Hi all,

We, the Research team at Wikimedia Foundation, have received some requests
over the past months for making ourselves more available to answer some of
the research questions that you as Wikimedia volunteers, affiliates' staff,
and researchers face in your projects and initiatives. Starting January
2020, we will experiment with monthly office hours organized jointly by our
team and the Analytics team where you can join us and direct your questions
to us. We will revisit this experiment in June 2020 to assess whether to
continue it or not.

The scope

We encourage you to attend the office hour if you have research related
questions. These can be questions about our teams, our projects, or more
importantly questions about your projects or ideas that we can support you
with during the office hours. You can also ask us questions about how to
use a specific dataset available to you, to answer a question you have, or
some other question. Note that the purpose of the office hours is to answer
your questions during the dedicated time of the office hour. Questions that
may require many hours of back-and-forth between our team and you are not
suited for this forum. For these bigger questions, however, we are happy to
brainstorm with you in the office hour and point you to some good
directions to explore further on your own (and maybe come back in the next
office hour and ask more questions).

Time and Location

We meet on the 4th Wednesday of every month 17.00-18.00 (UTC) in
#wikimedia-research IRC channel on freenode [1].

The first meeting will be on January 22.

Up-to-date information on mediawiki [2]


If you miss the office hour, you can read the logs of it at [3].

The future announcements about these office hours will only go to the
following lists so please make sure you're subscribed to them if you like
to receive a ping:

    * wiki-research-l mailing list [4]

    * analytics mailing list [5]

    * wikidata mailing list [6]

    * the Research category in Space [7]

on behalf of Research and Analytics at WMF,


[1] irc://irc.freenode.net/wikimedia-research

[2] https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Research/Office_hours

[3] https://wm-bot.wmflabs.org/logs/%23wikimedia-research/

[4] https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wiki-research-l

[5] https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/analytics

[6] https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikidata

[7] https://discuss-space.wmflabs.org/tags/research

Martin Gerlach
Research Scientist
Wikimedia Foundation
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