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Anna Samoilenko, Researcher

I am a researcher interested in studying collective phenomena emerging in the society. I work with multilingual data on the Web and study similarities and differences in the ways various language communities cover past events, as well as document history as it happens. I am particularly excited about Wikipedia as a source of data for large-scale social studies.


I have a mixed background in Linguistics, Computer Science, Animation, Social Science of the Internet, and Computational Social Science.


I am currently completing a PhD in Computer Science. I have worked at GESIS Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences in Cologne, Germany and before that at the Oxford Internet Institute in Oxford, UK.


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Conference papers:

Samoilenko A., Lemmerich F., Weller K., Zens M., Strohmaier M. (2017) Analysing Timelines of National Histories across Wikipedia Editions: A Comparative Computational Approach. Proceedings of the Eleventh International AAAI Conference on Web an Social Media (ICWSM 2017). ​15-19 May 2017. Montreal, Canada. Pages (210-219)      [.pdf] [data] [website]

Journal articles:

Samoilenko A., Karimi F., Edler D., Kunegis J., Strohmaier M. (2016) Linguistic neighbourhoods: explaining cultural borders on Wikipedia through multilingual co-editing activity. EPJ Data Science 5 (9). ​doi:10.1140/epjds/s13688-016-0070-8      [.pdf] [data] [website]


Karimi F., Bohlin L., Samoilenko A., Rosvall M., Lancichinetti A. (2015) Mapping bilateral information interests using the activity of Wikipedia editors. Palgrave Communications 1, 15041. ​doi:10.1057/palcomms.2015.41      [.pdf] [data] [website]

Samoilenko, A. and Yasseri, T. (2014) The distorted mirror of Wikipedia: a quantitative analysis of Wikipedia coverage of academics. EPJ Data Science 3 (1). doi:10.1140/epjds20     [.pdf] [data]


Samoilenko, Anna (2017): Multilingual historical narratives on Wikipedia. Version: 1. GESIS Data Archive.


Invited talks:

(planned) The weekly seminar of the Namur Centre for Complex Systems

NaXys group, Namur, Belgium

OII seminar, 21 November 2017     [slides]

University of Oxford, Oxford Internet Institute, Oxford, UK

Seminar on Computational Social Science and Network Science, 12 October 2017     [slides]

University of Torino, Torino, Italy

Interdisciplinary seminar, 20 July 2017     [slides]

University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel

Icelab Interdisciplinary seminar, 6 February 2014     [slides]

Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden


Graphs and networks seminar, 19 February 2014      [slides]

Université catholique de Louvain (UCL), Louvain-La-Neuve, Belgium


In media:

Patterns in large data show how information travels

16 February 2015 News
Does the globalization actually make people's opinions and interests come closer together? Interview with my co-author Fariba Karimi.


Academics caught trying to make up for not being very big (in their field)

12 November 2013 The Tab

Whether or not an academic has a Wikipedia page says very little about the actual quality of their work, and could even indicate a lower quality.


Wikipedia Entries On Professors Mean Nothing, Study Finds

8 November 2013 Huffington Post

A new study from Anna Samoilenko and Taha Yasseri at the University of Oxford shows that Wikipedia entries or citations attributed to researchers and professors does not indicate that they are more prominent scholars.


Does Your Professor Have a Wikipedia Entry? Congrats! It Means Nothing

7 November 2013 The Atlantic

Having a Wikipedia page essentially means very little for academics. Just because an academic has a Wikipedia page doesn’t mean they are prolific or notable in their field.


Selected schools attended:

  • “Integrating Social Theory with Computational and Spatial Methods for Urban Data Science”. Tutorial. 15 Nov 2017. London, UK    Awarded scholarship

  • GESIS Internal Workshop on Python for Data Science. 4-6 September 2017. Cologne, Germany

  • “Introduction to GIS using Google Maps and Google Earth”. Tutorial. 10 July 2017. Cologne, Germany

  • “A Practical Introduction to Spatial Datasets and Urban Applications”. Tutorial. 15 May 2017. Montreal, Canada

  • Workshop on Complex Network Mining and Analysis. Diffusion Processes in Complex Networks (DPCN 2016). 7-9 January 2016, Wrocław University of Technology, Poland    [website]

  • NetSciX'16 School of Code (a workshop for network geeks). 10 January 2016. Wrocław University of Technology. Poland  [website]

  • Advanced Scientific Programming in Python Summer School 2015. Organised by G-Node, the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience, and the Graduate School of Systemic Neurosciences. 1 August - 5 September, Munich, Germany  [website]

  • IceLab Camp 2014. Workshop on Interdisciplinary Research. 15-18 September, Kronlund Kursgård at Vindelälven, Sweden    Awarded scholarship

  • NTU-Warwick Winter School on Complexity 2014. Introduction to complexity and Complexity Science. 24-28 February, Nanyang University of Technology, Singapore.   Awarded scholarship      [website]


Conferences attended:

  • First Symposium on Societal Challenges in Computational Social Science (website). 15-17 November. London, UK
    (talk + poster) [poster] [slides]

  • Third International Conference on Computational Social Science (IC2S2'17). 10-13 July 2017. Cologne, Germany. (talk) [slides]

  • Eleventh International AAAI Conference on Web an Social Media (ICWSM'17). ​15-19 May 2017. Montreal, Canada.
    [slides] [video]

  • Third GESIS Computational Social Science Winter Symposium. 30 November - 1 December 2016, Cologne, Germany.  
    (talk + poster)   [poster]

  • Winter Conference on Network Science (NetSciX'16). 11-13 January. Wrocław, Poland. Best Poster Award 
    (poster)  [poster] [in poster repository]

  • ACM Web Science 2015 (WebSci'15). 28 June - 1 July, Oxford, UK   (poster)    [poster]

  • European Conference on Complex Systems (ECCS'14). 22-26 September, Lucca, Italy. (talk)    [slides]

  • Complexity Conference "Hidden Connections". 3-5 March 2014, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore


Organising events:

  • Program Committee Member, 3rd International Conference on Computational Social Science (IC2S2'17). 10-13 July, Cologne, Germany [website]

  • Social Media Chair, 3rd International Conference on Computational Social Science (IC2S2'17). 10-13 July, Cologne, Germany [website]

  • Coordinator, GESIS-WeST Annual Off-Campus Meeting (OCM'16). 29 February-4 March, La-Roche, Belgium  [website]

  • Coordinator, GESIS-WeST On-Campus Meeting 2015. 1 December, Cologne, Germany


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