Wikimedia Discovery/Meetings/Checkin/2016-10-11

Topics from the pastEdit

  • Reading web
    • is “Improving search exp in mobile web”
    • is “Shipping wikidata descriptions in mobile web to some wikis”
    • Deb/Dan/Jan met w/Reading folks
    • Agreed that search on mobile would be taken care of by Reading teams
    • Nirzar/Olga agreed to follow-up if anything pertinent is happening
  • RelEng offsite Oct 17-21
    • So no train deploys that week
    • Kevin will be mostly unavailable
      • Guillaume will facilitate next week’s checkin
  • Gentle reminder to submit your proposals for Wikimedia Developer Summit. The deadline is 31 Oct for topic proposals.
  • Spark Project sharing deadline is Nov 1.

Announcements, Information, QuestionsEdit

  • Anything the whole group should know from the ops offsite?
    • Nothing specific. Good ops-y discussions.
  • Weird spike in our metrics graph, noticed by Mikhail
    • Nothing newsworthy
  • WMF values conversations; everyone is encouraged (not required) to sign up
  • FYI: Yuri will be Discovery’s substitute rep for Scrum of Scrums this week (Oct 12)
  • Dan, Stas, and Chris attended Wikiconference North America 2016
    • Lots of wikidata-related talks
    • Talks about structured data on commons
    • Knowledge Engine retrospective (apparently went well)
    • Mxn gave a maps+wdqs talk; there were other maps-related talks
  • Guillaume will be presenting Elasticsearch to our Ops team this Friday.

Scrum of ScrumsEdit

Are we blocked?

  • None

Are we blocking? (

  • None

Other dependencies (in either direction) which don’t need to be called out as “blocked” (e.g. are progressing smoothly, have no urgency, etc.)

  • None

Discovery NewsEdit

Quick Quarterly Goals/KPI Update (if needed)Edit

(Status below last updated 2016-10-11. Completed/dropped goals are not shown.)

FY 2016-17 Q1 Key ResultsEdit

NOTE: Q2 goals will show up here next week

  • Search
    • Make BM25 algorithm the default
      • (No increase in zero results rate or decrease in search user engagement rate)
      • We are close to deploying for some languages; other languages have issues with word breaks
  • Interactive: Maps/Graphs/...
    • Offer community a way to migrate away from GeoHack
      • Was deployed shortly after quarter ended
  • Portal
    • Graduate translations for sister wiki project descriptive text into production
      • Was pushed to production on Oct 11, 2016


  • Next All-Discovery retro October 13
  • Discovery Quarterly Review (presenting Q1 goal results) Monday, Oct 17
  • Monthly metrics Thursday October 27
  • Next Showcase (“CREDIT”): Scheduled November 2
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