Matt Salganik (Princeton) Discusses WikiSurveys

The Havens Center will sponsor three talks about WikiSurveys by Matthew Salganik, Department of Sociology, Princeton during March:

  • “Wiki Surveys: Open and Quantifiable Social Data Collection”
    • Tuesday, March 6, 4pm, 206 Ingraham Hall
  • “Working Together to figure stuff out: Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science”
    • Wednesday, March 7, 4pm, 8417 Social Science
  • Public workshop: “Finding the Best Ideas in the World: Practical Issues in the Uses of Wiki Surveys”
    • Thursday, March 8, 12:20pm, 8108 Social Science

On Tuesday, Salganik will be presenting this paper, and it will be in the style of a traditional academic seminar. On Thursday, he will be running a workshop that will focus on what you actually need to do if you want to run a wiki survey using hands-on workshop on Thursday will focus on the practical issues that arise when using to conduct wiki surveys. The workshop will begin by describing many of the different ways that the site has been used in the past. Next, he will describe the main steps in creating and running a wiki survey, and will offer advice based on the experiences of groups that he has worked with in the past. He will also describe the data that can be downloaded from the site for analysis. Finally, he will describe how the open-source code can be customized for different applications, focusing on projects by the government of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil and Wikipedia. Theoretical and statistical issues will be described in detail at the talk on Tuesday and will only be addressed in the Thursday talk on an as needed basis. Participants are encouraged to come with problems for which they are considering using wiki surveys. Laptops are welcome, but not required.

More details can be found here.