New research project with Wikimedia Deutschland

Today we have announced at Libresoft, the research group in which I work at University Rey Juan Carlos, a new project sponsored by Wikimedia Deutschland, the German chapter of the Wikimedia Foundation.

The goal of the project will be to study, from a quantitative point of view, the impact of the flagged revisions extension on the editorial activity of the German Wikipedia. We will focus on the effect of this new tool to reduce the vandalism from anonymous users, while measuring possible influence on other key aspects like the trends of contributions from anonymous editors or the number of new registered contributors.

Wikimedia Deutschland logo

Wikimedia Deutschland logo (via Wikimedia Commons).

I’d like to say thank you to Wikimedia Deutschland for this opportunity. Hopefully, this will be just a starting point for more interesting projects about Wikipedia and massive on-line communities at Libresoft. We expect to publish the results before Wikimania 2010, so that we can present a brief summary there of our findings to all Wikipedians and attendees in the conference. So… stay tunned!!

For more information, read the official announcement at Libresoft website.