I talked about something like this with Liam that GLAM was trying to develop and utilize to inform it's work.

Liam - sorry to call you out like this, but any thoughts on Phoebe's question?

On Fri, Apr 20, 2012 at 5:31 PM, phoebe ayers <phoebe.wiki@gmail.com> wrote:
Hi all,

Has there been any research done into: the number of citations (e.g.
to books, journal articles, online sources, everything together) on
Wikipedia (any language, or all)? The distribution of citations over
different kinds or qualities of articles? # of uses of citation
templates? Anything like this?

I realize this is hard to count, averages are meaningless in this
context, and any number will no doubt be imprecise! But anything would
be helpful. I have vague memories of seeing some citation studies like
this but don't remember the details.

-- phoebe

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