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Submissions/Defining Priorities for Improving Small Wikipedias: A Case Study on Basque Wikipedia

From Wikimania 2012 • Washington, D.C., USA

This is a rejected submission for Wikimania 2012.

Submission no.


Title of the submission

Defining Priorities for Improving Small Wikipedias: A Case Study on Basque Wikipedia

Type of submission (workshop, tutorial, panel, presentation)


Author of the submission

Arkaitz Zubiaga

E-mail address

arkaitz at zubiaga dot org


TXiKi // TXiKiBoT

Country of origin

United States

Affiliation, if any (organization, company etc.)
Personal homepage or blog


Abstract (at least 300 words to describe your proposal)

Defining the top priorities is of paramount importance to improve a Wikipedia. This especially applies to small Wikipedias, where the number of contributors tends to be smaller, and all the effort must be invested the right way.

In the case of Basque Wikipedia, we are trying to improve the contents in two directions. Firstly, the Government of the Basque Country open-licensed some encyclopedias written in Basque language, so that their contents were dumped into Basque Wikipedia by extending it with a handful of locally relevant articles (LRAs). Secondly, we aim to create some lists with main priorities as to detecting the main needs regarding globally relevant articles (GRAs). Initially, the following two lists are being created:

  1. Missing GRAs: we will consider that the more languages are available for an article--i.e., the number of interwikis--, the more relevant it is globally. Assuming this, we will list the most relevant articles that have not been created yet on Basque Wikipedia. Ranking those articles by descending order of relevance will provide a list of main priorities regarding missing GRAs. See [1] and [2] for previous versions of this list.
  2. GRAs to be extended: to find the main articles to be extended on Basque Wikipedia, we will compare their size to equivalents on the top 10 Wikipedias. Specifically, we will list those Basque articles smaller than certain threshold (e.g., 500 bytes) that have equivalents on all top 10 Wikipedias larger than another threshold (e.g., 5,000 bytes).

With the above lists, we will pave the way to contributors by helping them focus on main priorities. Besides presenting the outcomes and goals achieved by the above lists, I would also like to discuss with attendees about them, as well as about additional lists that might help in the same direction.


Research, Analysis, and Education

Length of presentation/talk

25 Minutes

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  1. CT Cooper · talk 17:51, 19 March 2012 (UTC)[reply]
  2. --C.R.Selvakumar (talk) 19:42, 22 March 2012 (UTC)[reply]
  3. --Thuvack (talk) 17:03, 21 April 2012 (UTC)[reply]
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