The goal of this task is to identify a solution to make our work in Research (as well as the associated resources – datasets, research reports, code libraries, formal collaboration FAQs) more discoverable for external collaborators.
@srodlund: added you to this phab task. We can use this to coordinate the notes going forward.
@Nemo_bis: great question. This is not meant as a replacement for content that exists on-wiki or in the Research Index. It is meant as a navigation aid (similar to the transparency report) to mitigate the costs for my team when communicating with audiences who are not (or not yet) on wiki, such as students, prospective research collaborators, reporters, etc. The goal is to provide them with a concise overview of what we do and help them find their way to the content they are looking for, which is typically spread across multiple wikis. The main data points are (1) the combined time my teams spend pointing people to lists of resources on-wiki and (2) consistent feedback we've received (both from external researchers and teams at WMF) on the lack of visibility of what the teams do, what projects we have in the pipeline and what opportunities exist for collaboration – despite all of this being extensively documented on wiki.
So, rephrasing the question: is there any indication that other microsites (1) reduced the time spent on pointing people to resources, (2) improved some measurable metric in this regard more than an on-wiki revamp effort of similar size?
I'd also like to point out that (1) may increase just because of an increase in number of people looking for information, which would be a good thing. Hopefully there is instead a way to assess how many persons are independently finding what they need.