Wikimedia Discovery/Meetings/Checkin/2016-10-25

Topics from the pastEdit

  • Thanks GL for filling in with facilitation last week!
  • WMF values conversations; everyone is encouraged (not required) to sign up
  • Quarterly review went well, generally
  • From SoS: “Winter is coming... Annual reminder to please postpone risky rollouts till after December's fundraising campaign”
    • TODO: Katie still needs to talk to Greg to see what constraints we have
  • Erika started (last) week!
  • From [wikitech-l]: O’Reilly has released several ebooks at zero cost

Announcements, Information, QuestionsEdit

  • TPG shadow: Natalia will be joining Discovery meetings for the next couple weeks
  • Cubs are in the world series (first time in 71 yrs)
  • Will there be any train interruptions through the rest of the year?
    • No details at this point
  • Mikhail will present at Metrics this Thursday

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 Q2 Key ResultsEdit

  • Search
    • Enable the backend for cross-project indices on all Wikimedia projects
    • Enrich the data stored in ElasticSearch to allow targeted improvements to result relevance (Migrate away from "all" field in Elasticsearch)
      • We are early in the quarter, so far so good
      • Quarterly Review:
      • Discovery Roadmap FY2016/17:
  • Interactive: Maps/Graphs/...
    • Increase maps and graphs usage on Wikipedia
      • Once map frame is launched, we expect KPI to increase fast
    • Enable shareable Geoshapes and Tabular data storage on Commons


  • Oct 27: Monthly metrics (Thursday)
  • Oct 24 - Nov 11: Dan will be in the UK for work visa renewal
    • Oct 24 - Oct 28: Dan’s availability is very sketchy for this week
  • Oct 31: Gentle reminder to submit your proposals for Wikimedia Developer Summit. The deadline is 31 Oct for topic proposals.
    • Interactive needs to decide what specific areas to discuss with the community. Long term ideas: external data consumption. Short term goals: on-wiki data storage, integrating graphs/Polestar/...
  • Nov 1: Spark Project sharing deadline
  • Nov 2: Next Showcase (“CREDIT”)
    • Signup:
  • Jan 5: Next All-Discovery retro