Maryana Iskander Listening Tour

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Blank.png Date (UTC): 24 November 2021 15:00:00 - 24 November 2021 16:00:00

Person.png Attendees: Šarūnas, Aleksey, Alexis Hershberger, Antoine Musso, Ariel Glenn, BD808, Bernhard Krabina, Bill Pirkle, Bryan Hildebrand, Cindy Cicalese, Clara Andrew-Wani, Daniel Kinzler, Derk-Jan Hartman, Eric-Jan, Gergő Tisza, Greg Rundle, Krinkle, Lex Sulzer, Mark Hershberger, Markus Glaser, Maryana Iskander, Mehrdad Pourzaki, Petr Pchelko, Richard Heigl, Robert Vogel, Siebrand Mazeland, Testimony, Thomas Chin

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As part of her commitment "to listen and seek to understand", the incoming CEO of the Wikimedia Foundation, Maryana Iskander, is undertaking a listening tour of the Wikimedia movement.

The MediaWiki Stakeholder's Group is hosting a Zoom call for all MediaWiki users to discuss MediaWiki and its importance to the Wikimedia Foundation's vision to "freely share in the sum of all knowledge."

Please join us for a short presentation followed by a Q&A.

This meeting is governed by the Wikimedia Friendly Space Policy.


Meeting details[edit]


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Raw Transcript[edit]

Raw transcript from Zoom


  • Antoine Musso Antoine here, past author of MediaWiki but I am not involved anymore. I am here out of curiosity :]
  • Cindy Cicalese
  • Alexis Hershberger Alexis, user, here to listen.  :)
  • Krinkle travel guide wiki.
  • Gergő Tisza is also a quite impressive wiki (about sustainable technologies for people in emerging economies)
  • Daniel Kinzler Happy to talk about Wikibase, since I was involved with it's inception and implementation
  • Derk-Jan Hartman Might be good to mention why ppl felt there was a need for mwstake a couple years ago.
  • Bryan Hilderbrand For anyone that came after the original chat post, feel free to add your questions here:
  • Krinkle Wikibase, as deployed on Wikidata, powers parts of Apple SIri, Google Knowledge Graph, Alexa, etc.
  • Bryan Hilderbrand Wikibase is now increasingly being used outside WMF sites as well including Libraries, Galleries, Museums, etc.
  • Gergő Tisza I think English Wikipedia feels they have higher verification / anti vandalism standards than Wikidata (a smaller, newer community) so they are skeptical of the idea of outsourcing some of their knowledge curation to that project
  • Mehrdad Pourzaki From Wikidata - Maryana Iskander (Q86589685)
  • Daniel Kinzler :)
  • Gergő Tisza ( )
  • Krinkle These identifiers are especially useful for disambiguation, e.g. which of the 300 remakes of a film are we talking about, or maybe the book, or maybe some other concept that shares the same word/name.
  • Bryan Hilderbrand Great example Mehrdad :)
  • Gergő Tisza is a great podcast with the founder of SNPedia where he goes into how great unique identifiers are, e.g. for NLP
  • Eric-Jan van Kakerken More clarity from the MWF would ask for policy
  • Bill Pirkle Fandom:
  • Krinkle e.g. (beware, commercial adverts present on the page)
  • Mehrdad Pourzaki Recommendation 1 :)
  • Gergő Tisza was my old deck about this
  • Antoine Musso Time check: 15 minutes left
  • Richard Heigl I have something to Daniel and Gergö
  • Daniel Kinzler Daniel Mietchen is the guy to talk to about scientific publishing on MediaWiki
  • Gergő Tisza MediaWiki: is the movement strategy recommendation about (this is a draft; in the final text most things are super-compressed and not easily understandable)
  • Bryan Hilderbrand Daniel: Thomas Shafee is also involved with scientific publishing on MW. Thanks for the tip on Daniel Mietchen!
  • Markus Glaser gerrit
  • Eric-Jan van Kakerken I agree with Richard. What´s the WMF/MWStakeholders relationship aiming for and what is the linked plan? Please keep us posted on this Maryana.
  • Krinkle Is that based on mediawiki/core and grouping authors by org association?
  • Derk-Jan Hartman Yeah the foundation has really closed down
  • Mehrdad Pourzaki Wiki conference season 🙂
  • Bryan Hilderbrand Time check. About 1 minute. We need to wrap up :)
  • Derk-Jan Hartman exactly
  • Bernhard Krabina Hope to see many of you at #SMWCon:
  • Antoine Musso Thank you to have organized this session!
  • Mehrdad Pourzaki Thank you all for being here
  • Bryan Hilderbrand Thanks Maryana!!!
  • Richard Heigl Thank you all.
  • Derk-Jan Hartman Good point Mark !
  • Greg Rundlett I want to welcome Maryana and wish Good Luck! And Thank You!
  • Siebrand Mazeland Bye!