Research Showcase Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 11:30 AM (PST) 18:30 UTC
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Sarah R
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Hi Everyone,

The next Research Showcase will be live-streamed this Wednesday, July 26,
2017 at 11:30 AM (PST) 18:30 UTC.

YouTube stream:

As usual, you can join the conversation on IRC at #wikimedia-research. And,
you can watch our past research showcases here

This month's presentation:

Freedom versus Standardization: Structured Data Generation in a Peer
Production CommunityBy *Andrew Hall*In addition to encyclopedia articles
and software, peer production communities produce *structured data*, e.g.,
Wikidata and OpenStreetMap’s metadata. Structured data from peer production
communities has become increasingly important due to its use by
computational applications, such as CartoCSS, MapBox, and Wikipedia
infoboxes. However, this structured data is usable by applications only if
it follows *standards.* We did an interview study focused on
OpenStreetMap’s knowledge production processes to investigate how – and how
successfully – this community creates and applies its data standards. Our
study revealed a fundamental tension between the need to produce structured
data in a standardized way and OpenStreetMap’s tradition of contributor
freedom. We extracted six themes that manifested this tension and three
overarching concepts, *correctness, community,* and *code,* which help make
sense of and synthesize the themes. We also offer suggestions for improving
OpenStreetMap’s knowledge production processes, including new data models,
sociotechnical tools, and community practices.


Sarah R. Rodlund
Senior Project Coordinator-Product & Technology, Wikimedia Foundation