Wikimedia Discovery/Meetings/Checkin/2016-11-08

Topics from the pastEdit

  • From SoS: “Winter is coming... Annual reminder to please postpone risky rollouts till after December's fundraising campaign” (note: any dates not listed here are normal deployment days)
    • Nov 21-25: No train (also no deploys that Wed-Fri)
    • Dec 19-30: No deploys
    • Jan 9: No train (dev summit/all-hands)
  • [wikitech-l] Google Code-in 2016 has been announced: A contest for 13-17 year old students. November 2016. For more info, see:
    • * Do your docs on your wiki need some improvements?
    • * Does your template or gadget code needs some updates?
    • * Do you have small and self-contained bugs you'd love to get fixed?
    • * Does your UI have small design issues?
    • * Do your old bugs welcome some testing?
  • Katie in office Nov 8-9

Announcements, Information, QuestionsEdit

  • Note new staff guidelines for behavior at events and on projects (office wiki)
  • [wikitech-l]  is rather bare and needs more people to fill it out and highlight the cool new things that were developed in this release cycle!
  • Reminder: Friday Nov 11 is a WMF holiday

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 2016-11-01. 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


  • Nov 11: Holiday (Veterans Day)
  • Nov 17: Monthly metrics (Thursday)
  • Nov 24-25 Holiday (Thanksgiving)
  • Dec 7: Next Showcase (“CREDIT”)
    • Signup:
  • 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