Welcome to the home of Wikimedia Research.
We are a team of data scientists, UX researchers, and engineers at the Wikimedia Foundation using data to understand and empower millions of readers and contributors who interact with Wikipedia and its sister projects on a daily basis. We turn research questions into publicly shared knowledge, we design and test new technology, we produce empirical insights to support product and engineering decisions and we publish research informing the organization’s and the movement’s strategy. We are strongly committed to principles of transparency, privacy and collaboration; we use free and open source technology and we collaborate with researchers in the industry and academia.
The list of projects we're working on between July 2017 and June 2018, as part of the Wikimedia Foundation's 2017-2018 annual plan, is available here:
Our work is publicly tracked on this workboard:
Our goals are captured on a quarterly basis for each fiscal year (Q1: July-September; Q2: October-December; Q3: January-March; Q4: April-June). An overview of our goals quarter by quarter can be found here.
Senior Design Researcher
Director, Head of Research
Senior Research Scientist
Former team members
We collaborate with external researchers in a variety of forms. You can read more on formal collaborations on this page.
|Niharika Ved||University of Michigan||Y||Jonathan Morgan|
|Adrian Bielefeldt||Dresden University of Technology||Y||Leila Zia|
|Michele Catasta||Stanford University||Y||Leila Zia|
|Ciro Cattuto||Institute for Scientific Interchange||Y||Dario Taraborelli|
|Lucas Dixon||Jigsaw||N||Dario Taraborelli|
|Anna Filippova||Carnegie Mellon University||N||Dario Taraborelli, Jonathan Morgan|
|Julius Gonsior||Dresden University of Technology||Y||Leila Zia|
|Andrew Hall||University of Minnesota||Y||Aaron Halfaker|
|Brent Hecht||Northwestern University||N||Aaron Halfaker|
|Jérôme Hergueux||ETH||N||Leila Zia|
|Gary Hsieh||University of Washington||Y||Dario Taraborelli|
|Isaac Johnson||Northwestern University||Y||Aaron Halfaker|
|Alexander Krause||Dresden University of Technology||Y||Leila Zia|
|Markus Krötzsch||Dresden University of Technology||Y||Leila Zia|
|Florian Lemmerich||GESIS||Y||Leila Zia|
|Jure Leskovec||Stanford University||Y||Leila Zia|
|David McDonald||University of Washington||Y||Dario Taraborelli|
|André Panisson||Institute for Scientific Interchange||Y||Dario Taraborelli|
|Daniela Paolotti||Institute for Scientific Interchange||Y||Dario Taraborelli|
|Tiziano Piccardi||EPFL||Y||Leila Zia|
|Amir Sarabadani||Wikimedia Germany||Y||Aaron Halfaker|
|Paul Seabright||Toulouse School of Economics (TSE)||N||Leila Zia|
|Markus Strohmaier||GESIS||Y||Leila Zia|
|Nithum Thain||Jigsaw||N||Dario Taraborelli|
|Michele Tizzoni||Institute for Scientific Interchange||Y||Dario Taraborelli|
|Hannes Voigt||Dresden University of Technology||N||Leila Zia|
|Morten Warncke-Wang||University of Minnesota||Y||Aaron Halfaker|
|Robert West||EPFL||Y||Leila Zia|
|Amy X. Zhang||MIT||N||Jonathan Morgan|
|David Karger||MIT||N||Jonathan Morgan|
|Cristian Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil||Cornell University||Y||Leila Zia|
|Yiqing Hua||Cornell University||Y|| Leila Zia
- Our research reports mostly live in the Research namespace on Meta
- We host every month a showcase where we present publicly our work. We occasionally invite guest speakers involved in Wikimedia research. You can browse past editions of the showcase on this page. The showcase has been running monthly since December 2013.
- If you're interested in staying on top of both internal and external research on our projects, check out our monthly newsletter (which you can also subscribe to by mail) or follow @WikiResearch on Twitter. The newsletter is mostly volunteer effort coordinated by Tilman and Dario and has been proudly running since April 2011.
- You can reach us on IRC via the irc:wikimedia-research channel or drop us a line at (email@example.com.