How to Add to Projects

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.

Joining Projects

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.

Using the Research Page

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.

  1. 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

  2. Select a Year 

  3. 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

  4. If you need to add a new Source, do so through the sources tab. You can add a URL, file or CSV

  5. Once you have found the answer, enter the answer Value in the box. If you cannot find the relevant value click Unknown

  6. Click the Cite button next to relevant source to add it to the list of citations

  7. Add a Comment to your answer detailing the page number where you found your answer and add relevant excerpts from the source

  8. Click Submit

  9. Click Next to move onto the next metric

Join a Research Group

A Research Group brings community members together to organize projects, design metrics, have conversations and track progress around a topic theme or area.

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.

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.


Adding and Tagging New Sources

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. Sources can be added to WikiRate as a URL, file upload or report.

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.