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
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