Wikimedia Discovery/Meetings/Checkin/2016-11-01

Topics from the pastEdit

  • From SoS: “Winter is coming... Annual reminder to please postpone risky rollouts till after December's fundraising campaign”
    • Will there be any train interruptions through the rest of the year?
    • No specific details yet; stay tuned
  • TPG shadow: Natalia will be joining Discovery meetings the rest of this week
  • Mikhail presented at Metrics last Thursday (went well)

Announcements, Information, QuestionsEdit

  • Privacy by Design policy and related introductory talks last week and this week
    • Everyone involved with product development is encouraged to sign up and attend one of them
  • The (informal) WMF product group is working on their response/thoughts on the draft/proposed form of the Technical Collaboration Guideline and the process that is creating it
    • Draft of a proposal of some guidelines, so non-binding
    • Context somewhat missing for product managers
    • Dan will chat to Katie about it in their 1:1 on Thursday
  • [wikitech-l] Google Code-in 2016 has been announced: A contest for 13-17 year old students. November 2016. For more info, see:
  • Reminder that this weekend the US will end daylight saving (Europe already flipped this past weekend)
  • Kevin will be in SF Nov 7-10
  • Katie in office Nov 8-9
  • Reminder that Dec 26-30 are all WMF holidays
  • Dan’s visa is approved, issued, and his passport is being posted back to him :-)
    • Planned return date to SF: 11th November
    • If I get my passport back early I may try and change my flight to earlier… but I bet they’ll charge me $$$
  • Making progress on hiring a contract programmer for maps (but not done yet)
  • Clarification that Yuri's "tabular data on commons" is unrelated to the big "structured metadata on commons" initiative that recently got funding. There is also the "multi content revision" RFC from Daniel, which is also not directly related.

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.)

  • From SoS 10-19: Android: Start on Q2 goals for Wikidata descriptions (Is that via WDQS?)

Discovery NewsEdit

Quick Quarterly Goals/KPI Update (if needed)Edit

(Status below last updated 2016-11-01. Completed/dropped goals are not shown.)

FY 2016-17 Q2 Key ResultsEdit

  • Search
    • Enable the backend for cross-project searches on all Wikimedia projects
    • Enrich the data stored in ElasticSearch to allow targeted improvements to result relevance (Migrate away from "all" field in Elasticsearch)
      • 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
      • Past week went from 20-25k pages using maps to 2.5 million pages and growing (thanks to commons template update using maplink for any  media that has geo coordinates)
    • Enable shareable Geoshapes and Tabular data storage on Commons
      • Now enabled on beta labs (commons and other wikis)
      • Some progress on geojson; need to add support for maps and graphs


  • Oct 24 - Nov 11: Dan in the UK for work visa renewal, working 2pm - 10pm UK time
  • Nov 1: Spark Project sharing deadline
    • link: )
  • Nov 2: Next Showcase (“CREDIT”)
    • Signup:
  • Nov 11: Holiday (Veterans Day)
  • Nov 17: Monthly metrics (Thursday)
  • Nov 24-25 Holiday
  • Dec 26-30: Holiday
  • Jan 5: Next All-Discovery retro
  • Jan 9-11: Dev Summit (SF)
  • Jan 12-13: All-hands (SF)
    • Some of us not going to the Dev Summit will be coming in a day early
    • Discovery dinner? :) +1+1 +1000