Of the participants, 90% identified as male and 9% as female, a number even lower than the 13% found by the earlier UNU-MERIT study (which, despite some questions about its methodology, had formed the basis of widespread discussions about Wikipedia's "gender gap" earlier this year, see Signpost coverage).
The two most frequently selected reasons for continuing to edit Wikipedia were "I like the idea of volunteering to share knowledge" (71%) and "I believe that information should be freely available to everyone" (69%), followed by "I like to contribute to subject matters in which I have expertise" (63%) and "It's fun" (60%).
Last month, WMF Executive Director Sue Gardner had already highlighted another early result of the survey, concerning editors' satisfaction with the work of the WMF/Wikimedia chapters/all volunteers/themselves, in an interview with GerardM (see Signpost coverage).
Public Policy Initiative wraps up
In a blog posting titled "Public Policy Initiative wraps up pilot academic year", the WMF's LiAnna Davis gave some statistics about the achievements of the now concluding Public Policy Initiative (which the Foundation had announced in May 2010, funded by an $1.2 million grant from the Stanton Foundation, see for example the brief summary in the Signpost's "2010 in review"). During the project, more than 800 students from US universities contributed 8.8 million bytes to the English Wikipedia, improving articles they worked on "from an average score of 6.88, before the project, to 16.54".
The pilot project is being generalized and extended to a Global University Program. In the US, the system of "Campus Ambassadors" and participating professors introduced by the PPI will be transformed into "Volunteer Regional Ambassadors", while outside the US, the first Campus Ambassadors have recently been trained, in Pune, India.
In a separate blog posting, Davis described the experiences of one student participant whose additions to the article National Democratic Party (Egypt), made in the fall (northern autumn) term, received unexpectedly high readership numbers during the Egyptian revolution a few months afterwards.
The PPI was the subject of an article on the blog of Creative Commons last week, based on interviews with Pete Forsyth, who as the Wikimedia Foundation’s first Public Outreach Officer had been a "key architect" of the PPI, and others.
WMF monthly report: The Wikimedia Foundation's report for May 2011 has been published. Among other items that were previously covered in The Signpost, it summarizes the Wikimedia Research Committee's efforts to reorganize the pages about Wikimedia-related research on Meta.
Offline edition of Malayalam Wikisource: On his blog, Indian Wikimedian Santhosh Thottingal (a member of the Wikimedia Foundation's Language Committee) discussed the technical background to the first offline version of the Malayalam Wikisource. In related news, The Hindureported on "the fourth annual meeting of Malayalam Wikimedia activists".
Wikimedia Österreich reports: The Austrian Wikimedia chapter has published its report for May and started its report for June. Among other activities, they describe preparations for the "Fundraiser Summit" which will bring together representatives from various Wikimedia chapters and the WMF in Vienna this week to discuss the upcoming annual fundraiser.
Wikimedia Argentina report: The Argentinian Wikimedia chapter has published its report for May 2011. Among other activities, it describes a Wikicontest to write articles about Ibero-American women on the Spanish-language Wikipedia to counter the possible effects of the gender gap among Wikipedia contributors.
Wikimedia Sverige report: The Swedish Wikimedia chapter has published its report for May 2011. Among other activities, it mentions talks "with parliamentarians and other institutions" about the possibilities of a digitized cultural heritage ("a potential billion-worth").
Wikipedia learning game: User:Ocaasi and others are developing a concept for "an educational, interactive, web-game using a simulated Wikipedia interface that leads new users through a series of realistic "missions" to familiarize them with the mechanics, navigation, philosophy, and practices of actual editing", tentatively titled "The Wikipedia Adventure".