical services can be offered and can they be
* How is mathematics for which purpose best represented?
* What specifically math-oriented support or platforms are needed?
* How can we exploit best practices wrt. mathematics for better
We invite all topics, that care for the use of mathematics
on computers and how the user experience can be improved, to be
discussed in the workshop.
- user-requirements for math interfaces
- presentation formats
- mobile-devices powered mathematics
- cultural differences in practices of mathematical languages
- didactically sensible scenarios of use
- spreadsheets as mathematical interfaces
- graphs as mathematical interfaces
- manipulations of mathematical expressions
This workshop follows a successful series of workshops held at
the Conferences on Intelligent Computer Mathematics;
it features presentations of brand new ideas in papers selected by
a thorough review process, wide space for discussions, as well as a
software demonstration session.
DEADLINE: Continuous submission until July 14th 2021
CONTRIBUTION: 4 - 12 pages
FORMAT: PDF file, Optionally illustrated by supplementary media
such as video recordings or access to demos
METHOD OF SUBMISSION: Submission at easyChair
the author role, select the "new submission"
tab, and choose MathUI.
The submissions will be reviewed by the programme committee
whose comments and recommendations will be sent back by July 21th
requesting a final version (4 - 12 pages) no later than July 25th.
- Andrea Kohlhase (organizer), Neu-Ulm University of Applied Sciences
- Paul Libbrecht, IUBH University of Applied Sciences
- Marco Pollanen, Trent University
- Moritz Schubotz, FIZ Karlsruhe - Leibniz Institute for Information
For inquiries please contact
Andrea Kohlhase, Andrea.Kohlhase(a)hnu.de
HOPE TO SEE YOU AT MathUI'21!
Thanks so much for the feedback! This paper looks super cool!
If you happen to know anyone who might be interested in this project,
please feel free to forward the survey link :)
I would also appreciate your thoughts on where I should post this
message to recruit more participants!
On Thu, May 27, 2021 at 4:58 AM jerome.hergueux(a)gmail.com
> Thank you for your message. Your project has a lot of value for this community. Too little effort is currently being dedicated to designing, testing and calibrating tools such as ORES, even though they have huge implications -- and potential payoffs -- in terms of the quality of community governance (i.e., striking the right balance between inclusion of good faith editors, and exclusion of malicious ones).
> You might be interested in the attached paper (just published), which makes exactly this point, and calls for projects such as yours.
> So thanks for undertaking this, and good luck with it! :)
> De : hongshenus(a)gmail.com
> À : wiki-research-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org
> Sujet : [Wiki-research-l] Should ORES be aggressive to catch vandalism or should ORES be less aggressive to be nice to newcomers?
> Date : 26/05/2021 19:48:34 Europe/Paris
> Hello everyone!
> Imagine you’ve just spent 10 minutes working on what you earnestly
> thought would be a helpful edit to your favorite article. You click
> that bright blue “Publish changes” button for the very first time, and
> you see your edit go live! Weeee! But 10 seconds later, you refresh
> the page and discover that your edit has been reverted.
> Actually, an AI system - called ORES- has contributed to the judgement
> of hundreds of thousands of edits on Wikipedia. [[:mw:ORES|ORES]] is a
> machine learning system that automatically predicts edit and article
> quality to support editing tools in Wikipedia. I'm exploring
> strategies for tuning ORES predictions about quality and vandalism to
> your needs -- and I'd like to work with you!!!
> I'm a HCI research at Carnegie Mellon University and I am are looking for editors
> to discuss the values of Wikipedia as it relates to ORES. More details are available at:
> If you are interested in participating, please fill out the short survey below.
> If you have any suggestions or thoughts on the project, please also feel free to get in touch with me!
> Thanks so much!
> Survey link: https://forms.gle/FEihgEWaG9wSv8Dr8
> Wiki-research-l mailing list -- wiki-research-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org
> To unsubscribe send an email to wiki-research-l-leave(a)lists.wikimedia.org
Imagine you’ve just spent 10 minutes working on what you earnestly
thought would be a helpful edit to your favorite article. You click
that bright blue “Publish changes” button for the very first time, and
you see your edit go live! Weeee! But 10 seconds later, you refresh
the page and discover that your edit has been reverted.
Actually, an AI system - called ORES- has contributed to the judgement
of hundreds of thousands of edits on Wikipedia. [[:mw:ORES|ORES]] is a
machine learning system that automatically predicts edit and article
quality to support editing tools in Wikipedia. I'm exploring
strategies for tuning ORES predictions about quality and vandalism to
your needs -- and I'd like to work with you!!!
I'm a HCI research at Carnegie Mellon University and I am are looking for editors
to discuss the values of Wikipedia as it relates to ORES. More details are available at:
If you are interested in participating, please fill out the short survey below.
If you have any suggestions or thoughts on the project, please also feel free to get in touch with me!
Thanks so much!
Survey link: https://forms.gle/FEihgEWaG9wSv8Dr8
*This is an event in Spanish*
I wanted to share with you an event organized with Wikimedians from Mexico,
Luis Alvaz and Jose Flores as well as a journalist from Ecuador Chequa
- Alliwa Pazmiño.
Friday, May 28th, 12 pm ET
Zoom: This is the link to register for the event:
*What is it*
The event brings together professionals from the news world and wiki
movement to talk about challenges within current news and online
information ecosystem in "Latin America" (countries represented here are
Ecuador and Mexico) as well as the role of Wikipedia as a vector for
credible, verified, fact-checked information to mass audiences in these
crucial times (Covid, elections, heightened partisanship).
*You can find speakers info and description of the event
here: https://bit.ly/3uOm57T <https://bit.ly/3uOm57T>*
As always, I welcome and appreciate the participation from Wikipedians to
add to the talking points during the event, challenge them. This event is
going to be a lightening presentations style event + Q&A
We wrote the very first version of the book "Programming Wikidata for youth
LaTeX source code is available on GitHub:
If you are interested in participating in the writing of this book,
to me (andrew.krizhanovsky at gmail.com).
I am teaching a course at Petrozavodsk State University, the results of
this course are presented in the Wikiversity project "Research in
programming Wikidata" (https://w.wiki/3MKp). Therefore, I hope that this
book will be updated and replenished with new materials every year.
In this month’s showcase, we have two presentations on the importance and
value of Wikipedia outside of Wikipedia. In the first talk, Nick Vincent
will present results on the importance of Wikipedia for search engines in
which they looked how often and where Wikipedia links appeared in search
results of Google, Bing, DuckDuckGo, etc. In the second talk, Tiziano
Piccardi will present a recent study on the value of Wikipedia’s links to
external websites by quantifying the amount of traffic generated by those
links and analyzing for which types of articles Wikipedia acts as a
stepping stone to the intended destination.
Time/date: May 19, 16:30 UTC (9:30am PT/ 12:30pm ET/ 18:30pm CET)
Speaker: Nick Vincent (Northwestern University, USA)
Title: The Importance of Wikipedia to Search Engines and Other Systems
Abstract: A growing body of work has highlighted the important role that
Wikipedia’s volunteer-created content plays in helping search engines
achieve their core goal of addressing the information needs of hundreds of
millions of people. In this talk, I will discuss a recent study looking at
how often, and where, Wikipedia links appear in search engine results. In
this study, we found that Wikipedia links appeared prominently and
frequently in Google, Bing, and DuckDuckGo results, though less often for
searches from a mobile device. I will connect this study to past work
looking at the value of Wikipedia links to other online platforms, and to
ongoing discussions around Wikipedia's value as a training source for
A Deeper Investigation of the Importance of Wikipedia Links to Search
Engine Results. To Appear in CSCW 2021.
Speaker: Tiziano Piccardi (EPFL, Switzerland)
Title: On the Value of Wikipedia as a Gateway to the Web
Abstract: By linking to external websites, Wikipedia can act as a gateway
to the Web. However, little is known about the amount of traffic generated
by Wikipedia's external links. We fill this gap in a detailed analysis of
usage logs gathered from Wikipedia users' client devices. We discovered
that in one month, English Wikipedia generated 43M clicks to external
websites, with the highest click-through rate on the official links listed
in the infoboxes. Our analysis highlights that the articles about
businesses, educational institutions, and websites show the highest
engagement, and for some content, Wikipedia act as a stepping stone to the
intended destination. We conclude our analysis by quantifying the
hypothetical economic value of the clicks received by external websites. We
estimate that the respective website owners would need to pay a total of
$7--13 million per month to obtain the same volume of traffic via sponsored
search. These findings shed light on Wikipedia's role not only as an
important source of information but also as a high-traffic gateway to the
broader Web ecosystem.
On the Value of Wikipedia as a Gateway to the Web. WWW 2021.
Janna Layton (she/her)
Administrative Associate - Product & Technology
Wikimedia Foundation <https://wikimediafoundation.org/>
We want to inform you about new dates for the Poster & Demo Track and
the Industry Track of SEMANTICS 2021:
# Important Dates for the Industry Track
Submission Deadline: extended to May 26, 2021 (11:59
pm, Hawaii time)
Notification of Acceptance: extended to June 17, 2021 (11:59 pm,
Camera-Ready Presentation: July 26, 2021 (11:59 pm, Hawaii time)
# Important dates Poster & Demo Track:
Paper Submission Deadline: extended to June 10, 201 (11:59 pm,
Notification of Acceptance: extended to July 01, 2021 (11:59 pm,
Camera-Ready Paper: extended to July 08, 2021 (11:59
pm, Hawaii time)
For details please go to: https://2021-eu.semantics.cc/cfp
Stay tuned and stay safe!
With kind regards,
SEMANTICS 2021 Organization Team