If you are doing research which involves contacting Wikimedia project editors or users then you must first notify the Wikimedia Research Committee by describing your project. After your project gets approval then you may begin.
Scholarly research of Wikipedia is useful for understanding the encyclopedia's content, readers, editors, history, current state, and future. These results also yield important knowledge applicable to other open content communities. In addition to driving scholarly knowledge of such systems, this work can also give results that can improve Wikipedia itself. Much valuable research cannot be done without Wikimedia community members who volunteer to participate in studies. This page exists to describe a process by which researchers can obtain community approval to recruit research participants for surveys, interviews and experiments.
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Until an official policy is approved by the Wikimedia Research Committee regarding subject recruitment, individual requests can be submitted following these instructions.
Projects supported by the Wikimedia Research Committee for subject recruitment are expected to meet the following requirements:
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- Survey data must be anonymized and cleared of privacy-sensitive information before being released