Submissions/Measuring community health: Vital signs for Wikimedia projects

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This is an accepted submission for Wikimania 2014.


Scheduled for Friday, August 8, 3:15 PM, Auditorium 1

Submission no. 5030
Title of the submission

Measuring community health: Vital signs for Wikimedia projects

Type of submission (discussion, hot seat, panel, presentation, tutorial, workshop)

presentation (+ demo)

Author of the submission

Dario Taraborelli, Aaron Halfaker, Dan Andreescu

E-mail address,,


User:DarTar, User:Halfak (WMF), User:DAndreescu

Country of origin


Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)

Wikimedia Foundation (Analytics)

Personal homepage or blog
Abstract (at least 300 words to describe your proposal)
Metrics standardization, Wikimedia Research & Data Showcase, March 2014

Following up on the launch of Wikimetrics in the summer of 2013, the Wikimedia Foundation Analytics Team started working on a new project to provide standardized metric definitions of user engagement, community and content growth for all Wikimedia projects. The goal of Wikimetrics was to support cohort analysis – i.e. provide aggregate measurements of the activity of discrete groups of Wikimedians. The Editor Engagement Vital Signs, conversely, aims to provide actionable growth and activity measurements of the entire population and content of Wikimedia projects. It will do so by:

  • adopting consistent metric definitions
  • generating aggregate data for each metric on a daily and monthly basis
  • providing dashboards for each metric for every Wikimedia project from day 1

In this talk we will review research conducted by the team in order to produce recommendations for these metrics and we'll give an overview of the design and demo of the first release of the Vital Signs project.

  • Technology, Interface & Infrastructure
Length of session (if other than 30 minutes, specify how long)
30 minutes
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