Just a heads up that this week's Wikimedia Research Showcase will focus on structured data in OpenStreetMap. Details below.


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From: Sarah R <srodlund@wikimedia.org>
Date: Tue, Jul 25, 2017 at 11:38 AM
Subject: [Analytics] Research Showcase Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 11:30 AM (PST) 18:30 UTC
To: wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org, analytics@lists.wikimedia.org, wiki-research-l@lists.wikimedia.org

Hi Everyone,

The next Research Showcase will be live-streamed this Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 11:30 AM (PST) 18:30 UTC. 

YouTube stream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yC1jgK8C8aQ

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:

Freedom versus Standardization: Structured Data Generation in a Peer Production Community
By Andrew Hall
In addition to encyclopedia articles and software, peer production communities produce structured data, e.g., Wikidata and OpenStreetMap’s metadata. Structured data from peer production communities has become increasingly important due to its use by computational applications, such as CartoCSS, MapBox, and Wikipedia infoboxes. However, this structured data is usable by applications only if it follows standards. We did an interview study focused on OpenStreetMap’s knowledge production processes to investigate how – and how successfully – this community creates and applies its data standards. Our study revealed a fundamental tension between the need to produce structured data in a standardized way and OpenStreetMap’s tradition of contributor freedom. We extracted six themes that manifested this tension and three overarching concepts, correctness, community, and code, which help make sense of and synthesize the themes. We also offer suggestions for improving OpenStreetMap’s knowledge production processes, including new data models, sociotechnical tools, and community practices.


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

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Jonathan T. Morgan
Senior Design Researcher
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