Wiki Workshop 2017

A forum bringing together researchers exploring all aspects of Wikipedia and other Wikimedia sites. Held at WWW 2017 in Perth, Australia, on April 4, 2017.

  • Mar. 26, 2017: Tentative schedule posted
  • Mar. 26, 2017: Happy to announce Marius Pașca from Google as a keynote speaker!
  • Jan. 24, 2017: In response to multiple requests, the first paper submission deadline has been extended to Tuesday, January 31, 2017 (see below for more details).
  • Jan. 19, 2017: Paper submission site now open
  • Jan. 18, 2017: First invited speakers announced—stay tuned for more!
  • Dec. 15, 2016: Wiki Workshop 2017 webpage online.

This schedule is tentative and subject to change.

The workshop takes place in Meeting Room 8.

9:00 - 9:15Welcome
9:15 - 9:45"How much does a polar bear weigh?"
9:45 - 10:30Invited talk: Marius Pașca
10:30 - 11:00Morning tea*
11:00 - 11:45Invited talk: Ben Hachey
11:45 - 12:30Invited talk: Ricardo Baeza-Yates
12:30 - 13:30Lunch*
13:30 - 14:00Poster spotlight presentations
14:00 - 15:30Poster session (incl. afternoon tea* from 15:00 - 15:30)
15:30 - 16:15Invited talk: Cristian Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil
16:15 - 16:55Invited talk: Leila Zia
16:55 - 17:00Closing remarks

* Tea breaks and lunches will be served in the exhibition hall located in Pavilion 1.

(More speakers to be announced soon—stay tuned!)

Ricardo Baeza-Yates (NTENT)

The Vicious Cycle of Bias on the Web
The Web is the most powerful communication medium and the largest public data repository that humankind has created. Its content ranges from great reference sources such as Wikipedia to ugly fake news. Indeed, social (digital) media is just an amplifying mirror of ourselves. Hence, the main challenge of search engines and other websites that rely on web data is to assess the quality of such data. However, as all people has their own biases, web content as well as our web interactions are tainted with many biases. Data bias includes redundancy and spam, while interaction bias includes activity and presentation bias. In addition, sometimes algorithms add bias, particularly in the context of search and recommendation systems. As bias generates bias, we stress the importance of debiasing data as well as using the context and other techniques such as explore & exploit, to break the filter bubble. The main goal of this talk is to make people aware of the different biases that affect all of us on the Web. Awareness is the first step to be able to fight and reduce the vicious cycle of bias on the Web.

Ricardo's areas of expertise are web search and data mining, information retrieval, data science and algorithms. Since June 2016, he has been CTO of NTENT, a semantic search technology company based in California, USA. Before he was VP of Research at Yahoo Labs, based in Barcelona, Spain, and later in Sunnyvale, California, from January 2006 to February 2016. He also is part time Professor at DTIC of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, in Barcelona, Spain, as well as at DCC of Universidad de Chile in Santiago. Until 2004 he was Professor and founding director of the Center for Web Research at the later place. He obtained a Ph.D. in CS from the University of Waterloo, Canada, in 1989. He is co-author of the best-seller Modern Information Retrieval textbook published by Addison-Wesley in 2011 (2nd ed), that won the ASIST 2012 Book of the Year award. From 2002 to 2004 he was elected to the Board of Governors of the IEEE Computer Society and between 2012 and 2016 was elected for the ACM Council. Since 2010 is a founding member of the Chilean Academy of Engineering. In 2009 he was named ACM Fellow and in 2011 IEEE Fellow, among other awards and distinctions.

Cristian Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil (Cornell University)

Conversational Markers of Social Dynamics
Can conversational dynamics—the nature of the back and forth between people—predict the outcomes of social interactions? In this talk I will introduce a computational framework for modeling conversational dynamics and for extracting the social signals they encode, and apply it in a variety of different settings. First, I will show how these signals can be predictive of the future evolution of a dyadic relationship. In particular, I will characterize friendships that are unlikely to last and examine temporal patterns that foretell betrayal in the context of the Diplomacy strategy game. Second, I will discuss conversational patterns that emerge in problem-solving group discussions, and show how these patterns can be indicative of how (in)effective the collaboration is. I will conclude by focusing on the effects of under and over-confidence on the dynamics and outcomes of decision-making discussions.
(This talk includes joint work with Jordan Boyd-Graber, Liye Fu, Ravi Kumar, Srijan Kumar, Lillian Lee, Vlad Niculae, Sujith Ravi, and Justine Zhang.)

Cristian is an assistant professor in the information science department at Cornell University. His research aims at developing computational frameworks that can lead to a better understanding of human social behavior, by unlocking the unprecedented potential of the large amounts of natural language data generated online. He is the recipient of several awards (including the WWW 2013 Best Paper Award, a CSCW 2017 Best Paper Award, and a Google Faculty Research Award), and his work has been featured in popular-media outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, NBC's The Today Show, NPR and the New York Times.

Marius Pașca (Google)

Classes for the Masses
Abstract to be announced soon.

Marius is a research scientist at Google in Mountain View, California. He graduated with a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, and an M.Sc. degree in Computer Science from Joseph Fourier University, Grenoble, France. He is the author of the book "Open-domain question answering from large text collections". He served as area co-chair of HTL-06, CIKM-08, EMNLP-09, ACL-14 and EMNLP-14 and program co-chair of EMNLP-12. Current research interests include factual information extraction from unstructured text within documents and queries, with applications in Web search.

Ben Hachey (Hugo.AI)

Title and abstract to be announced soon.

Ben is a data science professional of 10+ years, with key expertise in computational linguistics, text analytics, machine learning, and information integration. He is currently Chief Data Scientist at Hugo.AI, where he leads the R&aml;D team building tools for fast, consistent and high-quality person research. He supervises PhD/Honours students at the University of Sydney, where he was previously a DECRA Research Fellow and developed the Master of Data Science.

Leila Zia (Wikimedia Foundation)

Title and abstract to be announced soon.

Leila Zia is a Senior Research Scientist at the Wikimedia Foundation. Her research interests include quantifying and addressing the gaps of knowledge in Wikipedia and Wikidata, understanding Wikipedia's readers, and studying the contributor diversity on Wikimedia projects. She received her PhD from Stanford University in Management Science and Engineering.

Workshop date: April 4, 2017

If authors want paper to appear in proceedings:

  • Submission deadline: January 24, 2017 January 31, 2017 (end of day anywhere on Earth)
  • Author feedback: February 7, 2017
  • Camera-ready version due: February 14, 2017 February 23, 2017 (instructions here)

If authors do not want paper to appear in proceedings:

  • Submission deadline: February 26, 2017
  • Author feedback: March 7, 2017

Wikipedia is one of the most popular sites on the Web, a main source of knowledge for a large fraction of Internet users, and one of the very few projects that make not only their content but also many activity logs available to the public. Furthermore, other Wikimedia projects, such as Wikidata and Wikimedia Commons, have been created to share other types of knowledge with the world for free. For a variety of reasons (quality and quantity of content, reach in many languages, process of content production, availability of data, etc.) such projects have become important objects of study for researchers across many subfields of the computational and social sciences, such as social network analysis, artificial intelligence, linguistics, natural language processing, social psychology, education, anthropology, political science, human–computer interaction, and cognitive science.

The goal of this workshop is to bring together researchers exploring all aspects of Wikimedia websites such as Wikipedia, Wikidata, and Commons. With members of the Wikimedia Foundation's Research team on the organizing committee and with the experience of successful workshops in 2015 and 2016, we aim to continue facilitating a direct pathway for exchanging ideas between the organization that operates Wikimedia websites and the researchers interested in studying them.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to

  • new technologies and initiatives to grow content, quality, diversity, and participation across Wikimedia projects
  • use of bots, algorithms, and crowdsourcing strategies to curate, source, or verify content and structured data
  • bias in content and gaps of knowledge
  • diversity of Wikimedia editors and users
  • understanding editor motivations, engagement models, and incentives
  • Wikimedia consumer motivations and their needs: readers, researchers, tool/API developers
  • innovative uses of Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects for AI and NLP applications
  • consensus-finding and conflict resolution on editorial issues
  • participation in discussions and their dynamics
  • dynamics of content reuse across projects and the impact of policies and community norms on reuse
  • privacy
  • collaborative content creation (unstructured, semi-structured, or structured)
  • collaborative task management
  • innovative uses of Wikimedia projects' content and consumption patterns as sensors for real-world events, culture, etc.

Papers should be 1 to 8 pages long and will be published on the workshop webpage and optionally (depending on the authors' choice) in the workshop proceedings. Authors whose papers are accepted to the workshop will have the opportunity to participate in a poster session.

We explicitly encourage the submission of preliminary work in the form of extended abstracts (1 or 2 pages).

Papers should be 1 to 8 pages long. We explicitly encourage the submission of preliminary work in the form of extended abstracts (1 or 2 pages). No need to anonymize your submissions.

For submission dates, see above.

Robert West

Bob is an assistant professor of Computer Science at EPFL. His research aims to understand, predict, and enhance human behavior in social and information networks by developing techniques in data science, data mining, network analysis, machine learning, and natural language processing. He holds a PhD in computer science from Stanford University.

Leila Zia

Leila is a senior research scientist at the Wikimedia Foundation. Her current research interests are on understanding Wikipedia's readers, quantifying and addressing the gaps of knowledge in Wikipedia and Wikidata, and understanding and improving diversity in Wikipedia. She holds a PhD in management science and engineering from Stanford University.

Dario Taraborelli

Dario is a social computing researcher and the Wikimedia Foundation's Head of Research. His current interests focus on online collaboration, open science, and the measurement and discoverability of scientific knowledge. He holds a PhD in cognitive science from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales.

Jure Leskovec

Jure is an associate professor of Computer Science at Stanford University. His research focuses on mining and modeling large social and information networks, their evolution, and diffusion of information and influence over them. Problems he investigates are motivated by large scale data, the Web and online media.

Please direct your questions to wikiworkshopgooglegroupscom.