summary of wiki-related research<br />conversation at WikiMedia San Francisco, 2011<br />Dr Mark Graham<br />Oxford Internet Institute<br />www.geospace.co.uk<br />www.zerogeography.net<br />www.wikichains.org<br />e: firstname.lastname@example.org<br />t: @geoplace<br />
“The Internet surrounds us like air, saturating our offices and our homes. But it’s not confined to the ether. You can touch it. You can map it. And you can photograph it”<br /> - Andrew Blum 2009<br />
Bangkok<br />วัด (“temple” in Thai) “temple” in English<br />
Wikipedia research:<br /><ul><li>The Middle East and North Africa
East Africa</li></ul>Collaborators: Dr Bernie Hogan (Oxford), Richard Farmbrough (Oxford), Dr Ali Frihida (Tunis National School of Engineering, Tunisia), Dr IlhemAllagui (American University of Sharjah, UAE)<br />
Wikipedia research:<br />(1) what is the geography of articles in the Middle East/North Africa/East Africa compared to the rest of the world?<br />
Wikipedia research:<br />(2) do local authors in the Middle East/North Africa/East Africa comprise disproportionately fewer of the contributors to articles about that region? <br />
Wikipedia research:<br />(3) are the contributions of local contributors undervalued?<br />
Breadth from bilingual contributors?<br /><ul><li>Little overlap between language editions (Hecht and Gergle 2010)
Regions without many speakers of a given language are relatively under-represented in that language edition of the encyclopedia.
What role do bilinguals and foreign-language sources play?
What incentives might increase contributions from 2nd language learners & bilinguals and hence increase coverage?</li></ul>German geo-taggedarticles in Latin America<br />Spanish geo-tagged articles in Latin America (good coverage even in Brazil)<br />Oxford Internet Institute Wikipedia working group:<br />http://www.oii.ox.ac.uk/research/projects/?id=66<br />- Scott Hale (scotthale.net)<br />