Analytics/Data Lake/Edits/Geoeditors

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This is a private dataset that shows, in aggregate, what countries editors edit from. It is available only on the private cluster for now as we work out how to publish it for broader use. You can access this dataset on Superset or in the wmf.geowiki_monthly Hive table.

For details on the infrastructure that produces this data source, see Analytics/Systems/Geoeditors.


col_name data_type comment
wiki_db string The wiki database the editors worked in
country_code string The 2-letter ISO country code this group of editors geolocated to, including Unknown (--)
users_are_anonymous boolean Whether or not this group of editors edited anonymously
activity_level string How many edits this group of editors performed, can be "at least 1", "at least 5", or "at least 100"
distinct_editors bigint Number of editors meeting this activity level
namespace_zero_distinct_editors bigint Number of editors meeting this activity level, with only namespace zero edits

NOTE: while users are grouped by their user_id, which is a solid grouping, anonymous users are grouped by a hash of their User Agent and IP. This can still group multiple editors as one, but it should be rare enough that the numbers are indicative of anonymous editing patterns.

From this table, you can find the number of editors, with different activity levels, anonymous or logged-in, in a specific project, editing from a specific country. An example query gets all this data for French Wikipedia in March 2018:

    sum(distinct_editors) as editor_count 
from wmf.geowiki_monthly 
where month='2018-03' and wiki_db = 'frwiki' 
group by country_code, users_are_anonymous, activity_level;


The easiest way to get to this data is by using Superset, a UI that you can use to access most of our datasources. The example geowiki dashboard is at As an example, here's a map generated from the data:

Screenshot of superset map generated with geowiki data


To compile this dataset, we import the cu_changes table and filter out all the entries for administrative actions. This result is available as the wmf_raw.mediawiki_private_cu_changes table.

We then aggregate at the day and user level, labeling anonymous users and generate the wmf.geowiki_daily table. Data in these two raw tables is available for 60 days on the cluster, because it directly includes the country of individual editors. From these tables, we them aggregate at the monthly level and get the wmf.geowiki_monthly table. The schemas for the raw tables:


wiki_db                    string   'The wiki database of origin',
country_code               string   'The 2-letter ISO country code this group of edits geolocated to, including Unknown (--)',
user_fingerprint_or_id     string   'If an anonymous user, this is a hash of the IP + UA, otherwise it is their user id in this wiki db',
user_is_anonymous          boolean  'Whether or not this user edited this group of edits anonymously',
date                       string   'The YYYY-MM-DD date for this group of edits',
edit_count                 bigint   'The total count of edits for this grouping',
namespace_zero_edit_count  bigint   'The total count of edits to namespace zero for this grouping'


cuc_id          bigint   'Primary key, artificial',
cuc_namespace   bigint   'When pages are renamed, their RC entries do _not_ change.',
cuc_title       string   'When pages are renamed, their RC entries do _not_ change.',
cuc_user        bigint   'user_id, rev_user, the id of the user performing the action',
cuc_user_text   string   'user_text, rev_user_text, the name of the user at the time',
cuc_actiontext  string   'Unknown, undocumented',
cuc_comment     string   'The revision comment',
cuc_minor       boolean  'Whether this was a minor edit',
cuc_page_id     bigint   'The id of the page being edited',
cuc_this_oldid  bigint   'rev_id of the revision represented by this change',
cuc_last_oldid  bigint   'rev_id of the previous revision on this page',
cuc_type        int      'see',
cuc_timestamp   string   'mediawiki-formatted timestamp of this event',
cuc_ip          string   'clear-text IP address of the user responsible for this event',
cuc_agent       string   'clear-text user agent of the user responsible for this event'

Data loss

  • 2017: November 13th to November 20th, data not computed while the old database was decommissioned. Data will be lost if it's not re-computed by December 13th. As of this writing, we do not have capacity to save this data.
  • 2017: October 25th to November 4th, data not computed while changing database hosts. Data will be lost if it's not re-computed by November 24th (as of this writing, a few days have already been lost)