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Research:Wiki Ed student editor contributions to women's issues on Wikipedia

Research questionEdit

How has the Women's studies partnership impacted Wiki Ed's contribution to Women's studies content on Wikipedia?

ProcessEdit

  1. Hand identify wikiprojects to be considered women's studies. The current list is
    Women's History
    Feminism
    Gender Studies
    Women Scientists (Calculated both with and without)
    LGBT studies
    Sexology and sexuality
    Human rights
  2. Identify page-projects pairs. This is performed through the wmflabs databases selecting for the importance and quality tags. The output of these queries are then cleaned to include only the project name, removing importance and quality information.
  3. Join the given wikiproject list with the pages list to identify pages that fall into our topic definition.
  4. Download full history of revision metadata (example: enwiki-20160501-stub-meta-history1.xml.gz ). Stream the revisions from these dumps, identifying and calculating change in text size for revisions to our pages of interest. Return this list of identified revisions.
  5. Take selected revision data set and sum positive bytes contributed by day for Wiki Ed students and for the editor population in general to generate time series of contributions. Perform this step for both the fall 2014 cohort during fall 2014 and the fall 2015 cohort during fall 2015.
  6. Transform both times series using the corresponding general time series to get a proportion of content added.
  7. Analysis both time series of contributions for visualization and semester summation of bytes proportion to find a simple percentage increase from year to year.

ResultsEdit

Women scientists includedEdit

From fall 2014 to fall 2015 the total amount of content contributed to women's studies increased by 36% (1474943 bytes in fall 2015 compared to 1084494 bytes in fall 2014). However, the portion of content added only increased by 8% (4.3 % in fall 2015 compared to 4.0 % in fall 2014). From fall 2014 to fall 2015 contributions to Women's studies by the general editor population increased by 25.7% diminishing the impact of our 36% increase in absolute contributions.

When the window of consideration is shortened to September 1 + 60 days to September 1 + 105 days, the period in which Wiki Ed is most active the overall proportion increases to 8.5% in Fall 2015 and 7.3% in Fall 2014. This amounts to a increase of 16% in the portion of content being contributed by Wiki Ed students.

 

 

 

Women scientists excludedEdit

From fall 2014 to fall 2015 the total amount of content contributed to women's studies increased by 42% (1433457 bytes in fall 2015 compared to 1012427 bytes in fall 2014). However, the portion of content added only increased by 20% (4.8 % in fall 2015 compared to 4.0 % in fall 2014). From fall 2014 to fall 2015 contributions to Women's studies by the general editor population increased by 18.4% diminishing the impact of our 42% increase in absolute contributions.

When the window of consideration is shortened to September 1 + 60 days to September 1 + 105 days, the period in which Wiki Ed is most active the overall proportion increases to 10% in Fall 2015 and 7.4% in Fall 2014. This amounts to a increase of 37% in the portion of content being contributed by Wiki Ed students.

 

 

 

Data SetsEdit

  • readODS is an R package which will allow you to import these into R.

Women scientists includedEdit

Pending finding a place to host them

Women scientists excludedEdit

Pending finding a place to host them