Tricia Burmeister
Tricia Burmeister
Senior Technical Writer, Wikimedia Foundation

About me

I began working for the Wikimedia Foundation as a technical writer in October 2021. Before that, I was a technical writer and ontologist at Google, and I also worked in the non-profit sector. I have a Masters in Library & Information Science (MLIS), focused on classification systems and controlled vocabularies. I love metadata standards! I also have a BA in Arts & Ideas in the Humanities, focusing on ancient Greek pottery, studio art, and French.

My participation in the Movement as a volunteer happens under my personal account: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Triciaburmeister.

My work

I'm part of the small but mighty Technical Documentation team at WMF. As a technical writer, I like learning about complex technical topics so I can make it easier for others to learn about them too. Thanks to my background in library science, I'm especially interested in information architecture, content metadata, and how to best understand and support the varied ways in which humans conceptualize, find, and use information. I care about driving documentation work with data, and doing continuous UX research to inform and evolve how I work. If you're interested in contributing to Wikimedia's technical ecosystems, or you want to talk about information architecture, ontologies, technical writing, etc. don't hesitate to contact me!

Disclaimer: I work for or provide services to the Wikimedia Foundation, and this is the account I try to use for edits or statements I make in that role. However, the Foundation does not vet all my activity, so edits, statements, or other contributions made by this account may not reflect the views of the Foundation.

Contact me

tburmeister@wikimedia.org

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Project summary slides for a technical documentation project
Tricia Burmeister - Documentation to Conquer the Dungeon - Wikimedia Hackathon 2022
Technical documentation best practices for Data Documentathon 2022


Some of my WMF projects

Current projects as of 2023

Doing... Documentation for users of Wikimedia data: https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T193296 and Data Platform documentation: https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T350911

Done Conceptual model to guide content structure of navigational landing pages: https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T338379

Done Toolforge and Cloud VPS information architecture refresh and key landing page revisions: https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T327319

See the Tech Docs team page for a full list of the team's projects, and updates about our work.

Past projects