Hello everyone,

The next Research Showcase, *Why the World Reads Wikipedia*, will be
live-streamed this Wednesday, December 12, 2018, at 11:30 AM PST/19:30 UTC.
This presentation is about Wikipedia usage across languages.

YouTube stream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKMFvi_CCB0

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This month's presentation:

*Why the World Reads Wikipedia*

By Florian Lemmerich, RWTH Aachen University; Diego Sáez-Trumper, Wikimedia
Foundation; Robert West, EPFL; and Leila Zia, Wikimedia Foundation

So far, little is known about why users across the world read Wikipedia's
various language editions. To bridge this gap, we conducted a comparative
study by combining a large-scale survey of Wikipedia readers across 14
language editions with a log-based analysis of user activity. For analysis,
we proceeded in three steps: First, we analyzed the survey results to
compare the prevalence of Wikipedia use cases across languages, discovering
commonalities, but also substantial differences, among Wikipedia languages
with respect to their usage. Second, we matched survey responses to the
respondents' traces in Wikipedia's server logs to characterize behavioral
patterns associated with specific use cases, finding that distinctive
patterns consistently mark certain use cases across language editions.
Third, we could show that certain Wikipedia use cases are more common in
countries with certain socio-economic characteristics; e.g., in-depth
reading of Wikipedia articles is substantially more common in countries
with a low Human Development Index. The outcomes of this study provide a
deeper understanding of Wikipedia readership in a wide range of languages,
which is important for Wikipedia editors, developers, and the reusers of
Wikipedia content.

Janna Layton
Administrative Assistant - Audiences & Technology

Wikimedia Foundation
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San Francisco, CA 94104
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