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A small Commons research project

Erik Moeller-4
We're currently working on a grant proposal that is related to the
usability for uploading and embedding media files to Wikimedia
Commons. (This is an area that we will likely not be able to address
in detail as part of the Stanton project, so we're trying to parcel it
into a separate project.) As part of this proposal, I would like to
make a compelling case that pictures and other media uploaded to
Commons benefit from strongly from the increased visibility,
especially through Wikipedia articles. I'd also like to demonstrate
that images get used in multiple languages and multiple projects.

The simplest research approach that any volunteer could take is to
take a sample (say 50 featured media and 50 random ones) and to
catalog in a spreadsheet usage across Wikimedia projects, using the
CheckUsage tool. But I'm sure there are other approaches - both
quantitative and qualitative - that might work as well, e.g. based on
Wikipedia article traffic statistics.

I'd love to see some volunteer input into this question, which
essentially boils down: Why is Wikimedia Commons awesome, and why is
it worth investing in to make it even better? I've started a page on
Meta here if you want to contribute ideas on-wiki:

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Case_for_Commons

But feel free to e-mail me off-list as well. :-)

Thanks for any and all help,
Erik
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Re: A small Commons research project

Daniel Kinzler
Erik Moeller schrieb:
> The simplest research approach that any volunteer could take is to
> take a sample (say 50 featured media and 50 random ones) and to
> catalog in a spreadsheet usage across Wikimedia projects, using the
> CheckUsage tool.

CheckUsage has a bulk mode and a csv output mode... if you combine them, there's
not much left for the volunteer to do :)

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Re: A small Commons research project

David Gerard-2
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2009/1/8 Erik Moeller <[hidden email]>:

> The simplest research approach that any volunteer could take is to
> take a sample (say 50 featured media and 50 random ones) and to
> catalog in a spreadsheet usage across Wikimedia projects, using the
> CheckUsage tool. But I'm sure there are other approaches - both
> quantitative and qualitative - that might work as well, e.g. based on
> Wikipedia article traffic statistics.


CheckUsage being basically nonfunctional on en:wp is a problem.

Is there any en:wp-specific tool that could be made to check this
stuff? Even a bot on a weekly run or whatever.


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Re: A small Commons research project

Daniel Kinzler
David Gerard schrieb:
> CheckUsage being basically nonfunctional on en:wp is a problem.

There's a temporary outage while we are recovering from the server move, and
integrating new hardware. Or are you refering to a general problem? I'm not
aware of any.


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Re: [Wiki-research-l] A small Commons research project

Brianna Laugher
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2009/1/8 Erik Moeller <[hidden email]>:
 As part of this proposal, I would like to
> make a compelling case that pictures and other media uploaded to
> Commons benefit from strongly from the increased visibility,
> especially through Wikipedia articles. I'd also like to demonstrate
> that images get used in multiple languages and multiple projects.

This is similar to a discussion I started in July, called
"Institutional stats reports"
<http://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/commons-l/2008-July/003924.html>.

Domas' wikistats doesn't include image view logs.
To be useful, such logs would aggregate stats of all different size thumbnails.
I opened a bug report to request this data in late July.
<https://bugzilla.wikimedia.org/show_bug.cgi?id=14890>

WMF has the data directly, why not provide it? Instead of suggesting
volunteers go the long way around which is ultimately less accurate.

Beyond view stats I can think of a few other arguments which I will
write up on the wiki page.

cheers
Brianna

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Re: A small Commons research project

Tim 'avatar' Bartel
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Hi,

2009/1/8 David Gerard <[hidden email]>:

> 2009/1/8 Erik Moeller <[hidden email]>:
>
>> The simplest research approach that any volunteer could take is to
>> take a sample (say 50 featured media and 50 random ones) and to
>> catalog in a spreadsheet usage across Wikimedia projects, using the
>> CheckUsage tool. But I'm sure there are other approaches - both
>> quantitative and qualitative - that might work as well, e.g. based on
>> Wikipedia article traffic statistics.
>
> CheckUsage being basically nonfunctional on en:wp is a problem.

This is a temporary problem.

> Is there any en:wp-specific tool that could be made to check this
> stuff? Even a bot on a weekly run or whatever.

In the mean time you can use the ancestor:
http://www.juelich.de/avatar/check-usage/

(no support)

Bye, Tim.

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Re: A small Commons research project

David Gerard-2
2009/1/9 Tim 'avatar' Bartel <[hidden email]>:
> 2009/1/8 David Gerard <[hidden email]>:

>> CheckUsage being basically nonfunctional on en:wp is a problem.
> This is a temporary problem.


Oh, good.


>> Is there any en:wp-specific tool that could be made to check this
>> stuff? Even a bot on a weekly run or whatever.

> In the mean time you can use the ancestor:
> http://www.juelich.de/avatar/check-usage/
> (no support)


:-D Excellent!


- d.

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