FYI that there is a phabricator task to load legacy pagecounts by article
to AQS:
https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T173720

That task arose from a discussion on this mailing list mid-last year:
https://www.mail-archive.com/analytics@lists.wikimedia.org/msg04349.html
https://www.mail-archive.com/analytics@lists.wikimedia.org/msg04350.html

Cheers,
Scott



On Thu, Feb 22, 2018 at 11:25 PM, Nuria Ruiz <nu...@wikimedia.org> wrote:

> Peter:
>
> Do submit a phabricator tasks with your request, it'll be easier to follow
> on it than it is via e-mail.  Our backlog: https://phabricator.
> wikimedia.org/tag/analytics/
>
> I assume you know that per article views are available since 2015, a way
> to see those:  https://tools.wmflabs.org/pageviews/
>
> Per project views are available since early on, in either downloadable
> files or programatic form: https://wikitech.wikimedia.org/wiki/Analytics/
> AQS/Legacy_Pagecounts
>
> Thanks,
>
> Nuria
>
> On Thu, Feb 22, 2018 at 1:44 PM, Peter Meissner <retep.meiss...@gmail.com>
> wrote:
>
>> Like dumps on article-day level? That would be already super awesome much
>> better than the current state.
>>
>> Best, Peter
>>
>> Am 22.02.2018 22:23 schrieb "Dan Andreescu" <dandree...@wikimedia.org>:
>>
>>> Peter, the data you mention here is quite large, and storage is cheap
>>> but not free.  For now, we don't have capacity to serve that kind of
>>> timespan from the API, but we will work to improve the dumps version so
>>> it's more comprehensive.
>>>
>>> On Thu, Feb 22, 2018 at 4:12 PM, Peter Meissner <
>>> retep.meiss...@gmail.com> wrote:
>>>
>>>> Dear List-eners,
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> I write in to argue the case for an Wikipedia effort to make something
>>>> like stats.grok.se (page views per day per article from 2007 onwards)
>>>> available again.
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> I am author of the first R-package that was providing easy access to
>>>> pageview counts by accessing the stats.grok.se service and translating
>>>> the it into need little R data frames.
>>>>
>>>> Since stats.grok.se is gone somebody writes in once a month - mostly
>>>> from academia - asking about the status of page view data for the time
>>>> before late 2015 - counts, per article, per day. To underline this further:
>>>> the R pageviews package written by one of your former colleagues has over
>>>> 7000 downloads within 2 years while my package has 14000 within 4 years
>>>> (which are conservative numbers because they stem from one particular CRAN
>>>> mirror only).
>>>>
>>>> I made some efforts to reconstruct the service that stats.grok.se was
>>>> providing but well it's not a trivial endeavour as far as I can see (BIG
>>>> data, demanding some computing time and storage resources and bandwidth,
>>>> and some thinking about how to re-arrange and aggregate the data so it can
>>>> be queried and served efficiently -  not to mention that the data is raw
>>>> meaning it needs some proper cleaning up before using, also hosting will
>>>> need some resources, ...) - and so my efforts have gone nowhere .
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Would it not be nice if Wikipedia could jump in and support research
>>>> by going the whole mile and making those page counts available?
>>>>
>>>> In regard to the prioritizing - I am sure you have a long backlog - I
>>>> would argue that this is something that really is a multiplier thing. It
>>>> enables a lot of people to start researching. Daily page counts are not
>>>> that fancy but without them people are simply blocked. They cannot start
>>>> because they cant even get a basic idea about what was the general article
>>>> popularity for a given day.
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Best Peter
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> PS.: I would be willing to put in some time to help you folks in any
>>>> way I can.
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> 2018-02-22 21:56 GMT+01:00 Dan Andreescu <dandree...@wikimedia.org>:
>>>>
>>>>> My view had been informed by the documentation at
>>>>>> https://dumps.wikimedia.org/other/pagecounts-ez/:
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Hourly page views per article for around 30 million article titles
>>>>>>> (Sept 2013) in around 800+ Wikimedia wikis. Repackaged (with extreme
>>>>>>> shrinkage, without losing granularity), corrected, reformatted. Daily 
>>>>>>> files
>>>>>>> and two monthly files (see notes below).
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Regarding the claim that pagecounts-ez has data back to when
>>>>>> wikimedia started tracking pageviews, I'll point out another error in the
>>>>>> documentation that may have led to that view. The documentation claims 
>>>>>> that
>>>>>> data is available from 2007 onward:
>>>>>>
>>>>>>  From 2007 to May 2015: derived from Domas' pagecount/projectcount
>>>>>>> files
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>> However, if you check out the actual files (
>>>>>> https://dumps.wikimedia.org/other/pagecounts-ez/merged/), you'll see
>>>>>> that the pagecounts only go back to late 2011.
>>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>> Ah, yes, but the projectcount files go back to 2007-12, that's where
>>>>> that confusion comes from, we should clarify or generate the old data.  
>>>>> I'm
>>>>> not sure whether this is easy, but I think it's fairly straightforward and
>>>>> I've opened a task for it: https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T188041
>>>>> (we have a lot of work in our backlog, though, so we probably won't be 
>>>>> able
>>>>> to get to this for a bit).
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