Wikipedia:WikiProject Wikidemia/to-do list
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Here's a brief list of tasks that should probably be done to get things rolling. Please add, remove, rearrange, and comment! See also the list of ongoing/future studies.
- Collect data
- characterize completed research on wikipedia.
- run surveys
- list available stats queries; run them regularly (see Wikipedia:Statistics Department)
- Identify new sources of data
- solicit intervention ideas that may be beneficial and that can be rigorously tested.
- discuss the kinds of research that can be done without any attention from developers and the kinds that can't.
- Identify uses of data
- define medium-term (3-5 year) and long-term challenges WP faces that could be addressed more effectively with better information.
- create or link to a discussion of research methodologies. (i envision the research in this project to use the scientific method, but this should be discussed.)
- one extremely valuable tool for research is the controlled experiment. write or link to pages on experimental methods; flesh out and give examples of controlled experiments that could be run on wikipedia.
- start adding specific research projects or studies within this WikiProject; create a template for new projects (methods, key question/hypothesis, data needed, data analysis plans, implications of results for academic theories/ for wikipedia design/redesign). essentially, these pages (which ought to reside in the project space rather than the encyclopedia space) will look like research proposals.
- describe how research on wikipedia fits in with existing research topics in established academic fields.
- Expand this project
- seek out other potential contributors to the project.
- standardize ways of getting feedback from the broader community about research proposals.
- Move the project to meta:Research oder meta:Wikimedia Research Team where it belongs -- Nichtich 07:09, 30 May 2005 (UTC)
- Connect with new research communities
- Target OLPC schools who are using Wikipedia content in the classroom and interested in related studies (sometimes running very local studies of their own)
- Target classes already using Wikipedia in high school and college to teach critical thinking, collaborative process, and information design