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请问哪里能找到关于在维基媒体基金会项目上打广告的更多信息?

维基媒体基金会不接受广告。

基金会不反对在线广告业或者提供广告的其他组织,但它认为广告并不属于一个致力于教育的项目,尤其是一个由与平衡的、中立的百科全书相一致的价值观推动的项目。全球志愿者社群一直认为广告会对我们保持中立的能力产生重大影响,广告最终会削弱读者们阅读条目的总体信心。即便广告商们没有对我们施加压力,使文章倾向于他们的喜好,读者们可能会有意或无意地担心他们会(对文章内容)产生影响。

此外,基金会非常看重读者的隐私。当下的网络广告模式与我们对隐私的看法相抵触,尤其是情境广告,这种广告会读取你正在查看的内容。基金会也认为根据读者们的地理位置投放广告是带有侵扰性的。

如果你想阅读关于广告化维基百科的讨论历史——包括利与弊——志愿者社群就此编写过一个页面,点此查看

我该如何申请维基媒体支持我的慈善组织?

您或许已经知道,维基媒体基金会是非营利性慈善组织,我们的目标十分明确,即发展与维护我们的一套以世界上所有语言写就的网络开放内容教育性资源,并向公众免费分发。我们是位于美国佛罗里达州的非营利性组织,本地和国家相关法律禁止我们将资金用于除此以外的任何目的。

如果您的请求和我们的使命相关的,那么您可以访问补助“开始”页面以获取申请帮助的相关信息。

我该如何提议一个新的计划或者运作当前计划的全新方法?

我们十分感谢您花费时间考虑改进维基媒体的方法。

因为维基媒体基金会不会创建或策划维基百科或我们管理的其他网站上的内容,这项工作是由庞大的志愿者社区完成的,我们无法通过电子邮件请求直接实施大多数建议。对维基百科等现有计划的更改以及新项目批准(如现有项目的新语言或网站的全新概念)来自这个志愿者社区。

如果您想提出一个全新的项目,请访问项目请愿。如果您想建议我们创建现有项目的新语言版本,请访问元维基上的新语言请求页面。如果您想提出的是我们现有项目的新功能,请与该项目的志愿者分享您的想法。有社区论坛的想法和建议。我们的大多数项目都在社区讨论点的右侧有一个链接,有时会给出“互助客栈”或“咖啡馆”或“旅行者酒吧”这样的标题。例如,英语维基百科讨论了想法和提议互助客栈

就像任何人都可以编辑文章页面一样,这些讨论页面也是如此。如果您还不熟悉如何编辑我们的页面,MediaWiki编辑指南会很有用。如果您需要进一步的帮助,无论是编辑还是寻找合适的家庭供您讨论,社区都会有一个志愿者电子邮件回复团队,他们应该能够提供帮助。可以通过info wikimedia org联系他们。请务必告诉他们具体的项目和使用的语言,如果你对英语以外的其他语言比较舒服,他们可以在很多情况下用你的母语与你沟通。

我们希望社区能够接受您的想法。

如果您的业务提案“不是”新项目,现有项目的新语言版本或现有项目的实践修改,请联系

请问我可以使用你们的标识或商标吗?

欲了解有关维基媒体商标使用指引,包括您所希望的使用情境是否被允许,请参见我们的商标权方针

如果您对您的使用情境是否符合此方针或当地的商标法规并不确定,请直接通过trademarks wikimedia org联系我们。

我是否可以在自己的网站上使用你们的软件?

我们欢迎并鼓励您这么做!MediaWiki免费的服务器端软件,以GNU通用公共许可协议(GPL)授权使用。MediaWiki是功能强大,可扩展性好,功能全面的wiki实现方案,利用PHP处理和展示存储于MySQL等数据库中的数据。

MediaWiki首页应当包含足够的信息,协助您以自用为目的安装并使用该软件。尽管维基媒体基金会鼓励大家以自用为目的使用此软件,我们无法提供使用此软件相关培训或提供解答服务,但是志愿者社群可以提供帮助。如果帮助页面没有提供您有关MediaWiki使用问题的解答,欢迎垂询求助平台。您还可以通过IRC沟通页面列出的电邮寻求协助。

我可以重複利用您的網站上的文字或圖片么?

注意:如果您有兴趣托管镜像或从我们的一个或多个项目下载大量内容,请参阅我可以镜像或复制您的网站吗?。

维基媒体基金会实际上并不拥有维基百科上大部分内容的版权。这些材料通常由志愿者拥有,他们在网站上创建内容并自由许可,以便可以在我们的网站和其他地方使用。原则上,我们网站上的大多数文本都受知识共享署名-相同方式许可(CC-BY-SA)的约束,并且可以出于任何目的免费使用。只要遵守许可条件,就不需要特定的使用许可。一些文本也可以在GNU自由文档许可证(GFDL)下获得。

图像被识别为受若干许可证的约束。因此,如果要使用图像,建议检查图像信息页面以获取源和/或许可信息。单击图像将引导您进入图像信息页面。大多数图像都可以免费使用,只要您提供适当的信用并遵循图像描述页面上指示的许可条款。

有关详细信息,请参阅我们的使用条款:内容许可第7-7条。我们网站上还有另一页也可能属于我们。虽然由在我们网站上创建和策划内容的志愿者撰写,Commons: Reusing Wikimino以外的内容可能会提供更多与媒体相关的信息。

请注意:维基媒体基金会和维基媒体网站内容的贡献者都无法提供法律建议。我们希望我们能够就您想要使用的内容向您提供具体的反馈,但是除非它是我们的员工生成的徽标或稀有内容之一,否则我们不能。如果您打算重复使用维基媒体网站中的内容,则您有责任确定我们托管的内容的许可如何适用于您的预期用途。如有疑问,您可能希望联系在您所在司法管辖区执业并且熟悉知识产权法律的律师。

我可否提供你们网站的镜像站或拷贝?

注意:如果您只想使用我们的一个或多个项目中的少量内容,请参阅“我可以重复使用您网站上的文字或图片吗?” 代替。

由于共享信息是我们使命的关键部分,我们欢迎并尝试促进我们内容的传播。当然,欢迎您链接到我们的传统意义上的网站,告知您的读者存在,并为他们提供访问我们网站的选项以获取更多信息。但是,我们不支持我们网站的实时镜像(远程加载或热链接)。鉴于我们独特的版权情况,您实际上更好地托管早期版本的文本转储或我们文章的本地托管副本(请参阅这一段)。有关维基百科文章数据库的可下载转储,请参阅数据库下载页面。您可能也对Mediawiki API感兴趣。

请注意:维基媒体基金会和维基媒体网站内容的贡献者都无法提供法律建议。我们希望我们能够就您想要使用的内容向您提供具体的反馈,但是除非它是我们的员工生成的徽标或稀有内容之一,否则我们不能。如果您打算重复使用维基媒体网站中的内容,则您有责任确定我们托管的内容的许可如何适用于您的预期用途。如有疑问,您可能希望联系在您所在司法管辖区执业并且熟悉知识产权法律的律师。


維基媒體基金會

我该如何判定某个“维基”(wiki)或其他站点是否是你们的网站?

wiki”一词为通用词汇(中文词“维基”为维基媒体基金会商标),任何人均可使用,因此有些人可能对于哪些网站属于维基媒体基金会感到困惑。此外,由于MediaWiki为免费开源软件,任何人均可使用,因此其他网站可能在视觉上看起来和我们的计划站点类似。只有列于“我们的计划站点”页面上的网站属于维基媒体基金会。

如果您想知道某个不隶属于我们的网站究竟由谁持有,请在网站寻找“关于我们”链接,或者使用WHOIS工具查询。

如果您发现某个网站并不在名单中,但是使用维基媒体基金会商标,或声称其属于维基媒体基金会,请通过answers wikimedia org通知我们。

How can I learn more about job opportunities at the Wikimedia Foundation?

感謝您對幫助維基媒體基金會工作感興趣!

Job openings are listed here. If you see a job that looks like a good match for you, please click on it to read a more complete description. Information on where to send your resume will be included in the description. Usually, there is a link at the bottom that says "Apply Now."

If none of the jobs currently listed there seem suitable to you, please keep an eye on that page. New job openings are listed there routinely as they become available.

What are the Wikimedia Foundation's major values and beliefs?

The Wikimedia Foundation believes that all people everywhere should be afforded equal access to information. It supports network neutrality and the free culture movement. It believes in the need to conquer the digital divide, which results in the economic or cultural marginalization of individuals with limited access to technology. It respects the rights of human beings to basic privacy and dignity. The Wikimedia Foundation also believes that the environment is important; it strives for sustainable business practices.

The Foundation holds that censorship is incompatible with its mission. In May 2011, when the Board of Trustees passed its resolution on dealing with controversial content, it affirmed that "Wikimedia projects are not censored." Curating knowledge for an international community of all ages will certainly mean the display of materials that some may find offensive or upsetting. The Board supported the principle that users should be able to choose what content to access and encouraged the responsible curating of content so users might reasonably expect what they will encounter when viewing a page or using a feature, but continued in its explicit support of access to information for all.


內容

我如何聯絡書寫有關您網站資訊的人或實體?

While the websites we maintain host articles about a wide number of people, companies and corporations, we do not hold contact details for them. Contact details may be included in the article about the subject or in links provided within the article. If not, you may wish to use a search engine or other resource to try to locate this information. As an organization that relies almost entirely on the good will of volunteers, we do not have the resources to research inquiries of this nature.

How do I find out more information about subjects on your sites?

Since content on our educational projects is not created, reviewed, or controlled by a central authority, but by members of the public volunteering to help out, we are not able to offer more information about the subjects on our sites via email. As an organization that relies almost entirely on the good will of volunteers, we do not have the resources to research such material.

However, you may be able to get additional information on the site itself. Many languages of Wikipedia host a "reference desk"—an online resource where various volunteers do try to answer knowledge-based questions. The English Wikipedia's, for instance, is located here. You can find a long list of reference desks in other languages in the bottom of the toolbar on the left side of the page. Though there is no guarantee that they can provide an answer, they are often able. Please be specific in your question so that others can better assist you.

Anything you post to the Reference Desk will become public. Therefore, we do not recommend that you post personal information such as email addresses or phone numbers. Generally, once you post your question you can check back on the webpage in a day or two to see if volunteers have been able to answer you.

How can I report misuse of my copyrighted content on your sites?

We're sorry to hear that you've encountered this problem on our site. Unfortunately, the Community Advocacy team, which answers questions here at the Hub, cannot assist directly in content takedowns. The Wikimedia Foundation does not create or curate content on our sites; rather, this work is done by a vast community of volunteers.

There are several approaches to having content removed if it infringes your copyright.

First, you can reach out to our designated agent for a DMCA takedown request (see this page for more details). You can reach our designated agent via email at legal wikimedia org. If you'd like to review our DMCA policy, it is located here.

Alternatively, you can reach out to the community of volunteers directly to request content removal. They are available via email at info-en-c wikimedia org. Wikimedia sites, including Wikimedia Commons, do not have a central authority, but the volunteers who work at these email addresses are experienced users who know policies and processes and can assist you with such requests.

Please do not send requests to both addresses, as this may delay handling of your request. You should either process your request through the legal team at the first address or through the courtesy queue staffed by volunteers.

How do I report inaccuracies in content on one of your projects?

Our projects are "wikis", which means that anyone visiting the site can edit or add to most pages. In most cases, if you believe that content could be improved, we ask you to address it on the site yourself.

First, you can edit almost any page directly. You don't need to apply or get special permission to join us. At the top of each page is an "edit" label. Try it for example at the sandbox on the English Wikipedia. You don't even need to log in to edit, although creating an account gives you more options and helps you keep track of your contributions. You can create an account on our educational projects by pressing "create account" in the top right corner.

Our projects are open to volunteers and encourage people to pitch in. You can generally find information on how in the sidebar of each project. The English Wikipedia's Introduction and Tutorial are useful reading for how to edit MediaWiki software, if you choose to contribute directly.

Please note that while contributions are welcome, the volunteer communities who create and curate content do have policies and guidelines which they have crafted to which content must adhere. These will vary according to the project you are editing and can generally be read by following the links on the left side of the page on a given project. For instance, the policies that govern Wikipedia ask that you remain neutral in your prose and provide reliable sources to substantiate the information you add. Content that does not meet local policies may be modified or removed.

If you do not wish to correct the issue yourself, you can raise your concern for review by members of the community. Each page on our projects has an associated "discussion page" or "talk page"; you can access this by clicking the "discussion" link at the top of the page. You can then voice your concerns by selecting the "new section" link in the tabs at the top of the page. You will see two text boxes for you to write in: one for a title for your note and one for the note itself. (See the MediaWiki help page on talk pages if you would like more information on using them).

If other contributors are not receptive to your note or edits, there are dispute resolution processes you can follow on the sites. You can frequently find more information about these by pressing the "help" link found on most projects in the sidebar on the left. If you cannot find the dispute resolution processes on a given project, you should be able visit the help desk or community portal to ask local volunteers on that project how to proceed.

In addition to dispute resolution processes within a specific project (like the Wikipedia project that is concerning you), there is a cross-wiki discussion point called "Meta" which is intended to coordinate work across projects. If a particular project is having internal issues that the local community cannot overcome, it may be possible to reach out to other Wikimedians around the world for assistance there. The process used for this is called "Requests for Comment". We recommend being as concise possible in explaining the issue and offering clear "diffs" or "links" to pages and edits that exemplify the issue. It will be helpful to show the Meta community where members of the local community have tried to resolve the problem and failed.

In some cases, it may be appropriate to reach out for information or assistance to the volunteer email response team at info wikimedia org. The volunteer email response team receives a large number of emails every day, and they do not have the capacity or the mandate to help with most minor corrections or standard content disputes. They may be able to assist people in special circumstances, however. Before writing, it's a good idea to check on the project where you are encountering difficulties to see if there are specific instructions for contacting volunteers on that project or specific information on how they may be able to help. For instance, the Dutch Wikipedia page on their volunteer email response system includes specific details for what to do in various circumstances. (You may be able to locate this information on other projects by pressing the magnifying glass in the search bar, typing "OTRS" in the box, and pressing "Help and Project Pages" beneath the box.) Some projects include that information in the link on the left labeled "Contact page". (See, for example,the English Wikipedia's "Contact us" page.)

If you do choose to reach out to the volunteer email response team, please keep in mind that our projects have no central editorial board. While volunteer responders are chosen from among the volunteer community by other volunteers for their experience on the projects, they can only act in accordance with the community-created policies and processes of the projects they serve. In some very exceptional circumstances, they may be able to help you directly, but, if not, should often be able to help you determine the best way to proceed.

If contacting the volunteer email response team, please clearly explain the issues you are encountering and, if you are writing the general address, please specify the language and project where you are experiencing the issue (for example, French Wiktionary; Russian Wikipedia).


參與

我如何捐贈我擁有著作權的內容到您的網站中?

Thank you for your interest in donating content to our projects!

In accordance with our Terms of Use, our projects are able to accept previously published content that is compatibly licensed with the project to which you wish to add it. (See, specifically, section 7, "Licensing of Content").

The volunteer community who create and curate the bulk of the content on our projects have crafted processes for facilitating such donations. Recommended steps on the English Wikipedia can be found at Wikipedia:Donating copyrighted materials. Several other language Wikipedias have pages describing the process; you can see the list of languages in which it is available and access those by clicking "languages" in the left toolbar. Specific information on donating images and other media files can be found at Commons:Email templates. If you have any questions on donating copyrighted content not answered at those pages, you may wish to consult the web-based "help desk" on Commons or use the "Help" link in the left toolbar to locate a help forum on the project to which you wish to donate. You can also write to permission wikimedia org.

我希望帮助你们将内容翻译成其他语言,应该怎么做?

维基百科依赖志愿者撰写并维护所有的内容,以及设立管理站点的方针和指引。这是一个合作项目,来自世界各地的人们各有自己的专长和兴趣,他们共同协助免费向全人类、全世界积累和传播知识。我们维护的其他站点也都是以志愿者为本的合作性、众包性计划。在我们的网站上,翻译同内容创建一样,都是由志愿者引导的活动。

A general approach to translation from English Wikipedia to other projects is provided here. This approach is likely to succeed on most projects with most languages. If you want specific advice from other volunteers, you can reach out to the "help" or community discussion forum on the project where you want to place the translation. These are generally linked from the side of every page. If you can't find it, you can write to info wikimedia org for more information. Please, in that case, specify the language project where you want to work (for instance, Italian Wiktionary; French Wikipedia).

If you are interested in helping to translate official documents used for management of Wikimedia projects, this work is also done by volunteers. Meta's "Babylon" page is a good place to begin. There is a section there on getting started which includes some important links, and there is also a section on communication that tells you some of the best places to get in touch with other translators, who may be able to give you specifics about the work. We recommend reading the tutorial linked from the "getting started" section before beginning, if you choose to pitch in, as the system actually looks more complex than it is.


研究

The following information is transcluded from Research FAQ page.

I want to understand the Wikimedia research community

Who manages the research community?

No single person or entity manages or directs the Wikimedia research community. Much like the Wikipedia community, the research community is composed of many different, self-directed entities with a common interest in better understanding the Wikimedia movement and its projects.

Even within the Wikimedia Foundation, the largest organization in the Wikimedia movement, no single person or team has primary responsibility for all research.

Who is involved in the research community?

Participants in the research community include:

How do I communicate with the research community?

The best way to communicate with the research community as a whole is to use the wiki-research-l lists wikimedia org mailing list. You can also use the #wikimedia-research连接 IRC channel, but you may not get an answer to a general question because IRC is meant for live conversations.

Where can I meet members of the research community?

The Wikimedia Foundation Research team hosts a monthly office hour using video chat.

Wikimania, the yearly Wikimedia movement conference, is attended by many members of the research community and usually has many sessions related to research. Many other Wikimedia conferences exists; some may include members of the research community or research-related session.

There are several scholarly conferences with dedicated tracks on Wikimedia research or a long record of publications in the field. The best research on Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects today happens at conferences such as CSCW, ICWSM, OpenSym, WWW.

What does the Wikimedia Foundation Research team do? Can it support my team’s data analysis needs?

The Wikimedia Research's mandate is to help design and test technology informed by qualitative and quantitative research methods and produce scientifically rigorous knowledge about Wikimedia's users and projects. Examples of projects led by the Research team include:

The team can provide guidance on metric definitions, experimental design, statistical and methodological support on an ad hoc basis. Individual Audiences teams are responsible for data analysis and metric definition for their corresponding audiences. You can contact the R&D team via our (internal) department mailing list research-wmf lists wikimedia org.

What does the Wikimedia Foundation Design Research team do?

The Design Research team (DR) supports iteration of concepts and functionality toward a usable and intuitive experience for users. It also provides guidance to other WMF teams via a range of qualitative methods including, but not limited to, usability testing. Requests for the team can be submitted via phabricator. The team also conducts generative research and collaborates with Research and Data and other teams in order to help define what products and user experiences at a high level should be built (and why) for specific types of users, based on their needs. You can contact the DR team via our (internal) department mailing list research-wmf lists wikimedia org.

I have a question about Wikimedia projects that I want answered

Where do I find Wikimedia statistics and metrics?

Wikistats is the best location for learning about high-level statistics like the number of active editors or unique devices. The numbers in Wikistats are the most vetted and "official" ones available.

Many other dashboards and reports are also available. For a list, see Statistics. Note that these dashboards may not be closely vetted as Wikistats and should be used with care in high-profile situations.

A journalist has asked me for some data. Who can I talk to?

If you need help handling a question from a journalist, please contact the Wikimedia Foundation's Communications team at talktocomms wikimedia org. If necessary, the team knows how request support from the various researchers at the Foundation.

How can I recruit a researcher to investigate my question?

Realistically, there are far more questions than there is time to answer them, so it's likely that you will not be able to find anyone willing to take up your question.

If you would still like to try, you can email the wiki-research-l lists wikimedia org mailing list. You can also add your idea to the research ideas Phabricator board; students and volunteers looking for projects to work on sometimes look there for ideas.

If you want to try investigating the question yourself, check out the section of this page on help with your own research.

I want to pitch a new project to Research and Data, what should I do?

The Research and Data team partners with other teams in the organization, community members and academic researchers to design and run projects that typically span multiple months of work. In order to engage with the team, your project will likely be:

  • a minimum of one or two quarters in projected time frame
  • ahead of specific products or interventions being designed or tested

If you think your project meets these requirements, you can contact the team via this mailing list: research-wmf lists wikimedia org or by creating a Phabricator task in the backlog of the Research and Data board. If you are looking for audience-specific metrics and statistics, please get in touch with the respective team's product owner.

I want to conduct my own research on Wikimedia projects

What data is available for my research?

There is a vast array of publicly-available data about the Wikimedia projects. A detailed list can be found at Research:Data.

Additionally, the Wikimedia Foundation collects some data for private use by highly-trusted researchers who have signed non-disclosure agreements (NDAs). In general, this category only includes staff of the Wikimedia Foundation, staff of other approved organizations such as Wikimedia Deutschland, and formal collaborators of the Wikimedia Foundation Research team. For more details on this private data, see Analytics data access policy. For details on how to propose a collaboration with the Wikimedia Foundation Research team, see their page on formal collaborations.

Does my project need approval?

Most research is conducted independently, without knowledge by or approval from the Wikimedia Foundation. Rarely, the Wikimedia Foundation will provide practical support for certain research projects, such as projects that require access to non-public data. Researchers may not claim any support, approval, or special privileges from the Wikimedia Foundation unless they have a signed, written agreement with the Wikimedia Foundation that says they do.

Observational research generally does not require approval from anyone. Interventional research projects may require cooperation from the affected communities. Before beginning an interventional research project, we recommend disclosing it at a community forum, such as the local community's village pump. You should be prepared to engage in discussion with community members and, if necessary, to modify your research plan based on their feedback. Some communities require such disclosure and discussion.

Can the Wikimedia Foundation financially support my research?

The Wikimedia Foundation sponsors research projects of strategic importance in the form of grants. Grants can be issued to individuals and organizations alike and can be awarded via calls for participation or directly allocated in the case of research commissioned by the Foundation. More information on different types of grant, and the corresponding requirements, can be found on this page. Research sponsored by a grant from the Wikimedia Foundation is subject to the terms of our open access policy.

Can the Wikimedia Foundation write a letter of support for my grant proposal?

The Wikimedia Foundation does not directly participate, unless in exceptional circumstances, in grant applications or research consortia as a partner institution, due to legal and financial constraints that come with restricted funding. However, we are happy to support individual research projects of particular strategic importance by providing formal endorsements. Letters of endorsement are signed by a C-level or by their delegate, they form part of a formal collaboration and are subject to the terms of the Wikimedia Foundation's open access policy.

Can the Wikimedia Foundation help me collect data for my study?

As a general rule, researchers at the Wikimedia Foundation have little bandwidth to provide data collection / data analysis as a service, outside of the scope of formal collaborations. We are always happy to provide guidance and recommend the appropriate tools, data sources and libraries for a given study on an informal basis. The best way to get support is to post a request to wiki-research-l (for anything related to research design, methods, state of the art on a specific research topic) or to analytics-l (for data sources and APIs maintained by the Wikimedia Analytics Engineering team). You can also get support via the corresponding IRC channels, irc:wikimedia-research and irc:wikimedia-analytics. If your request is about recruiting participants for a survey or study, see the corresponding question.

How do I get special API privileges for my research?

You can access the MediaWiki API to retrieve data from Wikimedia projects with the standard permissions that are granted to your registered username. For most types of data you will not need any kind of special privilege. In some cases the Wikimedia Foundation can grant special permissions (such as high API request limits) on a temporary basis to individual users for research purposes. When these privileges are granted by WMF staff, they form part of a formal collaboration and are subject to the terms of the Wikimedia Foundation's open access policy.

How do I release a dataset?

Releasing open data about Wikimedia projects for research purposes, while respecting our privacy and data retention policies, is in line with Wikimedia's values and mission to disseminate open knowledge. The Wikimedia Research team maintains an open data repository via the DataHub that anyone can contribute to. We also register and host open datasets for research purposes on Figshare, for citability and discoverability. If you are in a team at WMF dealing with sensitive data, before releasing a new dataset, particularly data obtained from private sources and/or containing personally identifiable information, it is mandatory to consult with the Legal and Security teams. The Research and Data team can provide best practices on how to publish and document the dataset, once its publication has been cleared by these two teams. The release of data from Fundraising is subject to additional restrictions due to our donor policies: before publishing any reports including anonymized or aggregate data from Online Fundraising, please review these guidelines and obtain explicit approval from the team.

I want to run a survey, how do I get started?

The Learning and Evaluation team maintains the Survey Support Desk - a one-stop shop for anything related to surveys in the Wikimedia context for Wikimedia Foundation staff, Wikimedia affiliates, and volunteers. The team also maintains and provides access to survey platforms used by WMF. The Design Research team can provide overall guidance and support to other teams at WMF on survey design. The Research and Data team can provide guidance on best practices on strategies for participant recruitment on-wiki. All WMF-run surveys must be reviewed by the Legal team -- see this internal page for more information.

Surveys run by academic researchers need to meet community expectations before participant recruitment can begin. Creating a research project and discussing the proposed recruitment strategy on wiki-research-l are good, preliminary steps towards successful recruitment of participants for a study. There aren't any global policies regulating third-party research or mechanisms for large-scale subject recruitment, but best practices have been discussed in a number of contexts. en:WP:Research and en:WP:SRAG are the product of the joint efforts of the research community and the English Wikipedia community to try and satisfy two goals:

  • Create a mechanism for mass subject recruitment
  • Protect the community (and individuals) from the disruption that mass recruitment could cause

Along with these two documents, a few essays are available as tools for educating Wikipedians about research:

I want to learn about current research findings related to Wikimedia projects

Where can I learn about current research projects at WMF?

We run a weekly, cross-departmental research group every Thursday at 9:30am PT to discuss research in progress, present early results or get feedback on the design of new projects. The meeting is regularly attended by members of the Research and Data and Design Research teams, analysts with various Product teams and from Learning and Evaluation but it's open to anyone in the organization interested in participating. We also host more formal, public presentations on a monthly basis via our Research Showcase and at Monthly Metrics meetings, which you can attend in person if you're in the SF office or watch online via YouTube.

Where can I learn about existing research on a specific topic?

There are several places where you can learn about previous and current research. The most comprehensive resource covering research on Wikimedia projects is the Research Newsletter. The newsletter is a collaboratively maintained monthly overview of new research, edited by Tilman Bayer and Dario Taraborelli with contributions by several volunteer reviewers. It has been published monthly since 2011 and has a fully searchable archive. You can also follow the latest research updates hot off the press via the @WikiResearch handle on Twitter, by subscribing to wiki-research-l or by attending the Wikimedia Research monthly newscase (also available on YouTube). The Wikimedia Research Codex is a complementary effort to summarize past research by organizing it by topic instead of by date; it in currently in progress, and topics are prioritized depending on team needs.

I want a job researching Wikimedia projects

Are there any research and analytics jobs at the Wikimedia Foundation?

Current openings for part-time and full-time positions in Research, Analytics Engineering and Product are listed on the Wikimedia Foundation's jobs website.