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Research Showcase July 2020
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When: 07/15/2020

Host: @MGerlach
IRC host: @DED
Speakers: Giovanni Colavizza, Denise A. Smith
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Confirm with speakersdone
Event created/updated in the staff calendardone
Get YouTube linkdoneEmerauld has done these through October 2020
Create Zoom meeting in advancedoneEmerauld has done these through October 2020
Upload abstracts to MediaWikidone
Email to the listsdonewiki-research, analytics, wikimedia-l, foundation-optional
Let office@ know about the guestsN/A
Reminder to lists on Mondaydone
30 minute reminder on Wednesday+ IRC: #wikimedia-staff and Slack: OCG-General and #technology-department
Announce via social mediadone
Add slides and video linkdone

Event Timeline

@MGerlach @JLaytonWMF given the topic for this month's showcase, what do you say that we advertise for it in the following places as well?

and the internal slack channel #covid-19-data

If you think it's a good idea to notify the above community pages, we can keep the message short and sweet and link to with a little context.

Let me know if you want my help posting to any of those links.

@leila I think advertising to all of these places is a good idea. One concern I have with posting on the respective talk-pages is that it could be perceived as spamming since most of the discussions seem to be centered around specific articles, etc

If you dont think this is a concern I would put something short such as

Wikimedia Research Showcase on medical knowledge and Covid-19 on Wikipedia (July 15)
next Wednesday, July 15, at 9:30 AM PDT/16:30 UTC the Wikimedia Research showcase will feature 2 talks around medical knowledge on Wikipedia: an overview by Denise Smith on the various ways users engage with Wikipedia’s health content in general as well as a timely study by Giovanni Colavizza on how editors are integrating knowledge on Covid-19 at an unprecedented pace.
If you are interested, the talks will be live-streamed on youtube [1]. there will also be time for audience questions during Q&A . more information here [2].


@MGerlach the talks are very relevant to these projects so I suggest operating on the bold side and putting the announcement in the talk pages. If they tell us don't do it, we won't do it in the future.

Please add something along the following lines before your announcement: "Hi all. My name is Martin Gerlach and I'm a research scientist in the Research team at the Wikimedia Foundation. I'm reaching out to you to let you know about an upcoming research showcase we're organizing that can be of interest to you. Please see below for details.". And do make sure you sign. ;)

Update week 2020-07-13:

  • successfully held showcase for july
  • communications team reached out to me to follow up with speakers as they were very interested to learn more from them how wikipedia is used (outside of wikipedia)