I'm trying to do a statistics project on usage of wikipedia. I was wondering if there was any software for ubuntu that would allow me to gather statistics from a database dump of wikipedia without the need for programming knowledge.
Its a politics essay to study the development of a community. I would have liked to base it on the growth of the Ubuntu community but I wouldn't know where to begin (wikipedia is much better documented through the use of database dumps). Any advice or ideas on the project would also be of great help.
PS I know there have been numerious other studies done on wikipedia from which I could take the information i need but I really want to start from scratch to learn how to go about applying the same techniques to other situations and communities. (I'm such a nerd!!!)