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Hacker's Map[edit]

Public URL
Bugzilla report
wikitech-l mailing list announcementwikitech-l mailing list.

Name and contact information[edit]

Jaime Lyn Schatz
IRC or IM networks/handle(s)
jlschatz, @edupunkn00b (twitter) and JaimeLynSchatz on Github
Redmond, WA, US
Typical working hours
7am - 3pm (UTC-7/PDT)


The documentation for Wikidata can be daunting for new contributors. This project primarily aims to organize the great material that's out there and create a Hacker's Map that details step-by-step how to get started. The Hacker's Map will then be used as part of a mini-campaign to increase participation in the Wikidata project.

Possible mentors
Lydia Pintscher, WMDE


The first half of the project will involve building the Hacker's Map byt organizing exisiting docs and creating new ones as needed. The second half of the project will center around deploying the map and publicizing it to draw in new editors/hackers and use their feedback as part of the testing/refactoring phase.

April 21 - May 18: On-ramping, project investigation time

May 18 - May 24: Prepare outline/draft of Hacker's Map

May 25 - May 31: Submit Hacker's Map to Mentor, begin(finish?) edits

June 1 - June 7: 2nd draft/final of Hacker's Map

June 8 - June 14: 2nd draft/final of Hacker's map

June 15 - June 21: Begin deployment of Hacker's Map

June 22 - June 27: Finish deployment, begin Outreach Phase. Midterm deadline June 27

June 28 - July 5: Develop first draft of outreach plan, submit to Mentor, begin edits.

July 6 - July 12: Finish edits, start outreach (Wikidata scavenger hunt to start? Perhaps something to tie in to Wolfram's Language?)

July 13 - July 19: Monitor outreach results: is there any discernible increase in activity? Mentions in Twitter or irc?

July 20 - July 26: Continue with outreach phase. Idea: Tweet a daily Wikidata pic that relates to recent news?

July 27 - August 2: Find/receive feedback, continue with outreach phase. Idea: highlight a contributor (with permission)

August 3 - August 10: Find/recieve feedback, begin results report.

August 11 - August 17: Suggested pencils down, final i-dotting and t-crossing, submit report.

August 18: Final pencils down, make plans for continued contributions

About you[edit]

I am an independent learner, studying software development. I first came across Wikidata while looking into possible projects for the FOSS OPW. This is actually the third time that I've looked into the FOSS OPW. I gave up on my previous attempts due to the difficulty in know where to start. (I also gave up on my sad little Windows computer but for that backstory, see my entries for last October on my blog. ;) ) There are some amazing resources out there to guide people new to Wikidata, but they can be difficult to navigate and I kept finding myself clicking in circles on the site.

I have a BA in Political Science and Economics from the City University of New York, Brooklyn College. I wanted to become a lawyer and change the world. And then I grew up. But the desire to make a big impact never left me. The main tagline of the Wikimedia Foundation, "We believe that knowledge should be free for every human being" sounds like it came straight from my own heart. (From my heart and from Shira's hacktivist mother in "He, She and It".) I want to help make that knowledge free and accessible to all.


GitHub is my homepage on my computer. It's where I stash my code and I'm learning how to use Gists and other features there to be a complete workplace for my open source/learning. I plan to use it for all of my work this summer (in fact I'm using it for this application, as well. Hence the Markdown oddities from time to time. ;) ) I'm also excited at the chance to learn other source/workflow control systems (Gerrit, etc) and will adopt whichever system the group uses.

I'm still a total n00b on irc, but I'm using the tutorials and man pages online to get up to speed. I expect it to be very useful when I have project-specific questions this summer. I'm also a heavy lurker on StackOverflow. I haven't yet been brave enough to actually ask a question there, but I have found lots of great information from searching the archives of questions. I've also done a little editing when grammar issues in questions have made them difficult to parse.

Past open source experience[edit]

I'm just getting started in making contributions, but I've helped a bit with documentation for a few educational resources:
JumpStartLabs Curriculum
Git Project from Library Code Year
Ada Developers Academy Lesson Planning Pages

I also participated in a recent Test the Web Forward event where I contributed tests for cross-browser compatibility of the ECMAScript (JavaScript) specification: TC39 Working Group Open Pull Requests from JaimeLynSchatz
Regretably, TC39 is on the fence about IP for the contributions generated at that event. See lawyer note above ;).

Any other info[edit]

It's a little corny, but it's not every day that Edward Snowden mentions Harry Potter[1]. Wikidata + Edward Snowden + Harry Potter on Twitter


  1. During his SXSW speech, Edward Snowden calls privacy protection work "Defense Agains the Dark Arts."

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