Erik Moeller | 3 Aug 03:38 2010
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Call for Volunteers: Wikimedia Research Committee

Hello all,

The Wikimedia Foundation is looking for volunteers who would like to
support the management of relationships between Wikimedia communities
and the broader communities of researchers who study Wikimedia
projects. We hope to create a committee with volunteers from both
groups with a rich combination of skills and backgrounds.

Here are some areas of work that this new Wikimedia Research
Committee, with help from the Wikimedia Foundation staff, is intended
to explore:

* developing policy around researcher permissions for non-public data
* supporting the development of subject recruitment processes
* reviewing research projects when conflicts-of-interest arise
* articulating and channeling requests for data and technical resources
* helping to formulate the key strategic research objectives of the
Wikimedia movement (see strategy.wikimedia.org)
* helping to formulate small tactical experiments related to
Wikimedia's strategic goals
* developing an open access policy as a requirement for significant
support from the Wikimedia Foundation
* helping create a "starter kit" for researchers to avoid duplication of effort

To date, many of these issues have been handled by the Wikimedia
Foundation on a case-by-case basis, with various points of contact and
unclear responsibilities. The research committee will act as a first
point of contact for many, if not most, of these requests, and help us
to formulate processes and policy beyond the boundaries of projects
and languages.
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Parul Vora | 9 Aug 21:08 2010
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WMF Staff Introductions.

Hello everyone,

We (most of the current staff at the Wikimedia Foundation currently engaging in research) had a chance to meet some of you at Wikisym and Wikimania this year and thought it would be nice to introduce ourselves and say hi to all of you!  All of us have joined WMF in the past two years and are working on projects or research questions that may be relevant or of interest to all of you.  Also, as far as I know, we are all new to this list and will hopefully be talking and collaborating with you more in the future - both here and on the Meta Research page.   

So, in no particular order, some introductions from all of us: 

From Nimish (ngautam <at> wikimedia.org):  Hi, I'm Nimish Gautam. I started with the foundation in 2009 doing development for the Usability Initiative, which focused on new editors. I like analyzing user behavior to figure out how people use the tools we give them (turning templates into a programming language, who would've guessed?) and spotting trends so we can improve those tools to help people accomplish what it is they're trying to do. Currently I'm doing qualitative and quantitative research on user behavior for the foundation and its various projects, and very interested in finding ways of chunking all this information together to make pretty, compelling, informative resources so people know what's going on in the wikiverse and hopefully want to be a part of it.

From Howie (hfung <at> wikimedia.org):  Hello!  I'm Howie and I'm a Senior Product Manager at the Wikimedia Foundation.  As a product person, I'd like to work with the community towards more data-driven decision making.  One area I'm particularly interested in is getting a better understanding of our user's lifecycle with our projects -- how they come to the projects, how they start contributing, their experiences as a contributor, why they leave, and why they return.  I like to use both quantitative and qualitative methods to obtain as complete a picture as we need to guide our decisions.  On the quantitative side,  I'm working on getting better web analytics for our projects.  I'm also interested in any data mining projects along these lines (e.g., contribution behavior, user lifecycle patterns, etc.).  On the qualitative side, I worked on the "Why Editors Leave Wikipedia" survey and would be interested in other qualitative measurements (e.g., interviews, surveys, focus groups).  If you're interested in any of the above topics, please drop me a line.

From Amy (aroth <at> wikimedia.org):  Hi, I'm Amy, the Research Analyst for the Public Policy Initiative. My task is to assess the project's impact on: U.S. public policy article quality, public policy categorization, new articles, and new contributors. Through the project I have focused on article quality assessment, and worked with the community to add a quantitative value to the current article assessment. As a data analyst, I am interested in improving data accessibility from Wikipedia. In my dreams, I envision data from the assessment tools that exist within Wikipedia are captured in a real-time database, so that we can observe what is currently happening in Wikipedia and how it is evolving in the present, rather than having to use data dumps to get snapshots of the state of Wikipedia. I have experience analyzing and designing surveys and would like to use that experience to take a more in depth look at contributor demographics and motivations. I am excited to be a part of this huge collaborative project with a mission to make knowledge accessible.

From me, Parul Vora (pvora <at> wikimedia.org):  Hi Everyone!  I'm a researcher and designer with a focus on participatory and collaborative spaces.  I started at the Wikimedia Foundation in 2009 and moving forward have interest in:  creating new forms of participation (beyond editing) on the projects that better engage a wider audience with the content and each other; assessing, evaluating and addressing the demographic and cultural biases in our projects; and exploring location, culture and language as they affect the development patterns of different language Wikipedias in an effort to identify potential for experimentation and catalysis in younger projects.  I'm currently exploring the potential effect feedback systems (article ratings, expert reviews, visualizations of an article's history or a user's contributions) can have on the engagement of readers, actions of editors, and the quality of content over time.  I like infovis, ux research, and unresearched innovation and I am interested in learning more about research with wikipedia on motivation, behavioral economic modeling and/or game theory, using geolocative data, mobile experiences, and profiling and trend visualizations......and your work too! 

Let us know if you're interested in learning more, participating in, or contributing to our efforts.  And drop any of us a line if we could learn from or contribute to what you've been working on.......

Thanks so much,
Nimish, Howie, Amy, and Parul. 




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Fuster, Mayo | 10 Aug 19:33 2010
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RS: WMF Staff Introductions.

Hola!

Welcome from me and thanks to share with us your presentations in the e-list. I am Mayo Fuster Morell, just finished a Phd on the governance of digital commons (which Wikipedia was one on my case studies). More at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Lilaroja

I have a small comment to Howie. In order to approach user's lifecycle, I would suggest you to consider also the Life history method, and then perhaps as data how users present their relationship with Wikipedia at their users page. Finally, I have the impression that user age might be significant in explaining the different paths of participation evolution in Wikipedia.

Have a nice day! Mayo

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Tema: [Wiki-research-l] WMF Staff Introductions.

Hello everyone,

We (most of the current staff at the Wikimedia Foundation currently engaging in research) had a chance to meet some of you at Wikisym and Wikimania this year and thought it would be nice to introduce ourselves and say hi to all of you!  All of us have joined WMF in the past two years and are working on projects or research questions that may be relevant or of interest to all of you.  Also, as far as I know, we are all new to this list and will hopefully be talking and collaborating with you more in the future - both here and on the Meta Research page.   

So, in no particular order, some introductions from all of us: 

From Nimish <http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/User:Nimish_Gautam>  (ngautam <at> wikimedia.org):  Hi, I'm Nimish Gautam. I started with the foundation in 2009 doing development for the Usability Initiative, which focused on new editors. I like analyzing user behavior to figure out how people use the tools we give them (turning templates into a programming language, who would've guessed?) and spotting trends so we can improve those tools to help people accomplish what it is they're trying to do. Currently I'm doing qualitative and quantitative research on user behavior for the foundation and its various projects, and very interested in finding ways of chunking all this information together to make pretty, compelling, informative resources so people know what's going on in the wikiverse and hopefully want to be a part of it.

From Howie <http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Staff#User_Experience_Programs>  (hfung <at> wikimedia.org):  Hello!  I'm Howie and I'm a Senior Product Manager at the Wikimedia Foundation.  As a product person, I'd like to work with the community towards more data-driven decision making.  One area I'm particularly interested in is getting a better understanding of our user's lifecycle with our projects -- how they come to the projects, how they start contributing, their experiences as a contributor, why they leave, and why they return.  I like to use both quantitative and qualitative methods to obtain as complete a picture as we need to guide our decisions.  On the quantitative side,  I'm working on getting better web analytics for our projects.  I'm also interested in any data mining projects along these lines (e.g., contribution behavior, user lifecycle patterns, etc.).  On the qualitative side, I worked on the "Why Editors Leave Wikipedia" survey and would be interested in other qualitative measurements (e.g., interviews, surveys, focus groups).  If you're interested in any of the above topics, please drop me a line.

From Amy <http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Staff#Public_Policy_Initiative>  (aroth <at> wikimedia.org):  Hi, I'm Amy, the Research Analyst for the Public Policy Initiative <http://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/Public_Policy_Initiative> . My task is to assess the project's impact on: U.S. public policy article quality, public policy categorization, new articles, and new contributors. Through the project I have focused on article quality assessment, and worked with the community to add a quantitative value to the current article assessment <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProject_United_States_Public_Policy/Quality_rating#Rubric> . As a data analyst, I am interested in improving data accessibility from Wikipedia. In my dreams, I envision data from the assessment tools that exist within Wikipedia are captured in a real-time database, so that we can observe what is currently happening in Wikipedia and how it is evolving in the present, rather than having to use data dumps to get snapshots of the state of Wikipedia. I have experience analyzing and designing surveys and would like to use that experience to take a more in depth look at contributor demographics and motivations. I am excited to be a part of this huge collaborative project with a mission to make knowledge accessible.

From me, Parul Vora <http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/User:Parulvora>  (pvora <at> wikimedia.org):  Hi Everyone!  I'm a researcher and designer with a focus on participatory and collaborative spaces.  I started at the Wikimedia Foundation in 2009 and moving forward have interest in:  creating new forms of participation (beyond editing) on the projects that better engage a wider audience with the content and each other; assessing, evaluating and addressing the demographic and cultural biases in our projects; and exploring location, culture and language as they affect the development patterns of different language Wikipedias in an effort to identify potential for experimentation and catalysis in younger projects.  I'm currently exploring the potential effect feedback systems (article ratings, expert reviews, visualizations of an article's history or a user's contributions) can have on the engagement of readers, actions of editors, and the quality of content over time.  I like infovis, ux research, and unresearched innovation and I am interested in learning more about research with wikipedia on motivation, behavioral economic modeling and/or game theory, using geolocative data, mobile experiences, and profiling and trend visualizations......and your work too! 

Let us know if you're interested in learning more, participating in, or contributing to our efforts.  And drop any of us a line if we could learn from or contribute to what you've been working on.......

Thanks so much,
Nimish, Howie, Amy, and Parul. 






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Piotr Konieczny | 10 Aug 20:21 2010
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Re: WMF Staff Introductions.

Welcome!

I have to say that 
http://strategy.wikimedia.org/wiki/Former_Contributors_Survey_Results of 
which I've just learned from your post is an excellent piece of 
research, one that was needed for a very long time.

One question comes to mind: we now, roughly, how many editors we are 
gaining per months. Are there any estimates on how many we are losing 
(per month, year, total)? I cannot find such numbers in that survey.

-- 
Piotr Konieczny

Parul Vora wrote:
> Hello everyone,
>
> We (most of the current staff at the Wikimedia Foundation currently
> engaging in research) had a chance to meet some of you at Wikisym and
> Wikimania this year and thought it would be nice to introduce ourselves
> and say hi to all of you! All of us have joined WMF in the past two
> years and are working on projects or research questions that may be
> relevant or of interest to all of you. Also, as far as I know, we are
> all new to this list and will hopefully be talking and collaborating
> with you more in the future - both here and on the Meta Research page.
>
> So, in no particular order, some introductions from all of us:
>
>  From Nimish <http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/User:Nimish_Gautam>
> (ngautam <at> wikimedia.org): Hi, I'm Nimish Gautam. I started with the
> foundation in 2009 doing development for the Usability Initiative, which
> focused on new editors. I like analyzing user behavior to figure out how
> people use the tools we give them (turning templates into a programming
> language, who would've guessed?) and spotting trends so we can improve
> those tools to help people accomplish what it is they're trying to do.
> Currently I'm doing qualitative and quantitative research on user
> behavior for the foundation and its various projects, and very
> interested in finding ways of chunking all this information together to
> make pretty, compelling, informative resources so people know what's
> going on in the wikiverse and hopefully want to be a part of it.
>
>  From Howie
> <http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Staff#User_Experience_Programs>
> (hfung <at> wikimedia.org): Hello! I'm Howie and I'm a Senior Product Manager
> at the Wikimedia Foundation. As a product person, I'd like to work with
> the community towards more data-driven decision making. One area I'm
> particularly interested in is getting a better understanding of our
> user's lifecycle with our projects -- how they come to the projects, how
> they start contributing, their experiences as a contributor, why they
> leave, and why they return. I like to use both quantitative and
> qualitative methods to obtain as complete a picture as we need to guide
> our decisions. On the quantitative side, I'm working on getting better
> web analytics for our projects. I'm also interested in any data mining
> projects along these lines (e.g., contribution behavior, user lifecycle
> patterns, etc.). On the qualitative side, I worked on the "Why Editors
> Leave Wikipedia" survey and would be interested in other qualitative
> measurements (e.g., interviews, surveys, focus groups). If you're
> interested in any of the above topics, please drop me a line.
>
>  From Amy
> <http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Staff#Public_Policy_Initiative>
> (aroth <at> wikimedia.org): Hi, I'm Amy, the Research Analyst for the Public
> Policy Initiative
> <http://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/Public_Policy_Initiative>. My task
> is to assess the project's impact on: U.S. public policy article
> quality, public policy categorization, new articles, and new
> contributors. Through the project I have focused on article quality
> assessment, and worked with the community to add a quantitative value to
> the current article assessment
> <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProject_United_States_Public_Policy/Quality_rating#Rubric>.
> As a data analyst, I am interested in improving data accessibility from
> Wikipedia. In my dreams, I envision data from the assessment tools that
> exist within Wikipedia are captured in a real-time database, so that we
> can observe what is currently happening in Wikipedia and how it is
> evolving in the present, rather than having to use data dumps to get
> snapshots of the state of Wikipedia. I have experience analyzing and
> designing surveys and would like to use that experience to take a more
> in depth look at contributor demographics and motivations. I am excited
> to be a part of this huge collaborative project with a mission to make
> knowledge accessible.
>
>  >From me, Parul Vora
> <http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/User:Parulvora>
> (pvora <at> wikimedia.org): Hi Everyone! I'm a researcher and designer with a
> focus on participatory and collaborative spaces. I started at the
> Wikimedia Foundation in 2009 and moving forward have interest in:
> creating new forms of participation (beyond editing) on the projects
> that better engage a wider audience with the content and each other;
> assessing, evaluating and addressing the demographic and cultural biases
> in our projects; and exploring location, culture and language as they
> affect the development patterns of different language Wikipedias in an
> effort to identify potential for experimentation and catalysis in
> younger projects. I'm currently exploring the potential effect feedback
> systems (article ratings, expert reviews, visualizations of an article's
> history or a user's contributions) can have on the engagement of
> readers, actions of editors, and the quality of content over time. I
> like infovis, ux research, and unresearched innovation and I am
> interested in learning more about research with wikipedia on motivation,
> behavioral economic modeling and/or game theory, using geolocative data,
> mobile experiences, and profiling and trend visualizations......and your
> work too!
>
> Let us know if you're interested in learning more, participating in, or
> contributing to our efforts. And drop any of us a line if we could learn
> from or contribute to what you've been working on.......
>
Philippe Beaudette | 10 Aug 21:11 2010
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Re: WMF Staff Introductions.

Hi Piotr,

Stats on the number of new editors, and other metrics like that, are held on the stats site:  http://stats.wikimedia.org.    Particularly, on http://stats.wikimedia.org/reportcard/ you will find (under the "community" section" the specifics about that measure.

Philippe


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---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Piotr Konieczny <piokon <at> post.pl>
Date: Tue, Aug 10, 2010 at 1:21 PM
Subject: Re: [Wiki-research-l] WMF Staff Introductions.
To: Research into Wikimedia content and communities <wiki-research-l <at> lists.wikimedia.org>


Welcome!

I have to say that
http://strategy.wikimedia.org/wiki/Former_Contributors_Survey_Results of
which I've just learned from your post is an excellent piece of
research, one that was needed for a very long time.

One question comes to mind: we now, roughly, how many editors we are
gaining per months. Are there any estimates on how many we are losing
(per month, year, total)? I cannot find such numbers in that survey.

--
Piotr Konieczny

Parul Vora wrote:
> Hello everyone,
>
> We (most of the current staff at the Wikimedia Foundation currently
> engaging in research) had a chance to meet some of you at Wikisym and
> Wikimania this year and thought it would be nice to introduce ourselves
> and say hi to all of you! All of us have joined WMF in the past two
> years and are working on projects or research questions that may be
> relevant or of interest to all of you. Also, as far as I know, we are
> all new to this list and will hopefully be talking and collaborating
> with you more in the future - both here and on the Meta Research page.
>
> So, in no particular order, some introductions from all of us:
>
>  From Nimish <http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/User:Nimish_Gautam>
> (ngautam <at> wikimedia.org): Hi, I'm Nimish Gautam. I started with the
> foundation in 2009 doing development for the Usability Initiative, which
> focused on new editors. I like analyzing user behavior to figure out how
> people use the tools we give them (turning templates into a programming
> language, who would've guessed?) and spotting trends so we can improve
> those tools to help people accomplish what it is they're trying to do.
> Currently I'm doing qualitative and quantitative research on user
> behavior for the foundation and its various projects, and very
> interested in finding ways of chunking all this information together to
> make pretty, compelling, informative resources so people know what's
> going on in the wikiverse and hopefully want to be a part of it.
>
>  From Howie
> <http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Staff#User_Experience_Programs>
> (hfung <at> wikimedia.org): Hello! I'm Howie and I'm a Senior Product Manager
> at the Wikimedia Foundation. As a product person, I'd like to work with
> the community towards more data-driven decision making. One area I'm
> particularly interested in is getting a better understanding of our
> user's lifecycle with our projects -- how they come to the projects, how
> they start contributing, their experiences as a contributor, why they
> leave, and why they return. I like to use both quantitative and
> qualitative methods to obtain as complete a picture as we need to guide
> our decisions. On the quantitative side, I'm working on getting better
> web analytics for our projects. I'm also interested in any data mining
> projects along these lines (e.g., contribution behavior, user lifecycle
> patterns, etc.). On the qualitative side, I worked on the "Why Editors
> Leave Wikipedia" survey and would be interested in other qualitative
> measurements (e.g., interviews, surveys, focus groups). If you're
> interested in any of the above topics, please drop me a line.
>
>  From Amy
> <http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Staff#Public_Policy_Initiative>
> (aroth <at> wikimedia.org): Hi, I'm Amy, the Research Analyst for the Public
> Policy Initiative
> <http://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/Public_Policy_Initiative>. My task
> is to assess the project's impact on: U.S. public policy article
> quality, public policy categorization, new articles, and new
> contributors. Through the project I have focused on article quality
> assessment, and worked with the community to add a quantitative value to
> the current article assessment
> <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProject_United_States_Public_Policy/Quality_rating#Rubric>.
> As a data analyst, I am interested in improving data accessibility from
> Wikipedia. In my dreams, I envision data from the assessment tools that
> exist within Wikipedia are captured in a real-time database, so that we
> can observe what is currently happening in Wikipedia and how it is
> evolving in the present, rather than having to use data dumps to get
> snapshots of the state of Wikipedia. I have experience analyzing and
> designing surveys and would like to use that experience to take a more
> in depth look at contributor demographics and motivations. I am excited
> to be a part of this huge collaborative project with a mission to make
> knowledge accessible.
>
>  >From me, Parul Vora
> <http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/User:Parulvora>
> (pvora <at> wikimedia.org): Hi Everyone! I'm a researcher and designer with a
> focus on participatory and collaborative spaces. I started at the
> Wikimedia Foundation in 2009 and moving forward have interest in:
> creating new forms of participation (beyond editing) on the projects
> that better engage a wider audience with the content and each other;
> assessing, evaluating and addressing the demographic and cultural biases
> in our projects; and exploring location, culture and language as they
> affect the development patterns of different language Wikipedias in an
> effort to identify potential for experimentation and catalysis in
> younger projects. I'm currently exploring the potential effect feedback
> systems (article ratings, expert reviews, visualizations of an article's
> history or a user's contributions) can have on the engagement of
> readers, actions of editors, and the quality of content over time. I
> like infovis, ux research, and unresearched innovation and I am
> interested in learning more about research with wikipedia on motivation,
> behavioral economic modeling and/or game theory, using geolocative data,
> mobile experiences, and profiling and trend visualizations......and your
> work too!
>
> Let us know if you're interested in learning more, participating in, or
> contributing to our efforts. And drop any of us a line if we could learn
> from or contribute to what you've been working on.......
>


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Howie Fung | 10 Aug 21:22 2010
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Re: WMF Staff Introductions.

Glad you found the Former Contributors Survey helpful.  I hope we can do more analysis like this in the future.

While we do capture the number of new editors a project gets per month, we don't have a good figure for the the number that leave.  To get a somewhat accurate number requires a bit of calculation.  I have some ideas, but if anyone wants to help with this analysis, please let me know.  Right now, I'm very interested in looking at this issue (which I'm calling "churn"). 

Another piece of analysis I'd like to do is to age the user base for some of the largest projects (e.g., of all active English Wikipedians that contributed in 2009, what % started 2009, 2008, 2007, etc.).  My hope is that having this figure will give us a better sense of our editor composition.  This could help inform a lot of things, one of which is to help us establish leading indicators for future editor trends.  As an FYI, User: WereSpielChequers is also doing similar analysis on admins for those who are interested.

Howie


On 8/10/10 12:11 PM, Philippe Beaudette wrote:
Hi Piotr,

Stats on the number of new editors, and other metrics like that, are held on the stats site:  http://stats.wikimedia.org.    Particularly, on http://stats.wikimedia.org/reportcard/ you will find (under the "community" section" the specifics about that measure.

Philippe


____________________
Philippe Beaudette
Head of Reader Relations
Wikimedia Foundation


Imagine a world in which every human being can freely share in
the sum of all knowledge.  Help us make it a reality!

http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Donate



---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Piotr Konieczny <piokon <at> post.pl>
Date: Tue, Aug 10, 2010 at 1:21 PM
Subject: Re: [Wiki-research-l] WMF Staff Introductions.
To: Research into Wikimedia content and communities <wiki-research-l <at> lists.wikimedia.org>


Welcome!

I have to say that
http://strategy.wikimedia.org/wiki/Former_Contributors_Survey_Results of
which I've just learned from your post is an excellent piece of
research, one that was needed for a very long time.

One question comes to mind: we now, roughly, how many editors we are
gaining per months. Are there any estimates on how many we are losing
(per month, year, total)? I cannot find such numbers in that survey.

--
Piotr Konieczny

Parul Vora wrote:
> Hello everyone,
>
> We (most of the current staff at the Wikimedia Foundation currently
> engaging in research) had a chance to meet some of you at Wikisym and
> Wikimania this year and thought it would be nice to introduce ourselves
> and say hi to all of you! All of us have joined WMF in the past two
> years and are working on projects or research questions that may be
> relevant or of interest to all of you. Also, as far as I know, we are
> all new to this list and will hopefully be talking and collaborating
> with you more in the future - both here and on the Meta Research page.
>
> So, in no particular order, some introductions from all of us:
>
>  From Nimish <http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/User:Nimish_Gautam>
> (ngautam <at> wikimedia.org): Hi, I'm Nimish Gautam. I started with the
> foundation in 2009 doing development for the Usability Initiative, which
> focused on new editors. I like analyzing user behavior to figure out how
> people use the tools we give them (turning templates into a programming
> language, who would've guessed?) and spotting trends so we can improve
> those tools to help people accomplish what it is they're trying to do.
> Currently I'm doing qualitative and quantitative research on user
> behavior for the foundation and its various projects, and very
> interested in finding ways of chunking all this information together to
> make pretty, compelling, informative resources so people know what's
> going on in the wikiverse and hopefully want to be a part of it.
>
>  From Howie
> <http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Staff#User_Experience_Programs>
> (hfung <at> wikimedia.org): Hello! I'm Howie and I'm a Senior Product Manager
> at the Wikimedia Foundation. As a product person, I'd like to work with
> the community towards more data-driven decision making. One area I'm
> particularly interested in is getting a better understanding of our
> user's lifecycle with our projects -- how they come to the projects, how
> they start contributing, their experiences as a contributor, why they
> leave, and why they return. I like to use both quantitative and
> qualitative methods to obtain as complete a picture as we need to guide
> our decisions. On the quantitative side, I'm working on getting better
> web analytics for our projects. I'm also interested in any data mining
> projects along these lines (e.g., contribution behavior, user lifecycle
> patterns, etc.). On the qualitative side, I worked on the "Why Editors
> Leave Wikipedia" survey and would be interested in other qualitative
> measurements (e.g., interviews, surveys, focus groups). If you're
> interested in any of the above topics, please drop me a line.
>
>  From Amy
> <http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Staff#Public_Policy_Initiative>
> (aroth <at> wikimedia.org): Hi, I'm Amy, the Research Analyst for the Public
> Policy Initiative
> <http://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/Public_Policy_Initiative>. My task
> is to assess the project's impact on: U.S. public policy article
> quality, public policy categorization, new articles, and new
> contributors. Through the project I have focused on article quality
> assessment, and worked with the community to add a quantitative value to
> the current article assessment
> <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProject_United_States_Public_Policy/Quality_rating#Rubric>.
> As a data analyst, I am interested in improving data accessibility from
> Wikipedia. In my dreams, I envision data from the assessment tools that
> exist within Wikipedia are captured in a real-time database, so that we
> can observe what is currently happening in Wikipedia and how it is
> evolving in the present, rather than having to use data dumps to get
> snapshots of the state of Wikipedia. I have experience analyzing and
> designing surveys and would like to use that experience to take a more
> in depth look at contributor demographics and motivations. I am excited
> to be a part of this huge collaborative project with a mission to make
> knowledge accessible.
>
>  >From me, Parul Vora
> <http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/User:Parulvora>
> (pvora <at> wikimedia.org): Hi Everyone! I'm a researcher and designer with a
> focus on participatory and collaborative spaces. I started at the
> Wikimedia Foundation in 2009 and moving forward have interest in:
> creating new forms of participation (beyond editing) on the projects
> that better engage a wider audience with the content and each other;
> assessing, evaluating and addressing the demographic and cultural biases
> in our projects; and exploring location, culture and language as they
> affect the development patterns of different language Wikipedias in an
> effort to identify potential for experimentation and catalysis in
> younger projects. I'm currently exploring the potential effect feedback
> systems (article ratings, expert reviews, visualizations of an article's
> history or a user's contributions) can have on the engagement of
> readers, actions of editors, and the quality of content over time. I
> like infovis, ux research, and unresearched innovation and I am
> interested in learning more about research with wikipedia on motivation,
> behavioral economic modeling and/or game theory, using geolocative data,
> mobile experiences, and profiling and trend visualizations......and your
> work too!
>
> Let us know if you're interested in learning more, participating in, or
> contributing to our efforts. And drop any of us a line if we could learn
> from or contribute to what you've been working on.......
>


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Gerard Meijssen | 10 Aug 21:52 2010
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Re: WMF Staff Introductions.

Hoi,
Sadly the reportcard figures do not provide any data on Polish (and most other languages) Try this page in stead. http://stats.wikimedia.org/EN/TablesWikipediansEditsGt5.htm

You will find that Indonesian for instance more then doubled the number of contributors. For Polish there are 333 less contributors compared to last year.. On the rightr hand side is a 3% negative annual growth. there are many different reports that you can choose from... Believe you me, you will be spoiled for choice. Getting to grips with them, getting a feeling of where we are going is a challenge :)
Thanks,
      GerardM

On 10 August 2010 21:11, Philippe Beaudette <pbeaudette <at> wikimedia.org> wrote:
Hi Piotr,

Stats on the number of new editors, and other metrics like that, are held on the stats site:  http://stats.wikimedia.org.    Particularly, on http://stats.wikimedia.org/reportcard/ you will find (under the "community" section" the specifics about that measure.

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From: Piotr Konieczny <piokon <at> post.pl>
Date: Tue, Aug 10, 2010 at 1:21 PM
Subject: Re: [Wiki-research-l] WMF Staff Introductions.
To: Research into Wikimedia content and communities <wiki-research-l <at> lists.wikimedia.org>


Welcome!

I have to say that
http://strategy.wikimedia.org/wiki/Former_Contributors_Survey_Results of
which I've just learned from your post is an excellent piece of
research, one that was needed for a very long time.

One question comes to mind: we now, roughly, how many editors we are
gaining per months. Are there any estimates on how many we are losing
(per month, year, total)? I cannot find such numbers in that survey.

--
Piotr Konieczny

Parul Vora wrote:
> Hello everyone,
>
> We (most of the current staff at the Wikimedia Foundation currently
> engaging in research) had a chance to meet some of you at Wikisym and
> Wikimania this year and thought it would be nice to introduce ourselves
> and say hi to all of you! All of us have joined WMF in the past two
> years and are working on projects or research questions that may be
> relevant or of interest to all of you. Also, as far as I know, we are
> all new to this list and will hopefully be talking and collaborating
> with you more in the future - both here and on the Meta Research page.
>
> So, in no particular order, some introductions from all of us:
>
>  From Nimish <http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/User:Nimish_Gautam>
> (ngautam <at> wikimedia.org): Hi, I'm Nimish Gautam. I started with the
> foundation in 2009 doing development for the Usability Initiative, which
> focused on new editors. I like analyzing user behavior to figure out how
> people use the tools we give them (turning templates into a programming
> language, who would've guessed?) and spotting trends so we can improve
> those tools to help people accomplish what it is they're trying to do.
> Currently I'm doing qualitative and quantitative research on user
> behavior for the foundation and its various projects, and very
> interested in finding ways of chunking all this information together to
> make pretty, compelling, informative resources so people know what's
> going on in the wikiverse and hopefully want to be a part of it.
>
>  From Howie
> <http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Staff#User_Experience_Programs>
> (hfung <at> wikimedia.org): Hello! I'm Howie and I'm a Senior Product Manager
> at the Wikimedia Foundation. As a product person, I'd like to work with
> the community towards more data-driven decision making. One area I'm
> particularly interested in is getting a better understanding of our
> user's lifecycle with our projects -- how they come to the projects, how
> they start contributing, their experiences as a contributor, why they
> leave, and why they return. I like to use both quantitative and
> qualitative methods to obtain as complete a picture as we need to guide
> our decisions. On the quantitative side, I'm working on getting better
> web analytics for our projects. I'm also interested in any data mining
> projects along these lines (e.g., contribution behavior, user lifecycle
> patterns, etc.). On the qualitative side, I worked on the "Why Editors
> Leave Wikipedia" survey and would be interested in other qualitative
> measurements (e.g., interviews, surveys, focus groups). If you're
> interested in any of the above topics, please drop me a line.
>
>  From Amy
> <http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Staff#Public_Policy_Initiative>
> (aroth <at> wikimedia.org): Hi, I'm Amy, the Research Analyst for the Public
> Policy Initiative
> <http://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/Public_Policy_Initiative>. My task
> is to assess the project's impact on: U.S. public policy article
> quality, public policy categorization, new articles, and new
> contributors. Through the project I have focused on article quality
> assessment, and worked with the community to add a quantitative value to
> the current article assessment
> <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProject_United_States_Public_Policy/Quality_rating#Rubric>.
> As a data analyst, I am interested in improving data accessibility from
> Wikipedia. In my dreams, I envision data from the assessment tools that
> exist within Wikipedia are captured in a real-time database, so that we
> can observe what is currently happening in Wikipedia and how it is
> evolving in the present, rather than having to use data dumps to get
> snapshots of the state of Wikipedia. I have experience analyzing and
> designing surveys and would like to use that experience to take a more
> in depth look at contributor demographics and motivations. I am excited
> to be a part of this huge collaborative project with a mission to make
> knowledge accessible.
>
>  >From me, Parul Vora
> <http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/User:Parulvora>
> (pvora <at> wikimedia.org): Hi Everyone! I'm a researcher and designer with a
> focus on participatory and collaborative spaces. I started at the
> Wikimedia Foundation in 2009 and moving forward have interest in:
> creating new forms of participation (beyond editing) on the projects
> that better engage a wider audience with the content and each other;
> assessing, evaluating and addressing the demographic and cultural biases
> in our projects; and exploring location, culture and language as they
> affect the development patterns of different language Wikipedias in an
> effort to identify potential for experimentation and catalysis in
> younger projects. I'm currently exploring the potential effect feedback
> systems (article ratings, expert reviews, visualizations of an article's
> history or a user's contributions) can have on the engagement of
> readers, actions of editors, and the quality of content over time. I
> like infovis, ux research, and unresearched innovation and I am
> interested in learning more about research with wikipedia on motivation,
> behavioral economic modeling and/or game theory, using geolocative data,
> mobile experiences, and profiling and trend visualizations......and your
> work too!
>
> Let us know if you're interested in learning more, participating in, or
> contributing to our efforts. And drop any of us a line if we could learn
> from or contribute to what you've been working on.......
>


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Felipe Ortega | 10 Aug 23:38 2010
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Re: WMF Staff Introductions.

Hello guys.

First of all, kudos for this initiative! It's great that all researchers in this list can get to know the
names and interests of WMF staff working on same topics.

Additional context for Piotr. Believe me, it's really challenging to define a set of clear, and *exact*
conditions to consider that any wikipedian ceased to contribute.

For our analysis published by WSJ last November, we followed similar requirements to those in the Former
Contributors Survey. In particular, we established 3 months of inactivity as a "reasonable" period to
consider that an editor took a long break. The main difference is that in the Survey they focus on editors
who reached at least a reasonable number of lifetime revisions (20-99), while we included everyone.

I already broke down the net gain curve for different cohorts, according to number of edits, and there is no
significant change in the trends (I believe that the meaningful info is the slope, not the numbers). 

For what is worth, I think the best constructive critic we received about this approach came from Jimmy
Wales. Jimmy explained a useful twist to the methodology, that they seem to be applying for internal
metrics at Wikia.

Instead of trying to measure how many people "left", which will always have methodological drawbacks, we
can ask the following question: what percentage of editors survived up to a certain age?

For instance: what's the percentage of editors who made at least 20 lifetime edits who are still active one
month later? Three months later? And then: is that percentage improving, constant, or getting worse over time?

Indeed, limiting the scope to recorded revisions (the only event we can certainly measure) we avoid many of
these methodological problems.

I'm still spending time with flagged-revisions, but in case Howie or anybody else is interested, it
shouldn't be difficult to have a look at this.

BTW, Howie thanks for uploading the survey slides. Terrific the work you did, guys.

Cheers,
Felipe.

--- El mar, 10/8/10, Piotr Konieczny <piokon <at> post.pl> escribió:

> De: Piotr Konieczny <piokon <at> post.pl>
> Asunto: Re: [Wiki-research-l] WMF Staff Introductions.
> Para: "Research into Wikimedia content and communities" <wiki-research-l <at> lists.wikimedia.org>
> Fecha: martes, 10 de agosto, 2010 20:21
> Welcome!
> 
> I have to say that 
> http://strategy.wikimedia.org/wiki/Former_Contributors_Survey_Results
> of 
> which I've just learned from your post is an excellent
> piece of 
> research, one that was needed for a very long time.
> 
> One question comes to mind: we now, roughly, how many
> editors we are 
> gaining per months. Are there any estimates on how many we
> are losing 
> (per month, year, total)? I cannot find such numbers in
> that survey.
> 
> -- 
> Piotr Konieczny
> 
> Parul Vora wrote:
> > Hello everyone,
> >
> > We (most of the current staff at the Wikimedia
> Foundation currently
> > engaging in research) had a chance to meet some of you
> at Wikisym and
> > Wikimania this year and thought it would be nice to
> introduce ourselves
> > and say hi to all of you! All of us have joined WMF in
> the past two
> > years and are working on projects or research
> questions that may be
> > relevant or of interest to all of you. Also, as far as
> I know, we are
> > all new to this list and will hopefully be talking and
> collaborating
> > with you more in the future - both here and on the
> Meta Research page.
> >
> > So, in no particular order, some introductions from
> all of us:
> >
> >  From Nimish <http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/User:Nimish_Gautam>
> > (ngautam <at> wikimedia.org):
> Hi, I'm Nimish Gautam. I started with the
> > foundation in 2009 doing development for the Usability
> Initiative, which
> > focused on new editors. I like analyzing user behavior
> to figure out how
> > people use the tools we give them (turning templates
> into a programming
> > language, who would've guessed?) and spotting trends
> so we can improve
> > those tools to help people accomplish what it is
> they're trying to do.
> > Currently I'm doing qualitative and quantitative
> research on user
> > behavior for the foundation and its various projects,
> and very
> > interested in finding ways of chunking all this
> information together to
> > make pretty, compelling, informative resources so
> people know what's
> > going on in the wikiverse and hopefully want to be a
> part of it.
> >
> >  From Howie
> > <http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Staff#User_Experience_Programs>
> > (hfung <at> wikimedia.org):
> Hello! I'm Howie and I'm a Senior Product Manager
> > at the Wikimedia Foundation. As a product person, I'd
> like to work with
> > the community towards more data-driven decision
> making. One area I'm
> > particularly interested in is getting a better
> understanding of our
> > user's lifecycle with our projects -- how they come to
> the projects, how
> > they start contributing, their experiences as a
> contributor, why they
> > leave, and why they return. I like to use both
> quantitative and
> > qualitative methods to obtain as complete a picture as
> we need to guide
> > our decisions. On the quantitative side, I'm working
> on getting better
> > web analytics for our projects. I'm also interested in
> any data mining
> > projects along these lines (e.g., contribution
> behavior, user lifecycle
> > patterns, etc.). On the qualitative side, I worked on
> the "Why Editors
> > Leave Wikipedia" survey and would be interested in
> other qualitative
> > measurements (e.g., interviews, surveys, focus
> groups). If you're
> > interested in any of the above topics, please drop me
> a line.
> >
> >  From Amy
> > <http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Staff#Public_Policy_Initiative>
> > (aroth <at> wikimedia.org):
> Hi, I'm Amy, the Research Analyst for the Public
> > Policy Initiative
> > <http://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/Public_Policy_Initiative>.
> My task
> > is to assess the project's impact on: U.S. public
> policy article
> > quality, public policy categorization, new articles,
> and new
> > contributors. Through the project I have focused on
> article quality
> > assessment, and worked with the community to add a
> quantitative value to
> > the current article assessment
> > <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProject_United_States_Public_Policy/Quality_rating#Rubric>.
> > As a data analyst, I am interested in improving data
> accessibility from
> > Wikipedia. In my dreams, I envision data from the
> assessment tools that
> > exist within Wikipedia are captured in a real-time
> database, so that we
> > can observe what is currently happening in Wikipedia
> and how it is
> > evolving in the present, rather than having to use
> data dumps to get
> > snapshots of the state of Wikipedia. I have experience
> analyzing and
> > designing surveys and would like to use that
> experience to take a more
> > in depth look at contributor demographics and
> motivations. I am excited
> > to be a part of this huge collaborative project with a
> mission to make
> > knowledge accessible.
> >
> >  >From me, Parul Vora
> > <http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/User:Parulvora>
> > (pvora <at> wikimedia.org):
> Hi Everyone! I'm a researcher and designer with a
> > focus on participatory and collaborative spaces. I
> started at the
> > Wikimedia Foundation in 2009 and moving forward have
> interest in:
> > creating new forms of participation (beyond editing)
> on the projects
> > that better engage a wider audience with the content
> and each other;
> > assessing, evaluating and addressing the demographic
> and cultural biases
> > in our projects; and exploring location, culture and
> language as they
> > affect the development patterns of different language
> Wikipedias in an
> > effort to identify potential for experimentation and
> catalysis in
> > younger projects. I'm currently exploring the
> potential effect feedback
> > systems (article ratings, expert reviews,
> visualizations of an article's
> > history or a user's contributions) can have on the
> engagement of
> > readers, actions of editors, and the quality of
> content over time. I
> > like infovis, ux research, and unresearched innovation
> and I am
> > interested in learning more about research with
> wikipedia on motivation,
> > behavioral economic modeling and/or game theory, using
> geolocative data,
> > mobile experiences, and profiling and trend
> visualizations......and your
> > work too!
> >
> > Let us know if you're interested in learning more,
> participating in, or
> > contributing to our efforts. And drop any of us a line
> if we could learn
> > from or contribute to what you've been working
> on.......
> >
> 
> 
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> Wiki-research-l <at> lists.wikimedia.org
> https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wiki-research-l
> 

      
Luca de Alfaro | 10 Aug 23:49 2010

Re: WMF Staff Introductions.

It's difficult to tell when a person leaves, because ... you never know if a contribution they made is the last one. 

A measure would be "how many users have done an edit in the last month", and this is actually an incredibly simple DB query to run (how fast it runs, is another question).  This can tell you how the number of users is evolving.  Hey, I could run this on my wikitrust database, if the Foundation does not wish to do this :-) 
Another measure, which is slightly harder but not much to compute, is the average time a user who does an edit has been registered. 
Together these two figures (across time) could give you a pretty good picture of what is going on. 

Luca


On Tue, Aug 10, 2010 at 2:38 PM, Felipe Ortega <glimmer_phoenix <at> yahoo.es> wrote:
Hello guys.

First of all, kudos for this initiative! It's great that all researchers in this list can get to know the names and interests of WMF staff working on same topics.

Additional context for Piotr. Believe me, it's really challenging to define a set of clear, and *exact* conditions to consider that any wikipedian ceased to contribute.

For our analysis published by WSJ last November, we followed similar requirements to those in the Former Contributors Survey. In particular, we established 3 months of inactivity as a "reasonable" period to consider that an editor took a long break. The main difference is that in the Survey they focus on editors who reached at least a reasonable number of lifetime revisions (20-99), while we included everyone.

I already broke down the net gain curve for different cohorts, according to number of edits, and there is no significant change in the trends (I believe that the meaningful info is the slope, not the numbers).

For what is worth, I think the best constructive critic we received about this approach came from Jimmy Wales. Jimmy explained a useful twist to the methodology, that they seem to be applying for internal metrics at Wikia.

Instead of trying to measure how many people "left", which will always have methodological drawbacks, we can ask the following question: what percentage of editors survived up to a certain age?

For instance: what's the percentage of editors who made at least 20 lifetime edits who are still active one month later? Three months later? And then: is that percentage improving, constant, or getting worse over time?

Indeed, limiting the scope to recorded revisions (the only event we can certainly measure) we avoid many of these methodological problems.

I'm still spending time with flagged-revisions, but in case Howie or anybody else is interested, it shouldn't be difficult to have a look at this.

BTW, Howie thanks for uploading the survey slides. Terrific the work you did, guys.

Cheers,
Felipe.

--- El mar, 10/8/10, Piotr Konieczny <piokon <at> post.pl> escribió:

> De: Piotr Konieczny <piokon <at> post.pl>
> Asunto: Re: [Wiki-research-l] WMF Staff Introductions.
> Para: "Research into Wikimedia content and communities" <wiki-research-l <at> lists.wikimedia.org>
> Fecha: martes, 10 de agosto, 2010 20:21
> Welcome!
>
> I have to say that
> http://strategy.wikimedia.org/wiki/Former_Contributors_Survey_Results
> of
> which I've just learned from your post is an excellent
> piece of
> research, one that was needed for a very long time.
>
> One question comes to mind: we now, roughly, how many
> editors we are
> gaining per months. Are there any estimates on how many we
> are losing
> (per month, year, total)? I cannot find such numbers in
> that survey.
>
> --
> Piotr Konieczny
>
> Parul Vora wrote:
> > Hello everyone,
> >
> > We (most of the current staff at the Wikimedia
> Foundation currently
> > engaging in research) had a chance to meet some of you
> at Wikisym and
> > Wikimania this year and thought it would be nice to
> introduce ourselves
> > and say hi to all of you! All of us have joined WMF in
> the past two
> > years and are working on projects or research
> questions that may be
> > relevant or of interest to all of you. Also, as far as
> I know, we are
> > all new to this list and will hopefully be talking and
> collaborating
> > with you more in the future - both here and on the
> Meta Research page.
> >
> > So, in no particular order, some introductions from
> all of us:
> >
> >  From Nimish <http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/User:Nimish_Gautam>
> > (ngautam <at> wikimedia.org):
> Hi, I'm Nimish Gautam. I started with the
> > foundation in 2009 doing development for the Usability
> Initiative, which
> > focused on new editors. I like analyzing user behavior
> to figure out how
> > people use the tools we give them (turning templates
> into a programming
> > language, who would've guessed?) and spotting trends
> so we can improve
> > those tools to help people accomplish what it is
> they're trying to do.
> > Currently I'm doing qualitative and quantitative
> research on user
> > behavior for the foundation and its various projects,
> and very
> > interested in finding ways of chunking all this
> information together to
> > make pretty, compelling, informative resources so
> people know what's
> > going on in the wikiverse and hopefully want to be a
> part of it.
> >
> >  From Howie
> > <http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Staff#User_Experience_Programs>
> > (hfung <at> wikimedia.org):
> Hello! I'm Howie and I'm a Senior Product Manager
> > at the Wikimedia Foundation. As a product person, I'd
> like to work with
> > the community towards more data-driven decision
> making. One area I'm
> > particularly interested in is getting a better
> understanding of our
> > user's lifecycle with our projects -- how they come to
> the projects, how
> > they start contributing, their experiences as a
> contributor, why they
> > leave, and why they return. I like to use both
> quantitative and
> > qualitative methods to obtain as complete a picture as
> we need to guide
> > our decisions. On the quantitative side, I'm working
> on getting better
> > web analytics for our projects. I'm also interested in
> any data mining
> > projects along these lines (e.g., contribution
> behavior, user lifecycle
> > patterns, etc.). On the qualitative side, I worked on
> the "Why Editors
> > Leave Wikipedia" survey and would be interested in
> other qualitative
> > measurements (e.g., interviews, surveys, focus
> groups). If you're
> > interested in any of the above topics, please drop me
> a line.
> >
> >  From Amy
> > <http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Staff#Public_Policy_Initiative>
> > (aroth <at> wikimedia.org):
> Hi, I'm Amy, the Research Analyst for the Public
> > Policy Initiative
> > <http://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/Public_Policy_Initiative>.
> My task
> > is to assess the project's impact on: U.S. public
> policy article
> > quality, public policy categorization, new articles,
> and new
> > contributors. Through the project I have focused on
> article quality
> > assessment, and worked with the community to add a
> quantitative value to
> > the current article assessment
> > <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProject_United_States_Public_Policy/Quality_rating#Rubric>.
> > As a data analyst, I am interested in improving data
> accessibility from
> > Wikipedia. In my dreams, I envision data from the
> assessment tools that
> > exist within Wikipedia are captured in a real-time
> database, so that we
> > can observe what is currently happening in Wikipedia
> and how it is
> > evolving in the present, rather than having to use
> data dumps to get
> > snapshots of the state of Wikipedia. I have experience
> analyzing and
> > designing surveys and would like to use that
> experience to take a more
> > in depth look at contributor demographics and
> motivations. I am excited
> > to be a part of this huge collaborative project with a
> mission to make
> > knowledge accessible.
> >
> >  >From me, Parul Vora
> > <http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/User:Parulvora>
> > (pvora <at> wikimedia.org):
> Hi Everyone! I'm a researcher and designer with a
> > focus on participatory and collaborative spaces. I
> started at the
> > Wikimedia Foundation in 2009 and moving forward have
> interest in:
> > creating new forms of participation (beyond editing)
> on the projects
> > that better engage a wider audience with the content
> and each other;
> > assessing, evaluating and addressing the demographic
> and cultural biases
> > in our projects; and exploring location, culture and
> language as they
> > affect the development patterns of different language
> Wikipedias in an
> > effort to identify potential for experimentation and
> catalysis in
> > younger projects. I'm currently exploring the
> potential effect feedback
> > systems (article ratings, expert reviews,
> visualizations of an article's
> > history or a user's contributions) can have on the
> engagement of
> > readers, actions of editors, and the quality of
> content over time. I
> > like infovis, ux research, and unresearched innovation
> and I am
> > interested in learning more about research with
> wikipedia on motivation,
> > behavioral economic modeling and/or game theory, using
> geolocative data,
> > mobile experiences, and profiling and trend
> visualizations......and your
> > work too!
> >
> > Let us know if you're interested in learning more,
> participating in, or
> > contributing to our efforts. And drop any of us a line
> if we could learn
> > from or contribute to what you've been working
> on.......
> >
>
>
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Samuel Klein | 11 Aug 00:13 2010
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Re: WMF Staff Introductions.

It would be interesting to see both a description of current editors
in terms of their editing pattern and frequency, and a description of
the editing histories of everyone who has edited in the past year.

To do this, it would be useful to cluster editing patterns into
* classification of editing style by recent editing pattern and frequency.
* classification of editing histories by their shape and change over time.

Editing style give a sense of the type of editor+editing over a given
period [week? month?].  Editing history suggests an editor lifecycle
and where in that cycle the editor would be.

> average time a user who does an edit has been registered.

I like this measure.

SJ

On Tue, Aug 10, 2010 at 5:49 PM, Luca de Alfaro <luca <at> dealfaro.org> wrote:
> It's difficult to tell when a person leaves, because ... you never know if a
> contribution they made is the last one.
> A measure would be "how many users have done an edit in the last month", and
> this is actually an incredibly simple DB query to run (how fast it runs, is
> another question).  This can tell you how the number of users is evolving.
>  Hey, I could run this on my wikitrust database, if the Foundation does not
> wish to do this :-)
> Another measure, which is slightly harder but not much to compute, is the
> average time a user who does an edit has been registered.
> Together these two figures (across time) could give you a pretty good
> picture of what is going on.
> Luca
>
> On Tue, Aug 10, 2010 at 2:38 PM, Felipe Ortega <glimmer_phoenix <at> yahoo.es>
> wrote:
>>
>> Hello guys.
>>
>> First of all, kudos for this initiative! It's great that all researchers
>> in this list can get to know the names and interests of WMF staff working on
>> same topics.
>>
>> Additional context for Piotr. Believe me, it's really challenging to
>> define a set of clear, and *exact* conditions to consider that any
>> wikipedian ceased to contribute.
>>
>> For our analysis published by WSJ last November, we followed similar
>> requirements to those in the Former Contributors Survey. In particular, we
>> established 3 months of inactivity as a "reasonable" period to consider that
>> an editor took a long break. The main difference is that in the Survey they
>> focus on editors who reached at least a reasonable number of lifetime
>> revisions (20-99), while we included everyone.
>>
>> I already broke down the net gain curve for different cohorts, according
>> to number of edits, and there is no significant change in the trends (I
>> believe that the meaningful info is the slope, not the numbers).
>>
>> For what is worth, I think the best constructive critic we received about
>> this approach came from Jimmy Wales. Jimmy explained a useful twist to the
>> methodology, that they seem to be applying for internal metrics at Wikia.
>>
>> Instead of trying to measure how many people "left", which will always
>> have methodological drawbacks, we can ask the following question: what
>> percentage of editors survived up to a certain age?
>>
>> For instance: what's the percentage of editors who made at least 20
>> lifetime edits who are still active one month later? Three months later? And
>> then: is that percentage improving, constant, or getting worse over time?
>>
>> Indeed, limiting the scope to recorded revisions (the only event we can
>> certainly measure) we avoid many of these methodological problems.
>>
>> I'm still spending time with flagged-revisions, but in case Howie or
>> anybody else is interested, it shouldn't be difficult to have a look at
>> this.
>>
>> BTW, Howie thanks for uploading the survey slides. Terrific the work you
>> did, guys.
>>
>> Cheers,
>> Felipe.
>>
>> --- El mar, 10/8/10, Piotr Konieczny <piokon <at> post.pl> escribió:
>>
>> > De: Piotr Konieczny <piokon <at> post.pl>
>> > Asunto: Re: [Wiki-research-l] WMF Staff Introductions.
>> > Para: "Research into Wikimedia content and communities"
>> > <wiki-research-l <at> lists.wikimedia.org>
>> > Fecha: martes, 10 de agosto, 2010 20:21
>> > Welcome!
>> >
>> > I have to say that
>> > http://strategy.wikimedia.org/wiki/Former_Contributors_Survey_Results
>> > of
>> > which I've just learned from your post is an excellent
>> > piece of
>> > research, one that was needed for a very long time.
>> >
>> > One question comes to mind: we now, roughly, how many
>> > editors we are
>> > gaining per months. Are there any estimates on how many we
>> > are losing
>> > (per month, year, total)? I cannot find such numbers in
>> > that survey.
>> >
>> > --
>> > Piotr Konieczny
>> >
>> > Parul Vora wrote:
>> > > Hello everyone,
>> > >
>> > > We (most of the current staff at the Wikimedia
>> > Foundation currently
>> > > engaging in research) had a chance to meet some of you
>> > at Wikisym and
>> > > Wikimania this year and thought it would be nice to
>> > introduce ourselves
>> > > and say hi to all of you! All of us have joined WMF in
>> > the past two
>> > > years and are working on projects or research
>> > questions that may be
>> > > relevant or of interest to all of you. Also, as far as
>> > I know, we are
>> > > all new to this list and will hopefully be talking and
>> > collaborating
>> > > with you more in the future - both here and on the
>> > Meta Research page.
>> > >
>> > > So, in no particular order, some introductions from
>> > all of us:
>> > >
>> > >  From Nimish <http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/User:Nimish_Gautam>
>> > > (ngautam <at> wikimedia.org):
>> > Hi, I'm Nimish Gautam. I started with the
>> > > foundation in 2009 doing development for the Usability
>> > Initiative, which
>> > > focused on new editors. I like analyzing user behavior
>> > to figure out how
>> > > people use the tools we give them (turning templates
>> > into a programming
>> > > language, who would've guessed?) and spotting trends
>> > so we can improve
>> > > those tools to help people accomplish what it is
>> > they're trying to do.
>> > > Currently I'm doing qualitative and quantitative
>> > research on user
>> > > behavior for the foundation and its various projects,
>> > and very
>> > > interested in finding ways of chunking all this
>> > information together to
>> > > make pretty, compelling, informative resources so
>> > people know what's
>> > > going on in the wikiverse and hopefully want to be a
>> > part of it.
>> > >
>> > >  From Howie
>> > > <http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Staff#User_Experience_Programs>
>> > > (hfung <at> wikimedia.org):
>> > Hello! I'm Howie and I'm a Senior Product Manager
>> > > at the Wikimedia Foundation. As a product person, I'd
>> > like to work with
>> > > the community towards more data-driven decision
>> > making. One area I'm
>> > > particularly interested in is getting a better
>> > understanding of our
>> > > user's lifecycle with our projects -- how they come to
>> > the projects, how
>> > > they start contributing, their experiences as a
>> > contributor, why they
>> > > leave, and why they return. I like to use both
>> > quantitative and
>> > > qualitative methods to obtain as complete a picture as
>> > we need to guide
>> > > our decisions. On the quantitative side, I'm working
>> > on getting better
>> > > web analytics for our projects. I'm also interested in
>> > any data mining
>> > > projects along these lines (e.g., contribution
>> > behavior, user lifecycle
>> > > patterns, etc.). On the qualitative side, I worked on
>> > the "Why Editors
>> > > Leave Wikipedia" survey and would be interested in
>> > other qualitative
>> > > measurements (e.g., interviews, surveys, focus
>> > groups). If you're
>> > > interested in any of the above topics, please drop me
>> > a line.
>> > >
>> > >  From Amy
>> > > <http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Staff#Public_Policy_Initiative>
>> > > (aroth <at> wikimedia.org):
>> > Hi, I'm Amy, the Research Analyst for the Public
>> > > Policy Initiative
>> > > <http://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/Public_Policy_Initiative>.
>> > My task
>> > > is to assess the project's impact on: U.S. public
>> > policy article
>> > > quality, public policy categorization, new articles,
>> > and new
>> > > contributors. Through the project I have focused on
>> > article quality
>> > > assessment, and worked with the community to add a
>> > quantitative value to
>> > > the current article assessment
>> > >
>> > > <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProject_United_States_Public_Policy/Quality_rating#Rubric>.
>> > > As a data analyst, I am interested in improving data
>> > accessibility from
>> > > Wikipedia. In my dreams, I envision data from the
>> > assessment tools that
>> > > exist within Wikipedia are captured in a real-time
>> > database, so that we
>> > > can observe what is currently happening in Wikipedia
>> > and how it is
>> > > evolving in the present, rather than having to use
>> > data dumps to get
>> > > snapshots of the state of Wikipedia. I have experience
>> > analyzing and
>> > > designing surveys and would like to use that
>> > experience to take a more
>> > > in depth look at contributor demographics and
>> > motivations. I am excited
>> > > to be a part of this huge collaborative project with a
>> > mission to make
>> > > knowledge accessible.
>> > >
>> > >  >From me, Parul Vora
>> > > <http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/User:Parulvora>
>> > > (pvora <at> wikimedia.org):
>> > Hi Everyone! I'm a researcher and designer with a
>> > > focus on participatory and collaborative spaces. I
>> > started at the
>> > > Wikimedia Foundation in 2009 and moving forward have
>> > interest in:
>> > > creating new forms of participation (beyond editing)
>> > on the projects
>> > > that better engage a wider audience with the content
>> > and each other;
>> > > assessing, evaluating and addressing the demographic
>> > and cultural biases
>> > > in our projects; and exploring location, culture and
>> > language as they
>> > > affect the development patterns of different language
>> > Wikipedias in an
>> > > effort to identify potential for experimentation and
>> > catalysis in
>> > > younger projects. I'm currently exploring the
>> > potential effect feedback
>> > > systems (article ratings, expert reviews,
>> > visualizations of an article's
>> > > history or a user's contributions) can have on the
>> > engagement of
>> > > readers, actions of editors, and the quality of
>> > content over time. I
>> > > like infovis, ux research, and unresearched innovation
>> > and I am
>> > > interested in learning more about research with
>> > wikipedia on motivation,
>> > > behavioral economic modeling and/or game theory, using
>> > geolocative data,
>> > > mobile experiences, and profiling and trend
>> > visualizations......and your
>> > > work too!
>> > >
>> > > Let us know if you're interested in learning more,
>> > participating in, or
>> > > contributing to our efforts. And drop any of us a line
>> > if we could learn
>> > > from or contribute to what you've been working
>> > on.......
>> > >
>> >
>> >
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