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Our evolving target architecture introduces an abstraction layer, a modern platform serving collections of knowledge and information, created from multiple trusted sources, to nearly infinite product experiences and other platforms ref. We need a predictably-structured, technology-agnostic data model, in an industry-standard format, as central to this architecture.
What does the future look like if this is achieved?
This modern platform, acting between the trusted sources and the nearly-infinite products and other platforms, transforms knowledge (and data about that knowledge) into predictably-structured, technology-agnostic collections. Knowledge can be consumed by, or pushed to, products and platforms. And they can ask for only the knowledge they want.
What happens if we do nothing?
We will fail to achieve “moving from viewing Wikipedia as solely a website, to developing, supporting, and maintaining the Wikimedia ecosystem as a collection of knowledge, information, and insights with infinite possible product experiences and applications” [citation]
Without adopting new service-friendly patterns, we’ll struggle to become the world’s infrastructure for free knowledge. As one Wikipedian put it, accessing the knowledge currently means “I need to have a PhD in Mediawiki.”
|User Value/Organization Value||Objective it supports and How|
|Evolve the Wikimedia platform to use modern patterns||Platform evolution: Evolutionary architecture. Evolve the Wikimedia systems architecture to use more modern patterns. This allows engineering teams to work more independently and build software features more reliably and predictably.|
|Becoming the infrastructure of free knowledge||Knowledge as a service: “To serve our users, we will become a platform that serves open knowledge to the world across interfaces and communities. We will build tools for allies and partners to organize and exchange free knowledge beyond Wikimedia. Our infrastructure will enable us and others to collect and use different forms of free, trusted knowledge.” https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Direction#Our_strategic_direction:_Service_and_Equity|
|Moving from solely a website to an ecosystem with infinite possible consumers||Modernize our product experience: We will make contributor and reader experiences useful and joyful; moving from viewing Wikipedia as solely a website, to developing, supporting, and maintaining the Wikimedia ecosystem as a collection of knowledge, information, and insights with infinite possible product experiences and applications. https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Medium-term_plan_2019#Goals|
Why are you bringing this decision to the Technical Forum?
We would like specific feedback about the data model, which is standardized using a known, documented and expanding vocabulary. We have designed two prototypes using the evolving data model and are planning a bigger, cross-functional initiative. Enterprise Wikimedia is launching using this data model, as they fit the “other platforms” criteria.