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Greetings Cascadian Wikimedians!
Along with fellow Wikimedians Jonathan Morgan and Frances Hocutt and
many others, I am helping run three and a half day-long workshops in
November for anyone interested in learning how to use programming and
data science tools to ask and answer questions about online
communities like Wikipedia, free and open source software, Twitter,
civic media, etc. This will be a new and improved of our successful
(and oversubscribed!) spring workshops. They will be hosted at UW.
The workshops are for people with no previous programming experience
and will be free of charge and open to anyone.
Our goal is that, after the three workshops, participants will be able
to use data to produce numbers, hypothesis tests, tables, and
graphical visualizations to answer questions like:
- Are new contributors to an article in Wikipedia sticking around
longer or contributing more than people who joined last year?
- Who are the most active or influential users of a particular
- Are people who participated in a Wikipedia outreach event staying
involved? How do they compare to people that joined the project
outside of the event?
Details and dates are online here:
If you are interested in participating, fill out our registration form
there before October 30th.
If you already know how to program in Python, it would be really
awesome if you would volunteer as a mentor! Being a mentor will
involve working with participants and talking them through the
challenges they encounter in programming. No special preparation is
required. If you’re interested, send me an email.
Benjamin Mako Hill
Creativity can be a social contribution, but only in so far
as society is free to use the results. --GNU Manifesto