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outline of possible social research collaborations

Doug M
Hi,

On August 6, 2006, at lunch on the last day of Wikimania, eight doctoral students in the humanities and social sciences, from around the world (Italy, Ireland, Germany, Greece, Taiwan, U.S.--Georgia, Boston, Chicago), discussed various ways to collaborate.

This web page on Wikimedia is one place we may continue discussing collaborations:

Social Research Collaborations
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Research/Social_Research_Collaborations

If you know any graduate students who are actively engaged in social research of aspects of the free culture movement or of wikimedia projects, please let them know about this webpage.

Thanks,
Doug
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General User Survey and useful tools

Piotr Konieczny-2
Hello everyone,

Here are some links relevant to our 6th August discussion, includig some
I didn't get the opportunity to talk about but which I personally find
useful. It would be great if we could pool together our knowledge of
useful wikimedia based projects and tools, and describe them on the WRN
wiki.
* http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/General_User_Survey - this projects
needs just a 'little' support to become active!
* Wikidemia: the project dedicated to understanding English Wikipedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProject_Wikidemia
* Two very useful categories:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Wikipedia_statistics and
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Research
* http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Toolserver - the Toolserver contains
some useful tools, unfortunately they are rather poorly described. Among
the tools that I have learned how to use and can therefore declare as
functional and possible to use by not very tech savvy person:
** To analyzie statistical contributions of a single user:
** http://tools.wikimedia.de/~river/cgi-bin/count_edits
** http://tools.wikimedia.de/~interiot/cgi-bin/count_edits
** http://tools.wikimedia.de/~interiot/cgi-bin/contribution_tree
** To get some statistics about an article (from any namespace):
** http://tools.wikimedia.de/~tim/cgi-bin/contribution-counter
* YurikBot and Query PHP:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Yurik/Query_API - great tool, almost
no description for those not *very* computer savvy, unfortunately. If
some of ours members understand how to use it, perhaps they could write
a 'how-to' page for the rest of us?
* User Script project contains some quite useful scripts, unfortunately
again their description leaves much to be desired:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProject_User_scripts . Out of
those I'd like to direct your attention to this statistical script:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Voice_of_All/UsefulJS#History_and_Edit_Summary_Use_Analysis_.28Requires_Addtab.29 
This script gives some useful statistics about both a user and a page,
and has some interesting features like differentiating between various
types of edits (it has some others in addition to minor and normal,
including the ability to spot reverts). Unlike most of the above tools,
there is a tutorial for how to start using the scripts:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProject_User_scripts/Tutorial

Ufff. If you know anything else, please let me know, and if you can
create new tools or improve the existing ones, there is no better time
then now :)

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Piotr Konieczny
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Piotrus
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Re: General User Survey and useful tools

Jakob Voss-2
Hi Piotr!

I added you links to
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Research/Social_Research_Collaborations

You probably know http://bibliography.wikimedia.de. Do the categories
(http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wiki_Research_Bibliography#Categories)
fit your needs? I could not participate in Wikimania :-( Which of the
many talks and papers at the event do you regard as scientific so I can
include them in the bibliography?

Greetings,
Jakob

P.S: At August 23th I'll give a workshop on Wikipedia Research in
Odense, Denmark. There is still possibility to participate:
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Workshop_on_Wikipedia_Research,_WikiSym_2006
(page not fully up to date but valid)

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