Wikimedia Discovery/Meetings/Checkin/2016-11-22

Topics from the pastEdit

  • Reminder about upcoming deployment interruptions
    • Nov 21-25: No train (also no deploys that Wed-Fri)
    • Dec 19-30: No deploys
    • Jan 9: No train (dev summit/all-hands)
  • Product head meetings Nov 16-17...any news from that?
    • Nothing that directly affects Discovery work
    • Discussions about how Product can/should interact with Partnerships
  • Interactive Team’s roadmap published:

Announcements, Information, QuestionsEdit

  • [wikitech-l] Selenium testing docs have been updated:
  • [discovery] Discovery narrative and mission living document posted:
  • Need volunteers for Privacy by Design process test run
    • Dan will contact them (along with Deb)
  • Interactive team: Assess the progress from October 1, agree on adjustments
    • Erika will arrange/facilitate
  • Maps adoption on ruwiki: They are interested but busy with other things.
    • Have gotten positive feedback (and no negative feedback) since the launch

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 2016-11-22. Completed/dropped goals are not shown.)

FY 2016-17 Q2 Key ResultsEdit

  • Search
    • Enable the backend for cross-project searches on all Wikimedia projects
      • Back end: Load test (the real potential blocker) is being tried at 75%
      • Front end: Reached out to communities for A/B tests; got one, want more. Meetings w/Nirzar about design are progressing
        • Will probably deploy A/B tests on Persian, Polish, Italian and Catalan wikipedias
        • Will set-up labs instance for English wikipedia and projects
    • Enrich the data stored in ElasticSearch to allow targeted improvements to result relevance (Migrate away from "all" field in Elasticsearch)
      • Done for top 10 projects. Depending on analysis, might reindex wikis, or might have to fix space issue for some languages
      • Quarterly Review:
      • Discovery Roadmap FY2016/17:
  • Interactive: Maps/Graphs/...
    • Increase maps and graphs usage on Wikipedia
      • Updating commons template increased usage a lot (from thousands to millions)
      • Slow uptake on ruwiki (fewer articles than hoped) seems to be because they are just busy
    • Enable shareable Geoshapes and Tabular data storage on Commons
      • Now enabled on beta labs (commons and other wikis)
      • Hope to deploy widely next week
      • Some progress on geojson; need to add support for maps and graphs


  • 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