Wiki Workshop [1 <https://wikiworkshop.org/>] 2023 will be the 10th edition
of Wiki Workshop! \o/ In the spirit of research and experimentation, we
have decided to make some changes for this decade edition event. There are
some changes that we know about now, and some that are work in progress.
Below you can learn more about the high level changes we expect to
*Online or in-person?*
Based on the feedback that we have gathered from Wiki Workshop attendees
over the past few years, a survey of authors of the recent Wiki Workshops,
as well as data about the geographical and gender diversity of Wiki
Workshop attendees (disclosed optionally as part of the registration form,
and aggregated), *we have decided to offer Wiki Workshop 2023 as a fully
Through the authors' survey we also learned that some authors who publish
in Wiki Workshop appreciated the in-person presence of the Wiki Workshop
community as part of the Web Conference [2 <https://www2023.thewebconf.org/>]
(formerly WWW). *We are exploring options to bring the Wikimedia
researchers who will attend TheWebConf 2023 in-person together while some
of us will be in Austin*. More details on this in early 2023.
We expect the workshop to take place some time in April-June 2023. We will
announce the exact date no later than the end of February 2023.
*Publishing and proceedings*
When we surveyed Wiki Workshop authors, those who responded were split
50-50 between whether it is important for them to have their workshop
submission as part of a proceedings. This allowed us to start considering
options other than the Companion Proceedings of WWW (the traditional venue
where a subset of Wiki Workshop papers were published in every year).
I'm very excited to share that we have found a new approach for publishing
Wiki Workshop papers that can allow us to experiment with new models and
keep the two groups of authors happy.
For the 2023 edition, *we will continue with the tradition of receiving
paper submissions for Wiki Workshop* (though we may change the submission
format/length for 2023)* and all accepted papers will appear in the
Wiki Workshop website*, similar to last year's. [3
<https://wikiworkshop.org/2022/#papers>] However, instead of accepting a
subset of the papers to appear in Proceedings of WWW, we are working with
the Editor in Chief of ACM Transactions on the Web (TWEB) [4
<https://dl.acm.org/journal/tweb>] to create a pathway for a subset of the
Wiki Workshop papers (likely after being extended) to be submitted for
review to *a special edition of ACM TWEB*.
There are a lot of details for us to work on to make the TWEB special
edition happen and that means this year you should expect to receive the
Call for Paper for Wiki Workshop some time in late January to middle of
February 2023 (instead of the usual December time-frame).
I am very excited about the opportunity for the work of the Wikimedia
research and Wiki Workshop community to be published as part of ACM
Transactions on the Web and I'm very grateful to Ryen White,
Editor-in-Chief of ACM TWEB, for being welcoming in exploring this idea and
offering a special edition space (details tbd).
There are some other high level schedule changes that we may make for the
2023 edition. If you like to stay informed about these changes at a
granular level and over time, you're welcome to subscribe to the
Phabricator task where these changes will be tracked:
We hope to be back with more updates for you in early 2023.
Leila, Bob and Emily
p.s. Please note that I didn't run the text of this email with Bob and
Emily (cc-ed). We have coordinated and discussed these changes among
ourselves, and they're welcome to add/update as they see fit.
Head of Research
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
SEMANTiCS - 19th International Conference on Semantic Systems
Call for Tutorials
September 20 - 22, 2023
SEMANTiCS 2023 is a major venue for research and industrial innovation
and features a workshop and tutorial program addressing the diverse
practical interests of its audience. This program is intended to offer a
rich diversity of topics to conference attendees and local participants
seeking to pick up new skills and stay up-to-date regarding the latest
developments in the community. We encourage submissions of proposals on
all topics in the general areas of SEMANTiCS 2023 and proposals bridging
or introducing new perspectives in these areas.
=Important Dates for Tutorials (and other meetings, e.g. seminars,
show-cases, etc., without call for papers)=
* Proposals Tutorial Deadline: June 06, 2023 (11:59 pm, Hawaii time)
* Notification of Acceptance: June 20, 2023 (11:59 pm, Hawaii time)
Submission via Easychair on https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=sem23
=Scope & Goals=
Tutorials at SEMANTiCS 2023 allow your organisation or project to
advance and promote your topics and gain increased visibility. The
tutorials will be announced on the SEMANTiCS website and they will be
seen by all participants. SEMANTiCS 2023 tutorials can be incubators for
industrial and scientific communities that form and share a particular
research and development agenda. They provide a forum for presenting
contributions and findings to a diverse and knowledgeable community.
Furthermore, the event can be used as a dissemination activity in the
scope of large research projects or as a closed format for
research/commercial project consortia meetings.
=Setup and Requirements=
SEMANTiCS 2023 tutorials may be either half or full day long. Tutorials
take place on the days before and/or after the main SEMANTiCS 2023 EU
conference (20th, 21st, and/or 22nd of September 2023). Details will be
communicated on time.
Organizers of tutorials will be granted three free tickets (only for the
workshop & tutorial day) for organization purposes or keynotes.
Participants of tutorials will be charged a marginal fee to cover the
Tutorial proposals must include the following information:
* outline of the themes and goals of the event, including a title and a
brief abstract (less than 200 words) intended for the SEMANTiCS 2023 website
* a statement addressing why the event is important, why the event is
timely, how it is relevant to SEMANTiCS 2023 and the field of semantic
web. For the tutorials, why the presenters are qualified for a
high-quality introduction of the topic
* a statement addressing the quality assurance criterion that will be
used for the tutorial presenters..
* structure of the event and plans for generating and stimulating
discussion; how will the interaction be organized in case of a hybrid event
* desired minimum and maximum number of event participants, expected
number of participants, and (in case of previously held events) number
of registered attendees and web site for previous editions of the event
* a description of the intended audience and the expected learning outcomes
* desired prerequisite knowledge of the audience
* proposed duration of the event (i.e., half or full day), different
sessions if applicable (final time slot will be assigned in accordance
with the SEMANTiCS program)
* any equipment, room capacity, or other logistic constraints
* full contact information of all organizers of the event and main
contact person; a brief description of each organizer's background,
including relevant past experience in organizing events
Proposals for tutorials must be submitted via Easychair:
=Review and Evaluation Criteria=
Tutorial proposals will be reviewed by the SEMANTiCS 2023 Workshop &
Tutorial Chairs, as well as by the SEMANTiCS 2023 organizing committee,
according to the following criteria:
* The potential to advance the state of semantic web research and practice
* The quality assurance criterion proposed by the organizers to select
high-quality presenters for tutorials
* The organizers' experience and ability to lead a successful event
* Timeliness and expected interest in the event topics
* The balance and synergy between all SEMANTiCS 2023 events
=Topics of interest include (but are not limited to)=
* Web Semantics & Linked (Open) Data
* Enterprise Knowledge Graphs, Graph Data Management and Deep Semantics
* Machine Learning & Deep Learning Techniques
* Semantic Information Management & Knowledge Integration
* Terminology, Thesaurus & Ontology Management
* Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery
* Reasoning, Rules and Policies
* Natural Language Processing and Computational Linguistics
* Social and Human aspects of Semantic Web
* Data Quality Management and Assurance
* Explainable Artificial Intelligence
* Semantics in Data Science
* Semantics of Blockchain & Distributed Ledger Technologies
* Trust, Data Privacy, and Security with Semantic Technologies
* Economics of Data, Data Services and Data Ecosystems
* Applications of Semantic Web technologies in domains such as law,
medicine, life sciences, digital humanities, mobility and smart cities, etc.
We especially invite contributions that illustrate the applicability of
the topics mentioned above for industrial purposes and/or illustrate the
business relevance of their contribution for specific industries.
Workshop proposals on emerging themes for the topics listed above are
In case you have additional questions concerning the submission process,
please do not hesitate to contact us via Easychair.
We are looking forward to your contribution!
Jennifer D’Souza - jennifer.dsouza(a)tib.eu
Anisa Rula - anisa.rula(a)unibs.it
Workshop & Tutorial Chairs
I joined the WMF Research team in June, 2021 as the Senior Research
Community Officer. Over the last two years, I have had the pleasure of
interacting with many of you through Office Hours, Research Showcases, the
Research Fund, and the listening tour I held during my first few months. I
have enjoyed learning more about your research interests, involvement in
the broader Wikimedia community, and how you think the Foundation can
increase its support for your work. With your input, we were able to
publish a vision and strategy
for the community that will guide our efforts in the coming years.
I am writing to let you know that April 21st will be my last day at the
Wikimedia Foundation. I am moving to another organization where I will
continue to build my experience in community management and supporting open
I want to thank you for the energy and enthusiasm that you bring to your
work. I particularly want to acknowledge those of you who have presented
your research at Showcases and Wiki Workshop, reviewed abstracts and grant
proposals, and applied to the Research Fund. The success of these
initiatives is due in a large part to your thoughtful contributions.
Emily Lescak (she / her)
Senior Research Community Officer
The Wikimedia Foundation
The next Research Showcase, with the theme of Images on Wikipedia, will be
live-streamed Wednesday, April 19, at 16:30 UTC. Find your local time here
YouTube stream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vW0waU-QArU
You can join the conversation on IRC at #wikimedia-research or on the
This month's presentations:
A large scale study of reader interactions with images on WikipediaBy *Daniele
Rama, University of Turin*Wikipedia is the largest source of free
encyclopedic knowledge and one of the most visited sites on the Web. To
increase reader understanding of the article, Wikipedia editors add images
within the text of the article’s body. However, despite their widespread
usage on web platforms and the huge volume of visual content on Wikipedia,
little is known about the importance of images in the context of free
knowledge environments. To bridge this gap, we collect data about English
Wikipedia reader interactions with images during one month and perform the
first large-scale analysis of how interactions with images happen on
Wikipedia. First, we quantify the overall engagement with images, finding
that one in 29 pageviews results in a click on at least one image, one
order of magnitude higher than interactions with other types of article
content. Second, we study what factors associate with image engagement and
observe that clicks on images occur more often in shorter articles and
articles about visual arts or transports and biographies of less well-known
people. Third, we look at interactions with Wikipedia article previews and
find that images help support reader information need when navigating
through the site, especially for more popular pages. The findings in this
study deepen our understanding of the role of images for free knowledge and
provide a guide for Wikipedia editors and web user communities to enrich
the world’s largest source of encyclopedic knowledge.
Visual gender biases in Wikipediaː A systematic evaluation across the ten
most spoken languagesBy *Pablo Beytia, Catholic University of Chile*The
existing research suggests a significant gender gap in Wikipedia
biographical articles, with a minimal representation of women and gender
asymmetries in the textual content. However, the visual aspects of this gap
(e.g., image volume and quality) have received little attention. This study
examined asymmetries between women's and men's biographies, exploring
written and visual content across the ten most widely spoken languages. The
cross-lingual analysis reveals that (1) the most salient male biases appear
when editors select which personalities should have a Wikipedia page, (2)
the trends in written and visual content are dissimilar, (3) male
biographies tend to have more images across languages, and (4) female
biographies have better visual quality on average. The open database of
this study provides eight indicators of gender asymmetries in ten
occupational domains and ten languages. That information allows for a
granular view of gender biases, as well as exploring more macroscopic
phenomena, such as the similarity between Wikipedia versions according to
their gender bias structures.
Beytía, P., Agarwal, P., Redi, M., & Singh, V. K. (2022). Visual Gender
Biases in Wikipedia: A Systematic Evaluation across the Ten Most Spoken
Languages. Proceedings of the International AAAI Conference on Web and
Social Media, 16(1), 43-54. https://doi.org/10.1609/icwsm.v16i1.19271https://ojs.aaai.org/index.php/ICWSM/article/view/19271Beytía, P. & Wagner,
C. (2022). Visibility layers: a framework for systematizing the gender gap
in Wikipedia content. Internet Policy Review, 11(1).
You can watch our past Research Showcases here:
Hope you can join us!
Emily Lescak (she / her)
Senior Research Community Officer
The Wikimedia Foundation
Sending this again from my current address. Left Gmail a long time ago -- not sure the redirect still works... My apologies if this is hitting your inbox twice!
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Dear Wikimedia research community,
I'd have a question for the data savvy people on this list :)
My goal is simple: for a sample of English Wikipedia editors, I'm trying to identify their edits which were reverted. I can see two possible way of doing this:
1. Identify the reverts using the SHA1 values. (A revert happens when the edit exactly restores the page to its previous state.)
2. Identify the reverts using the "undo" button.
As I see it, solution 2 is less "precise" (you'll miss some reverts, e.g., those performed manually). However, it would also be less computationally intensive, and I don't see that it would introduce any bias (results can be compared across editors in a statistical model).
However, I do not see the information about whether a revision was reverted using the “undo” button in the enwiki database: https://www.mediawiki.org/w/index.php?title=Manual:Database_layout/diagram&…
I find this surprising. Am I missing something? (And if so, how do you personally feel about strategy 1 vs. strategy 2?)
Thank you so much for any insight you might be willing to provide! :D
+++ apologies for cross postings +++
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