Statistical analysis of Wikimedia grants

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This project aims to compare selected and not selected Individual Engagement Grants (IEG) and Rappid grant for looking about eventual expedient in the grant distribution.

Main question of the research and definition of terms[edit]

Are Wikimedia grants success linked to grant or grantee characteristics ?

  • Wikimedia : Related to Wikikimedia Fundation.
  • Grant : Main page of grant submission on Meta-Wiki.
    • IEG : Individual Engagement Grants posted on Meta-Wiki (more information on section below).
    • RG : Rappid Grant posted on Meta-Wiki (more information on section below).
  • Linked : A correlation is clearly established between data analysis and IGE / RG success.
  • Grantee : User who applies and edits the grant main page and reply on grant talk page.
  • Characteristics : All informations extracted from grants application main pages and talk pages or from lexical software analysis.

Hypothesis[edit]

IEG/RG success is linked to grants characteristics as :

  • Year round.
  • Amount.
  • Project target.
  • Strategic priority.
  • Theme : Editing - software - outreach - research.
  • On line project - Off line project.
  • Number of Adviser.
  • Number of volunteer.
  • Activity on grant talk page :
    • Number of posts.
    • Number of posts authors.
    • Number of grantee reply.
  • Scoring criteria :
    • Impact potential.
    • Community engagement.
    • Ability to execute.
    • Success measure.

IEG/RG selection is linked to grantees characteristics as :

  • The gender.
  • The nationality.
  • The native language.
  • Number of grantee edits on Wikimedia projects.
  • Number of projects edited at least on time by the grantee.

About Meta-Wiki[edit]

Meta-Wiki is "the global community site for the Wikimedia projects and the Wikimedia movement in general. Meta-Wiki's discussions range from coordination and documentation to planning and analysis of future Wikimedia activities."[1]

About grants[edit]

Individual engagement grants (IEG)[edit]

The Project Grants (Grants IEG) program funds Wikimedia community members - individuals, groups, or organizations contributing to Wikimedia projects such as Wikipedia or Commons - to organize projects that benefit the Wikimedia movement. Grants are awarded bianually and have a minimum budget of USD 2,000 and maximum of USD 100,000 for projects up to 12 months in duration.

Grants are generally awarded in four broad categories, but we welcome all ideas!

  1. Software or tools
  2. Research
  3. Online community organizing
  4. Offline outreach and partnerships

Proposals should support the achievement of Wikimedia’s mission and will be selected by a grant committee made up of at least 15 volunteers, members from the community.

IEG rant committee[edit]

The Project Grants Committee is one of the Wikimedia movement’s five volunteer grants committees, and supports funding decisions for IEG[2].

Rappid Grant (RG)[edit]

The Rapid Grants program funds Wikimedia community members – individuals, groups, or organizations contributing to Wikimedia projects such as Wikipedia or Commons – to organize projects throughout the year up to US$2,000. Projects can include experiments or standard needs that don't need broad review to get started.[3]

About APG[edit]

Grants:APG/Funds_Dissemination_Committee

Methodology[edit]

Participant observation[edit]

Statistical analysis[edit]

Data and corpus web pages sourcing the statistical analysis[edit]

Grant pages lists by categories :

Specific contains used for sourcing spreadsheets[edit]

Summary boxes on main page

  • Year round.
  • Amount.
  • Project target.
  • Strategic priority.
  • Theme : Editing - software - outreach - research.
  • On line project - Off line project.
  • Number of Adviser.
  • Number of volunteer.
  • User name

Endorsement section on main page

  • Number of endorsement.

Scoring criteria box on Talk page

  • Score impact potential.
  • Score community engagement.
  • Score ability to execute.
  • Score success measure.

User page or other Internet page about the author when it's possible

  • Sex.
  • Nationality.
  • Mother language.

Global account information

  • Number of grantee edit on Wikimedia projects.

Global user contributions

  • Number of projects edited at least on time by the grantee.

Specific tools used for sourcing spreadsheets[edit]

Text editor as Xed

  • Number of words in the main page and talk page (copy past).
  • Number of character in the main page the talk page (copy past.

Concordancer as AntConcor TXM with a copy past of talk page

  • Number of post on talk page (copy past and see how many time appears the regular expression "(UTC)").
  • Number of interlocutors (copy past and see how many user name appears).
  • Number of author's replies (copy past and see how many time the grantee user name appears in the text).

Statistical analysis spreadsheets and charts[edit]

Spreadsheet of metadatas of grant submissions
ID Grant name Selected yes/no Year USD Amount Project target Strategic priority Software

Outreach

Editing

Research

On/off line Adv. Volunt. Endors. Score impact potential Score

community engagement

Score ability to execute Score success measure User name User regist. year Sex Nation. Native language User total edits User projects
1nt A graphical and interactive etymology dictionary based on Wiktionary yes 2016 30000 en.Wiktionary improving quality tech off 1 2 25 7.0 6.1 5.3 5.9 Epantaleo 2013 F US EN 1,865 14

Lexicometric analysis[edit]

Lexicometric analysis of grant submission main pages
ID Grant name Selected

Yes/No

Number of words Number of characters without spaces
SM1 A graphical and interactive etymology dictionary based on Wiktionary
Lexicometric analysis of grant submission talk pages
ID Grant name Selected

Yes/No

Number of words Number of characters without spaces Number of sections Number of posts Number of autor's replies
ST1 A graphical and interactive etymology dictionary based on Wiktionary

Notes and references[edit]

  1. "Meta, a Wikimedia project coordination wiki". meta.wikimedia.org. Retrieved 2017-12-18.
  2. More information accessible from these links : Grants:Project/Committee/Orientation Grants:IEG/Committee/Members/Working groups Grants:Project/Quarterly/Committee/Workroom Grants:IEG/Committee/Candidates Grants:IEG/Committee/Members/Inactive
  3. "Grants:Project/Rapid - Meta". meta.wikimedia.org. Retrieved 2018-01-31.