January 23, 2022

Now Available: Results From 2011 Wikipedia Editor Survey

From the Wikimedia Blog:

In April 2011, the Wikimedia Foundation conducted a survey of our editors around the globe.  The survey was available in 22 languages (thanks to the work of volunteer translators) and was completed by over 5,000 editors.  The aim of the survey was to better understand who the editors are?  What motivates them? What their experience is like? What their needs are?

Age Groups of Editors

28%, 40+
26%, 22-29
19%, 30-39
14%, 18-21
13%, 12-17

Education Level Completed

35%, Undergrad
30%, Secondary
18%, Masters
9%, Primary
8%, Phd

Gender of Editors

90% Male
9%, Female
1%, Transgendered, Transsexual

With all of the options people have for occupying their time online and offline, we always wonder: why do people edit Wikipedia?  One of the major answers: Editing Wikipedia is both fun in its own right and it feels really good sharing knowledge with the rest of humanity. Few, if any, people do this because it is part of their job or they are seeking some sort of personal benefit.

More Results in this “Top-Line Results” PDF

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.