A new platform to explore statistics about Wikimedia projects
Meet Wikistats 2, a new public dashboard and dataset for metrics related to how people read and contribute to Wikimedia projects.
How a feminist stood up to trolls and measurably changed Wikipedia’s coverage of women scientists
Did the efforts of Emily Temple-Wood ("Keilana") and other editors really make a difference in Wikipedia's coverage of women scientists—especially given the vast expanse of an encyclopedia that has 5.4 million articles in English alone? The answer, one year after the headlines, is an unequivocal yes.
Hiring a data scientist
We recently needed to backfill a data analyst position at the Wikimedia Foundation. If you’ve hired for this type of position in the past, you know that this is no easy task. Based on our successful hiring process, we’d like to share what we learned, and how we drew on existing resources to synthesize a better approach to interviewing and hiring a new member of our team.
"Dare to be different, yet hold your head high": The impact of Prince’s death on Wikipedia
"Prince is synonymous with indulging in yourself shamelessly and with passion. His music and his cultural impact mean more than words can offer."
"He taught me that being black was more than a color. That despite our circumstances or limitations in life, you could change the world and you could reach out and touch the stars."
"Dare to be different, yet hold your head high."
(Quotes used with permission from the Wikipedia Facebook page)
Introducing the unique devices dataset: a new way to estimate reach on Wikimedia projects
With the unique devices dataset, we’ve been able to quantify the shift to mobile across all projects. In almost all Wikimedia projects, more than half of our unique devices are accessing content using the mobile sites.