New statistics for Wikipedia

Erik Zachte, chief manager for statistic of Wikimedia Foundation, published corrected numbers. The main problem was webcrawlers from the United States of America. These are programs searching the web for new sites and pages; when they hit a page, it looks to the statistics as if a human visitor has summoned that page. Erik now fixed that, thanks!

This has quite some repercussions for the maps I have made based on the statistics (Europe, Arabian countries, Arabic). Some items:

  • In general, the United States and English appear now less prominent in the statistics.
  • Previously, it seemed that 21 percent of the viewers of Wikipedia in Hungarian came from the US. This dropped to 0,6 percent.
  • It looked as if in the Netherlands and Sweden the Wikipedias both in the national language and in English have for about as many viewers. Now that has changed, too: Dutch and Swedish have a share of roughly 55% each, and English roughly 35%.

Still, we see in many cases an increase of the share for English, e.g. in Austria from 14.5% to 18.3% in the years 2009/2010.

The main conclusions remain the same: Most people look up in the Wikipedia edition of their native tongue, and if they don’t find anything, they go to Wikipedia in English. Third languages hardly play a role.


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