Wikipedia Analytics Engine

Wikipedia has its own data-structure in templates with parameters — if you are not familiar with Wikipedia templates, an example is “infoboxes,” which show up as fixed-format tables in the top right-hand corner of articles. Templates, and the metadata they contain, have been exploited for research in the past, but I’ve wanted to create a …

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VIAFbot Debriefing

Shortly after reaching the 1/4 million edits milestone VIAFbot finished linking Wikipedia biography articles to VIAF.org. Examining the bot’s logs reveals telling statistics about the landscape of Authorities on Wikipedia. We can now know how much linked authority data is on Wikipedia, it’s composition, and the similarities between languages. First, let’s understand the flow of …

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Open Access Wikipedia Challenge on P2PU

It’s been traditional recently to hold Wikipedia Loves Libraries events during Open Access Week, and I fully support the practice. What’s also been traditional, in a way that I wanted to change, was the editathon format for those events. After scrunching my mind to brainstorm and consulting with other Wikipedia Loves Libraries volunteers on ways of …

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Cousins: The Bookworm and Wikignome

As we all know, the best you can hope of a meeting is not a conclusion, but a chuckle at a statistical oddity. When OCLC’s Top Library Loans List came out, such a positive meeting was had. Upon glancing the pulp fiction (see chart below) I wondered if Wikipedia editors were also driven by such …

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Wikimania 2012: copyright and closing thoughts

This is the last in series of posting on my first Wikimania. I’m (mostly) focusing on the connection between Wikipedia and libraries, and approaching topics thematically, rather than going through the conference in order. I was distracted by the Society of American Archivists meeting (which I’ll be blogging about soon!), but I’m back to wrap …

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Wikipedia and Libraries: The Afterwebinar

At 556 attendees strong the recent OCLC Research Webinars “Librarians are Wikipedians Too” and  “Wikipedia and Libraries: The Connection” piqued the progressive, exploratory minds of Librarians worldwide. Conviced tech managers at independent research libraries asked for help to jump onto the Commons mass upload bandwagon. Reference Librarians started to dream up combined workshop / editathons, from …

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Wikimania 2012 — mind the gap

This is the third in a series of posting on my first Wikimania. I’m (mostly) focusing on the connection between Wikipedia and libraries, and approaching topics thematically, rather than going through the conference in order. Mind the [gender] gap The Wikipedia community has been paying a lot of attention to the “gender gap” which was …

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Wikimania 2012 – Wikipedia goes GLAM

This is the second in a series of posting on my first Wikimania. I’m (mostly) focusing on the connection between Wikipedia and libraries, and approaching topics thematically, rather than going through the conference in order. Wikipedia goes GLAM I’ve been attracted to Wikipedia primary because of a set of recent GLAM outreach efforts (GLAM stands …

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