2019:Research/Analyzing the evolution of wikis with WikiChron

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Abstract[edit | edit source]

We present WikiChron, a webtool that shows how a wiki evolves and that is intended to researchers and wiki administrators. The tool has three modes: Monowiki, Compare and Networks. The first two modes support a rich set of metrics displayed as monthly time series. Additionally, the Monowiki mode offers plots that show breakdowns of the work and editor distributions by different criteria, while the Compare mode makes possible to simultaneously plot metrics for a set of wikis, facilitating a comparative analysis. Finally, Networks mode shows a wiki community as a social network and makes possible to observe its evolution over time.

WikiChron has a rich set of preloaded wikis, but also makes possible to easily upload a new wiki. Moreover, it also has features to share and save the analysis shown, and to download data generated (time series or networks, depending on the mode) for further study with dedicated tools. As a result, WikiChron can be easily integrated in a wiki analysis workflow.

In the presentation, we demonstrate how WikiChron works with several wikimedia projects.

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Authors[edit | edit source]

Javier Arroyo (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)

Relevance to Wikimedia Community[edit | edit source]

WikiChron is a tool that supports the analysis of mediawiki wikis, such as those of Wikimedia. So far, most of the wikis uploaded are from Wikia/FANDOM or from independent hosting servers, but we will include Wikimedia projects for the tutorial.

Session type[edit | edit source]

22-min presentation.

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