Wikimedia Technical Engagement

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The Technical Engagement team in the Technology department of the Wikimedia Foundation supports the growth and productivity of technical users who engage with Wikimedia's open knowledge as code creators and API consumers. We plan and execute programs that provide computing resources and support to technical audiences who are building software for Wikimedia. We collaborate with teams in the Wikimedia Foundation, the larger Wikimedia movement, and external organizations to promote the use of the Wikimedia platforms via documentation, sample code, libraries, articles, and reference applications. We actively recruit and mentor new technical contributors who will become the next generation of Foundation staff and FLOSS project maintainers.

The team participates in cross-team and cross-departmental programs focused on technical communities directly and indirectly associated with the Wikimedia movement. The outcomes of these programs include:

  • Reducing barriers to technical contribution for new and existing contributors with a primary focus on technical contributors creating bots and tools which fill in workflow gaps for the Wikimedia movement
  • Attracting and retaining new contributors to Wikimedia FLOSS projects
  • Promoting the use of software resources that extend content contributors and consumers capabilities and insights beyond those provided by the core wiki experience
  • Supporting the use of Wikimedia services by Foundation staff, Wikimedia community members, and third-party consumers
  • Accelerating the onboarding process for new technical contributors in both volunteer and staff roles
  • Supporting technical engagement with Open Knowledge producers and consumers by Advancement, Partnerships, Research, and other Foundation teams

Sub teams[edit]

Cloud Services team[edit]

The Cloud Services team (WMCS) is responsible for maintaining and extending the existing Wikimedia Cloud Services computing infrastructure, the Toolforge hosting environment, and many additional supporting technologies used in the Cloud Services environment. The team works in partnership with the larger Wikimedia volunteer community to manage the physical and virtual resources that power the environment and provide technical support to volunteer developers and other Wikimedia Cloud Services users.

See Wikimedia Cloud Services team for additional information.

Developer Advocacy team[edit]

The Developer Advocacy team is tasked with supporting the technical communities who use Wikimedia web APIs and software projects to spread and improve free knowledge. They collaborate with teams in the Wikimedia Foundation, the larger Wikimedia movement, and external organizations to promote the use of the Wikimedia platforms via documentation, sample code, libraries, articles, and reference applications. The team also supports programs to actively recruit and mentor new technical contributors who will become the next generation of Foundation staff and FLOSS project maintainers.

See Developer Advocacy for additional information.

Social Norms[edit]

A collaboratively written set of guidelines that we want to follow as a team.

Goals[edit]

Communication and support[edit]

We communicate and provide support through several primary channels. Please reach out with questions and to join the conversation.

Communicate with us
Connect Best for
Cloud Services Workboard Phabricator Task tracking and bug reporting -- Cloud Services
Cloud Services IRC Channel #wikimedia-cloudconnect General discussion and support - Cloud Services
Cloud Services Email List Cloud mailing list Information about ongoing initiatives, general discussion and support
Developer Advocacy Workboard Phabricator Task tracking and bug reporting -- Developer Advocacy
Developer Advocacy IRC Channel #wikimedia-devrelconnect General discussion and support -- Developer Advocacy
Wikimedia Developer Support (Pilot) https://discourse-mediawiki.wmflabs.org Support channel for all developers and other technical contributors

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