Hi Everyone,

We're launching a study to observe and understand Wikipedia editors' current reading and editing practices, with an emphasis on mobile devices, but to also include desktop and laptop computers and other devices used in their editing and reading processes. We have commissioned Mosoci [http://mosoci.com/] to carry out this research project which will include a 3-phased process: a. A short online homework assignment b. A 2 hour F2F interview Wikipedia editors (to be conducted in New Delhi and Bangalore April end - early May) c. Potentially participate in a workshop with the Wikipedia team as well. We are looking for Wikipedia editors in English, Hindi, Malayalam, Kannada, Telugu and Tamil. This list obviously leaves out more languages than it includes, but since it is a qualitative study we had to make some hard decisions to limit the scope of the study. But we will be conducting subsequent quantitative research in India in the summer.

As is our policy at Wikipedia, we have discouraged our research agency from offering any monetary incentive for this project - however, in the spirit of Wikipedia, we assure you an interesting journey and conversation. Your participation is extremely valuable to us and we'd like to show our appreciation by giving you some Wikipedia memorabilia like T-shirts, stickers, badges etc. But most importantly, it will be to ensure that we understand the needs of Wikipedia editors in India and provide a platform that enables the editing process.

In addition to Wikipedia editors, we will be also speaking with Wikipedia readers in India to understand the experience of reading Wikipedia primarily on the mobile phone in India.

This research is critical for meeting our strategic objectives of increasing participation and reach in India. The research in India is the first phase of the global user experience study that we are embarking upon. We will be conducting similar studies in Brazil and US in the summer.

If you'd like to participate and help us grow, do let us know by March 31 by replying to this thread or writing directly to me at mpa...@wikimedia.org or to Dina Mehta from Moscoi at d...@moscoi.com.

Thanks in advance

Mani Pande, PhD
Head of Global Development Research
Wikimedia Foundation
Twitter: manipande
Skype: manipande

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