The goal is to identify approaches used by the Wikipedia contributor community, Wikimedia developers, and researchers for defining article importance.
There are three main components to this work:
- Literature review: much of this has already been completed by Nettrom but I will attempt to identify any newer research that is pertinent as well as tools that use proxies for article importance: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Research:Studies_of_Importance
- See: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Research:Prioritization_of_Wikipedia_Articles/Importance
- Qualitative analysis of English Wikipedia vital article discussions to identify ways in which editors discuss article importance. This is the most important component of this work and will hopefully serve to identify additional components of article importance that have not been identified prior -- i.e. moving us beyond just pageviews and link centrality.
- NOTE: unlikely to be documented in the near-term, but this qualitative analysis is complete and was presented to the Research team in August. A number of themes arose such as diversity, political importance, and relevance to modern times.
- Analysis of the ways in which English Wikipedia WikiProjects define article importance -- namely updating the existing methods for gathering importance data to use the page_assessments table and correlational analyses between various importance metrics and WikiProject importance assessments. This will be similar to https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Research:Measuring_article_importance#Methods and will provide some new data but also lay the framework for computing and evaluating the (new) article importance metrics we identify in this work.
- See: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Research:Prioritization_of_Wikipedia_Articles/Importance/WikiProjects