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Design and plan Outreachy round 21 with a focus on data science and engineering projects
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Program timeline

(As per

Aug. 28, 2020 at 4pm UTCInitial applications open
Aug. 31, 2020, 4 p.m. UTC#OutreachyChat on Twitter
Sept. 20, 2020 at 4pm UTCInitial application deadline
Oct. 1, 2020Project list finalized
Oct. 1, 2020 to Oct. 31, 2020Contribute to projects
Oct. 31, 2020 at 4pm UTCFinal application deadline
Nov. 23, 2020 at 4pm UTCAccepted interns announced
Dec. 1, 2020 to March 2, 2021Internships period

Administrator ToDos

Before the application open
  • Share with Outreachy organizers our new plan, seek permission to start recruiting projects early and ideas for venues to promote the projects to potential candidates (in August).
  • Recruit one or two organization administrators. @Pavithraes & @Gopavasanth
  • Sign up as a mentoring organization on Outreachy's website. Indicate funding amount (for 6 interns).
  • Set up a Round 21 page on
  • Create a Outreachy-Round-21 project tag on Phabricator.
  • Recruit ideas for projects and mentors.
  • Early-heads up and a reminder email (with a month’s gap) for a call for projects. Besides existing content, highlight why the focus on data science and engineering projects only, what that entails, how would it benefit Wikimedia and future interns.
  • Possible venues:
  • Forward the message to:
    • WMF’s Product Analytics team (mostly), Analytics , Fundraising operations, Scoring & Research, and a new small team in Product focusing on user data.
    • WMDE (only has one data analyst), Wikidata team.
  • Create a private stream on Zulip for mentors where they can ask each other questions about the program.
  • Get mentors to submit their project proposal on Outreachy's website.
  • Zulip chat stream setup.
After the application open
  • Promote Wikimedia's participation in Outreachy. T261482
  • Share an invitation to apply to Outreachy with Wikimedia on these channels. Besides existing content, highlight there Round 21 focuses on data-science projects, what they are about, and required skillset.
  • Ask WMF folks to spread the message in the women in tech or LGBTQ channels they are part of.
  • Global Facebook group “Beginning Data Science, Analytics, Machine Learning, Data Mining, R, Python” with 80k+ members. Share the post with #DataScience hashtag.
  • Set up a meeting with WMF Analytics and/or T&C teams to learn about venues where a data science related WMF job opening was shared in the past.
  • Participate in the Outreachy Twitter chat.
  • Participate in a She Code Africa's webinar named "Excelling in Outreachy Internships" and share tips with potential applicants.
Selection phase
  • Start an email thread with mentors and faciliate the selection process.
  • Send accepted participants a congratulations email and instructions to join Zulip, community building, etc.
  • Send rejected participants an email with opportunities to stay involved.
  • Update the event wiki with necessary information (accepted candidates, next steps, etc).
During the program
  • Remind students to continue working on projects and write reports.
  • Host three sessions for interns: opening, middle, closing. Allow space for peer-to-peer sharing.
  • Outreachy contract renewal.
  • Write a blog post sharing lessons learned.
  • Archive the workboards on Phabricator.

Event Timeline

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Sharing an update on the projects/mentors here, with whom I am continuing the discussions:

  • WMF's research time–we might get 2-3 projects from Isaac, Diego, or Miriam. We have a general idea as of now that their projects might be around analyzing publicly available Wikimedia datasets to create valuable tools that can help perform vital tasks or generate insights that help make data-informed decisions.
  • Denny and Adam shared an idea related to Abstract Wikipedia project: "an analysis of functions and gadgets, and other redundant data constructs, across the projects to figure out those that seem good candidates for Wikilambda". Srishti to investigate the feasibility of the project.
  • Daniyal and Chaitanya (both from the current GSoC / Outreachy round) are interested in a project related to image moderation for Wikimedia Commons (related to the NSFW image classifier). They are exploring the idea and its feasibility further.
  • Soham (also a current GSoC student) is interested in mentoring a project related to testing in the upcoming round and is currently exploring its scope with their mentor.
  • Neha (a non-Wikimedia member) shared an idea of a "wikibot to extract genomic data from wikipedia for analysis and generating reports. This project would help analyse healthcare data and come up with relevant solutions to tackle healthcare problems." Currently, I'm helping investigate the feasibility and target audience of this project.
  • Gopa has proposed that enhancements be made to VideoCutTool as part of the program. He is interested in co-mentoring but looking for a primary technical mentor.
  • Sage says has a couple of ideas that fit with the theme and might submit a project soon.
  • RexxS is willing to mentor a documentation project around Lua; might benefit from a co-mentor and scoping.

Wikimedia is promoting eight projects via Outreachy Round 21, out of which 5 are focused on data science and engineering, 2 are testing and 1 documentation-related:

Wikimedia received over 28 applications and has accepted 7 interns to work on projects for Round 21. More here:

srishakatux lowered the priority of this task from High to Medium.Jan 12 2021, 1:00 PM


Blogpost will be coming up soon:

Thank you so much @Pavithraes and @Gopavasanth for all your mentoring and support!