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Wikimania Hackathon Focus Area: Small Wiki Toolkits
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Small Wiki Toolkits
This focus area is planned for the Wikimania Hackathon and Wikimania.

With this focus area, we hope to support wikis & their communities who don’t have many/any technical contributors and help bridge the gap between developer and editor communities. We would like to enable more people in addressing their specific local use cases, technical needs and generally provide different language wikis and project communities a space to exchange on a wide variety of topics. We hope that this is going to be a space to learn from each other, have fun, find support & give support.

Sub-areas:

  • Technical Support: Workshops for beginners
  • Hacking: Projects with a focus on developing bots, tools, gadgets for a language wiki or project community; projects with a focus on internationalisation
  • Technical documentation/translation: Translation of technical documentation, help pages, system messages, tools

We’re looking for folks who would like to run workshops, or simply help people with:

  • Simple bots, gadgets and tools to help address local use cases (e.g. maintenance & curation tasks …)
  • Intro to Toolforge/Cloud Services
  • Internationalization & localisation of tools/software
  • Customization of wikis
  • Templates, Wikidata generated infoboxes
  • How to enable or develop small extensions
  • How to use translate wiki, translate extension …
  • How to run a technical workshop (a kind of train the trainer)
  • Introduction to Phabricator (project management tool) (T219418; @Aklapper)
  • ...

The plan is to expand this focus area to Wikimania to get more people in who are not at the hackathon. We could continue with smaller workshops, office hours in a dedicated space at Wikimania. We’re also thinking of 1 panel in the Wikimania program, and something like a mix and match board for problems & already existing solutions … :-)

Coordination: @srishakatux & @Bmueller

Event Timeline

Rfarrand created this task.Apr 18 2019, 5:31 PM
Rfarrand triaged this task as Normal priority.

This task is now linked from the Wikimania 2019 Hackathon page! :)

@Bmueller & @srishakatux: start working here! :)

Zack added a subscriber: Zack.May 2 2019, 7:41 AM

@srishakatux & @Bmueller: Hello, we will be opening general registration for wikimania sometime between May 13-15. Can you please make sure to update this task description with more details by then?
Thanks!

Hi @Rfarrand thanks for the heads up! We will talk this week and provide more infos by end of this week.

Bmueller renamed this task from Wikimania Hackathon Focus Area: Technical Equity for underserved communities to Wikimania Hackathon Focus Area: Technical Equity for smaller/underserved language communities and projects.May 10 2019, 9:18 PM
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Bmueller renamed this task from Wikimania Hackathon Focus Area: Technical Equity for smaller/underserved language communities and projects to Wikimania Hackathon Focus Area: Technical Equity for underserved communities and projects.May 11 2019, 7:26 AM

@Bmueller perfect, thank you! If you would like me to edit the text here at all (not sure if that wiki is locked to editing): https://wikimania.wikimedia.org/wiki/2019:Hackathon , I guess not everyone will click the link.
let me know and I can make the change!

Hey @Rfarrand that would be awesome, thank you very much!

Bmueller renamed this task from Wikimania Hackathon Focus Area: Technical Equity for underserved communities and projects to Wikimania Hackathon Focus Area: Small Wiki Toolkits.Tue, May 21, 10:24 AM
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Bmueller updated the task description. (Show Details)Wed, May 22, 9:45 AM
Aklapper updated the task description. (Show Details)Wed, May 22, 9:46 PM

More thoughts on how to bridge over to Wikimania: One idea could be: We use the Hackathon days mostly for train the trainers, creation of tutorials, translation corner & 1:1 support for the people who already show up at the Hackathon - and the Wikimania for workshops, discussion panel, support desk etc. This would mean we either need to submit workshops (bot workshop, gadget workshop, template workshop) to the Wikimania program, or the space at Wikimania has to be big enough to run workshops.

Adding @Andrew and @aborrero as subscribers here. Hopefully they can think of some things from the cloud-services-team point of view that they can help with this area.

I'll be interested in participating in this small wiki toolkit hackathon. At the Cantonese Wikipedia we've been trying to build bots to generate league tables of best contributors and automate some routine maintenance, and it'll be nice to see whether other wikis have done similar things so we don't repeat ourselves.

Hey @deryckchan, yay! This is the kind of project we had in mind when coming up with the idea for this focus area :-)
We're also thinking about setting up a "problem looking for existing solution" board to help matching people, problems & ideas/existing solutions beforehand/during the hackathon/wikimania. We could set it up onwiki & link to it when promoting the focus area, and create a physical version for the hackathon/wikimania in addition. What do you think? Any other ideas?

Hi all. I'll be at the hackathon, and would be happy to talk about / work on wikidata generated infoboxes there (amongst other things, e.g., using pywikibot).

Bmueller updated the task description. (Show Details)Fri, May 31, 4:43 PM

Hi @Mike_Peel, sounds great! I added your name to the collection of ideas in the task description :-)

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