WikiRate is a community of collaborative researchers; anyone can contribute. By bringing together diverse minds to design, develop, discuss, hone, populate and share free and open data about corporate performance, we are enabling the feedback systems necessary for a sustainable economy.
Data on WikiRate is organized into answers, where each answer measures how one Company performs on one Metric for one year. All answers are either (a) researched directly or (b) dynamically calculated from researched answers. All researched answers must be sourced.
Projects are a great way to organise companies and metrics around certain topics and help us gather data and build a picture of company performance. There are two types of project pages:
Open - any user can add research to this project.
Moderated - a project designed for a specific group of users, generally projects being used as a teaching tool for a specific class or course. These groups should be clearly identifiable from the project title, logo and description
Once you have identified or been assigned a project to research, read over the project description. When you are ready click the research answer button next to the company of your choice.
WikiRate hosts a wide range of projects, you can find the full list or add a new Project here.
Once you have chosen a company to research in a project and clicked the research button next to the company, you will come to the Research Page. This is the working page where you can add new answer values.
Choose a Metric to research from the dropdown and click the Methodology tab on the right-hand side to learn how to find the answer
Select a Year
In the Sources tab, browse the sources that already available (if any) to try and find your answer, ctrl+f is a good way to search for key terms
If you need to add a new Source, do so through the sources tab. You can add a URL, file or CSV
Once you have found the answer, enter the answer Value in the box. If you cannot find the relevant value click Unknown
Click the Cite button next to relevant source to add it to the list of citations
Add a Comment to your answer detailing the page number where you found your answer and add relevant excerpts from the source
Click Next to move onto the next metric
To join a Research Group, visit the page of one you would like to join and click "Join". Your name will be added to the list of members.
Research groups track the work of the users who are a part of the group, in connection with a specific Project, so that you can see your progress in relation to your peers. Each group also has a place to create conversations on different topics so that you can communicate between yourselves and other WikiRate users.
Sources can be added to WikiRate as a URL, file upload or report. All metric values on WikiRate must be traced back to a source, these can be company reports, news articles, websites and so on. To add a source click here and fill in the relevant details and make sure to tag the relevant company and select a report type.
It is important to assess the credibility of a source, researchers should consider who produced it and whether they have a good or bad track record of reliable, unbiased reporting. Leave comments in the discussion box on the source details tab to make a case for whether a source is credible or not.
If you have a large dataset that is already structured, you can directly import the answers onto WikiRate. Imported metric answers need to be in csv format with the columns according to this structure: Metric | Company | Year | Values | Source | Comment
Please Note: The Metric name should be the full metric title (the name of the designer + the name of the metric). For example, this metric should be named: Walk Free Foundation+MSA risk assessment
When you have structured your CSV file correctly, you can import it through the Metric Answer Import Page
- Give your import file a name
- Upload the CSV file
- Click Submit
If the file is large, it may take some time to process. Once it has processed you will need to map any companies where an exact name match was not found on WikiRate. You can search for the company on WikiRate using the 'Suggest' button. If the company cannot be found on WikiRate, enter 'AutoAdd' into the field. Once you have finished mapping the company names, click update mapping on the top right of the screen.
The next step is to go to the 'Step 2: Importing' tab where you can import your answers to the platform. You can see how many data points are ready to be imported on the 'Ready' tab. Then select the answers you want to import and click 'Import'. The progress bar will let you know whether any answers failed to import.