The Wikimedia Foundation (WMF) is looking for a short-term researcher to conduct a series of qualitative analyses on the Portuguese Wikipedia to better understand the structure and dynamics of the PT:WP community. This research will be informed by and in conjunction with the quantitative research being conducted on PT:WP. The Qualitative Researcher will help steer the direction of the quantitative research and provide insight into any emerging numeric trends. The Researcher will help answer why the active editor base is not increasing at the same rates as in the past and provide specific recommendations to WMF and the PT:WP for what the PT:WP community can do about it!
The Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to encouraging the growth, development and distribution of free, multilingual content, and to providing the full content of these wiki-based projects to the public free of charge. The Foundation operates some of the largest collaboratively edited reference projects in the world, including Wikipedia, a top-ten Internet property.
In December 2010, the Brazil Catalyst Project (BCP) began which developed open, documented and collaborative approaches through which the Wikimedia Foundation could support Wikimedia projects community in Brazil, with the goal of growing the contributor community and readership in Brazil. Ultimately, the project focused on creating a set of recommendations for initiatives and pilot projects that would help advance our collective mission in Brazil and generating systems, processes, and methods for advancing Wikimedia in other geographic areas. One outcome of the project was that there is a great need to improve the understanding of the structure and work dynamics of the Brazilian community in general and the Portuguese Wikipedia specifically. The research to be conducted by the Qualitative and Quantitative Researchers will help to establish this. The quantitative research will begin with a focus on the Editor Trends Study (for Portuguese), and then move into more specific areas regarding admin activity, new editor activity, and general editing stats. In parallel, a Qualitative Researcher will work on informing the quantitative work with specific community knowledge and provide insight into the actual causes of emerging trends.
The contractor will be paid USD $30 on an hourly basis. The contractor will need to cover all legally required deductions, taxes and benefits out of this amount. Approved out-of-pocket expenses may be invoiced for reimbursement.
About 20 hours per week is expected, with a maximum of 30hrs. Any charged hours over this amount must be approved by the supervisor.