Submissions/The UserMetrics API: Measuring participation in Wikimedia projects
This is an accepted submission for Wikimania 2013.
- Submission no.
- Subject no.
- C7 or T5
- Title of the submission
- The UserMetrics API: Measuring participation in Wikimedia projects
- Type of submission
- Author of the submission
- Dario Taraborelli
- Ryan Faulkner
- Country of origin
- E-mail address
The purpose of this talk it to present the UserMetrics API, a tool developed by the Wikimedia Foundation's Editor Engagement Experimentation (E3) team to measure editor activity based on a set of standardized metrics. Using this API, a set of key metrics can be selected and applied to a cohort of users to measure their overall productivity. The platform is designed for extensibility (creating new metrics, modifying metric parameters) and to support various types of cohort analysis and program evaluation in a user-friendly way. It accepts requests via a RESTful API and returns responses in JSON format.
We will demo the API and provide access to interested community members and researchers.
- Detailed proposal
Historically, measuring the impact of various Wikimedia projects or initiatives has been challenging due to the lack of standardized metrics and the ad-hoc nature of tools and scripts to quantify user activity. As part of the editor engagement program, the Wikimedia Foundation started to consolidate the definition of participation metrics, with a specific focus on new contributors' activity. Routinely running queries to extract these metrics for groups of new contributors prompted the development of a generic platform to perform these measurements and its further expansion into a full-fledged API. The UserMetrics API has been used for several months to support analytics needs in various WMF teams (E2, E3, Mobile, Global Education) and is now being redesigned to support a broader set of customers, including chapters or sister organizations interested in measuring participation. In this talk we will give an overview of the design and the functionality of the API, demoing how authenticated users can run arbitrary requests, modify the parameters of existing metrics and use the output of the API for data visualization and data analysis. We will discuss with participants in this session how to extend the tool to further meet the needs of the community and the organization and how to participate in its further development.
- Technology and Infrastructure
- Length of presentation/talk
- 25 Minutes
- Language of presentation/talk
- Will you attend Wikimania if your submission is not accepted?
- Slides or further information (optional)
- Slides from a presentation on the UserMetrics API, Wikimedia Foundation's Monthly Metrics Meeting (March 7, 2013).
- Project homepage
- Source code (github mirror)
- Special requests
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