Hi all, The next Research Showcase will be live-streamed on Wednesday, November 20, 2019, at 9:30 AM PST/17:30 UTC. We’ll have a presentation from Martin Potthast of Leipzig University on text reuse in Wikipedia and other presentation from the Wikimedia Foundation’s Isaac Johnson on the demographics and interests of Wikipedia’s readers.
YouTube stream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIko_V1k09s 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 presentations: Wikipedia Text Reuse: Within and Without By Martin Potthast, Leipzig University We study text reuse related to Wikipedia at scale by compiling the first corpus of text reuse cases within Wikipedia as well as without (i.e., reuse of Wikipedia text in a sample of the Common Crawl). To discover reuse beyond verbatim copy and paste, we employ state-of-the-art text reuse detection technology, scaling it for the first time to process the entire Wikipedia as part of a distributed retrieval pipeline. We further report on a pilot analysis of the 100 million reuse cases inside, and the 1.6 million reuse cases outside Wikipedia that we discovered. Text reuse inside Wikipedia gives rise to new tasks such as article template induction, fixing quality flaws, or complementing Wikipedia’s ontology. Text reuse outside Wikipedia yields a tangible metric for the emerging field of quantifying Wikipedia’s influence on the web. To foster future research into these tasks, and for reproducibility’s sake, the Wikipedia text reuse corpus and the retrieval pipeline are made freely available. Paper <https://webis.de/publications.html#?q=wikipedia%20ecir%202019>, Demo <https://demo.webis.de/wikipedia-text-reuse/> Characterizing Wikipedia Reader Demographics and Interests By Isaac Johnson, Wikimedia Foundation Building on two past surveys on the motivation and needs of Wikipedia readers (Why We Read Wikipedia <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Research/Showcase#November_2016>; Why the World Reads Wikipedia <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Research/Showcase#December_2018>), we examine the relationship between Wikipedia reader demographics and their interests and needs. Specifically, we run surveys in thirteen different languages that ask readers three questions about their motivation for reading Wikipedia (motivation, needs, and familiarity) and five questions about their demographics (age, gender, education, locale, and native language). We link these survey results with the respondents' reading sessions -- i.e. sequence of Wikipedia page views -- to gain a more fine-grained understanding of how a reader's context relates to their activity on Wikipedia. We find that readers have a diversity of backgrounds but that the high-level needs of readers do not correlate strongly with individual demographics. We also find, however, that there are relationships between demographics and specific topic interests that are consistent across many cultures and languages. This work provides insights into the reach of various Wikipedia language editions and the relationship between content or contributor gaps and reader gaps. See the meta page <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Research:Characterizing_Wikipedia_Reader_Behaviour/Demographics_and_Wikipedia_use_cases#Reader_Surveys> for more details. -- Janna Layton (she, her) Administrative Assistant - Product & Technology Wikimedia Foundation <https://wikimediafoundation.org/> _______________________________________________ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines and https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia-l New messages to: Wikimediafirstname.lastname@example.org Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l, <mailto:wikimedia-l-requ...@lists.wikimedia.org?subject=unsubscribe>