Wikimedia Platform Engineering

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The Wikimedia Foundation Platform Engineering team is responsible for the MediaWiki core, managing work from volunteer developers, as well as for providing services that are used by multiple technology teams. The Platform Engineering group is managed by Rob Lanphier. It is part of the Wikimedia Foundation's engineering department.

See also a series of articles presenting the Platform engineering group:

MediaWiki Core[edit | edit source]

Team

Responsibilities[edit | edit source]

  • Manage the MediaWiki release cycle
  • Ensure that MediaWiki core is meeting the evolving needs of the website
  • Make quality MediaWiki releases available for others outside of the Wikimedia Foundation
  • Develop and document a clear set of APIs so that external developers can create applications that easily interface with MediaWiki

Current activities[edit | edit source]

Main projects[edit | edit source]

Continuous responsibilities[edit | edit source]

Planned or backburner projects[edit | edit source]

Recently completed projects[edit | edit source]

Quality Assurance[edit | edit source]

Responsibilities[edit | edit source]

  • Ensure that all new code that is released meets quality standards
  • Triage, manage and resolve all bug reports

Team[edit | edit source]

Current activities[edit | edit source]

Multimedia[edit | edit source]

Team[edit | edit source]

Responsibilities[edit | edit source]

The Multimedia team is responsible for features that provide a richer experience and support more media contributions on Wikipedia, Commons, and MediaWiki sites.

We develop features to:

  • improve the viewing experience for our readers
  • develop feedback and curation tools
  • help editors add media files to articles.

We are also upgrading our current infrastructure to:

  • improve the upload pipeline
  • implement structured data
  • better integrate multimedia across all our sites.

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Overview[edit | edit source]

Main projects[edit | edit source]

At this time, our two main projects are:

  • Media Viewer, an immersive multimedia browser; and
  • UploadWizard, an incremental upgrade and code refactoring of our contribution pipeline.

Next projects[edit | edit source]

Here is our Multimedia Vision for 2016, to give you a sense of what we are working on this year. In coming months, we will be working on a variety of projects to help our users view, contribute, curate and use images, sound and video files. We believe that audio-visual media offer a unique opportunity to engage a wide range of users to participate productively in our collective work.

Engineering Community Team[edit | edit source]

For more information, see Engineering Community Team.

Responsibilities[edit | edit source]

  • Attract and support volunteer technologists so that they can become an even more powerful force in driving improvement on the website
  • Help nurture volunteer-developed extensions and widgets
  • Provide communications support for all groups in the engineering department
  • Develop clear documentation for MediaWiki so that new staff, volunteer developers and external users have a smooth ramp-up process to becoming MediaWiki developers

Team[edit | edit source]

Current activities[edit | edit source]

See also Engineering Community team meetings.