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
We are happy to announce that we will organize a DBpedia Meeting in
Amsterdam, Netherlands. The DBpedia Day is part of the SEMANTiCS, Sep
6-9, and will be held on the last day of the conference on 9th of
- Keynote presentation by Maria-Esther Vidal (TIB & L3S Research Center)
- DBpedia Databus presentation by Sebastian Hellmann (InfAI, DBpedia
- DBpedia Members presentations
- DBpedia Ontology session
- NLP & DBpedia session
- Dutch DBpedia session (Presentation of the Dutch National Knowledge Graph)
# Quick Facts
- Web URL: https://www.dbpedia.org/events/dbpedia-day-semantics-2021/
- When: September 9, 2021
- Where: Theater de Meervaart, Meer en Vaart 300, 1068 LE Amsterdam AND
Online (The DBpedia Day will proceed as a hybrid event.)
- Please check the schedule for the upcoming DBpedia Day here
- Please register on the SEMANTiCS website to be part of the meeting.
You need to buy a ticket to join the DBpedia Day. Check more details
- Enno Meijers, National Library of the Netherlands & Dutch DBpedia
- Julia Holze, InfAI, DBpedia Association
- Milan Dojchinovski, InfAI, DBpedia Association, CTU
- Sebastian Hellmann, InfAI, DBpedia Association
We are looking forward to meeting you!
on behalf of the DBpedia Association
Does anyone know of any research or statistics around edit summary
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:Edit_summary> usage on Wikipedia? All I
could find in a quick scan was some statistics from 2010 (
curious if anyone has more updated statistics, or, even better: a more
thorough analysis of how edit summaries are used by editors -- i.e. how
complete they are, to what degree they represent the "what" vs. the "why",
how often they are misleading, etc.
Isaac Johnson (he/him/his) -- Research Scientist -- Wikimedia Foundation
+++ apologies for cross-postings +++
Max Planck Research Group Leaders
The Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) seeks to appoint up to two outstanding early-career researchers to lead independent Max Planck Research Groups in areas of demography that strengthen or complement the research portfolio of the Institute.
The MPIDR is one of the leading demographic research centers in the world. The Institute's scientists advance fundamental research in areas related to fertility, mortality and migration, as well as study issues of policy relevance, such as demographic change, aging, health, the redistribution of work and transfers over the life course, as well as the digitization of life and the use of novel data sources for understanding demographic dynamics. The MPIDR is part of the Max Planck Society, a network of 86 institutes that form Germany's premier basic-research organization. Max Planck Institutes have an established record of world-class, foundational research in the sciences, technology, social sciences and the humanities. They offer a unique environment that combines the best aspects of an academic setting and a research laboratory.
The successful candidates (m/f/d) will be appointed as independent research group leaders at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research. The position comes with a competitive salary package, as well as generous funds to support a research team and associated research costs. This is a five-year position with the possibility of a two-year extension following a positive evaluation. A starting date is negotiable but it is expected that the successful candidate joins the Institute during the year 2022. The successful candidates are expected to conduct the work locally at the MPIDR.
What we offer
Max Planck Research Group Leaders will receive a five-year contract with remuneration on the basis of remuneration group W2 (broadly equivalent to Associate Professor) of the Federal Civil Service Remuneration Act [Bundesbesoldungsgesetz] and a generous annual budget for personnel and consumables (which can be used towards, e.g., a postdoctoral position, up to two doctoral students, material costs and operational expenses). Research group leaders are free to supplement their budget with the acquisition of external research funding.
It is expected that the candidates will develop and direct an innovative independent research program. Together with their Research Group, group leaders can make use of the excellent infrastructure and research support of the Institute.
The MPIDR is an equal opportunities employer. Our work atmosphere includes respectful treatment of each other, with gender, nationality, religion, disability, age, cultural origin, and sexual identity playing no role. We aim to have an institutional culture that enables everyone to develop their individual skills and competencies.
The Max Planck Society offers a broad range of measures to support the reconciliation of work and family. These are complemented by the MPIDR's own initiatives. The Society has been awarded the certificate "Work and Family" which is granted to institutions committed to establishing a family-friendly corporate culture by binding target agreements. The MPIDR collaborates with a network of local day-care centers that provides childcare places for the children of Institute staff. The Max Planck Society has contracts with a private family service company that offers services such as arranging child care on short notice in various cities in Germany for parents who attend conferences, care services for children of school age up to 14 years, and support for those caring for family members and relatives. The MPIDR also practices flexible working-time models, which include at least one home office day per week, and scheduling meetings only within core working hours. To help accompanying spouse s and partners find appropriate work at their new location, the MPIDR works in close cooperation with Dual-Career Partners in regional networks.
Successful applicants should have
* a doctoral degree in Demography or a related field received no more than 7 years ago (extensions apply, e.g. for parental leave);
* an outstanding track record of publications, commensurate with their level of experience.
Ideally, they show
* exceptional promise for advancing demographic research;
* experience in mentoring and training students as well as a track record in securing external funding.
Applications have to be submitted online via https://www.demogr.mpg.de/go/JobAd119341
and include the following documents:
1. Curriculum Vitae
2. Letter of interest (Max 1 page) Briefly state why you are interested in joining the MPIDR, how the MPIDR could foster your professional development, and in which ways your interests fit the research strengths of the MPIDR.
3. Research Statement (Max 3 pages) Briefly describe your research accomplishments, as well as ongoing and future research plans, including a 5-year plan for a research group. Please also describe your technical skills, areas of expertise, as well as offer evidence of leadership in the field.
4. Statement of mentorship/supervision experience (Max 1 page) Briefly describe any experience you have in regard to supervising and/or mentoring younger scholars (e.g. doctoral students, early career postdoctoral researchers), and also any research-administrative experience you may have acquired.
5. Names and contact information for 3 academic references
6. 3 recent publications
In order to receive full consideration, applications should be submitted by September 23, 2021.
Interviews are tentatively scheduled for October 11 and 12, 2021.
Answers to FAQs about the position of Max Planck Research Group Leaders can be found at https://www.mpg.de/mprg/faqs. For further inquiries about the position, please contact michaelis(a)demogr.mpg.de<mailto:email@example.com>.
Our Institute values diversity and is keen to employ individuals from minorities.
The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals. Furthermore, the Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.
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Join the Research Team at the Wikimedia Foundation  for their monthly
Office hours this Tuesday, 2021-08-03, at 16:00-17:00 UTC (9am PT/6pm
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