Searching for Wikipedia

How people use Search to access Wikipedia is a common question by researchers. Until now, however, there has been little data available about this relationship. To help address these questions, the Wikimedia Foundation is releasing a new, faceted dataset on search engine traffic to Wikipedia so you can ask questions like “What is the most common search engine in my country?” or “Which search engine is most-used by Android users?”

Censorship, outages and Internet shutdowns: monitoring Wikipedia’s accessibility around the world

This article describes the methodology used by the Wikimedia Foundation to monitor outages on Wikipedia around the world. These events are called anomalies and could be due to various causes, among them censorship.

Wikimedia’s Event Data Platform, or JSON is ok too

The Wikimeda Foundation has been working with event data since 2012. Over time, our event collection systems have transitioned from being used only to collect analytics data to being used to build important user facing features. This 3 part series will focus on how Wikimedia has adapted these ideas for our own unique technical environment.

What’s trending? New report lets editors know when Wikipedia articles go viral

Posts on social media can make an otherwise obscure Wikipedia article go viral. A new traffic report gives English Wikipedians new insight into which ones are being read and shared most on four major social media platforms.

Saying no to proprietary code in production is hard work: the GPU chapter

Maintaining and improving one of the largest websites in the world using Open Source software requires a continuous commitment. The site is always evolving, so for every new component we want (or need!) to deploy, we need to evaluate the Open Source solutions available.