I'd really appreciate some advice on an application for Wikipedia to be
considered for a very prestigious international heritage recognition.
Myself and a few others previously applied and got to the final stages of
the process, however we were rejected on the following points. If anyone
has any suggestions or papers which might help answer these issues I'd
really appreciate it. I have a number of arguments prepared but I would
really appreciate any thoughts, feel free to include them in this email
list, or just email me them separately. The first point is the one I feel
needs the most rebuttal.
1. Although it is acknowledged Wikipedia is a phenomenal idea, it was
not clear how it could be defined as ‘heritage’ at this stage of its
2. Wikipedia's dynamic nature and the unpredictability of the nature of
the content generated.
3. There was hesitation as to the perception it might create among the
public, given their differing perspectives of Wikipedia as an information
4. Worry that Wikipedia includes things that aren’t true or accurate
5. Worry that if they admit Wikipedia, will they have to admit every
other such platform (or other interesting information ideas)
6. Worry that the information held in Wikipedia is also held elsewhere
Thanks very much indeed
I did a quick pass on your meta page. Thank you for creating it.
Unfortunately I will not have bandwidth to look into the survey and your
page in more detail. However, to be very clear: this is not a blocker for
your research. :) Others may decide to check out your survey or meta page
and give you feedback. I do recommend that you keep an eye on the
"Discussion" tab of your meta page as folks may leave comments there over
Head of Research
On Sun, Oct 29, 2023 at 4:57 PM Hanxuan Sun <hanxuan.sun(a)unsw.edu.au> wrote:
> Dear Leila and Zachary,
> I have set up my research project via Wikimedia:
> based on your suggestions. Meanwhile, I have revised the questionnaires in
> English version:
> https://unsw.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3fNVlLeMgM3BNzg and Chinese
> version: https://unsw.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0AjTai9lMOf48FE.
> Would you please check them at your most convenience? Thank you so much!
> *From:* Hanxuan Sun
> *Sent:* Saturday, October 28, 2023 11:38 AM
> *To:* Leila Zia <lzia(a)wikimedia.org>; Zachary Levonian <levon003(a)umn.edu>
> *Cc:* wiki-research-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org
> *Subject:* RE: [Research-wmf] Enquires for conducting a project related
> to Wikipedia
> Dear Leila and Zachary,
> Thank you so much for your time and detailed suggestions. Apologies for
> not creating my project through the website page. I am working on it now
> and hope it will work soon.
> For the data management section, all the private data will be stored for
> the duration of the study on the UNSW Data Archive (RDMP ID: H0408583), to
> which only the Chief Investigator, my supervisor Professor Stephen Doherty,
> and the Student Investigator, Ms Hanxuan Sun, will have access. The Privacy
> and Confidentiality part is described in Section 11 of the Human Research
> Project Description, which is attached in this email. For the gender
> question, I will revise it based on your suggestions or delete it as it is
> not highly related to my research project. Then, I will revise all the
> questionnaires after discussing with Chinese Wikipedia pump, to make sure
> everything goes well. If you have any question, please feel free to contact
> Have a nice weekend!
> *From:* Leila Zia <lzia(a)wikimedia.org>
> *Sent:* Friday, October 27, 2023 10:18 AM
> *To:* Hanxuan Sun <hanxuan.sun(a)unsw.edu.au>
> *Cc:* wiki-research-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org
> *Subject:* Re: [Research-wmf] Enquires for conducting a project related
> to Wikipedia
> 你通常不会收到来自 lzia(a)wikimedia.org 的电子邮件。了解这一点为什么很重要
> [Moving research-wmf to Bcc.]
> Dear Hanxuan Sun.
> Thank you for reaching out.
> *Some tips for increasing the chances of success for your project*
> - *Reduce the chance of surprising existing Wikipedia volunteers. *For
> - If your project involves recruiting existing Wikipedia editors or
> changing content in a Wikipedia language, please make sure you communicate
> that to the relevant Wikipedia language community and engage in follow-up
> conversations they may want to have with you. On English Wikipedia, you can
> do it at
> . (Village pump is a place where many communities Wikipedia language
> communities maintain for this type of conversation. You can find the other
> languages' village pump pages by clicking on the languages menu on the
> top-right side of
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Village_pump .)
> - Create a research page for your project on MetaWiki
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Research:New_project and link it in
> your communications. This is the place where others can learn more about
> your research. Sample projects at
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Research:Index . (Reference your
> IRB from this research page if you can.)
> - *Understand the context. *We can give you tips to improve your work,
> however, the relevant Wikimedia project (Wikipedia language community in
> your case), is the community who you'll need to primarily work with.
> - *Survey privacy and data retention. *With Wikimedians, sometimes
> less is more. :) I highly recommend you think hard about what data you
> actually need and how long you will keep it for what reason. Keeping
> sensitive data in perpetuity can raise alarms b/c privacy is something many
> Wikipedians value.
> - *Survey questions. *There are at least a few folks on this list that
> have expertise on this front. They may choose to leave feedback for you.
> Thanks for being proactive and asking for feedback. :) I had a quick look
> at the first few pages. One question that immediately caught my attention
> was the question about gender where you ask about the gender and you offer
> options about sex. That question needs a fix, please. You can find a sample
> of survey questions (including gender related ones at
> ). Having seen this one example you can improve, I highly recommend that
> you seek specific input into your survey questions from a survey specialist
> before running the survey to make sure the survey questions can help you
> with the questions you want to answer as part of the research and that they
> are as close as possible to the latest best practices in survey design.
> Good luck!
> Leila Zia
> Head of Research
> Wikimedia Foundation
> On Wed, Oct 18, 2023 at 11:51 AM Hanxuan Sun <hanxuan.sun(a)unsw.edu.au>
> Dear Wikipedia organization members,
> Researchers at UNSW are conducting a project about exploring the reasons
> behind translators making changes to their translations on Wikipedia, a
> popular online encyclopedia which uses a ‘crowdsourcing’ approach,
> attracting volunteer translators to translate its content. The research
> will investigate the factors that influence translators’ decisions to
> revise existing translations, such as the quality of translation (e.g.,
> from machine translation), personal beliefs, and discussions with peers in
> online communities, etc.
> The research study is looking recruit people who meet the following
> 1. 18 years of age or older;
> 2. Live in Australia;
> 3. Proficient Chinese and English bilinguals;
> 4. Active Wikipedia online volunteers engaged in revision.
> Participants will be asked to complete the following research activities
> if they agree to participate:
> · Online surveys with 34 questions that will take approximately 20
> to 25 minutes to complete; and/or
> · Followed-up one-on-one interviews via Zoom, which will need
> around 30 minutes; and/or
> · Observational study for an active group; and/or
> · Focus group discussion via zoom, which will take around 2 hours.
> · A full description of all research activities, including any
> risks, harms or discomforts that you may experience while participating in
> this research is included in the attached Participant Information Statement
> and Consent Form.
> Please contact the following person via email or phone to register your
> interest in taking part in the research:
> Hanxuan Sun
> Student Investigator
> If you have questions about the research and would like to contact the
> Chief Investigator, please contact the following person:
> *Chief Investigator *
> Stephen Doherty
> Chief Investigator
> (02)9385 1681
> This project is approved by the ethics committee in UNSW, which is
> attached. The Participant’s consent form is attached in the cover page of
> the surveys. The link of surveys are: English version:
> https://unsw.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3fNVlLeMgM3BNzg ; Chinses
> version: https://unsw.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0AjTai9lMOf48FE .
> Would you please check the content of the surveys at your most convenience?
> Thank you so much! If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.
> Hanxuan Sun.
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Call for Papers
formal papers - doctoral programme
17th Conference on Intelligent Computer Mathematics
- CICM 2024 -
August 5���9, 2024
More and more mathematical information is digitally processed, generated,
communicated, stored and curated.
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
CICM 2024 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
*** Important Dates ***
- Abstract deadline: March 11, 2024
- Full paper deadline: March 18, 2024
- Reviews sent to authors: April 29, 2024
- Rebuttals due: May 1, 2024
- Notification of acceptance: May 16, 2024
- Camera-ready copies due: June 3, 2024
- Conference: August 5-9, 2024
Doctoral programme applications
- Submission deadline: June 13, 2024
- Notification of acceptance: June 28, 2024
CICM appreciates the varying nature of the relevant research in this area and
invites submissions of two different forms:
*** Formal Paper Submissions ***
Formal submissions will be reviewed rigorously and accepted papers will be
published in a volume of Springer LNAI:
* regular papers (up to 15 pages + bibliography) present novel research
* project and survey papers (up to 15 pages + bibliography) summarize
* system and dataset descriptions (4 to 5 pages + bibliography) present
*** Doctoral Symposium: Two-Page Abstracts***
The doctoral programme provides PhD students a forum to present early results to
receive constructive feedback and mentoring. To attend, submissions of two-page
abstracts are expected in which the focus and research questions of the expected
PhD theses are described; details on completed research tasks and remaining
research plans should be given. In addition to these abstract, a two-pages CV of
the applicant should also be submitted, detailing background information (name,
university, supervisor), education (sought degree, previous degrees),
employments and relevant research experience (publications, attended
*** Submissions ***
All submissions should be made via EasyChair at
using the Springer LNCS style files
CICM 2024 proceedings, containing the accepted formal submissions, will be
published in the Springer LNAI series.
*** Participation - Physical Event ***
CICM 2024 will be held as a physical event and participation is possible only
on-site. At least one of the authors of accepted papers is expected to register
to CICM 2024 and present the work(s) on-site.
*** Best Papers ***
CICM 2024 honors the best paper and best student paper with respect to reviews
and program committee discussions with an award.
We're excited to announce that the 11th edition of Wiki Workshop , our
largest Wikimedia research event of the year, will take place *virtually*
on *June 20, 2024.* We look forward to your participation and
contributions to make this year's workshop a great success.
Stay tuned for further details and registration information. We can't wait
to see you there!
on behalf of the organizing team
 see last year's program and website: https://wikiworkshop.org/2023/
Lead Research Community Officer
Wikimedia Foundation <https://wikimediafoundation.org/>
The next Research Showcase will be live-streamed on Wednesday, November 15,
at 9:30 AM PST / 16:30 UTC. Find your local time here
<https://zonestamp.toolforge.org/1700069400>. This showcase will focus on
*Bibliometrics*, just in time for the GLAM Wiki conference happening this
week in Montevideo.
YouTube stream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxNa6vgMCDY. As usual, you
can join the conversation in the YouTube chat as soon as the showcase goes
This month's presentations:
Gender and country biases in Wikipedia citations to scholarly publications
By *Chaoqun Ni, University of Wisconsin-Madison*Ensuring Wikipedia cites
scholarly publications based on quality and relevancy without biases is
critical to credible and fair knowledge dissemination. We investigate
gender- and country-based biases in Wikipedia citation practices using
linked data from the Web of Science and a Wikipedia citation dataset. Using
coarsened exact matching, we show that publications by women are cited less
by Wikipedia than expected, and publications by women are less likely to be
cited than those by men. Scholarly publications by authors affiliated with
non-Anglosphere countries are also disadvantaged in getting cited by
Wikipedia, compared with those by authors affiliated with Anglosphere
countries. The level of gender- or country-based inequalities varies by
research field, and the gender-country intersectional bias is prominent in
math-intensive STEM fields. To ensure the credibility and equality of
knowledge presentation, Wikipedia should consider strategies and guidelines
to cite scholarly publications independent of the gender and country of
authors.Exploring Social Attention Dynamics through WikipediaBy *Wenceslao
Arroyo-Machado, Universidad de Granada*The untapped potential of Wikipedia
as a mirror of society's evolving interests and concerns is explored.
Recognizing Wikipedia as a vast, interactive repository of human knowledge,
the investigation focuses on how patterns of edits, views, and discussions
within Wikipedia articles, as well as their features, can serve as
real-time indicators of public interest and engagement. Key findings reveal
that Wikipedia is not just an information source but a reflection of
collective concerns, capturing significant trends and shifts in societal
focus. Additionally, it allows for the highlighting of both local and
international interests. These implications are far-reaching, offering
valuable insights for the Wikipedia community, academic researchers,
policymakers, and the general public. Understanding the dynamics of public
engagement on Wikipedia can inform content strategies, shape research
agendas, and guide public policy, while also providing a deeper
appreciation of the impact and significance of contributions made by the
global Wikipedia community.
You can also watch our past research showcases here:
Lead Research Community Officer
Wikimedia Foundation <https://wikimediafoundation.org/>
Uncertain Reasoning (UR)
Special Track at
The 37th International FLAIRS Conference (FLAIRS-37)
In cooperation with the American Association for Artificial Intelligence
Miramar Beach, Florida, USA
May 18-21, 2024
Abstract submission deadline: February 4, 2024
Paper submission deadline: February 11, 2024
Notification: March 17, 2024
All accepted papers will be included in the FLAIRS proceedings published
by Florida Online Journals
Invited papers will be published in a special journal issue
[[ Call For Papers ]]
The Special Track on Uncertain Reasoning (UR) is the oldest track in
FLAIRS conferences, running annually since 1996. The UR Special Track at
the 37th International Florida Artificial Intelligence Research Society
Conference (FLAIRS-37) is the 27th in the series. Like the past tracks,
UR seeks to bring together researchers working on broad issues related
to reasoning under uncertainty.
[ Topics of Interest ]
Papers on all aspects of uncertain reasoning are invited. Papers of
particular interest include, but are not limited to:
* Uncertain reasoning formalisms, calculi and methodologies
* Reasoning with probability, possibility, fuzzy logic, belief function,
vagueness, granularity, rough sets, and probability logics
* Modeling and reasoning using imprecise and indeterminate information,
such as: Choquet capacities, comparative orderings, convex sets of
measures, and interval-valued probabilities
* Exact, approximate and qualitative uncertain reasoning
* Probabilistic graphical models of uncertainty such as: Bayesian
networks, Markov random field, probabilistic circuits
* Multi-agent uncertain reasoning and decision-making
* Decision-theoretic planning and Markov decision process
* Temporal reasoning and uncertainty
* Non-monotonic reasoning
* Conditional Logics
* Belief change and merging
* Similarity-based reasoning
* Ontologies and description logics
* Construction of models from elicitation, data mining and knowledge
* Uncertain reasoning in information retrieval, filtering, fusion,
diagnosis, prediction, situation assessment
* Uncertain reasoning in data management
* Practical applications of uncertain reasoning
* Learning probabilistic models
* Applications in computer vision and animation
[ Paper Submission and Publication ]
Submitted papers must be original, and not submitted concurrently to a
journal or another conference while under review.
Interested authors should format their papers according to FLAIRS-37
conference formatting guidelines. Papers should not exceed 6 pages (4
pages for a poster) and are due by February 11, 2024. The reviewing is a
double blind process. Author names and affiliations must be omitted on
submitted papers. Papers must be submitted as PDF through the EasyChair
conference system, which can be accessed through the main conference web
site (http://www.flairs-37.info/). Authors should indicate the Uncertain
Reasoning special track for submissions. All accepted papers will be
included in the proceedings of FLAIRS, which will be published by the
Florida Online Journals. FLAIRS requires that there be at least one full
author registration per paper.
Instructions on the submission procedure are available at the UR website:
We anticipate there will be a special issue devoted to extended versions
of selected papers at the track.
[ Important Dates ]
Abstract submission due: Feb. 4, 2024
Paper submission due: Feb. 11, 2024
Author Notification: Mar. 17, 2024
Special Track: May 18-21, 2024
[ Program Committee ]
Alessandro Antonucci (IDSIA, Switzerland)
Ofer Arieli (The Academic College of Tel-Aviv, Israel)
Christoph Beierle (FernUniversität in Hagen, Germany)
Salem Benferhat (University of Artois, France)
Nizar Bouguila (Concordia University, Canada)
Lluís Godo (University of Barcelona, Spain)
Christophe Gonzales (LIS, France)
Vladik Kreinovich (University of Texas at El Paso, US)
Nicholas Mattei (Tulane University, US)
Tommie Meyer (University of Cape Town, South Africa)
Arthur Paul Pedersen (The City College of New York, US)
Rafael Peñaloza Nyssen (University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy)
Kari Sentz (Los Alamos National Laboratory, US)
Carlo Taticchi (Università degli Studi di Perugia, Italy)
Choh Man Teng (Institute for Human and Machine Cognition, US)
[ Track Chairs ]
Tanya Braun University of Münster, Germany
Kai Sauerwald University of Hagen, Germany
[ Travel Information ]
Additional information on the conference locale and travel planning can
be found at http://www.flairs-37.info.
Hello (Semantic) MediaWiki users, maintainers, software developers, consultants, researchers!
The SMWCon in fall 2023 https://www.semantic-mediawiki.org/wiki/SMWCon_Fall_2023 will be held on location in Paderborn, Germany from December 11-13.
On three days there will be talks, tutorials and hackathons.
This conference addressed everybody interested in wikis and open knowledge, especially in Semantic MediaWiki, e.g. users, developers, consultants, business or government representatives, and researchers.
This conference aimed to:
* inspire/onboard new users,
* inform on where and how MediaWiki is used,
* convey and consolidate best practices,
* initiate/foster/integrate application and development and
* strengthen the community of stakeholders and its service portfolio.
Learn how to "do" MediaWiki in order to assume your responsibilities regarding your organization's knowledge management.
Please not that early-bird ticket sale ends today!
Call for Contributions
We are looking for use cases and best practices that provide insight in issues like
* How does AI change the way we use MediaWiki
* How do semantic wikis fit in and be combined with AI tools
* How can we use Semantic MediaWiki in research and organizations
* How do we develop and deploy MediaWiki and extensions
Your experience is valuable for all of us! So please share and propose a talk, tutorial or other contribution.
Go to the Conference Page (https://www.semantic-mediawiki.org/wiki/SMWCon_Fall_20223)
and hit the 'Propose a talk here' button.
Please propose a contribution if you plan to have one, even if you don't have the details yet. For us it is important to know what we can expect.
We look forward to your contribution!
Thank you to the sponsors of SMWCon 2023!
* http://www.archixl.nl/ - Specialists in enterprise architecture, knowledge management, and semantics
* https://bluespice.com - The company behind BlueSpice, the open-source enterprise wiki software
* https://mywikis.eu - GDPR compliant (Semantic) MediaWiki hosting from the heart of Europe.
* https://wikibase-solutions.com/ - Specialist in business solutions with MediaWiki
The organizers of SMWCon 2023 and https://mwstake.org
* Bernhard Krabina, https://km-a.net (General Chair)
* Ad Strack van Schijndel, https://www.juggel.com (Program Chair)
* Tobias Oetterer, https://www.uni-paderborn.de/en/ (Local Chair)
***Apologies for cross-postings***
The Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) is inviting applications from qualified and highly motivated students for a Summer Research Visit.
The goal of the Population and Social Data Science Summer Incubator Program is to enable discovery by bringing together data scientists and population scientists to work on focused, intensive and collaborative projects of broad societal relevance.
For a period of 3 months (June 3rd - August 23rd, 2024) participating students will work in small teams, with support from experienced mentors, towards a common research goal. For the summer of 2024, the focus of the program will be on three main areas:
* "Climate Change and Population Dynamics" mentored by Matt Hauer (Florida State University), Risto Conte Keivabu and Emilio Zagheni
* "Network and Gender Dynamics on Mobility and Migration" mentored by Aliakbar Akbaritabar, Jisu Kim and Daniela Perrotta
* "Estimation and Forecasting of Health Indicators in Data-scarce Contexts" mentored by Monica Alexander (University of Toronto), Ugofilippo Basellini and Irena Chen
Participating students will be exposed to best practices across the social sciences and data sciences while contributing to a hands-on project experience that will result in a scientific journal article. All participants will also have access to lectures and will be able to participate in other scientific activities taking place at the MPIDR.
Applicants must be enrolled in a doctoral, master's or undergraduate university program (at the time they visit the MPIDR). Selected candidates must obtain approval to participate in the program by their supervisor / administrator. The Incubator program values research teams that include early-career scientists from a range of disciplines and backgrounds, with complementary skill sets. Priority will be placed on bringing together a diverse pool of students. The total number of attendees will be defined based on resources and quality of applications. The mentors will provide seed projects and data ideas, with flexibility for students to put forward their own ideas as well.
Successful candidates will have demonstrated ability to work on research projects independently and in interdisciplinary teams, and an interest in research problems related to both data science and the social sciences, broadly defined.
Applications must be in English and submitted online via this survey<https://survey.demogr.mpg.de/index.php/682232?lang=en> and include the following documents in one single PDF:
1. Curriculum Vitae
2. Cover letter (Max 2 pages)
- Please state why you are interested in spending the summer at the MPIDR, and in which ways you would benefit from participating in the Incubator program.
-Please articulate your research interests and briefly describe a project you have worked on, the motivation for it and your contribution.
-Please describe your technical skills, as well as what you would like to learn over the course of the Summer visit.
3. Copies of academic transcripts for undergraduate and, if applicable, graduate education
4. Names and contact information for 2 academic referees (no recommendation letter is required at this step)
In order to receive full consideration, applications should be received by January 10th 2024. Notifications will be sent out by March 2024. This will be an in-person summer program, and students will be expected to be in residence at the MPIDR in Rostock for the period of the research visit and to devote most of their working time to the collaborative research project during that period. Selected students enrolled in a PhD program will be offered reimbursement for travel costs to/from Rostock, and a stipend. Selected students who are not enrolled in a PhD program will be offered reimbursement for travel costs to/from Rostock, lodging in Rostock, and a per diem.
The Max Planck Society values diversity and is keen to employ individuals from minorities.
We are committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities at our institutes and therefore encourage 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.
You can find more information on previous program participants, projects and publication outcomes on the program webpage<https://www.demogr.mpg.de/en/research_6120/digital_and_computational_demogr…>.
In addition, please consult the FAQ document<https://www.demogr.mpg.de/en/research_6120/digital_and_computational_demogr…> for further detail.
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