Just a question. The 'study' mentioned at the bottom of the page. Was it the one done by Oliver Keyes of the foundation?
On Mon, Feb 6, 2012 at 12:26 AM, Tinu Cherian (Wikimedia India) < tinucher...@wikimedia.in> wrote: > *First Post : Good News: Indians most willing to donate to Wikipedia* > > http://www.firstpost.com/tech/good-news-indians-most-willing-to-donate-to-wikipedia-204429.html > > *Wikipedia recently concluded its annual fundraiser, which was quite > successful with the online encyclopedia collecting nearly $20mn dollars > which will be used for the daily operations of the site. Jimmy Wales, > founder of the site had appealed passionately to all users to donate to > help keep the site free from advertisement. More recently the Wikipedia > blackout to protest SOPA/PIPA was seen as a strong anti-censorship stand > taken by the website, for which it was widely supported by readers and > users alike. (We chronicled how readers/users of the web survived that day!) > > Post the donation drive, Wikipedia has just published results from a > readers survey as a way of understanding the major donors to the site. Some > of the facts that come out from the survey are rather surprising. > > For once Indians are number ONE, when it comes to a desire to donate to > Wikipedia. According to the survey 42 percent of Wiki readers from India > were ready to donate, followed by Egypt and US where nearly 33 percent > users were keen to donate. The survey also noted that users from Germany, > France and Japan were less prone to making a donation. > > However a constant a problem that many users said prevented them from > donating was the lack of affordability. Ayush Khanna, Data Analyst, Global > Development at the Wikimedia foundation wrote in a detailed blogpost that > > The high value of the dollar may also have an effect, with 68 percent > of Japanese readers and 57 percent of Indian readers citing affordability > as a reason. However, about 60 percent of UK readers also cite this reason. > > While dollar rates could be a possible issue for not donating, Indian > users who don’t possess a credit card were probably stumped on how to go > about donating to the website. > > > But perhaps the biggest shocker is that nearly half of Wikipedia users are > not aware that it’s a non-profit organisation. The number is quite high > with 47 percent of readers being blissfully unaware of this crucial fact. > Being non-profit has helped Wikipedia remained ad-free since it began 2001. > Russia (64 percent), Brazil (56 percent) and the United States (56 percent) > were countries where this lack of knowledge was woefully high. The fact the > US figures on this list too is quite interesting, since the US also had a > sufficient majority of readers who were willing to donate to the site. > > What was even more bizarre, according to the survey numbers, was that > nearly 28 percent of its users who had edited pages on Wikipedia were > unaware that it was a non-profit organisation. > > Wikipedia has been putting out quite some information from this survey for > nearly a month now on the Wikimedia global blog. Other key facts are that > only 6 percent of its users have ever edited a Wikipedia page and most of > the users are happy to just read the content. > > Many felt that they didn’t have the grasp of a particular subject to > actually edit a page (Around 28 percent felt that they didn’t have enough > info). Six percent of the users also felt that they were afraid their edits > would be removed. The survey also confirmed that Wikipedia is still being > edited by very few people and a lot of people are hesitant to make edits. > In an earlier survey the site had stated that > > 80 percent of our editors are from the Global North. In most other > countries, a very small number of respondents as percent of total sample > say that they had edited Wikipedia. > > Once again it seems that the editors for Wikipedia are still largely based > in the developed countries, despite Wikipedia launching pages in several > languages other than English. Expectedly men are far more likely to edit > pages than women on Wikipedia, for there are more men online than women. > The number of young readers who edit is also increasing. > > The study was conducted during the summer of 2011. A 15-minute survey was > administered to a total sample of 4,000 participants within the following > 16 countries: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Egypt, France, Germany, India, > Italy, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Russia, Spain, South Africa, UK, and United > States. To read about all the blogposts on Wikipedia survey click here* > > Regards > Tinu Cherian > pr...@wikimedia.in > http://wiki.wikimedia.in/In_the_news > > Important Note : Non-commercial reproduction for informative purposes > only. The publisher ( First Post) of the above news article owns the > copyrights of the article / content. All copyrights are duly acknowledged. > > > > _______________________________________________ > Wikimediaindia-l mailing list > Wikimediaindiaemail@example.com > To unsubscribe from the list / change mailing preferences visit > https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimediaindia-l > > -- Regards, Srikanth Ramakrishnan. 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