Hello all,

Just a reminder about our Research Showcase this Wednesday, and an update
that we now have a 2nd presenter:

Geography and knowledge. Reviving an old relationship with Wiki
AtlasBy *Anastasios
Noulas, New York University*Wiki Atlas <https://www.wiki-atlas.org/> is an
interactive cartography tool. The tool renders Wikipedia content in a
3-dimensional, web-based cartographic environment. The map acts as a medium
that enables the discovery and exploration of articles in a manner that
explicitly associates geography and information. At its current prototype
form, a Wikipedia article is represented on the map as a 3D element whose
height property is proportional to the number of views the article has on
the website. This property enables the discovery of relevant content, in a
manner that reflects the significance of the target element by means of
collective attention by the site’s audience.

On Thu, Jan 10, 2019 at 10:49 AM Janna Layton <jlay...@wikimedia.org> wrote:

> Hello, everyone,
> The next Research Showcase, *Understanding participation in Wikipedia*,
> will be live-streamed next Wednesday, January 16, at 11:30 AM PST/19:30
> UTC. This presentation is about new editors.
> YouTube stream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fc51jE_KNTc
> As usual, you can join the conversation on IRC at #wikimedia-research. You
> can also watch our past research showcases here:
> https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Research/Showcase
> This month's presentation:
> *Understanding participation in Wikipedia: Studies on the relationship
> between new editors’ motivations and activity*
> By Martina Balestra, New York University
> Peer production communities like Wikipedia often struggle to retain
> contributors beyond their initial engagement. Theory suggests this may be
> related to their levels of motivation, though prior studies either center
> on contributors’ activity or use cross-sectional survey methods, and
> overlook accompanied changes in motivation. In this talk, I will present a
> series of studies aimed at filling this gap. We begin by looking at how
> Wikipedia editors’ early motivations influence the activities that they
> come to engage in, and how these motivations change over the first three
> months of participation in Wikipedia. We then look at the relationship
> between editing activity and intrinsic motivation specifically over time.
> We find that new editors’ early motivations are predictive of their future
> activity, but that these motivations tend to change with time. Moreover,
> newcomers’ intrinsic motivation is reinforced by the amount of activity
> they engage in over time: editors who had a high level of intrinsic
> motivation entered a virtuous cycle where the more they edited the more
> motivated they became, whereas those who initially had low intrinsic
> motivation entered a vicious cycle. Our findings shed new light on the
> importance of early experiences and reveal that the relationship between
> motivation and activity is more complex than previously understood.
> --
> Janna Layton
> Administrative Assistant - Audiences & Technology
> Wikimedia Foundation <https://wikimediafoundation.org/>

Janna Layton
Administrative Assistant - Audiences & Technology
Wikimedia Foundation <https://wikimediafoundation.org/>
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