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erikzachte
Rupert, presentation sheets are at http://infodisiac.com/Wikimedia/2014%20London.pdf
Cheers, Erik

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Many thanks erik and all the best!! One sentence in eriks blog post cited i found surprising. What type of modesty you guys were talking about?

"At Wikimania London (2014) I talked about how we should err on the side of modesty. That message never came across. I started to have a discussion on this within WMF but failed to bring this to fruition. My bad."



On Wed, Feb 6, 2019, 22:18 Dario Taraborelli <[hidden email]
wrote:

> “[R]ecent revisions of an article can be peeled off to reveal older
> layers, which are still meaningful for historians. Even graffiti
> applied by vandals can by its sheer informality convey meaningful
> information, just like historians learned a lot from graffiti on walls
> of classic Pompei. Likewise view patterns can tell future historians a
> lot about what was hot and what wasn’t in our times. Reason why these
> raw view data are meant to be preserved for a long time.”
>
> Erik Zachte wrote these lines in a blog post <
> https://web.archive.org/web/20171018194720/http://infodisiac.com/blog/
> 2009/07/michael-jackson/
> >
> almost
> ten years ago, and I cannot find better words to describe the gift he
> gave us. Erik retired
> <http://infodisiac.com/back_to_volunteer_mode.htm> this past Friday,
> leaving behind an immense legacy. I had the honor to work with him for
> several years, and I hosted this morning an intimate, tearful celebration of what Erik has represented for the Wikimedia movement.
>
> His Wikistats project <https://stats.wikimedia.org/>—with his
> signature pale yellow background we've known and loved since the mid
> 2000s
> <https://web.archive.org/web/20060412043240/https://stats.wikimedia.or
> g/
> >—has
> been much more than an "analytics platform". It's been an individual
> attempt he initiated, and grew over time, to try and comprehend and
> make sense of the largest open collaboration project in human history,
> driven by curiosity and by an insatiable desire to serve data to the
> communities that most needed it.
>
> Through this project, Erik has created a live record of data
> describing the growth and reach of all Wikimedia communities, across
> languages and projects, putting multi-lingualism and smaller
> communities at the very center of his attention. He coined metrics
> such as "active editors" that defined the benchmark for volunteers,
> the Wikimedia Foundation, and the academic community to understand
> some of the growing pains and editor retention issues <
> https://web.archive.org/web/20110608214507/http://infodisiac.com/blog/
> 2009/12/new-editors-are-joining-english-wikipedia-in-droves/
> >
> the movement has faced. He created countless reports—that predate by
> nearly a decade modern visualizations of online attention—to
> understand what Wikipedia traffic means in the context of current
> events like elections <
> https://web.archive.org/web/20160405055621/http://infodisiac.com/blog/
> 2008/09/sarah-palin/
> >
> or public health crises
> <
> https://web.archive.org/web/20090708011216/http://infodisiac.com/blog/
> 2009/05/h1n1-flu-or-new-flu-or/
> >.
> He has created countless
> <https://twitter.com/Infodisiac/status/1039244151953543169>
> visualizations <
> https://blog.wikimedia.org/2017/10/27/new-interactive-visualization-wi
> kipedia/
> >
> that show the enormous gaps in local language content and
> representation that, as a movement, we face in our efforts to build an
> encyclopedia for and about everyone. He has also made extensive use of
> pie charts <
> https://web.archive.org/web/20141222073751/http://infodisiac.com/blog/
> wp-content/uploads/2008/10/piechartscorrected.png
> >,
> which—as friends—we are ready to turn a blind eye towards.
>
> Most importantly, the data Erik has brougth to life has been cited
> over
> 1,000 times
> <
> https://scholar.google.com/scholar?hl=en&as_sdt=0%2C5&q=stats.wikimedi
> a.org
> >
> in the scholarly literature. If we gave credit to open data creators
> in the same way as we credit authors of scholarly papers, Erik would
> be one of the most influential authors in the field, and I don't think
> it is much of a stretch to say that the massive trove of data and
> metrics Erik has made available had a direct causal role in the birth
> and growth of the academic field of Wikimedia research, and more
> broadly, scholarship of online collaboration.
>
> Like I said this morning, Erik -- you have been not only an invaluable
> colleague and a steward for the movement, but also a very decent human
> being, and I am grateful we shared some of this journey together.
>
> Please join me in celebrating Erik on his well-deserved retirement,
> read his statement <http://infodisiac.com/back_to_volunteer_mode.htm>
> to learn what he's planning to do next, or check this lovely portrait
> <https://www.wired.com/2013/12/erik-zachte-wikistats/> Wired published
> a while back about "the Stats Master Making Sense of Wikipedia's
> Massive Data Trove".
>
> Dario
>
>
> --
> *Dario Taraborelli  *Director, Head of Research, Wikimedia Foundation
> research.wikimedia.org • nitens.org • @readermeter
> <http://twitter.com/readermeter>
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