Daniel Kinzler | 6 Mar 14:11 2009

MediaWiki developer meeting is drawing close

The meet-up[1] is drawing close now: between April 3. and 5. we meet at the
c-base[2] in Berlin to discuss MediaWiki development, extensions, toolserver
projects, wiki research, etc. Registration[3] is open until March 20 (required
even if you already pre-registered).

The schedule[4] is slowly becomming clear now: On Friday, we'll start at noon
with a who-is-who-and-does-what session and in the evening there will be an
opportunity to get to know Berlin a bit. On Saturday we have all day for
presentations and discussions, and in the evening we will have a party together
with all the folks from the chapter and board meetings. On Sunday there will be
a wrap-up session and a big lunch for everyone.

We have also organized affordable accommodation: we have reserved rooms in the
Apartmenthaus am Potsdamer Platz[5]. Staying there is a recommended way of
getting to know your fellow Wikimedians!

I'm happy that so many of you have shown interest, and I'm sure we'll have a
great time in Berlin!


[1] http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Project:Developer_meet-up_2009
[2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C-base
[3] http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Project:Developer_meet-up_2009/Registration
[4] http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Project:Developer_meet-up_2009#Outline
phoebe ayers | 9 Mar 05:46 2009

WikiSym 2009 in Orlando: Call for Papers - deadline March 27

Hello all,

A reminder that WikiSym 2009 will be in Orlando, Florida, from October
25-27. The deadline for submitting papers, workshops and panel
proposals is March 27; April 24th is the deadline for posters,
demonstrations and WikiFest (practical experience) proposals.
Topics of interest include:
*  social software for collaboration and work group processes
* wiki user experiences, usability, and discourse analysis
* reputation systems, quality assurance processes
* scalability---social and technical
* wiki technologies and implementations
* translation and multilingual wiki content
* educational applications
* wiki for non-textual media (images, video, audio)
* content dynamics and wiki evolution
* wiki journalism
* wiki archiving and versioning
* wiki administration: dealing with abuse and resolving conflict
* wiki and the semantic web, knowledge management, tacit knowledge
* wiki for small audiences (departmental and family wikis)
* legal issues (copyright, licensing)
* visualization of wiki structure
* wiki fiction

For more information, see the Call for Papers:

WikiSym is an annual conference devoted to research into all aspects
of wikis, including wiki communities, wiki software and technology,
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Cormac Lawler | 11 Mar 11:45 2009

Fwd: [WikiEN-l] community hierararchy of the Wikipedia graph

Forwarding this to wiki-research-l. Dmitry, you may want to subscribe to the list to see replies <https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wiki-research-l>. C

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From: Dmitry Lizorkin <lizorkin <at> ispras.ru>
Date: Tue, Mar 10, 2009 at 12:21 PM
Subject: [WikiEN-l] community hierararchy of the Wikipedia graph
To: wikien-l <at> lists.wikimedia.org


We recently studied the properties of the English Wikipedia graph and
observed that:
 (1) the graph consists of dense subgraphs (socalled "graph communities")
that are in turn less densely connected to each other;
 (2) Wikipedia articles falling into the same community exhibit more
semantic similarity to each other than randomly selected articles.

Encouraged by the above observations, i computed the community hierarchy for
the English Wikipedia:
The hierarchy shows the grouping of similar Wikipedia articles into
communities, based on purely Wikipedia link information, and reflects the
link structure of the Wikipedia graph.

In your opinion, could such data organization be helpful for navigation and
finding related information in Wikipedia?

Your feedback is welcome!

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Daniel Kinzler | 17 Mar 10:29 2009

developer meet-up is out of room

We have been completly overrun by registrations for the developer meet-up in
Berlin. That’s exhilarating, but forces on me the sad duty to tell you: we are
out of room, we are closing registration early.

So: if you have not yet send a registration mail, you will not be able to attend!

Sorry. We may even have to reject some registrations we have already received.

There’s some good news too, though: anyone interested my join us at the c-base
for the party on saturday March 4., starting 8pm. The developers will be there
and people from the chapter and board meeting will also come. This will be a
good opportunity for getting to know Wikimedians from all over the world.


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M. Cameron Jones | 18 Mar 04:08 2009

Call for Paper - HICSS-2010

Call for Papers
Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS)

Research 2.0: Web 2.0 and Virtual Worlds as Research Environments

 Please visit the minitrack website for more details:
Part of the Track: Internet and Digital Economy

Paper Submission Deadline:June 15, 2009

The Web 2.0 environment offers many new opportunities for researchers
undertaking both qualitative and quantitative research (e.g.,
increased potential for collecting data from online communities and
social networks around the globe). However, these technologies can
also be used by researchers to enhance the research process (e.g.,
facilitating research collaboration between project team members to
develop tools and technologies to analyze data and write papers).
Understanding the privacy and legal implications in both contexts –
i.e., the implementation of the study, as well as the research process
– is an area that warrants further exploration in a minitrack

This minitrack invites papers on topics including (but not limited to):

Changing landscape for qualitative and quantitative research due to
emergence of Web 2.0 and virtual worlds;
Development of online research communities;
Online collaborative techniques in Web 2.0 environments for advancing
research methodologies;
Use of Web 2.0 tools and technologies in data collection and analyses;
Use of Web 2.0 platforms and virtual worlds (e.g., Second Life) such
as avatars, online communities, for conducting qualitative and
quantitative research;
Effectiveness of Web 2.0 for increasing participating rates in
research (e.g., questionnaire response rates; online focus groups);
Using user-generated content as a data source in research;
Ethical and legal issues (e.g., privacy; copyright) in conducting
qualitative and quantitative research in virtual environments;
Use of social computing in building research communities;
Role of social computing in the advancement of data collection techniques;
New data collection approaches in Web 2.0 environments.

Minitrack Co-Chairs:
Lisa M. Given
(Primary Contact)
School of Library and Information Studies
International Institute for Qualitative Methodology (IIQM)
University of Alberta
Email: lisa.given <at> ualberta.ca

Dinesh Rathi
School of Library and Information Studies
University of Alberta
Email: drathi <at> ualberta.ca
Erik Moeller | 19 Mar 02:39 2009

Fundraising data dumps

Just forwarding on an announcement from our Head of Community Giving
regarding the public availability of raw data from our online
fundraiser. This may be interesting for researchers to explore
donation patterns to Wikipedia. We'd certainly love to see such
analysis. Please feel free to forward this, and if you want to work on
any specific analysis, please add a note to the bottom of this
placeholder page:



- - -

Just announcing the data dumps for our fundraiser data for the 2008
Annual Fundraiser.

As always, we like to provide our anonymitized data to the community...both
to show our openness and transparency, but also to ask for the
communities help in doing analysis and data crunching to aid our future
fundraising efforts.

The dumps are located here:  http://download.wikipedia.org/fundraising/2008/

The main gift data files are 2008_Fundraiser.csv.gz. The fields are
date stamp, USD donation amount, original currency amount, original
currency, country of donation, & payment type

The main data on the site notices and their effectiveness is
The fields here are template (the name of the site notice we used),
tracking source (from where the click came from, campaign (an internal
tag), USD converted amount, original currency, and country of

If any in the community could help analyze the site notice data for
effectiveness, it would be greatly appreciated.

Also, I would like to thank the Wikimedia tech team for helping make
this possible.

If you have any questions, please send them my way.


Rand Montoya
Head of Community Giving
Wikimedia Foundation
Email: rand <at> wikimedia.org
Phone: 415.839.6885 x615
Fax: 415.882.0495
Cell: 510.685.7030

“At some future time, I hope to have something witty,
intelligent, or funny in this space.”