Learning patterns/How to use the global metrics magic button

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How to use the global metrics magic button
problemHow to calculate four global metrics needed for WMF grant reporting
solutionUse the global metrics magic button to calculate four global metrics at once.
creatorAbittaker (WMF)
created on03:11, 16 February 2016 (UTC)

What problem does this solve?[edit]

How to calculate the number of newly registered editors involved, number of active editors involved, number of articles created or improved, or number of bytes added or removed as a part of a Wikimedia program or event.

What is the solution?[edit]

Follow these steps:

  1. Following the Global Metrics learning pattern, you should have a list of usernames. You will use this and the program start and end time and date to calculate the metrics.
  2. Go to the Global Metrics Report page. It will ask you to sign in using either OAuth or a Google account.
  3. Enter the usernames and date information and click the "launch program global metrics report" button.
  4. You will be taken to a new screen that shows a list of reports you have run. Sometimes this screen does not refresh automatically, so you might not see the report you just ran. If it doesn't appear after a minute, try clicking "Refresh" until the report appears.
  5. You can download your program's global metrics as .json, which is usually used by developers, or .csv, which can be viewed as a table in any spreadsheet software, such as LibreOffice, Google Sheets, or Microsoft Excel. Four global metrics are included in the table:
  • Number of active editors involved is "rolling_active_editor"
  • Number of bytes added or removed from Wikimedia projects is "bytes_added"
  • Number of newly registered users is "newly_registered"
  • Number of articles created or improved in Wikimedia projects is "pages_edited".

Congratulations! You used the global metrics magic button. Happy evaluating!

Things to consider[edit]

When to use[edit]

  • When you want to include global metrics in a program report as a WMF grantee.
  • Or when you want to see a brief overview of results of your program
  • Or compare the results of your program to other similar programs using the same measurements.


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