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The Oxford Internet Institute is a multi-disciplinary institute, part of the University of Oxford, England. It is housed in buildings owned by Balliol College and is devoted to the study of the societal implications of the Internet, with the aim of shaping Internet research, policy, and practice. It is the main UK member of the World Internet Project.The Oxford Internet Institute was founded in 2001 by Derek Wyatt, then MP for Sittingbourne and Sheppey, and Andrew Graham, Master of Balliol College. It had an initial endowment of £10 million from The Shirley Foundation and £5 million from the Higher Education Funding Council for England. Professor William H. Dutton served as Director of the OII from 2001 to 2011. Professor Helen Margetts has served as Director since 2011.Since 2006, the OII has offered a doctoral degree in "Information, Communication, and the Social Sciences." Since 2009, it has offered a one-year Master of Science degree in "Social Science of the Internet".Studies of WikipediaOII has published several studies of Wikipedia. In November 2011, the Guardian Data Blog published maps of geotagged Wikipedia articles written in English, Arabic, Egyptian Arabic, French, Hebrew and Persian. OII Senior Research Fellow Mark Graham led the study and published the results on his blog, Zero Geography. Graham also leads an OII project focused on how new users are perceived, represented, and incorporated into the Wikipedia community.
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