A friendly reminder that we will kick off this meeting in a couple of
minutes. Join us if you want to talk about research. :)
On Fri, Aug 28, 2020 at 10:13 AM Martin Gerlach <mgerlach(a)wikimedia.org> wrote:
Join the Research Team at the Wikimedia Foundation  for their monthly Office hours on
2020-09-01 at 16.00-17.00 (UTC).
Through these office hours, we aim to make ourselves more available to answer some of the
research related questions that you as Wikimedia volunteer editors, organizers,
affiliates, staff, and researchers face in your projects and initiatives (*).
To participate, join the video-call via this Wikimedia-meet link . There is no set
agenda - feel free to add your item to the list of topics in the etherpad  (You can do
this after you join the meeting, too.), otherwise you are welcome to also just hang out.
More detailed information (e.g. about how to attend) can be found here .
Started in the beginning of 2020 as an experiment , after the first 6 editions we have
evaluated the scope and format of the Research office hours. In order to decrease barriers
of accessibility and to facilitate more direct interaction, we have switched the format
from IRC to video call. We will re-evaluate the current format at the end of the year. We
would also be glad to hear your feedback and/or comments.
(*) Some example cases we hope to be able to support you in:
You have a specific research related question that you suspect you should be able to
answer with the publicly available data and you don’t know how to find an answer for it,
or you just need some more help with it. For example, how can I compute the ratio of
anonymous to registered editors in my wiki?
You run into repetitive or very manual work as part of your Wikimedia contributions and
you wish to find out if there are ways to use machines to improve your workflows. These
types of conversations can sometimes be harder to find an answer for during an office
hour, however, discussing them can help us understand your challenges better and we may
find ways to work with each other to support you in addressing it in the future.
You want to learn what the Research team at the Wikimedia Foundation does and how we can
potentially support you. Specifically for affiliates: if you are interested in building
relationships with the academic institutions in your country, we would love to talk with
you and learn more. We have a series of programs that aim to expand the network of
Wikimedia researchers globally and we would love to collaborate with those of you
interested more closely in this space.
You want to talk with us about one of our existing programs .
Hope to see many of you,
Martin (WMF Research Team)
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