Category Archives: Research Notes

A word FOR every Lanaguage IN every Language

Have you ever wondered what the word FOR every language was IN every language?
Data mining Wikidata could give us the answer. Using a new file released by Denny Vrandecic containing the Wikidata Item for each Wikidata Language I was able to create a full matrix of all the combinations.

Let L be the set of all Wikipedias. For every language X and language Y in L, does X have a label for Y? Create a matrix of all the possibilities, and if X has a label Y let’s colour that part of the matrix magenta, if not let’s colour it cyan.… Read the rest

Haklab Belgrade Report

As a self-described ‘post-Lonely Planet’ traveller, I’ve been searching for new praxes of global adventure that make good excuses to run amok. For the months of January and February I toured Lisbon, Madrid, Modena, Bologna, Split, Belgrade, and Berlin, trying to understand their local hackerspaces. An example I was particulary fond of was Haklab Belgrade. Lessons to bring back to my budding Sudo Room hackerspace were abound there. I most thoroughly enjoyed  the recounting and education about the former Yugoslavia and pontifications about that history affects modern organizing.


Existing not in commercial space at all, but a donated first-floor apartment, Hacklab, if used for it’s orginal intention, would be warming, showering, and dishwashing the everyday lives of at most 2 Serbian citizens.

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Wikipedia Edits Statistics by Category: Updated Presidential Edition

We’ve heard that Wikipedia might be able to predict the Vice President, but what about the honcho himself?  Using a combination of Python, R, and Wikipedia version histroy, I’ve delved inside the hivemind and emerged with some graphs that might have the answer. So without further ado, let’s try and predict the upcoming U.S. election.


Wikipedia didn’t come to be until after the 2000 elections, so we can’t glean a lot of good data here. And although Bush has basically always outpaced Gore in editor interest, presidents seem to always get a lot more attention after they’re elected as you’ll see.… Read the rest

GLAM Camp: Wikipedians in Residence in London in The British Library

I am a Wikipedian in Residence which, unsurprisingly, I often have to explain to people what that actually means. Yet, the occupation is on the rise, and I wonder when the day will come when such an explanation is not necessary. I investigated the history of the number of people in this employ while musing at GLAM Camp London, and had this output.

A Timeline of Wikipedians in Residence
CC-BY-SA Maximilian Klein
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Island Hopping the Data Archipelago

iSchool at Berkeley was a department I revered during my time there lurking in the backs of lecture rooms for special events and timidly knocking on Professor doors, which is why I was so honoured when they invited me to guest-speak at the infamous Friday Seminar. On August 24th 2012, in front of 20 attendees I talked about my latest passion, creating bidirectional links between Wikipedia and other online databases by link reciprocation.  Vivian Petras gave a suitable opening talk about Europeana language problems form a half-technical perspective, which made a suitable segue into my talk, “Data Archipelago.”

Unknowing on how much to delve into details of still-in-review VIAFbot, I attempted to strike a middle ground by describing how VIAFbot would work, and subsequently what that could mean for the future of connecting what I call Data Islands.… Read the rest

What First Monday is missing.

Killer Features: The Vitality of Piracy Cultures


University of California, Berkeley




As experienced facilitators of an undergraduate discussion course on The Politics of Piracy, the authors are uniquely positioned to contribute analyses of several, specific Piracy Cultures. Questions about the relationships between content creators and consumers are posed to two self-identified pirates, each members of piracy groups. The results indicate creator-consumer relationships are present, but are merely one in a set of crucial motivations for piracy–elements herein called killer features. One case study delves into the world of LUElinks, a private linksharing community that is as much social network as media provider.… Read the rest

Editing Girl Talk

There’s a problem on Wikipedia, one that I am, as a male, not entirely qualified to answer, but has nonetheless incessantly perturbed me. Women have been statistically shown to edit Wikipedia far less than their population proportion would suggest. As noted in Good Faith Collaboration by Joseph Reagle, an encyclopedia reflects it’s authorship. Naturally the question arises, what can be done about the gender gap? I contend there is a glimmer of hope in finding a solution and the first ray shone on my face from the LCD when facebook news fed me this picture.

Katie, a student of the Wikipedia Education Program in her proud post showed that something was happening correctly.… Read the rest