Wikimedia Mobile engineering
The Wikimedia Mobile Engineering department, a part of the Wikimedia engineering team, builds and develops apps and creates programs for improving and creating mobile support for Wikipedia. It also aims at helping millions without proper internet access through computers, gain access to Wikipedia through wireless devices. Wikimedia is currently working with mobile service providers across the globe to help people gain access to Wikipedia at waived prices. Feel free to check out its roadmap and goals for the upcoming year.
The Team [edit | edit source]
Projects[edit | edit source]
Wikimedia Commons App[edit | edit source]
Wikimedia_Apps/Commons app developed by Wikipedia for Android and iOS which helps users upload media directly to Wikimedia Commons, the free image repository of Wikipedia. Users can upload multiple files and add categories (Android only so far) and share uploads through their favorite image sharing sites. Users can also upload media directly to commons through Wikipedia's mobile version. Contributions to Commons can help illustrate the world’s largest encyclopedia and make knowledge come to life for millions of readers around the globe. Wikipedia has launched campaigns like Wiki Loves Monuments encouraging expert Commons users and people new to Wikimedia projects alike to contribute to high-need content areas.
Have a look at what we have been up to, here.
Wikipedia Zero[edit | edit source]
Wikipedia Zero is an initiative of the Wikimedia Foundation to enable mobile access to Wikipedia free of data charges in developing countries. The objective of the program is to reduce barriers to accessing free knowledge—one of the largest barriers being cost of data usage. The Wikipedia Zero initiative is based on partnerships with mobile phone operators, whereby the operator agrees to deploy a version of Wikipedia in such a way that their users do not need to pay for data access.
Mobile Web Projects[edit | edit source]
This project aims at developing the features and design of Mobile Frontend, a MediaWiki extension providing a mobile web front-end to MediaWiki sites including Wikipedia. The mobile interface of a Wikimedia project can be reached by visiting langcode.m.X.org (where X is the name of a Wikimedia project). This project constitutes a number of sub-projects which include mobile web editing, a visual editor on the Mobile Frontend and structured profiles.
Geo Data Storage and API[edit | edit source]
GeoData extension for MediaWiki provides a structured way to store, retrieve, and quickly query GPS related information from MediaWiki. Coordinates added to articles are now stored separately in the database, as opposed to being stored arbitrarily in wiki markup. This makes it easy to query the coordinates of a particular page or a list of pages around a given set of coordinates. The Solr search engine is used for spatial queries, making the searches extremely fast. All the functionality is also available via the API, allowing developers to create tools that use this data.
J2ME App[edit | edit source]
The Wikipedia S40 J2ME app is designed for use on features phones (primarily Nokia Series 40) that enables efficient reading of Wikipedia. Despite the fact that J2ME is a dying platform for mobile apps, it is still prevalent in many parts of the world on a wide variety of feature phones. Recent feedback from mobile operators in India, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Africa and South America indicate a high preference for a J2ME app over Android apps and browser-based experiences.
Wikipedia Over SMS and USSD[edit | edit source]
This project aims at providing access to Wikipedia over SMS and USSD using an open source project called Vumi.
Other Projects[edit | edit source]
|Open Street Map||OpenStreetMap (OSM) is a collaborative project to create a free editable map of the world.||Status|
|Mobile Photo Upload||A simple mechanism for users to upload photos from mobile devices, either directly to Commons or via a Wikipedia article or other front-end to Commons.||Status|
|Mobile support in MediaWiki core||Building native mobile-device support in MediaWiki by porting critical components of Extension: MobileFrontend to core and building additional functionality as needed.||Status|
|Mobile default for sister projects||Migrating our sister projects to default to their own mobile interfaces.||Status|
Get Involved[edit | edit source]
Readers and Editors[edit | edit source]
- Report any issues you encounter casually browsing to our feedback list.
- Become a Wikimedia Beta tester and try out new features.
- Help us expand our currently set of tested browsers.
- Test the Wikimedia mobile projects in the languages you know and report any issues.
- Help translate the mobile user interface and apps by volunteering at translatewiki.
- Promote the Wikimedia Mobile engineering/imported/Mobile projects among your friends and Wikimedia fellows through Twitter, Facebook and other social networking tools.
- Browse not only Wikipedia but our sister sites on mobile and send us feedback.
- Try the app for: iOS, Android, or BlackBerry.
- Check the App Catalog to find more mobile apps developed by third parties relying on Wikimedia content.
- Help us brain storm what features you need most on mobile.
Developers[edit | edit source]
- If you receive any errors, report it on Bugzilla.
- Go through the repositories at Github and Gerrit and try out the code.
- Report and fix bugs in our beta sites.
- Help us write automation tests.
- Join us at irc.freenode.org #wikimedia-mobile and get involved and talk about our current projects.
Contact Us[edit | edit source]
- Talk and discuss our current projects at .
- Follow us @WikimediaMobile on Twitter.
- Join the MediaWiki technical mailing list firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Follow the Wikimedia Tech Blog
List of projects[edit | edit source]
|Project||Description||Project lead & team||Status|
|Wikimedia Apps||Wikimedia Mobile Applications for iOS, Android, and new platforms||Tomasz Finc, Yuvi Panda, Jon Robson, Phil Chang & Brion Vibber||Status: (2013-02-01)|
|Commons App||An iOS and Android app that allows you to upload media to Commons.||Tomasz Finc, Brion, Yuvi, Shankar||
A large change set was made to the iOS Commons app including:
|Wikipedia Zero||Free and zero rated access to Wikipedia through our partners||Tomasz Finc (Director of Mobile, Engineering); Carolynne Schloeder (Director of Mobile, Programs), Kul Wadhwa (Business Development), Dan Foy (Tech Manager), Yuri Astrakahn, Adam Baso||
During the last month, the team monitored the rollout of Wikipedia Zero via text (USSD/SMS) in partnership with Airtel Kenya and Praekelt for the first pilot of the program. Additionally, Yuri Astrakhan promoted the program abroad.
The team also
|Mobile web projects||MobileFrontend mobile gatewayFeatures and design work on the Wikimedia||Kenan Wang, Jon Robson, Juliusz Gonera, Ryan Kaldari, Max Semenik, Arthur Richards, Michelle Grover, Vibha Bamba||
The Onboarding A/B Test resulted in an Edit Guider, now available. The overlay UI overhaul currently in beta is planned to become available on the main site. User profiles intent is also in testing in beta.