2017Q3 Reports: ACL Wiki

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Peter Turney peter.turney@gmail.com

[July 16, 2017]

After eleven years as the ACL Wiki Editor, Peter Turney is stepping down. ACL is pleased to announce that the new ACL Wiki Editor is Chunliang Lyu, a PhD graduate from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, with a thesis on entity modeling and search in text. He has extensive experience with MediaWiki software, applied as a knowledge management system.

The ACL Wiki opened to the public on October 18th, 2006. The mandate of the wiki is to facilitate the sharing of information on all aspects of Computational Linguistics. The ACL Wiki includes pointers to corpora, software, journals, conferences, workshops, blogs, researcher home pages, state-of-the-art system comparisons, employment opportunities, course descriptions, and many other resources for computational linguists.

The following table summarizes the growth of the wiki. We are no longer reporting the number of page views in this table, since the consensus on MediaWiki is that these numbers are not reliable. The number of edits has stabilized at approximately one edit per day. Current statistics are available online on the Wiki.


Year Cumulative edits Yearly edits Daily edits Number of long pages New long pages
2017 12,298 326 0.9 395 4
2016 11,972 461 1.3 391 3
2015 11,511 393 1.1 388 7
2014 11,118 662 1.8 381 18
2013 10,456 706 1.9 363 17
2012 9,750 750 2.1 346 21
2011 9,000 1,000 2.7 325 32
2010 8,000 2,000 5.5 293 26
2009 6,000 2,000 5.5 267 32
2008 4,000 2,000 5.5 235 135
2007 2,000 2,000 5.5 100 100


The wiki hosts three Community Portals:

The portals contain a wealth of useful information for researchers in these communities. Community Portals are an excellent tool for supporting a community of researchers who share a common interest in a specific problem.

The wiki also hosts two special interest groups:

We invite more SIGs to use the wiki as a host for their pages.

Fighting wiki spam was problem for many years. We tried many automated tools, but none of them worked. We are now using a manual tool, ConfirmAccount, which is working very well.

All members of ACL are strongly encouraged to contribute to the ACL Wiki. Whatever subfield of Computational Linguistics you work in, this is your opportunity to raise the profile of research in your area. The time you invest in the ACL Wiki will have high returns for the community.


Past Reports on the ACL Wiki