Wikimedia Research Newsletter, May 2018

From the archives Wikimedia Research Newsletter

Why people don’t contribute to Wikipedia; using Wikipedia to teach statistics, technical writing, and controversial issues

With contributions by: Miriam Redi, Barbara Page, FULBERT, and Piotr Konieczny

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‘Conversations gone awry’—the researchers figuring out when online conversations get out of hand

From the archives Interview Research

Did you know that humans make the right guess about 72% of the time, and that indicates that they have an intuition for this task, while also highlighting that the task is far from trivial?

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What are the ten most cited sources on Wikipedia? Let’s ask the data.

Foundation From the archives GLAM Research Wikipedia

A new dataset of fifteen million records documents source usage in Wikipedia by identifier and across languages.

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The Initiative for Open Citations celebrates its first birthday

Foundation From the archives Research

In celebration, and to mark the progress made, we've designated this month as Open Citations Month.

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Why the world reads Wikipedia: What we learned about reader motivation from a recent research study

From the archives Research Wikipedia

Wikimedia’s mission is to provide educational content and to effectively disseminate it. Doing so requires understanding the needs and motivations of the people who read Wikipedia. In this blog post, we discuss what we learned about Wikipedia reader motivations and needs across 14 languages from a recent research study.

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Wikimedia Research Newsletter, February 2018

From the archives Wikimedia Research Newsletter

Politically diverse editors write better articles; Reddit and Stack Overflow benefit from Wikipedia but don’t give back
With contributions by: Barbara Page, FULBERT, Steve Jankowski and Tilman Bayer

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Wikimedia Research Newsletter, January 2018

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Automated Q&A from Wikipedia articles; Who succeeds in talk page discussions?

With contributions by: Eddie891, Thomas Niebler, Barbara (WVS) and Tilman Bayer

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What galleries, libraries, archives, and museums can teach us about multimedia metadata on Wikimedia Commons

Community From the archives GLAM Research Wikimedia Commons

Upcoming changes to Wikimedia Commons will make it easier to add, update, and find important information about individual files and entire collections. New research helps us understand what to improve, and why it matters.

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How we made that net neutrality clickstream diagram

Foundation From the archives Research Technology

To illustrate our recent post on Wikipedia clickstream 'rabbit holes,' the Wikimedia Foundation's Mikhail Popov used R code to create a net neutrality clickstream. An overview of core graph theory terms is provided, along with brief introductions to R packages igraph, ggplot2, and ggraph. While some familiarity with R is necessary, he includes a list of free resources for learning it at the bottom.

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New monthly dataset shows where people fall into Wikipedia rabbit holes

Foundation From the archives Research Technology Wikipedia

The Wikimedia Foundation’s Analytics team is releasing a monthly clickstream dataset. The dataset represents—in aggregate—how readers reach a Wikipedia article and navigate to the next. Previously published as a static release, this dataset is now available as a series of monthly data dumps for English, Russian, German, Spanish, and Japanese Wikipedias.

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