Research:History and cultural heritage of the Canary Islands in the Wikimedia projects

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Duration:  2019-05 — 2020-03

This page documents a research project in progress.
Information may be incomplete and change as the project progresses.
Please contact the project lead before formally citing or reusing results from this page.

History and cultural heritage of the Canary Islands in the Wikimedia projects. Uses and advantages of the scientific knowledge transfer to free knowledge projects (official title, in Spanish: Historia y patrimonio cultural de Canarias en los proyectos Wikimedia. Usos y ventajas de la transferencia de conocimiento científico a proyectos de conocimiento libre). This project consists mainly in the analysis of state of the knowledge about the cultural heritage and the history of the Canary Islands there are in the Wikimedia projects, mainly in Wikipedia in Spanish, but in Wikimedia Commons and Wikidata too. In addition, it analyze the possible uses and advantages of a digital transfer of scientific knowledge to projects with free licenses that allow to reuse and spread their content legally and freely.

The Lead: Introduce and describe your project at a high level in one or two paragraphs. Will the output of this project provide tangible benefits for our community (in the form of data, software, Web services)? If the output of this project mainly consists of scholarly publications, what aspects of Wikimedia projects will they help to understand


Describe in this section the methods you'll be using to conduct your research. If the project involves recruiting Wikimedia/Wikipedia editors for a survey or interview, please describe the suggested recruitment method and the size of the sample. Please include links to consent forms, survey/interview questions and user-interface mock-ups.


It is a ten months projects organized in two periods (one of four months and two weeks, and another one of five months a two weeks):

  1. Development of the bot and curation of the data.
  1. Manual revision of the first levels of the categories about the Canary Islands and preparation of the requirements to program the bot (1 month).
  2. Bot programming in Python to make it extract and structure the data automatically. Tests to check that everything works correctly (2 months).
  3. Curation (extracting and structuring) of the data in their respective CSV documents for the subsequent analysis (1 month and 2 weeks).
  1. Analysis, evaluation, possible uses and advantages, and results presentation.
  1. Analysis and evaluation of the data corpus obtained. (2 meses).
  2. Analysis of its usefulness, as well as its possible uses and advantages (1 month and 2 weeks)
  3. Writing of a scientific document, a journal paper or a conference paper, to introduce and spread the project (motivation, precedents, methodology, results, similar projects, sources and data) in the academic and scientific field (2 months).

This timeline is flexible. The programming part may take more time than the specified due possible issues, more or less complicated to solve. In general, each part shown above has enough time and sufficient to redistribute between them if it is necessary.

Policy, Ethics and Human Subjects Research[edit]

It's very important that researchers do not disrupt Wikipedians' work. Please add to this section any consideration relevant to ethical implications of your project or references to Wikimedia policies, if applicable. If your study has been approved by an ethical committee or an institutional review board (IRB), please quote the corresponding reference and date of approval.


Once your study completes, describe the results an their implications here. Don't forget to make status=complete above when you are done.


This bibliography is the one used to present the project statement to the Fundación Universitaria de Las Palmas. Items in this bibligraphy might be or not used in the scientific content produced from this project: