For those of you who are not familiar with Gene Wiki project, it's by far one of the most mature structured data projects in Wikimedia. The project started first on English Wikipedia (seeding all articles on genes and related topics you can read today) and is now leveraging Wikidata. 

The showcase starts in 30 minutes, you can watch it on YouTube or hop on #wikimedia-research on for a live discussion, hosted by Jonathan.


On Mon, Aug 21, 2017 at 4:06 PM, Jonathan Morgan <> wrote:
One of this month's WMF research showcase presentations is by Andrew Su of Scripps Institute, the coordinator of Gene Wiki

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Date: Mon, Aug 21, 2017 at 3:22 PM
Subject: [Analytics] Research Showcase Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 11:30 AM (PST) 18:30 UTC

Hi Everyone,

The next Research Showcase will be live-streamed this Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 11:30 AM (PST) 18:30 UTC. 

As usual, you can join the conversation on IRC at #wikimedia-research. And, you can watch our past research showcases here.

This month's presentation:

Sneha Narayan (Northwestern University)

The Wikipedia Adventure: Field Evaluation of an Interactive Tutorial for New Users

Integrating new users into a community with complex norms presents a challenge for peer production projects like Wikipedia. We present The Wikipedia Adventure (TWA): an interactive tutorial that offers a structured and gamified introduction to Wikipedia. In addition to describing the design of the system, we present two empirical evaluations. First, we report on a survey of users, who responded very positively to the tutorial. Second, we report results from a large-scale invitation-based field experiment that tests whether using TWA increased newcomers' subsequent contributions to Wikipedia. We find no effect of either using the tutorial or of being invited to do so over a period of 180 days. We conclude that TWA produces a positive socialization experience for those who choose to use it, but that it does not alter patterns of newcomer activity. We reflect on the implications of these mixed results for the evaluation of similar social computing systems.

Andrew Su (Scripps Research Institute)

The Gene Wiki: Using Wikipedia and Wikidata to organize biomedical knowledge

The Gene Wiki project began in 2007 with the goal of creating a collaboratively-written, community-reviewed, and continuously-updated review article for every human gene within Wikipedia.  In 2013, shortly after the creation of the Wikidata project, the project expanded to include the organization and integration of structured biomedical data.  This talk will focus on our current and future work, including efforts to encourage contributions from biomedical domain experts, to build custom applications that use Wikidata as the back-end knowledge base, and to promote CC0-licensing among biomedical knowledge resources.  Comments, feedback and contributions are welcome at and

Sarah R. Rodlund
Senior Project Coordinator-Product & Technology, Wikimedia Foundation

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Jonathan T. Morgan
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