Research:Wikimedia France Research Award
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In other languages: English (en) français (fr) русский (ru) italiano (it) 
Duration: 2011-10 – 2013-03
Contact: Dario Taraborelli
completed research project.
Wikimedia France is initiating an international research prize to reward the most influential research paper on Wikimedia projects and free knowledge projects in general.
Main objectives :
- supporting/encouraging research teams working on Wikipedia and free knowledge
- popularizing scientific research on Wikipedia and free knowledge
- promoting the Wikimedia Movement
April 2013: online announcement of the winner.
Scientific papers eligibility
- anyone can submit a paper for consideration;
- papers published between 2003 and 2011;
- available in open access (can be a preprint);
- understandable by Wikimedia community (with accessible and accurate summary, reasonable length, english version avalaible).
Jury’s roles and duty
- selecting 5 shortlisted papers;
- ranking papers on this shortlist and have 50% weight in the winner;
- jury members won’t be allowed to vote for papers they authored or co-authored.
Wikimedia community’s roles
- can submit scientific papers to the jury, according to eligibility criterias;
- community will vote on shortlisted papers and have 50% weight in the winner.
Prize money and winner promotion
The Wikimedia France Research Award prize totals €2,500.
- The winner (or winning team) can freely allocate this sum, provided it is dedicated to help open knowledge research (e.g. grant to a research lab).
- The public announcement of the winner is scheduled for March 2013.
- Before this deadline, the winner is expected to dedicate some time to the production of information for the press release (answering an interview, photo shooting etc..).
Goals and Wikimedia community’s benefits
- Promoting research work on Wikimedia projects;
- Making shortlisted papers accessible and understandable by the community ; they will be discussed and better known.
July 1st, 2012
- Public announcement of the prize and the jury to the Wikimedia community. See: Research:Wikimedia France Research Award/Jury members
- Call for Wikimedia community's participation: anyone can submit papers. See and suggest: Research:Wikimedia France Research Award/papers submission
- Preparation of messages / sitenotices in different languages Research:Wikimedia France Research Award/messages
1 August7th August, 2012
- Papers submission deadline;
- Jury starts selecting 5 shortlisted papers;
15th September, 2012
- 5 shortlisted papers chosen by the jury;
- 5 shortlisted papers announced : Research:Wikimedia France Research Award/nominated papers
- Opening of Wikimedia community process (publication of summaries of shortlisted papers and discussion)
- Call for vote (Wikimedia Community and jury)
March 11th, 2013
- Closing of votes
End of april, 2013
- Public announcement of the winner.Research:Wikimedia France Research Award/Voting results
This project is organized by Wikimedia France and supported by WMF.
- Rémi Bachelet : remi.bachelet à wikimedia.fr WMFr volunteer, assistant professor at Ecole Centrale de Lille
- Carol Ann O’Hare : carolann.ohare à wikimedia.fr WMFr staff, head of research and education