I saw your message in the wiki-research list. Very interesting stuff! I
recently I had an idea of something to look at something on wikipedia that
would entail exactly looking at article structures and how they evolves
over time. Not a big project, but just an interesting thing to look at. I
am very curious to hear more about your plans, both ideas and practice. For
this thought I would have thought to compile a diachronic corpus of
comparable wikipedia articles, but your visualization tool and pipeline is
something I would like to try. I've got some basic python scripts to get
the data, but when getting around to it, there's probably better off the
shelf tools or histories of wikipedia compiled. I'm not really a techie, so
all the scraps of code I've done have been for very particular purposes.
Unfortunately with the current workload, I am sure that I am not able to
follow this up any time before summer.
I see from your grant that we even have some similar background, as I have
dealt with cultural evolution and language evolution before. I hope you get
the grant for this, and will be interested to hear in how you progress. But
only answering in a hurry, and might not pick up the trail soon.
Best of luck! (Endorsed your application too ;) )
On Wed, Apr 6, 2016 at 11:34 PM, Pierce Edmiston <pierce.edmiston(a)gmail.com>
I'd like to announce an IEG proposal I'm
working on titled "Learning from
article revision histories" . If anyone who has studied the evolution of
Wikipedia articles (the extent to which articles always improve in quality)
is interested in the project, please consider getting in touch with me as
I'd love to hear your thoughts. I'm excited about the possible usefulness
of this sort of research for the Wikipedia community, but I'm new to
Wikipedia and I know I am not the first one to ask some of these questions.
If more experienced Wikipedians would like to weigh in on the usefulness of
addressing the efficiency of the collaborative editing process, I've posted
some discussion topics on the IEG proposal's talk page .
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