|In recognition of its growing portfolio of empirical work in the field of free/libre software and open source (FLOSS) research, the Wikimedia Foundation has commissioned UNU-MERIT to undertake a survey of readers and contributors to Wikimedia projects.
The project, which is carried out by UNU-MERIT’s Collaborative Creativity Group, will explore the reader and contributor patterns to Wikimedia Foundation projects, including Wikipedia. This survey is expected to contribute to a greater understanding of one of the most fascinating experiments in peer production of knowledge. In less than a decade, Wikipedia has become one of the world's 10 largest websites, and the single most comprehensive reference work in history, written entirely by volunteers. The survey findings are expected to provide insights that will likely also be applicable to other volunteer-driven communities. develop a profile of Wikipedia users and contributors and what drives them.
Early results likely to be presented at the 2008 Wikimania conference, taking place at the Library of Alexandria, Egypt.
More information: http://www.wikipediastudy.org/