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This had been a submission to the Wikimedia Participation Support process, but was withdrawn or otherwise cancelled (not denied).

summaryI would like to present my paper "A Vision for Performing Social and Economic Data Analysis using Wikipedia's Edit History" at the Wikiworkshop at the WWW conference.
event locationPerth, Australia
event date(s)3-7 April, 2017
amount requested$1500
home countryGermany
submitted on19:21, 2 March 2017 (UTC)

Proposed participation[edit]

I am a master student in the program Social and Economic Data Analysis at the University of Konstanz, Germany. Together with Moritz Schubotz and other members of the Information Science Group at the Department of Computer Science, I wrote a vision paper that was accepted for the Wiki Workshop 2017 held in conjunction with this year’s WWW conference. I would like to participate in the workshop and present the paper. Unfortunately, no travel funding for students is available from my university or the conference. Therefore, I kindly ask for support through the Wikimedia Foundation

Goal and expected impact[edit]

Our paper "A Vision for Performing Social and Economic Data Analysis using Wikipedia's Edit History" brings together two currently independent lines of research that study the collective behavior of Wikipedia contributors: Content-driven quality measures and user-centered editor surveys. Combining these two lines of research would enable a better understanding of high quality content and contributors on Wikipedia. The new analysis approach would also allow to better recognize high quality Wikipedia contributors and identify them as domain experts or future talents in their fields. Additionally, we envision that linking the two data sources could open up new directions in the research on team composition, expert search, or talent scouting. So, we expect that especially Wikipedia editors will profit from the future research that our work seeks to initiate.

Budget breakdown[edit]

  • Flight: USD 1050
  • Accommodation: USD 70 per day
  • Transportation: USD 10 per day
  • Conference Registration: Min USD 230 (single day student pass)

Other instructions[edit]


  • User:Eridah is an exceptional student with competences in both fields Computer- and Social Science. I think he has the potential to contribute to making Social and Computer Scientist working together rather than against each other. Physikerwelt (talk) 19:38, 2 March 2017 (UTC)
  • I have worked with Erik in a project in the field of data analysis. It was a pleasure to collaborate with him because of his self-initiative, diligence and the fresh ideas he provided to the project. He's also a student in the Social and Economic Data Analysis master program at the University of Konstanz, making him a perfect candidate to bring together both "worlds" - the social sciences and computer science. His project does just this, which is why I'd love to see him going to the conference and present this great interdisciplinary project that opens various opportunities for future research. Dehesse313 (talk) 21:30, 2 March 2017 (UTC)
  • Wikipedia's edit history has always appeared to me as a huge - yet largely untapped - data resource that could be used to answer many interesting societal questions. For this reason, I find it highly interesting to read about a project, which presents some of the types of questions that could be investigated with the help of Wikipedia's valuable edit history. Additionally, the described approach of augmenting the insights gained from today's automated measures of edit quality with the data from surveys of Wikipedia editors sounds promising. The resulting dataset would be more detailed and would likely allow answering novel types of questions. I would really like to see this research get presented at this year's WWW workshop. 2A02:8071:829B:DA00:A8C9:2BDE:CA72:B64D 20:09, 2 March 2017 (UTC)
  • I support this application for two reasons. First, I like that two disciplines – the social sciences and computer science – come together for this project to create a vision that can advance the Wikipedia community and scientific research in both disciplines. If Wikipedia taught as one thing than that amazing things can be achieved if people with different backgrounds collaborate. I think this project reflects the Wikipedia idea and should therefore be supported.

Second, I think it’s great when students get involved in scientific research early in their education. If students write papers that get accepted at top-tier conference, as is the case here, they deserve to present their project, for which they worked so hard for, at the event. Wiknm (talk) 11:01, 3 March 2017 (UTC)

  • Comment Comment considering all the accounts above are, from a technical point of view, sockpuppets I suggest to evaluate the grant basing upon a different mean of commenting. --Vituzzu (talk) 16:52, 30 March 2017 (UTC)