Research:Committee/Areas of interest/Non-public data permissions

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This subgroup is dedicated to developing policies to allow researchers to obtain access to non-public data from Wikimedia projects.


In June 2010 User:DarTar requested permissions to access the archive table via the API to retrieve the revision history of deleted pages as part of a study on AfD discussions. A dedicated "researcher" group was then created with privileges to

  • search deleted pages (browsearchive)
  • use higher limits in API queries (apihighlimits)
  • view deleted history entries, without their associated text (deletedhistory).

Until an official policy is approved by the Wikimedia Research Committee regarding access to private data and special API privileges, individual requests can be submitted following these instructions: