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Wikimedia Cascadia


--Another Believer (talk) 04:02, 29 November 2012 (UTC)Reply

Re: Cascadian Wikipedia Loves Libraries


Greetings. Unfortunately, there is not yet an established method of communication to Cascadian Wikipedians, though you will notice on the Wikimedia Cascadia talk page we are discussion the option of setting up a mailing list. Currently, Wikimedia Cascadia is only a proposed chapter and does not yet have the infrastructure for mass communications. When we recently held a Wiki Loves Libraries event in Portland, I created a meetup page at Wikipedia and posted individual invitations on the talk pages of WikiProject Oregon members and past meetup participants. This might be a great way to reach out to Seattle residents.

I see you have already advertised the event at the following links, which is great:

You might be able to construct a template then have a bot deliver the message to individual talk pages, though I am not sure how bots work and how requests are made. Best of luck organizing this event! I added my name to the "Maybe" list. --Another Believer (talk) 20:28, 29 November 2012 (UTC)Reply

Looks like you figured out how to disseminate invitations via bot to talk pages. Well done! Might you be able to provide a link where requests can be made, so I know for future reference? --Another Believer (talk) 23:32, 1 December 2012 (UTC)Reply
It's all about en:w:User:Edwardsbot
Good to know, thanks. By the way, I have submitted a request for a mailing list for Wikimedia Cascadia, which will mean another means of communication for projects such as WLL. Several new threads have started at the talk page for Wikimedia Cascadia, so feel free to chime in whenever you feel inclined. --Another Believer (talk) 17:34, 7 December 2012 (UTC)Reply

Hello Max, this thing is being "spammed" quite a bit, you may want to say something sound about it and get them onboard for our projects. ;-) --Nemo 22:09, 6 March 2013 (UTC)Reply

Thanks I'll take a look, I've responded on the canonical article and boingboing mention. Maximilianklein (talk) 22:17, 6 March 2013 (UTC)Reply

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Can you please give an opinion on this? Thanks. --Nemo 10:10, 11 January 2014 (UTC)Reply

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Sex ratio analysis question


Hi Max, I'd like to re-run some of your sex ratio analysis from here and here with updated data to prove background for our upcoming Grantmaking Inspire campaign. Does the code currently in the repo give me everything I need? I'm also curious how necessary the step is: my knowledge of Java is minimal. Any guidance you can offer is appreciated! Cheers, Jmorgan (WMF) (talk) 23:16, 7 January 2015 (UTC)Reply

@Jmorgan (WMF): in about 2 days, I am going to release 4 months worth of updated in great detail of rerunning those stats (and easier code). I will alert you soon, this is a very fortuitous time for you to be interested.Maximilianklein (talk) 01:03, 8 January 2015 (UTC)Reply
@Jmorgan (WMF): this rough draft should be sufficient for your purposes here.
Awesome! Thanks, Max. Let me know when the poppin' fresh data is up and available. BTW, I've been following your research with Piotrus. Very interesting stuff. Cheers, Jmorgan (WMF) (talk) 17:49, 8 January 2015 (UTC)Reply
@Jmorgan (WMF): well this ipython notebook should show you several ways to display the october 2014 data. Take a look at [1] and tell me if any of the other metrics interest you. I would ask you and IEG people if I should make an IEG for expanding this research to automate and operationalize it? Maximilianklein (talk) 18:05, 8 January 2015 (UTC)Reply
Ah, I see. The updated snapshot gets me most of what I wanted. Is your snapshot data from May 2013 and March 2014 still available anywhere? I want to reproduce the trends data (change in proportion of non-male-gender-tagged content within projects over time) that you previously shared here. We want to know which projects look like they might have momentum in narrowing the gendered content gap, and highlight them as potential focus areas for grant proposals. As for submitting an IEG for furthering this work: I would certainly support such a proposal. And this next round of IEGs is going to be focused primarily on gender gap proposals (as much as that bothers some folks), so the timing is good. Jmorgan (WMF) (talk) 18:54, 8 January 2015 (UTC)Reply
While I'm at it: like you, I'm interested in knowing whether growth trends in non-male-tagged-content is due to people tagging more of the existing stuff, or creating new stuff. To do that, I will need non-aggregated data (page_ids or titles) to join with the Labs revision db so that we can get the date of page creation. For that part, I imagine I have to get my hands dirty? Jmorgan (WMF) (talk) 18:58, 8 January 2015 (UTC)Reply
I'm trying to understand the extent of your question. Do you mean, for every looking at (call it "query A") looking at every wikidata item that is a human, and all the associated genders, and all the page ids in every language wiki. Then mapping a date of creation onto all the page_ids. And then performing "query A" over some snapshots times, and seeing how date of creation by gender is changing? Maximilianklein (talk) 19:24, 9 January 2015 (UTC) @Jmorgan (WMF): BTW, i wasn't thiking about snapshotting then, so all i can recover from may 2013 is this and may 2014 is this.Reply

I believe we're speaking the same language, but just to confirm I'll rephrase. I want to know the creation date for every article that is currently tagged female, in every language. Clearer? Jmorgan (WMF) (talk) 19:34, 9 January 2015 (UTC)Reply

@Jmorgan (WMF):Crystal. It's not difficult, but not trivial either. Use wikidata to get all the female items' sitelinks. Look at them in the replica DBs on labs. I'll put it on the to-do list, and also the IEG proposal. Maximilianklein (talk) 18:28, 13 January 2015 (UTC)Reply
@Jmorgan (WMF):, can you help me expand my Idea or give me some direction about how I might convert my Grants:IdeaLab/WIGI:_Wikipedia_Gender_Index_Tools grant idea into a proposal?
Hi Max. Glad to see you've started this. The open call for the next round of IEG proposals (for projects related to the gender gap) in early April. In the meantime, take a look at the proposals for research IEGs that were funded in previous rounds and add in the kind of project info that they added. Here are a couple: Grants:IEG/Understanding_the_English_Wikipedia_Category_System, Grants:IEG/WikiProject_X, Grants:IEG/Women_and_Wikipedia. This page also contains some notes on what information to add as you build your proposal. You might also start to canvas broadly for early community feedback (and researcher feedback). Cheers, Jmorgan (WMF) (talk) 22:44, 27 January 2015 (UTC)Reply

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How does WIGI get the data


There was discussion in fiwiki about why in the WIGI stats there were less new female articles than what were created via weekly contest. For an answer to that question I was planning to blog about the gender gap and numbers. Basic topic is this

  • site_linkss-index-from-2018-03-05-to-2018-03-12.csv there are only 39 new female and 82 male articles for fiwiki
  • it is known that 2018-03-05 to 2018-03-12 there were at least 107 new female articles created during the weekly contest (marked with U in the score lists).
  • Female biography detection for the weekly contest was using Wikidata so we know that the site-link to fiwiki, P31 and P21 were set to the items.

Real numbers for women week's were actually even higher. Total number of new female biographies was 133 and the reason why those 26 were missing was that there was no data for them in wikidata.

For my blog post, I would like to know how the raw data is fetched for the wigi? To make the question more specific: How gender-index-data-2018-03-12.csv is generated and why there is no fiwiki sitelink for Mirusia Louwerse (Q366973)?

SQL and SPARQL queries and technical explanations and the actual code would be great :) -Zache (talk) 12:54, 16 March 2018 (UTC)Reply

Hi Zache, thanks for your interest in WHGI. Your weekly contest sounds cool, and exactly the reason why I tried to create this tool. I'm sorry it doesn't seem to be working. Let's troubleshoot it. Allow me to try and explain how it works. SQL and SPAQL services are too slow for my purposes, so what actually happens is that I download the entire Wikidata dump (all 20+GBs) and parse it with mw:Wikidata_Toolkit. This might account for some of the lag you're seeing. That is, the dump file that is created by Wikidata on March 5th, might only be reflecting the latest data up to March 4th. My program runs every Saturday/Sunday midnight, so it's actually getting a wikidata dump that's a day-or-two out of date. So even if you did something on March 5th and WHGI runs on March 5th, because of the dump latency, and me relying on dump files, it's possible it won't show up in time. I bet if you check back next week you might see the results you were expecting. If you don't, then it's true the program has a bug, and I'll have to look into why that is. Again thanks for your interest, it makes me think about how to make this process more real-time. Maximilianklein (talk) 22:09, 16 March 2018 (UTC)Reply
Ok, that explains the difference. Which specific files you are using from entities dump? --Zache (talk) 03:04, 17 March 2018 (UTC)Reply
Zache it's these ones [2] . I just noticed it gets updated more than weekly, so I can probably increase the frequency at which I run the tool. What happened was that it the library Wikidata Toolkit used to use the XML dumps (weekly) and then wikidata provided the better json dumps, it all changed under the hood and I never had to worry about it. Would it be better for you if I upped the frequency of the updates? Maximilianklein (talk)
Yes, if it can be easily done. However, this doesn't remove the second source of the delay. Currently in the worst case when new biography article is created then it will need a wikidata item with properties and interwiki links. Most cases this is done by bots and there is ~21 days delay for this. ( If wikidata item for the article already exists in the wikidata then the delay is not that bad. ) This will also most likely make a change between the two latest snapshots jumpy or weird depending on how the bot are running. Only solutions which I have for this is to explain how change is calculated on the website or set the change numbers so that they are averages of multiple snapshots (so the data history is for last 30 days or so). --Zache (talk) 12:38, 29 March 2018 (UTC)Reply
Zache, I think your picture is accurate. A feature that I've thought about that might make it easier, was if I surfaced the exact names of the bios added. I'll see if I can add a small FAQ about the lag given your concerns. The idea of implementing a rolling average is also a cool idea -- another idea for version 2. Maximilianklein (talk) 16:51, 29 March 2018 (UTC)Reply

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