Wikimania 2021

Wikimania is the annual conference of the Wikimedia movement to celebrate and discuss its free knowledge project such as Wikipedia, Wikidata, Commons, etc. As a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 edition had to be cancelled and this year edition was the first that was held online with three days program of conferences, discussions, meetups, training, and workshops.

The Wikimedia Movement has identified persistent strategic challenges, such as issues related to representation, integrity, and community health. In order to examine and systematically address those issues, different research initiatives are developing quantitative indicators around content and community dynamics. Indicators provide an evidence-based view on the state of the Wikimedia projects. However, there are also a variety of socio-technical challenges arising from data and modelling inequalities, biases, accountability, reductionism, etc. To collectively explore these challenges, I co-organized a workshop on Indicators for the Wikimedia Projects with my colleagues Marc Miquel, Martin Gerlach, Miriam Redi, David Laniado and Cristian Consonni on Indicators for the Wikimedia Projects.

First, we presented main ideas and preliminary results from three research projects:

Then we facilitated an open discussion with participants to incorporate different community perspectives at the current stages of active research projects.

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