On 23 Mar 2011, at 20:46, Erik Zachte wrote:

In Wikimania Boston, 2006, visualization experts [1]  Fernanda Viégas en
Martin Wattenberg presented a tool which could produce a tag cloud from a
person's edit history. Tag clouds were a novelty and very suitable for the
matter at hand. You could see at a glance that editor Johanna Doe was mainly
engaged in articles about say classic music, and Chinese and Iran politics,
which is OK of course, but maybe better left to the person to disclose at
her own discretion.

Or to view privately, to understand his/her own editing history. I'd be very interested in using such a tool in that way.

We discussed implications of the visualization: on one
hand this was all data from the public dumps, and anyone could make such a
script once the idea spread, on the other hand would it be wise to help
facilitate this process. I later found out they decided not to publish the
tool for this very reason.

Regarding ethics, and adding to Andrea's email, the ACM code of ethics may give a useful idea:
Many other professional societies have similar codes.


[1] See first two entries on http://infodisiac.com/Wikimedia/Visualizations/

Erik Zachte

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Please take care to stay within the policy stated at
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Privacy_policy - if you are researching in
general there is no issue but if you are analysing/data mining a specific
editor's contributions it should be for a recognized bureaucratic purpose.



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