Wikimedia Discovery/Meetings/Checkin/2017-06-20

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Topics from the past[edit]

Announcements, Information, Questions[edit]

  • Future of Maps document is still a work in progress
  • Preparing for Wikimania

Scrum of Scrums[edit]

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 News[edit]

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

Discovery Roadmap FY2016/17:

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FY 2016-17 Q4 (Apr-Jun) goals:

  • Improve search by researching and load testing machine learning to automatically re-rank search results
    • Research and develop new models to determine which ones work best DONE
    • Build out data munging and data pipeline to develop new models DONE
    • Deploy automated model which matches current performance of manually-configured search result relevance NOT THIS Q?
    • Begin performing load tests on new models to make sure they can be safely deployed to production SHOULD START SOON (on relforge)
  • Improve search support for different languages by researching and deploying new language analyzers
    • Perform research spikes to find new analyzers for different languages DONE
    • Test new analyzers to see if they are improvements DONE
    • Deploy new analyzers that are found to be an improvement DONE
    • Re-index affected wikis (Ukrainian and Chinese) DONE
  • Refine and test new design of search results page with occasional deployments
    • Test new functionality with at least 2 A/B tests WILL DO ONE THIS WEEK
    • Analyze tests and gather community feedback FINISHED UP ONE FROM Q3
    • Roll out new functionality with small releases to production across all Wikipedias DONE
  • Stabilize maps and graphs code base
    • Stabilize and fix high priority bugs
      • Only 2 remaining open tasks for minimum stabilization (disputed borders and header expiration)


  • June 21: Research Showcase
  • June 29: Monthly Metrics
  • July 4: US holiday
  • July 5: CREDIT showcase ??
  • July 18: All-Discovery retro
  • July 24 - August 4: WMF staff encouraged to work remotely
    • There is another remote week or two when the office move happens
      • Sep 18 - 29th
  • Aug 15: WMF holiday
  • Sep 4: US holiday
  • OOO
    • Erika OOO June 20-22 (WikiLead)
    • Jan off July 3 - 7
    • Guillaume on vacation from July 10 - 21st
    • Paul off July 16 - 23 (vacation/camp)
    • David (August: wikimania + vacation 2 weeks after the event, back on Aug 29)
    • Deb Aug 8 - 14 Wikimania and Hackathon
    • Stas Aug 10 - 17 Wikimania + Structured data offsite
    • Paul off August 18 - 20 + travel (State of the Map)
    • Paul off October 19 - 22 + travel (State of the Map US)
    • Deb off October 19 - 20 for State of the Map US