Hi all,

The next Research Showcase will be live-streamed on Wednesday, June 17, at
9:30 AM PDT/16:30 UTC.

In the era of 'information explosion,' we strive to stay informed and
relevant often too quickly, and hence run into the peril of consuming false
or distorted facts. This month, our invited speakers will help us
understand these dynamics, especially in the context of Wikipedia's content
and readership. First, Connie will talk about an initiative she's been
leading to source and rank credible information from the news, and its
overlap with Wikipedia. In the second talk, Tiziano will present his recent
work on quantifying and understanding how the readers of Wikipedia interact
with an article's citations to verify specific claims.

YouTube stream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GS9Jc3IFhVQ

As usual, you can join the conversation on IRC at #wikimedia-research. You
can also watch our past research showcases here:

This month's presentations:

Today’s News, Tomorrow’s Reference, and The Problem of Information
Reliability - An Introduction to NewsQ

By: Connie Moon Sehat, NewsQ, Hacks/Hackers

The effort to make Wikipedia more reliable is related to the larger
challenges facing the information ecosystem overall. These challenges
include the discovery of and accessibility to reliable news amid the
transformation of news distribution through platform and social media
products. Connie will present some of the challenges related to the ranking
and recommendation of news that are addressed by the NewsQ Initiative, a
collaboration between the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism
at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism and Hacks/Hackers. In
addition, she’ll share some of the ways that the project intersects with
Wikipedia, such as supporting research around the US Perennial Sources list

Related resources


   NewsQ Initiative site (https://newsq.net/)


   DUE JUNE 15 (Please apply if interested!): Social Science Research
   Council Call for Papers, “News Quality in the Platform Era”


   M. Bhuiyan, A. Zhang, C. Sehat, T. Mitra, 2020. Investigating "Who" in
   the Crowdsourcing of News Credibility, C+J 2020 (

Quantifying Engagement with Citations on Wikipedia

By: Tiziano Piccardi, EPFL

Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia that anyone can edit, is one of the
most visited sites on the Web and a common source of information for many
users. As an encyclopedia, Wikipedia is not a source of original
information, but was conceived as a gateway to secondary sources: according
to Wikipedia's guidelines, facts must be backed up by reliable sources that
reflect the full spectrum of views on the topic. Although citations lie at
the very heart of Wikipedia, little is known about how users interact with
them. To close this gap, we built client-side instrumentation for logging
all interactions with links leading from English Wikipedia articles to
cited references for one month and conducted the first analysis of readers'
interaction with citations on Wikipedia. We find that overall engagement
with citations is low: about one in 300 page views results in a reference
click (0.29% overall; 0.56% on desktop; 0.13% on mobile). Matched
observational studies of the factors associated with reference clicking
reveal that clicks occur more frequently on shorter pages and on pages of
lower quality, suggesting that references are consulted more commonly when
Wikipedia itself does not contain the information sought by the user.
Moreover, we observe that recent content, open access sources, and
references about life events (births, deaths, marriages, etc) are
particularly popular. Taken together, our findings open the door to a
deeper understanding of Wikipedia's role in a global information economy
where reliability is ever less certain, and source attribution ever more

Paper: https://arxiv.org/abs/2001.08614

Janna Layton (she, her)
Administrative Assistant - Product & Technology
Wikimedia Foundation <https://wikimediafoundation.org/>
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