Submissions/Wikipedia in Education: from student experience + Ranking universities based on Wikipedia data

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After careful consideration, the Programme Committee has decided not to accept the below submission at this time. Thank you to the author(s) for participating in the Wikimania 2015 programme submission, we hope to still see you at Wikimania this July.

Submission no.
Title of the submission
Wikipedia in Education: from student experience + Ranking universities based on Wikipedia data
Type of submission (discussion, hot seat, panel, presentation, tutorial, workshop)
Author of the submission
Yaryshkina Ekaterina Alexandrovna
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Country of origin
Russian Federation
Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)
Personal homepage or blog
Abstract (at least 300 words to describe your proposal)

The presentation consists of two parts. The topic of the first part of the presentation — Wikipedia in Education: from student experience. There is a course "Internet Mathematics" in Petrozavodsk State University (PetrSU) for several years. In this course students acquainted with Wikimedia projects (Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Wikinews, etc). In 2014 I also attended the course in PetrSU.

During this course I have translated the Wikipedia article «College and University Rankings» from English to Russian. Also the translation of this article in Russian Wikipedia was supplemented with new information. The topic of this Wikipedia article is tightly bound with my master's thesis titled “Ranking universities based on Wikipedia data” (this is the second part of the presentation).

Sixty five articles about universities were selected from the English Wikipedia for this study. All universities are divided into two groups: (1) universities with featured or good articles in Wikipedia (about these universities) and (2) universities with poor written or non-qualified articles in Wikipedia). The several parameters of Wikipedia articles are under consideration: status of the article in Wikipedia (featured, good and non-qualified articles), number of edits, number of inlinks, outlinks, etc. The correlations between these parameters and the Ranking of World Universities (Webometrics data) are analysed in order to predict a rank of an university using the Wikipedia data only.

Two groups of Wikipedia articles about universities (featured and non-featured articles mentioned above) are used in order to carry on the statistical analysis and identify:

  1. “bad” or “non-stable” parameters of Wikipedia articles which could be influenced by one editor (or small group of editors) - in case of featured and good articles;
  2. “good” or “stable” parameters which are the result of the actions of a lot of people (editors and readers of Wikipedia). Exactly these “stable” parameters of Wikipedia articles can be used in order to construct Ranking of Universities (or any other objects with corresponding Wikipedia article) based on Wikipedia data.

The coefficient of correlation (1) between the University ranking based on Wikipedia data and the Ranking of World Universities (Webometrics data) and (2) between different parameters of Wikipedia articles will be calculated and analysed.

Education Outreach
Length of session (if other than 30 minutes, specify how long)
30 minutes
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  • Wikipedia in Education.pdf
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