Submissions/Wikipedia archaeology

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This is a Completed submission for Wikimania 2017 ready to be reviewed by a member of the Programme Committee.

Submission no. 3010 Subject - TO
Title of the submission
Wikipedia archaeology
Type of submission (lecture, panel, tutorial/workshop, roundtable discussion, lightning talk, poster, birds of a feather discussion)
Author of the submission
Graham Pearce (User:Graham87)
Language of presentation
E-mail address
Country of origin
Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)
English Wikipedia administrator
Personal homepage or blog
Abstract (up to 300 words to describe your proposal)
An often-cited advantage of Wikipedia and other wikis is that all versions of articles are kept in perpetuity, so they can easily be reviewed and analysed. This is very often the case, but not always. Early page history (from 2001 in the case of the English Wikipedia) was lost due to the way Wikipedia's initial wiki software, UseModWiki, operated. An article's history may be split over two or more pages, requiring what is known as a history merge. If its history has been split, part of it may be deleted to make way for a page move, so it may only be accessible to administrators. In the worst case, its history may have been entirely cleared out of the Wikipedia database, and may only be available in early database dumps, if at all. In this presentation, I will discuss methods to reconstruct the early history of Wikipedia and make it accessible to everyone, from history merges to database queries. This presentation will be adapted from my page history observations page on the English Wikipedia
What will attendees take away from this session?
Attendees will learn about alternativve methods of examining page histories which can be applied across any language version of Wikipedia. They should also be able to gain an appreciation of why it can be so important to keep old versions of pages around.
Theme of presentation
Technology, Interface & Infrastructure
For workshops and discussions, what level is the intended audience?
Length of session (if other than 25 minutes, specify how long)
25 minutes
Will you attend Wikimania if your submission is not accepted?
Slides or further information (optional)
N/A for now
Special requests
: N/A
Is this Submission a Draft or Final?

This is a Completed submission for Wikimania 2017 ready to be reviewed by a member of the Programme Committee.

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