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This is the canonical directory of Wikimedia research projects that are planned, underway or have recently been completed. This list includes projects run or hosted by the Wikimedia Foundation as well as projects run by the research and editor community. Research projects are documented on many different wikis, but should all be findable through the Research namespace. To qualify for inclusion in this list, a project should be significant in scope and ethical in nature (according to the guidelines [to be] developed by the Research:Committee). New research proposals and support requests are reviewed by the Research Committee. You can add your project or submit a support request using the form below.


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2014 projects

2014-12-17: Top edited articles in 2014
2014-12-15: Crane Project
2014-12-06: Newcomer interaction dashboard
2014-11-28: Claim Selection for WikiGrok
2014-11-25: Means and methods of coordination in WikiProjects
2014-11-25: Wikipedia Equality Sweden
2014-11-25: Editor retention prediction using sentiment analysis
2014-11-25: Hovercards
2014-11-24: Improving link coverage
2014-11-15: Anonymous mobile editing in Italian Wikipedia
2014-11-08: Wikipedia Readership Survey Pakistan
2014-10-24: Predict Users Search
2014-10-22: Recruiting for surveys and tests
2014-10-13: Using Campbell's fish-scale model to understand potentially gendered content coverage
2014-10-10: Mobile microcontributions
2014-10-08: HHVM newcomer engagement experiment
2014-09-30: Analyzing WLM grant reports using Dedoose
2014-08-29: Academic perceptions of Wikipedia and its impact on online research
2014-08-23: Revision scoring as a service
2014-08-18: Global South User Survey 2014
2014-08-11: Mobile trends
2014-07-30: The Role of Wikipedia Mentorship Programs in the Newcomer Experience
2014-07-28: Citation Practices
2014-07-16: Media Viewer preference elicitation
2014-07-15: Framing Support for Newcomers
2014-08-23: Asking anonymous editors to register
2014-08-23: Task recommendations
2014-12-11: Awareness of Wikipedia and its usage patterns
2014-06-22: Wikipedia Gender Inequality Index
2014-06-02: Modeling monthly active editors
2014-05-30: The sudden decline of Italian Wikipedia
2014-05-23: Survival
2014-05-09: Number of books have read by WikiWriters
2014-05-09: Wikimedia Board Governance Survey
2014-08-23: AfC processes and productivity
2014-03-30: The use of Wikipedia by doctors for their information needs
2014-03-14: Anonymous phenomena
2014-03-10: Where in the World are Mobile Editors
2014-03-06: Global Beta Features usage
2014-02-26: Editor trajectories
2014-08-23: Science Controversies in Portuguese Wikipedia: The Case of Global Warming
2014-02-12: Onboarding new Wikipedians/Rollout
2014-02-10: GuidedTour usage
2014-02-03: Mobile sessions
2014-01-29: Past, Current, Future of Chinese Wikivoyage
2014-01-28: Visual editor usage (January, 2014)
2014-01-12: The Use of Rationales in Wikipedia Articles for Deletion Discussions and in Group Decision Making
2013-12-09: Women and Wikipedia
2013-10-25: Wikipedia Primary School SSAJRP programme
2013-09-23: Gender asymmetry models in CSCW
2013-08-31: Dynamics of inclusion and exclusion in systems of knowledge production and dissemination based on open content and Wikipedia. The case of contemporary African art
2013-02-02: Wikichild


2013 projects

2014-03-28: Arbitration Committee and decision-making on Wikipedia
2014-01-27: Why editors reduce activity
2013-12-21: P2Pvalue
2014-08-23: Module storage performance
2013-11-07: Plagiarism on the English Wikipedia
2013-11-03: Marcuse: merger documentation
2013-10-28: Blocks on the English-language Wikipedia
2013-10-18: User queries
2013-10-03: Wikipedia Primary School SSAJRP programme
2013-09-30: Mobile editor engagement
2013-09-26: Wikipedia article creation
2013-09-25: Anonymous editor acquisition
2013-09-20: Newcomer survival models
2013-09-07: Improvement in the past 6 years in Wikipedia
2013-09-07: Wikinews original reporting value as a measure of news events
2013-08-31: Wikimedia First Employee Survey
2013-08-20: Peer mentorship and snuggle
2013-08-10: Wikimedia blog usage survey
2013-08-03: Anatomy of English Wikipedia Did You Know traffic
2013-07-30: Online knowledge sharing
2013-07-30: Wikipedia Information Seeking Behavior
2013-07-26: Wikinews Content Import Analysis
2013-09-26: Onboarding new Wikipedians/OB6
2013-07-23: Finding a Collaborator
2013-07-01: Gender micro-survey
2013-06-11: User preferences
2013-06-11: VisualEditor's effect on newly registered editors
2013-05-25: Impact of Wikipedia on Academic Science
2013-05-09: Notifications
2013-04-27: Exploring editing dynamics in different language Wikipedias – Towards a substantive grounded theory
2013-04-22: Wikinews Review Analysis
2013-04-16: Wiki Loves Monuments Participants' Survey
2013-03-15: Wikipedia is necessary, the internet implies it.
2013-02-15: Defining Civil Discourse on Wikipedia
2013-01-23: LibraryICW
2013-01-18: WikiProjects as Virtual Teams
2012-11-18: Information, culture and knowledge: New citizens’ practices, new public policies. A case comparison of Spain and United States


2012 projects

2013-03-05: Newcomer desirability modeling
2013-09-21: Account creation campaigns
2013-09-21: Donor engagement
2012-12-06: AFTRank
2012-11-27: Post-registration editor survey
2012-11-18: Active Aging, citizenship & participation
2013-09-21: Onboarding new Wikipedians
2012-10-23: Consus - Advanced content suggestion for Wikipedia
2012-10-22: Non-finite Processes in Human Social Phenomena
2012-10-10: Non-bot interlanguage linking
2012-08-31: Edit form clicktracking
2012-08-31: Karibuni: An Adoption Incubator
2012-08-02: WikiWomen's Collaborative
2012-07-26: Wikimania Hackathon exit survey
2012-07-25: Wikimania Scholarship Survey 2012
2013-09-21: Community portal redesign
2012-07-19: Teahouse/Pilot plan
2012-08-13: MoodBar/Email confirmation
2012-07-16: Editor Lifecycles
2012-07-07: Wikipedia Editor Survey 2012
2012-07-06: Who edits health-related Wikipedia pages and why?
2012-06-29: Michigan wikipedians
2012-06-21: Using information sources to drive contributions to Wikipedia
2012-06-11: Help pages redesign
2012-05-22: Master Thesis Cultural differences in motivations to contribute to Wikipedia
2012-05-12: Exploring the Reciprocating Environmental Pressures of the Wikipedian Community and Canadian Public Universities
2013-09-21: Post-edit feedback
2013-09-21: Timestamp position modification
2013-09-21: Editor milestones
2012-04-30: Re:Flex User Studies
2013-09-21: Account creation UX
2013-09-21: Necromancy
2012-04-11: Shallow Entry: A problem-centric approach to new editor orientation
2012-03-28: The motivational arc of massive virtual collaboration
2012-03-18: Let's face it: The effect of faces on donation decisions
2012-03-17: Motivations to Contribute to Wikipedia
2012-03-12: Effects of Informal Rewards and WikiLove
2012-03-08: Donor Survey
2013-04-06: Teahouse/FAQ
2012-02-22: Information Seeking and Use
2012-02-19: Women and Wikipedia: Contributions in a Collaborative Online Space
2012-02-15: Deletion notice effectiveness
2012-02-14: Article Creation Workflow
2012-02-01: Outreach evaluation
2012-01-26: Wiki4HE
2012-01-20: Workforce Participation
2012-01-11: Account Creation Referrals
2011-12-29: Identifying barriers to participation from heavy internet users
2011-12-13: Deleted Pages Analysis
2012-02-05: Teahouse
2012-01-03: Anonymity and conformity over the net


2011 projects

2013-08-07: Indigenous Knowledge
2012-11-20: User Engagemenet in Wikipedia: The Influence of Cultural Identity
2012-09-04: The Rise and Decline
2012-08-09: Wikimedia France Research Award/it
2012-08-09: Wikimedia France Research Award/ru
2012-08-03: Wikimedia France Research Award/fr
2012-07-19: Teahouse/Pilot plan
2012-02-29: Wikipedia Education Program evaluation
2012-02-28: Newcomer quality
2013-04-06: Teahouse/FAQ
2012-02-21: Wikimedia France Research Award
2012-02-11: 2012 Open Data Consultation
2012-01-10: Wikipedia Mobile User Research
2012-11-20: User Engagemenet in Wikipedia, The Influence of Cultural Identity
2011-12-13: Wikipedia Banner Challenge
2011-12-05: Optimizely Fundraiser Analysis
2011-12-04: Improving Wikipedia's important articles
2011-12-02: Named Entity Disambiguation
2011-11-29: Teahouse
2011-11-29: DIY Analytics
2011-11-26: SerEngine
2011-11-20: New Page Patrol survey
2011-11-18: Wikipedia Dispute Resolution
2011-11-08: Reader to first edit
2011-10-30: Understanding Collaborations in Online Production Communities
2011-10-26: The role of IBIS in Wikimedia
2011-10-25: Measuring Agreement among Wikipedians
2011-10-20: Wikipedia Affordances
2011-10-20: Mapping Wikipedia in the Middle East and North Africa
2011-10-20: Accuracy and quality of Wikipedia entries
2011-10-23: WikiHistories fellowship/Spanish
2011-10-12: WikiHistories fellowship/Hindi
2011-10-12: WikiHistories fellowship/Tagalog
2011-10-12: WikiHistories fellowship/Armenian
2011-10-11: Wikipedia Editors Survey November 2011
2012-04-20: Wikipedia Workflows
2011-09-12: Understanding the Editor/Bot Relationship
2011-09-10: MoodBar
2011-09-07: Qualitative research for an undergraduate dissertation
2011-09-01: Portuguese Wikipedia trends and behavior
2011-08-30: Editor classes
2011-08-30: Investigating editing anxiety in new users
2011-08-29: Visualizing Wikiproject Activity
2011-08-29: Classifying wikilove messages
2011-08-25: Contribution Inequality
2011-08-22: SuggestBot - Adding Information (2011)
2011-08-05: Warning Templates in Huggle
2011-08-04: First messages to new users
2011-07-29: Effects of Feedback on Participation in Wikipedia
2011-07-26: WikiLove
2011-07-25: New editors' first session and retention
2012-08-08: One Link, Two Links, Red Links, Blue Links
2011-07-22: New user help requests/Full report
2011-07-20: Mobile Strategy Research
2011-07-20: Lag between registration and first edit
2011-07-19: Wikipedia Mobile Readers Survey 2011 FAQ
2011-07-22: Oral Citations
2011-07-13: Editor lifecycle/Journal
2011-07-06: Editor lifecycle
2011-07-06: WikiViz 2011
2011-07-06: Wiki Participation Challenge
2011-07-02: Memcached Optimization
2011-06-29: New editor welcome wishlist
2011-06-28: Trending articles and new editors
2011-06-28: Wikiproject Participation & Mentorship
2011-06-27: Software for quick processing of Wikidumps
2011-06-27: Projects/2011 Summer of Research/New User Participation in Deletion Processes
2011-06-24: MDM - The Magical Difference Machine
2011-06-21: Measuring overall contribution of editors
2011-06-20: New User Participation in Help Spaces
2011-06-20: Vandal fighter work load
2011-06-20: The Speed of Speedy Deletions
2011-06-17: Sentiment analysis tool of new editor interaction
2011-06-17: Rhetoric of the welcome message
2011-06-17: Anonymous edits
2011-06-16: Understanding sources
2011-06-16: New user help requests
2011-06-13: Wikimedia Summer of Research 2011/Deletion notifications to new users
2011-06-07: Ignored period and retention
2011-06-07: Newbie reverts and subsequent editing behavior
2011-06-06: WikiHistories fellowship
2011-06-06: Taxonomy-Deletions
2011-06-06: Alternative lifecycles of new users
2011-06-06: Patroller work load
2011-06-04: Wikimedia Summer of Research 2011/Newbie teaching strategy trends
2011-06-02: WPCSB survey
2011-06-25: Communication to New Editors 2004-2011
2011-05-28: Newbie reverts and article length
2011-11-04: 2011 overhaul
2011-05-27: Participatory Motivation to Commons-based Peer Production
2011-05-27: Wikimedia Summer of Research 2011
2011-05-27: Motivation to Contribute to Wikipedia, a Collective Work
2011-05-27: Wikipedia Progression of Participation
2011-11-04: Wikipedia Editors Survey 2011


2010 projects

2013-11-09: Breaking News Collaborations
2011-09-05: DBpedia Spotlight
2011-08-06: RENDER
2011-08-06: Committee/Talks/Wikimania 2011/Open-access and open-data policy/Expert participation survey
2011-07-26: Article feedback
2011-05-27: Wikipedia Readership Survey 2011
2011-12-13: Understanding Wikipedia Coordination Spaces and Costs
2011-05-27: Evolution of Rules and Resources on Wikipedia
2011-06-03: Wikipedia Progression of Participation
2011-05-27: Virtual Community Histories summer fellowship
2011-05-27: Wikipedia Editors Survey 2011
2011-05-27: Expert participation survey
2011-05-27: Dynamics of Online Interactions and Behavior
2011-05-27: Contribution Taxonomy Project


Research support requests

Pending requests

See Research:FAQ


2014-11-09: The sudden decline of Italian Wikipedia
2014-01-18: The Use of Rationales in Wikipedia Articles for Deletion Discussions and in Group Decision Making
2012-11-19: Non-bot interlanguage linking
2012-04-25: Motivations to Contribute to Wikipedia
2012-02-21: Women and Wikipedia: Contributions in a Collaborative Online Space
2012-02-11: Wiki4HE
2011-12-29: Identifying barriers to participation from heavy internet users
2011-12-13: Wikipedia Banner Challenge
2011-12-13: Deleted Pages Analysis
2011-12-02: Named Entity Disambiguation
2011-10-22: Wikipedia Affordances
2011-09-19: Understanding the Editor/Bot Relationship
2011-09-19: Qualitative research for an undergraduate dissertation
2011-09-19: Investigating editing anxiety in new users


By type of support

Ad-hoc data collection/technical support

See research:WMF technical support and research:Special API permissions


2012-10-10: Non-bot interlanguage linking
2012-03-19: Let's face it: The effect of faces on donation decisions
2012-01-13: WUA
2011-11-20: New Page Patrol survey
2011-09-19: Investigating editing anxiety in new users
2011-06-17: Wikimedia Foundation technical support
2011-06-10: Wikimedia Foundation support


Subject recruitment

See research:Subject recruitment


2014-08-29: Academic perceptions of Wikipedia and its impact on online research
2014-01-12: The Use of Rationales in Wikipedia Articles for Deletion Discussions and in Group Decision Making
2013-12-09: Women and Wikipedia
2013-10-07: Finding a Collaborator
2013-05-22: Exploring editing dynamics in different language Wikipedias – Towards a substantive grounded theory
2013-02-15: Defining Civil Discourse on Wikipedia
2012-03-28: The motivational arc of massive virtual collaboration
2012-04-25: Motivations to Contribute to Wikipedia
2012-02-19: Women and Wikipedia: Contributions in a Collaborative Online Space
2012-01-26: Wiki4HE
2011-12-13: Wikipedia Banner Challenge
2011-11-20: New Page Patrol survey
2011-11-18: Wikipedia Dispute Resolution
2011-10-30: Understanding Collaborations in Online Production Communities
2011-10-22: Wikipedia Affordances
2011-10-10: Anonymity and conformity over the net
2011-09-12: Understanding the Editor/Bot Relationship
2011-09-19: Qualitative research for an undergraduate dissertation
2011-09-19: Investigating editing anxiety in new users
2011-06-28: Subject recruitment
2011-06-03: WPCSB survey
2011-06-10: Wikimedia Foundation support
2011-06-03: Participatory Motivation to Commons-based Peer Production
2011-06-03: Motivation to Contribute to Wikipedia, a Collective Work
2011-06-17: Dynamics of Online Interactions and Behavior


Private data

See research:Access to non-public data


2014-11-24: Increasing article coverage
2014-11-24: Improving link coverage
2011-12-13: Deleted Pages Analysis
2011-12-06: Optimizely Fundraiser Analysis
2011-12-02: Named Entity Disambiguation
2011-11-03: Mapping Wikipedia in the Middle East and North Africa
2011-07-05: Memcached Optimization
2011-06-17: Access to non-public data
2011-06-10: Wikimedia Foundation support


WMF endorsement

See research:WMF endorsement


2014-08-29: Academic perceptions of Wikipedia and its impact on online research
2013-06-04: VisualEditor's effect on newly registered editors
2011-12-13: Wikipedia Banner Challenge
2011-06-17: Wikimedia Foundation endorsement
2011-06-16: Understanding sources
2011-06-10: Wikimedia Foundation support


WMF hosting/funding

See research:WMF grants and research:WMF hosting


2011-06-10: Wikimedia Foundation support


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