Wikimedia Discovery/Meetings/Checkin/2016-05-31

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Topics from the past[edit]

  • Dan plans to put search goals/roadmap on-wiki once he is done with annual reviews.
    • Dan will do this afternoon
  • FDC review: Interactive plans were good, but metrics for success were slightly underdefined - Tomasz/Yuri to talk about that.
    • Made progress. Maps team will work with Katie.
  • FDC Comments about coordination of analysis across the organisation were raised - Dan should investigate.
    • Seems to be being handled outside of Discovery (Dario)
    • Dario is moving towards making the Research_FAQ on officewiki public to try to alleviate this
    • Dan read over this FAQ and its characterisation of Discovery’s responsibilities and ways to get us to do things seem accurate to him
  • Katie Horn will be Head of Discovery.
  • Dan on vacation from 2nd June until 21st June (inclusive)

Announcements, Information, Questions[edit]

  • Katie will be in SF on Thursday and Friday, June 2 and 3. There will be free time to meet between 1:30 and 4:30 on Friday, probably openly on the 5th floor. Add time to Katie’s calendar if you have different ideas.
  • Submit any outstanding expense reports ASAP! (Fiscal year is ending)
    • For search offsite, send to Katie and Dan
  • Today is the last day to register with a big discount for the world maps conference in Brussels

Scrum of Scrums[edit]


  • Portal update script

Dependencies which don’t need to be called out as “blocked” (e.g. are not longer a blocker)

  • (none)

Are we blocking?

  • Zero has been asking for Yuri’s help
  • Graphs/maps spec.yaml need Yuri’s help

Discovery News

Quick Quarterly Goals/KPI Update (if needed)[edit]

Q4 Key Results[edit]

  • Search
    • Run TextCat A/B test
      • English test is running now; others to follow
    • (Maybe push TextCat to production)
    • Update Elasticsearch
      • Happening this week
    • Add real-time index updates to completion suggester
      • Won’t happen--elasticsearch removed that feature
  • WDQS
    • Add geocoordinate functionality
      • We believe this is done
  • Maps/Interactive
  • Portal
    • Run at least 3 A/B tests
      • Two have been run so far; another one should start this week
      • 3 more scheduled (tentatively)
      • Qualtrics survey completed (how did visitor get to portal)
    • Graduate at least 1 successful A/B test
      • Pushed descriptive text for sister projects
      • Will push language detection and re-sorting primary links this week


  • Next Showcase (“CREDIT”): Scheduled June 1
  • Next Discovery retrospectives: Scheduled late May/early June
  • Wikimania June 21-28
  • All-Discovery retro maybe mid-to-late-July?