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Temporal evolution of the content & participants of Wikimedia Commons

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Temporal evolution of the content & participants of Wikimedia Commons

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As part of the Multimedia Usability project, I have been doing a lot of research to better understand how Wikimedia Commons is functioning, and particularly to understand its users & participants. One side I am particularly interested in is the demographics and the content dynamics of Commons.

Scaling up Software development for Wikimedia websites (Part II: Tools)

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Scaling up Software development for Wikimedia websites (Part II: Tools)

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I have previously explained why the current setup of the Wikimedia bug tracker is not ideal. I have also advocated for a more managed & scientific software development strategy. This article aims to discuss an appropriate tool to support this strategy, and at the same time fix what is broken.

Scaling up Software development for Wikimedia websites (Part I: Human resources)

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Scaling up Software development for Wikimedia websites (Part I: Human resources)

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Our human resources are currently focusing on what happens after the code has been written: we review it, we try to ensure quality, we try to automate testing, we file bugs, etc. However, there is little preparation before the development is actually done. This has led to a developer-driven design, resulting in an interface based on the implementation model. We need a more systematic approach to User experience and development management if we want to scale up properly.

Wikimedia User experience programs: a systematic approach

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Wikimedia User experience programs: a systematic approach

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Over the years, the design of MediaWiki has been solely driven by software developers. This has caused an unfortunate technology-based approach of the front-end and the features (implemented or missing), relying mostly on the implementation model. The consequence is that the interface & features are too far from the users’ mental model. The Wikipedia and Multimedia Usability projects have tried to address the most pressing concerns resulting from this hiatus between the software and the users’ expectations.

Wikimedia & MediaWiki bugs, issues and requests

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Wikimedia & MediaWiki bugs, issues and requests

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During the past few weeks, I have been thinking about how to improve (or rather, kick off) a more structured way to manage software and product development within the Wikimedia community. The result is a list of ideas and recommendations I have compiled and submitted to the relevant staff members at the Wikimedia Foundation. I am also publishing them here in order to allow for a wider feedback. This article is the first of a series dedicated to this topic.