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The Wikimedia Foundation maintains an
API that can be used by researchers to query its databases and collect data for research purposes. Authenticated users have permissions that depend on the specific access level they are granted.
Special permissions for research purposes (including high API request limits or access to
non-public data) can be granted by the Research Committee on a temporary basis.
How to request special API permissions for research purposes
Requests to get special API permissions for research purposes can be submitted by creating a project page on this wiki.
Please include the following information with your request:
permissions you would like to obtain the motivation for requesting these permissions
a short description of your research project (including external links if applicable)
the name, affiliation and contact details of the main applicant
the expected duration of the project
Once the page is created, please send the link to
Dario Taraborelli ( firstname.lastname@example.org) so your request can be reviewed by the RCom. Requests submitted to the RCom usually take 1-2 weeks to be reviewed.
Projects supported by the Wikimedia Foundation with special API permissions are expected to meet the following
Open licensed output
Open licensed data
Open source code