Welcome to the home of Wikimedia Research.
We are a team of 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. Wikimedia Research brings together Design Research (formerly part of UX) and Research and Data (formerly part of Analytics).
Top departmental priorities
These are our current priorities for the 2015-16 fiscal year.
|Research and Data||Design and evaluate algorithms (edit quality classifier, task routers, article creation recommendations, reading recommendations) providing audience teams and community members with working prototypes of AI as a service.|
|Research and Data||Expand formal research collaborations with academia and industry.|
|Design Research||Conduct generative design research to gain more knowledge about our broad set of users and their unmet needs, informing what products to build for users and why. For example: persona research as well as discovering unmet needs and behaviors of users we know.|
|Design Research||Provide the audience team with evaluative / usability research to collaboratively iterate toward high quality products focused on supporting the needs of specific users.|
We're building a comprehensive list of projects driven by Wikimedia Research. Our work is publicly tracked on Phabricator: check out the following workboards to see what each team is up to:
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. You can filter our workboard for tasks related to each team's goals using these tags:
- Research & Data
- Design Research
How we use Phabricator: Research & Data
Director, Head of Research
Research and Data
Principal Research Scientist
Senior Research Scientist
We collaborate with external researchers in a variety of forms. You can read more on formal collaborations on this page.
|Adrian Bielefeldt||Dresden University of Technology||Y||Leila Zia|
|Michele Catasta||EPFL||Y||Leila Zia|
|Ciro Cattuto||Institute for Scientific Interchange||Y||Dario Taraborelli|
|Justin Clark||Harvard University||Y||Zhou Zhou|
|Sebastian Diaz||Harvard University||Y||Zhou Zhou|
|Lucas Dixon||Jigsaw||N||Ellery Wulczyn|
|Rob Faris||Harvard University||Y||Zhou Zhou|
|Anna Filippova||Carnegie Mellon University||N||Dario Taraborelli, Jonathan Morgan|
|Julius Gonsior||Dresden University of Technology||Y||Leila Zia|
|Brent Hecht||Northwestern University||N||Aaron Halfaker|
|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|
|Tomáš Masopust||Dresden University of Technology||N||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|
|Saiph Savage||West Virginia University||N||Dario Taraborelli|
|Philipp Singer||GESIS||Y||Leila Zia|
|Markus Strohmaier||GESIS||Y||Leila Zia|
|Nithum Thain||Jigsaw||N||Ellery Wulczyn|
|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|
- 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org for Design Research, email@example.com for Research & Data and the research group as a whole).