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Descending Mount Everest. Steps towards applied Wikipedia research

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Descending Mount Everest. Steps towards applied Wikipedia research

  1. 1. Descending Mount Everest Steps towards applied Wikipedia research Dario Taraborelli Wikimedia Foundation WikiSym 2013, Hong Kong, 6 August 2013
  2. 2. online collaboration
  3. 3. user-centered design
  4. 4. social
  5. 5. extensible
  6. 6. descending Mount Everest
  7. 7. huge popularity
  8. 8. participation 5,000 10,000 New users Wikipedia Github 15,000 30,000 New entries created 75,000 150,000 Entries modified
  9. 9. sustainability
  10. 10. Wikipedia in scholarly research
  11. 11. shifting attention New research areas gender gap, breaking news collaboration Fast-growing topics Wikipedia and higher education Steady growth Wikipedia as a corpus Okoli et al. (2012), The People’s Encyclopedia Under the Gaze of the Sages: A Systematic Review of Scholarly Research on Wikipedia N. Jullien (2012) What we know about Wikipedia. A review of the literature analyzing the project(s).
  12. 12. John Riedl building artifacts to change the world
  13. 13. Task recommendation SuggestBot Vandalism detection Stiki, ClueBot Trending topic analysis Wikipedia Live Monitor Good-faith newbie detection Snuggle
  14. 14. Showstoppers
  15. 15. subject recruitment “Hello, I need a sample of 500 complete responses from active English Wikipedia administrators by the end of this week”
  16. 16. policy change is hard WP:NPOV NEUTRAL POINT OF VIEW WP:DELETE DELETION POLICY WP:BLP BIOGRAPHIES OF LIVING PEOPLE WP:OR NO ORIGINAL RESEARCH
  17. 17. software integration is even harder
  18. 18. Equipment
  19. 19. Experimental toolkit 1. notifications
  20. 20. Experimental toolkit: 2. guiders
  21. 21. Experimental toolkit: 3. campaigns
  22. 22. Experimental toolkit 4. instrumentation
  23. 23. Wikimedia Tool Labs
  24. 24. Data sources and APIs
  25. 25. Research dissemination
  26. 26. WMF Product VisualEditor Complete the rollout. Make it faster, more efficient, more intuitive. Fix bugs. Get adoption to 100%. Support real- time collaboration. Growth Increase the first-edit rate of new registered users. Improve conversion along the IP->registration funnel. Flow Redesign the UX of collaboration. Fix the powerful but deeply flawed talk page system. Mobile Support mobile editing. Design microtasks optimized for mobile devices. Media Build a new media contribution workflow, integrated with VisualEditor. Language Content translation as a new participation vector.
  27. 27. we’re hiring
  28. 28. A new social contract for Wikipedia research?
  29. 29. thank you Descending Mount Everest: Steps towards applied Wikipedia research All contents other than the above images Image credits Mount Everest from Kalapatthar, by Pavel Novak (CC BY) John T. Riedl, by Nicole Holdorph (CC BY SA) Argentina - Mt Tronador Ascent - 33 - descending among the crevasses, by McKay Savage (CC BY) Le Tarbesou, by Jean-Baptiste Bellet (CC BY)

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