Looking ahead: our plan for 2019-2020

16:10, Tuesday, 06 2019 August UTC

We love to tell the stories of the thousands of students and hundreds of professionals making meaningful contributions to Wikipedia’s content through our programs every year. Those individuals make a big difference in spreading free, reliable knowledge globally. And we’re proud to share in their successes.

Rarely, though, do we talk about the behind the scenes of our work at Wiki Education. What goes into ensuring that the thousands of people who rely on our tools and staff every year are best supported to do all that great work? Here’s a glimpse into what we plan to do in the coming year. For those wishing to read our Annual Plan in full, please find it on our website.

We now offer Wikidata courses!

In July 2019, we launched our first Wikidata courses as part of our professional development suite of offerings. Through both in-person and online courses, we now train professionals in how to understand, contribute to, and query Wikidata, the structured open data project in the Wikimedia umbrella. Wikidata is already becoming strategically important to librarians, archivist, and educators. Our courses help individuals identify how Wikidata is most relevant to their goals and give them the skills to navigate and contribute to the platform.

We’ll continue to expand our Wikipedia course offerings.

At this point, we’ve equipped hundreds of professionals with the skills and know-how to edit Wikipedia. They’ve brought their expertise, perspectives, and time to improving the site’s information — while at the same time making meaningful professional connections in our virtual, synchronous courses. In the coming year, we will create flexible course offerings that meet the needs of our partners and individual participants and that improve the quality, equity, and reach of open knowledge. More courses mean more opportunities for professional development, public education, and personal empowerment.

We’ll continue our Communicating Science initiative.

Science content remains a focus of Wiki Education’s programmatic work. Through supporting courses in both our Student Program and Wiki Scholars & Scientists Program related to the sciences, we will improve the availability of scientific information for the general public. That means expanding the already extensive impact that students have made through our Student Program and creating more professional development course offerings for scientists.

We won’t stop improving the Student Program user experience.

In our effort to further increase the efficiency of our programs, we’ll make significant improvements to the Dashboard user experience for students and for instructors so that fewer students require Wikipedia Expert intervention and more instructors recruit colleagues. We will design better scaffolding so that students know exactly what they need to do at each step of an article-writing assignment, and we will create better tools for reviewing and grading the individual exercises and assignments that comprise a Wikipedia classroom project.

Thank you to our community, who offers feedback and inspiration for us to make changes, to grow, and to support as many people as we can in this important work.

#Statistics for National Young Academies

12:58, Tuesday, 06 2019 August UTC
The Global Young Academy is linked to many national young academies. It and they represent many relevant scientists. They represent all of science and, they are interested in representing science to the public. The question: how can we make them visible.

First you add the orgs to Wikidata and then the scientists to the orgs. When you then add the same Listeria lists to Wikipedias, we will see a picture when we have one and we may notice who has a local Wikipedia article.

There are many interesting statistics possible:
  • the gender ratio
  • the different professions in the mix
  • awards received 
  • the known number of publications per person
  • the organisations they are employed at
However, first things first. It is my intention to include all the current members and the alumni of the Young Academy of Sweden before Wikimania.. Second, these scholars are bright :) once they put their mind to it, they will help themselves to nice statistics based on the info we accumulate in Wikidata. They can be linked to on the Wikipedia pages.
Thanks,
     GerardM

Hey @GlobalYAcademy this blogpost is for you II

09:26, Tuesday, 06 2019 August UTC
As I have added all global young academics in Wikidata, an update. What I like best about this academy is its global reach and the spread among the sciences. I am happily pleased that you may be found in ORCiD, Google Scholar and VIAF.

The most vital of them all for Wikidata is ORCiD; when your data "can be seen by everyone", we can retrieve your data, import it in Wikidata and make a "Scholia" for you. This is the Scholia of one of my favourite young academics. The import process (SourceMD) is broken at this time and this is my backlog of jobs to run.

Running a process for you will import co-authors and papers we do not know about. Given your global spread, it follows that your co-authors will have a similar global spread and this is an anti-dote to the Anglo-American bias we have in Wikidata and the Wikipedias. Particularly when I run a second job, a job will run for your co-authors with pubic ORCiD information as well, improving the subset of the data you are part of.

There are things you can do that have an impact on what we do:
  • You can check your data, add what is missing, improve what is wrong or missing on your Wikidata item
    • You can create/improve your ORCiD data and make it visible to everyone
    • You can trust organisations like CrossRef to update your data in ORCiD on your behalf
    • Please add your "name in native language" and indicate using the ISO 639 code the language it is in.
    • Check if the authorities that are linked to you are indeed correct and do not link to a false friend
    • Add your occupation
    • Please add other authorities that know you.. ISNI for instance
  • We love to have a (freely licensed) picture, it helps with disambiguation. You can upload it to Commons.. 
    • Having a picture on the GYA website and on Google Scholar is why there are so many links to Google Scholar
So what is in it for us?
  • We want people to know about science and learn about the scientific record
  • We want people to write Wikipedia articles and your papers may be used as references.
  • There are many gaps in our coverage of science. We know and it is improved one paper, one scientist at a time.. There is even the option to work on a specific subject.. like this one
As a member or the GYA, you are part of an outreach program. We happily invite you to work with us and together do the best job possible for science.
Thanks,
      GerardM

A forgotten upheaval

08:53, Tuesday, 06 2019 August UTC
Among the many amazing stories from India that went into the pages of science is that of Sindri fort. It is hardly mentioned in India anymore but it was of interest to Charles Lyell whose work was significant for Charles Darwin. This fort sank along with a large area around it on 16 January 1819 around 6.45 PM when the region was struck by an earthquake that also caused a tsunami. While this region sank, the northern edges a few kilometers away rose up. It formed a feature that was named as Allah Bund. It apparently became, for a while, a standard textbook example demonstrating a dynamic earth, one that was no longer God's static creation but one where sudden and catastrophic changes could occur. Some years ago, when I learned about the significance of this location in the history of geology and evolutionary thought, I decided that it needed a bit more coverage and began an entry in Wikipedia - Sindri Fort. When referring to geographical entities, Wikipedia articles can also be marked by coordinates (so as to show up on maps) but I had a lot of trouble figuring out where this fort stood, and having never been anywhere near Gujarat, I had set it aside after some fruitless searches across the largely featureless Rann of Kutch as seen on Google Earth. Today, I happened to look up the work of a geologist A.B. Wynne and found that he had mapped the region in 1869 (along with the very meticulous people from the Survey of India). Fortunately, the Memoirs of the Geological Survey have recently been scanned by the Biodiversity Heritage Library and are readily available online. I downloaded the four map pages and stitched them into one large map which I then uploaded the map to Wikimedia Commons (the shared image repository of Wikipedias in various languages) at https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Kutch_geology.jpg and then altered the metadata template from one for information to "map" instead - this then allowed the image to be transferred to the MapWarper (an open-source system) installation at https://warper.wmflabs.org/ - finding a few corresponding points on the old map and a geo-referenced base map allowed me to overlay the image atop Google Earth by exporting a kml file of the alignment.
Wynne's 1869 map of the region (stitched)

I then looked up Google Earth to see what lay under the location of the ruins of the Sindri Fort indicated on the old map from 1869 and not very far (within a kilometer) from the marked location, lo and behold, there were faint traces of a structure which would be right where Sindri Fort stood. So here it is for anyone interested. It is quite possible that the location is well-known to locals, but it was still quite thrilling that one could work this out from afar thanks to the accessibility of information. It would not have been possible but for a combination of Wikipedia, the Biodiversity Heritage Library, the Internet Archive, Google Earth, the Warper project, and the numerous people behind all these who are working not just as researchers but as research enablers.


It would seem that this was not visible until the imagery of 2013 became available.

More information

A Tuesday morning

00:01, Tuesday, 06 2019 August UTC

The internet seems to be full of bad news at the moment, so I’m ignoring it and focussing on some nice little code projects that are calming and friendly and only slightly maniacally frustrating.

SVG Translate tickets are petering out; version 0.10.3 is just out with some login fixes and language updates.

This morning I’m working on adding a ‘messages exist’ notification icon to the PageTriage toolbar.

And I think I’ve cracked the search-debouncing for my Embed Wikimedia plugin, so might be able to move on with the metadata- and appearance-improving stuff that I’ve been trying to do for weeks.

Children playing around a wrecked airplane. A toddler plays peek-a-boo. Teens play barefoot street soccer.

Welcome to the wonder of Wiki Loves Africa, an annual themed photo contest which aims to re-balance the lack of visual representation and content that Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons hold about the continent.

Over the last five years, Wiki Loves Africa has inspired the donation of nearly 50,000 photographs that depict the life of people on the African continent, with themes including cuisine, fashion, music, and dance.

In this year’s contest, held across six weeks, over 1,300 people uploaded just under 9,000 images and other media that represented what “play!” meant to them. These images “provide a brief glimpse at [the] sheer variety of ways in which people across Africa spend their spare time—some are universal, others particular to their way of life,” said Wiki Loves Africa’s founders Florence Devouard and Isla Haddow-Flood, adding that they hoped the contest would help “shake up the single story of Africa.”

• • •

The first place prize in this year’s contest, shown above, goes to Marco Gualazzini. A professional and press photographer with fifteen years of experience, Gualazzini focuses on recording the terror and horror of conflicts and humanitarian crises across the continent of Africa.

His winning photo, captured at a Sudanese refugee camp in 2013, ironically juxtaposes refugee children with a wrecked example of the Antonov cargo planes which had helped drive them from their homes. “The contrast was striking,” he explained. “Sudan’s government … waged a bombing campaign against the civilians it accuse[d] of supporting the Nuban rebels. Cheap shrapnel bombs [were] dropped out of Antonov cargo planes nearly every day.”

“I knew the Sudanese government was using [Antonovs like these] to drop the bombs that were killing those same children, or their parents, or their friends.”

• • •

Wiki Loves Africa’s second-place winner was captured by Summer Kamal, who recently quit their job as a teacher in order to pursue their photography hobby. On a trip with the Adasa photography club, Kamal discovered these two young children playing peek-a-boo between streets and buildings.

Mohamed Hozyen Ahmed’s image of a group of teenagers playing street football got him third place in the contest. Inspired by travel and documentary photography, Ahmed only started taking photos seriously a few years ago.

Ahmed discovered this scene while on a photo walk along Muizz Street in Cairo, Egypt. The scene brough Ahmed “back to my old days when I was young and used the play the game we adore in the streets of Egypt.” Drawn in by the scene, he took some photographs at their request was “blessed” to be in the right place at the right moment to capture this moment in time—just before one teenager scored an “amazing” goal.

Wiki Loves Africa awarded two supplementary prizes, the first of which is the best examples of women in sport. The winner of the former comes from Yvonne Gasseu Youmbi, a lover of beekeeping, travel, and culture, who captured the above image during a game demonstration for the children seated in the background of the photo.

Finally, Wiki Loves Africa’s award for culture and tradition went to Mohammed Amri, another photography enthusiast who has previously submitted work to several other competitions.

Amri obtained this particular photo during a festival that celebrated Maghrebi equestrian skills, including this example of fantasia, where the horse riders attempt to synchronize both their charge and the closing shot fired up into the air. “The aim of taking photos in this festival is to add content to the area in which I live so that future generations [and the world] can know the history and heritage of our ancestors,” he says. “The picture for me is [a] language that all people understand.”

• • •

Ed Erhart, Senior Editorial Associate, Communications
Wikimedia Foundation

The Wikimedia Foundation provided funding for this year’s Wiki Loves Africa. For more information, see the contest’s about page.

How did you learn to think creatively? Maybe creative thinking is a practice in which you’ve always excelled. You played an instrument as a child. A teacher commended you on your ability to draw or to write. Maybe you majored in studio art.

So often, though, cultural narratives about “creativity” center upon a narrow definition of what it means to be creative.

Creativity isn’t associated with scientific careers like it is for artistic work, or even humanities-related work. But it is just as important for scientists to be creative as it is for anyone else.

“There’s creativity required to tackle scientific questions that resonates with the artistic process,” says Dr. Maryam Zaringhalam a molecular biologist, science writer, and member of the 500 Women Scientists leadership team. Not only is creativity necessary for articulating what science really looks like to the next generations of scientists, but it’s necessary for the research and discovery process. A creative approach is also necessary in making your case to the world (the public, policymakers, funders) about why they should care about your research.

Creative thinking and problem-solving is not an innate skill, no matter what you may have been told as a child. It is learned. And we all have the capacity for it. So how can we continue to nurture that skill as post-graduate adults, especially given the demands of busy careers and lives?

One way: professional development rooted in science communication through Wikipedia.

Writing content on Wikipedia requires thinking across disciplines, positioning complex concepts within larger frameworks of knowledge and culture. Step away from the micro of your research, from academic jargon, and from folks who already understand your area of expertise. Step into how the public conceives of your discipline and research topics. How can you act as a bridge and create better understanding on a global level?

Our virtual Wikipedia writing courses bring scientists together within and across institutions towards the team-building and challenging task of Wikipedia editing. Wiki Scientists are asked to broaden their mind, to make connections across disciplines, to step outside the traditional modes of academic writing. This exercise in broadening your thinking creates more opportunities for spotting connections, both on Wikipedia and in your careers and research. Breaking out of an academic routine also helps stimulate new thinking and even more original ideas.

Wikipedia organizes world knowledge into a web of connections. Nurture your creating thinking by contributing content across that web. Improve the current state of world knowledge about your interests and feel satisfied and fulfilled doing so.


Explore our current Wiki Scientist offerings here. Or send an email to contact@wikiedu.org to buy out a course for your institution’s faculty.

Tech News issue #32, 2019 (August 5, 2019)

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weeklyOSM 471

08:11, Sunday, 04 2019 August UTC

23/07/2019-29/07/2019

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The 15th OpenStreetMap anniversary will be celebrated on 10th of August, 2019! 1 | © OSM logo by Ken Vermette

Mapping

  • Facebook announced that they are making their AI tool available for OSM mappers through their RapiD editor. According to the press, Facebook wants to improve the map data in OSM on which the company relies. Facebook’s AI mapping activities are not undisputed and were a constant source of complaints in the past.
  • Joseph Eisenberg took a step towards improving the proposal process. He created a wiki page on which he documented, explained and categorised the 13 different approval states a proposal can have.
  • The tag waterway=tidal channel, which was suggested by Joseph Eisenberg, after a discussion that took place in September 2018, to map natural tidal waterways has been approved and the documentation has been copied from the proposal page to the OSM Wiki.

Community

  • We would also like to say many thanks to our sysadmins, although we are a bit late for System Administrator Appreciation Day.
  • Erwin asks (de) (automatic translation) on talk-at if there are already mappers who have experience with the tool mapwith.ai from Facebook. Another user pointed (de) (automatic translation) to OSM forum posts from the Thai community, which is not very enthusiastic about this AI-supported tool.
  • Russian OSM user Valeriy Trubin has published a post (ru) “A few thoughts about OSM attribution”, where he describes what he does when he notices that someone is using OSM data without attribution. He suggests not passing by indifferently but contacting developers and explaining everything. His request has already been accepted by the Nizhny Novgorod Сity Administration, travel portal Azur, etc. (automatic translation)
  • Ilya Zverev in his blog SHTOSM tells (ru) us why interactive maps don’t need “plus” and “minus” buttons. (automatic translation)

OpenStreetMap Foundation

Events

  • It is now high time to schedule and advertise your event to celebrate OSM’s 15th birthday, which will be 10 August 2019.
  • Registration has opened for the HOT Summit 2019, which will take place ahead of the State of the Map conference in Heidelberg, Germany on 19 and 20 September.
  • The website GIM International published a review of the recent International Cartographic Conference 2019 in Tokyo, Japan, which had the motto “Mapping Everything for Everyone”. Steve Coast, founder of OSM, now vice president of TomTom, spoke about “The Past, Present, and Future of OpenStreetMap”.

Humanitarian OSM

  • HOT announced the winners of its #map2020 challenge, a project to accelerate map data collection in sparsely mapped regions by providing street-level imagery.
  • Government agencies of the Philippines are collaborating with the Pacific Disaster Center at the University of Hawaii to cope with threats from typhoons, volcanoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, landslides, and emergent risks from climate change.

Maps

  • A happy cyclist thanks the OSM community on Reddit for providing the data needed to make their family cycling holiday easier.
  • AllTrails, an online trail guide, has acquired GPSies and merged the services.
  • Rádio Renascença, one of the most popular radio stations in Portugal, launched a page (translation) with maps of the various stages of the Volta a Portugal by bicycle, based on the OSM and with due attribution. 👌🏻

switch2OSM

  • The iOS and Android messenger Threema, which has gained popularity for its privacy and encryption features, has reached version 4. The new version includes a new GUI, shows locations on the company’s own OSM-based map and allows users to archive chats.

Releases

  • Martijn van Exel wrote a blog post about the new version of MapRoulette. Version 3.3.3 introduces virtual projects to organise challenges that belong together, improves the integration of Mapillary and adds the ability to tag a task with a MapRoulette-specific tag.
  • Quincy Morgan announced the release of a new version of the OSM editor iD. Version v2.15.4 does not reuse the previous changeset comment by default anymore, indicates the direction of weirs and includes many other bugfixes, validation improvements, new localisations and additional presets.

Did you know …

  • According to an article by the BBC, the world’s steepest road is in Wales, UK. The incline value was added to OSM 9 years ago.
  • …that the Russian company Urbica created an app “Walkstreets”. It allows you to find the most comfortable and pleasant pedestrian routes throughout Moscow rather than the shortest ones. It’s available for Android and iOS.
  • …that the Russian company NextGIS created a map of “Do not territories(ru) showing the places in Russia where it’s prohibited to organise mass demonstrations.

Other “geo” things

  • Dr Marco Minghini, from the European Commission-Joint Research Centre, invites community members, on the OSM-Science mailing list, to submit their own research articles for MDPI’s planned special issue Advances in Applications of Volunteered Geographic Information.
  • The US space agency NASA has developed a special receiver that would allow positioning on the moon with the help of the existing GPS satellites. We might need to start the proposal process for mapping craters.
  • The developers of 2GIS (a well-known Russian navigator) shared (ru) (translation) how they collect road signs for their service (spoiler: automatically).

Upcoming Events

Where What When Country
Dumaguete Pista ng Mapa 2019 2019-08-01-2019-08-03 philippines
Kitakata 喜多方マッピングパーティー&OSM 15th 誕生会 2019-08-03 japan
Kyoto OpenStreetMap誕生日 前祝い会! 2019-08-04 japan
London Missing Maps Mapathon 2019-08-06 united kingdom
Stuttgart Stuttgarter Stammtisch 2019-08-07 germany
San José Code for San José Summer Mixer [1] 2019-08-08 united states
Cottbus 134. Brandenburg-Berlin Stammtisch 2019-08-09 germany
Salt Lake City 15th Birthday Salt Lake City Mapping Party 2019-08-10 united states
Taipei OSM x Wikidata #7 2019-08-12 taiwan
Bordeaux Réunion mensuelle 2019-08-12 france
Salt Lake City OSM Utah 15th Birthday Drinks 2019-08-13 united states
Zurich OSM Stammtisch Zurich 2019-08-13 switzerland
Hamburg Hamburger Mappertreffen 2019-08-13 germany
Munich Münchner Stammtisch 2019-08-14 germany
Wuppertal OSM-Treffen Wuppertaler Stammtisch im Hutmacher 18 Uhr 2019-08-14 germany
Osaka みんなで東淀川区の魅力を発信しよう! 2019-08-18 japan
Cologne Bonn Airport Bonner Stammtisch 2019-08-20 germany
Lüneburg Lüneburger Mappertreffen 2019-08-20 germany
Lübeck Lübecker Mappertreffen 2019-08-22 germany
Kameoka 京都!街歩き!マッピングパーティ:第11回 出雲大神宮 2019-08-24 japan
Minneapolis State of the Map U.S. 2019 [3] 2019-09-06-2019-09-08 united states
Edinburgh FOSS4GUK 2019 2019-09-18-2019-09-21 united kingdom
Heidelberg Erasmus+ EuYoutH OSM Meeting 2019-09-18-2019-09-23 germany
Heidelberg HOT Summit 2019 2019-09-19-2019-09-20 germany
Heidelberg State of the Map 2019 [4] 2019-09-21-2019-09-23 germany
Dhaka State of the Map Asia 2019 2019-11-01-2019-11-02 bangladesh
Wellington FOSS4G SotM Oceania 2019 2019-11-12-2019-11-15 new zealand
Grand-Bassam State of the Map Africa 2019 2019-11-22-2019-11-24 ivory coast

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This weeklyOSM was produced by Nakaner, Polyglot, Rogehm, SK53, Silka123, SunCobalt, TheSwavu, YoViajo, derFred, geologist, jinalfoflia.

Reading is what the public of Wikipedia does and in a way, every Wikipedia is an invitation to further reading. Wikipedia is an encyclopedia and by definition, its coverage of a subject is limited. Its reliability is defined by its sources and they themselves are typically a subset of what may be read about that subject.

The quality of the invitation for further reading differs. How do we invite people to read a Shakespeare in Dutch, German, Malayalam, Kannada even English?

The primary partner in this quest for further reading; the local library. We can put all of them on a map and invite people to go there or to probe its website for further reading. Having them all in Wikidata with their coordinates puts libraries and what they stand for on the map. We can invite them to use services like OpenLibrary or WordCat, the bottom line; people read.

In this people first approach, the user interface is in the language people want to read their book in. It follows that the screen may be sparse. When it is to be a success, it is run like a business. We have statistics on libraries, people seeking, books found and a perspective in time. It is about people reading books not about transliterating books. Our business model: people reading. Funding is by people, organisations who care about more reading by more people. The numbers entice people to volunteer their efforts making more books, publications available in the language they care about.

To make this happen, the WMF takes the lead enabling and maintaining such a system and partnering with any and all organisations that care about this, organisations like the OCLC and the Internet Archive.

We will succeed when we make the effort.
Thanks,
       GerardM

SMWCon Fall 2019 registration open

19:22, Saturday, 03 2019 August UTC

July 29, 2019

SMWCon Fall 2019 Registration open.

The registration for SMWCon Fall 2019 in Paris, France (September 25-27, 2019) is now open. All interested participants can now register for the event.

The conference is organised by the MediaWiki Stakeholders' Group. For more information on this and the conference, see the SMWCon Fall 2019 homepage.

SMWCon Fall 2019 registration open

19:18, Saturday, 03 2019 August UTC

July 29, 2019

SMWCon Fall 2019 Registration open.

The registration for SMWCon Fall 2019 in Paris, France (September 25-27, 2019) is now open. All interested participants can now register for the event.

The conference is organised by the MediaWiki Stakeholders' Group. For more information on this and the conference, see the SMWCon Fall 2019 homepage.

Competing with the PayWalls? Hell no!!

11:55, Saturday, 03 2019 August UTC
Competition is about business models and, the business models of the Wikimedia Foundation and publishers are utterly different. At the WMF we do better when people read more. The business model of publishers is that people pay before they read. When people like our service, they share their data, their money enabling us to do more.

Notions of "professional results" for our readers are outside of either business model. Terminology like "professional results" are interesting but to some extend they are a fringe benefit.

When a professional adds 278 ORCiD identifiers to Wikidata, he and all his colleagues benefit professionally because he did put in the effort. It follows that Roderic Page is a member of our community and his professional work benefits us all. These 278 scholars need to have their work known at Wikidata and when Roderic and others want to work on other scientists as well, they may.

There is no point is competing with paywalling publishers. Whether people do need to use a document that is behind paywall it is of no real concern to us. When we point to a free version of a paywalled document we do a better job because more people read. The business model of a publisher is of no further concern to us, our aim is for people to read.
Thanks,
     GerardM

Bringing together building, block, street, and point data

05:00, Saturday, 03 2019 August UTC

Production Excellence: June 2019

00:40, Thursday, 01 2019 August UTC

How’d we do in our strive for operational excellence last month? Read on to find out!

📊 Month in numbers
  • ⚠️11 documented incidents. [1]
  • 39 new Wikimedia-prod-error reports. [2]
  • 25 Wikimedia-prod-error reports closed. [3]

The number of incidents in June was high compared to previous years. At 11 incidents, this is higher than this year’s median (5), the 2018 median (4), and the 2017 median (5). It is also higher than any month of June in the last 4 years. – More data at CodePen.

To read more about these incidents, their investigations, and pending actionables; check Incident documentation § 2019.

There are currently 204 open Wikimedia-prod-error reports (up from 186 in April, and 201 in May). [4]


*️⃣ [Op-ed] Integrated maintenance cost

Hereby a shoutout to the Wikidata and Core Platform teams, at WMDE and WMF respectively. They both recently established a rotating subteam that focuses on incidental work. Such as maintenance, and other work that might otherwise hinder feature development.

I expect this to improve efficiency by avoiding context switches between feature and incidental work. The rotational aspect should distribute the work more evenly among team members (avoiding burnout). And, it may increase exposure to other teams, and lesser-known areas of our code; which provide opportunities for personal growth and to retain institutional knowledge.


📉 Current problems

Take a look at the workboard and look for tasks that might need your help. The workboard lists known issues, grouped by the month in which they were first observed.

https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/tag/wikimedia-production-error

Or help someone who already started with their patch:
Open prod-error tasks with a Patch-For-Review

Breakdown of recent months (past two weeks not included):

  • November: 1 issue got fixed! (1 issue left).
  • December: 3 issues left (unchanged). ⚠️
  • January: 1 issue left (unchanged). ⚠️
  • February: 2 issues left (unchanged). ⚠️
  • March: 4 issues left (unchanged). ⚠️
  • April: 2 issues got fixed! (10 of 14 issues, that survived April, remain open). ❇️
  • May: 4 issues got fixed! (6 of 10 issues, that survived May, are left). ❇️
  • June: 11 new issues from last month remain unresolved.

By steward and software component, the unresolved issues that survived June:

  • CPT / MW Auth (PHP fatal): T228717
  • CPT / MW Actor (DB contention): T227739
  • CPT or Multimedia / Thumb handler (MultiCurl error): T225197
  • Multimedia / File metadata (PHP error): T226751
  • Wikidata / Commons page view (PHP fatal): T227360
  • Wikidata / Jobrunner (PHP memory fatal): T227450
  • Wikidata / Jobrunner (Trx error): T225098
  • Product-Infra / ReadingList API (PHP fatal): T226593
  • (Unknown?) / Special:ConfirmEmail (PHP fatal): T226337
  • (Unknown?) / Page renaming (DB timeout): T226898
  • (Unknown?) / Page renaming (Bad revision fatal): T225366
💡Ideas: To suggest something to investigate or highlight in a future edition, contact me by e-mail or private IRC message.

🎉 Thanks!

Thank you to everyone who has helped by reporting, investigating, or resolving problems in Wikimedia production. Including: @Anomie, @brion, @Catrope, @cscott, @daniel, @dcausse, @DerFussi, @Ebe123, @fgiunchedi, @Jdforrester-WMF, @kostajh, @Legoktm, @Lucas_Werkmeister_WMDE, @matmarex, @matthiasmullie, @Michael, @Nikerabbit, @SBisson, @Smalyshev, @Tchanders, @Tgr, @Tpt, @Umherirrender, and @Urbanecm.

Thanks!

Until next time,

– Timo Tijhof

🔮These are his marbles...” “Ha! He really did lose his marbles, didn't he?” “Yeah, he lost them good.

Footnotes:

  1. Incidents. – wikitech.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:PrefixIndex…
  2. Tasks created. – phabricator.wikimedia.org/maniphest/query…
  3. Tasks closed. – phabricator.wikimedia.org/maniphest/query…
  4. Open tasks. – phabricator.wikimedia.org/maniphest/query…

Building off the work done at the Prague Hackathon (T216260), we're happy to announce some significant changes and improvements to the PHP testing tools included with MediaWiki.

PHP unit tests can now be run statically, without installing MediaWiki

You can now download MediaWiki, run composer install, and then composer phpunit:unit to run core's unit test suite (T89432).

The standard PHPUnit entrypoint can be used, instead of the PHPUnit Maintenance class

You can now use the plain PHPUnit entrypoint at vendor/bin/phpunit instead of the MediaWiki maintenance class which wraps PHPUnit (tests/phpunit/phpunit.php).

Both the unit tests and integration tests can be executed with the standard phpunit entrypoint (vendor/bin/phpunit) or if you prefer, with the composer scripts defined in composer.json (e.g. composer phpunit:unit). We accomplished this by writing a new bootstrap.php file (the old one which the maintenance class uses was moved to tests/phpunit/bootstrap.maintenance.php) which executes the minimal amount of code necessary to make core, extension and skin classes discoverable by test classes.

Tests should be placed in tests/phpunit/{integration,unit}

Integration tests should be placed in tests/phpunit/integration while unit tests go in tests/phpunit/unit, these are discoverable by the new test suites (T87781). It sounds obvious now to write this, but a nice side effect is that by organizing tests into these directories it's immediately clear to authors and reviewers what type of test one is looking at.

Introducing MediaWikiUnitTestCase

A new base test case, MediaWikiUnitTestCase has been introduced with a minimal amount of boilerplate (@covers validator, ensuring the globals are disabled, and that the tests are in the proper directory, the default PHPUnit 4 and 6 compatibility layer). The MediaWikiTestCase has been renamed to MediaWikiIntegrationTestCase for clarity.

Please migrate tests to be unit tests where appropriate

A significant portion of core's unit tests have been ported to use MediaWikiUnitTestCase, approximately 50% of the total. We have also worked on porting extension tests to the unit/integration directories. @Ladsgroup wrote a helpful script to assist with automating the identification and moving of unit tests, see P8702. Migrating tests from MediaWikiIntegrationTestCase to MediaWikiUnitTestCase makes them faster.

Note that unit tests in CI are still run with the PHPUnit maintenance class (tests/phpunit/phpunit.php), so when reviewing unit test patches please execute them locally with vendor/bin/phpunit /path/to/tests/phpunit/unit or composer phpunit -- /path/to/tests/phpunit/unit.

Generating code coverage is now faster

The PHPUnit configuration file now resides at the root of the repository, and is called phpunit.xml.dist. (As an aside, you can copy this to phpunit.xml and make local changes, as that file is git-ignored, although you should not need to do that.) We made a modification (T192078) to the PHPUnit configuration inside MediaWiki to speed up code coverage generation. This makes it feasible to have a split window in your IDE (e.g. PhpStorm), run "Debug with coverage", and see the results in your editor fairly quickly after running the tests.

Debug coverage in PhpStorm

What is next?

Things we are working on:

  • Porting core tests to integration/unit
  • Porting extension tests to integration/unit.
  • Removing legacy testsuites or ensuring they can be run in a different way (passing the directory name for example).
  • Switching CI to use new entrypoint for unit tests, then for unit and integration tests

Help is wanted in all areas of the above! We can be found in the #wikimedia-codehealth channel and via the phab issues linked in this post.

Credits

The above work has been done and supported by Máté (@TK-999), Amir (@Ladsgroup), Kosta (@kostajh), James (@Jdforrester-WMF), Timo (@Krinkle), Leszek (@WMDE-leszek), Kunal (@Legoktm), Daniel (@daniel), Michael Große (@Michael), Adam (@awight), Antoine (@hashar), JR (@Jrbranaa) and Greg (@greg) along with several others. Thank you!

thanks for reading, and happy testing!

Amir, Kosta, & Máté

Tech News issue #31, 2019 (July 29, 2019)

00:00, Monday, 29 2019 July UTC
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I read about an interesting astronomical phenomena, this is where you find the abstract. Daniel Pomarède, one of the authors is open in ORCiD about his work. I found that he has a presence on Wikidata by searching for his ORCiD id: "0000-0003-2038-0488".

Marking Mr Pomarède for an update is what it takes to give the article I think is interesting more of an audience. In the process there will be more to read about this part of astronomy.
Thanks,
       GerardM

weeklyOSM 470

09:27, Sunday, 28 2019 July UTC

16/07/2019-22/07/2019

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ImproveOSM editor by telenav – proposals should be checked on the ground! 1 | © Telenav, JOSM – Map data © OpenStreetmap contributors

Mapping

  • Marc Zoutendijk thinks landuse=village_green is being misused as a tag for all grass covered areas in villages. His post to the mailing list provides the detailed background to his view.
  • The mapping, by Amazon Logistics relying on their own GPS data, of service roads to buildings provoked much discussion in the Germany forum (some comments in German) and a user blog entry.
  • StephaneP provided interesting background on the geodetic datum used by OSM: WGS84. He explained why it is not an accurate description of a position due to tectonic movement and use of differing, largely national, datums for imagery.
  • A mapper complained (de) (automatic translation) in the German forum that another mapper has mistakenly added a oneway tag to a road based on the suggestion of Telenav’s site improveosm.org. However, the issue was apparently one that all QA tools have in common: Hints are perceived as instructions and resulting changes are made without local knowledge.

Community

  • Christoph Hanser from the Trufi Association, an NGO for informal transport in emerging countries, asked (de) (translation) on the German mailing list for volunteers who could help with adding route relations to OSM. However, he received questions about the maintainability and verifiability of the route relations as well as the concern, that an area with too many relations in comparison to the other data could scare off new mappers. He was pointed to the possibility of dealing with the routes outside of OSM using Pfaedle and GTFS-Flex.
  • The OSM forum has been given a responsive (i.e. smartphone-capable) style, Air3, which replaces Victory.

Imports

OpenStreetMap Foundation

  • Joost Schouppe, a member of the OSMF board, asks Foundation members whether the existing rules for becoming a local chapter should be changed.

Events

Humanitarian OSM

  • Alex Glynn advertised the latest HOT newsletter and points to a new two minute tutorial on adding buildings to OpenStreetMap.
  • The website undark.org published an article about how female cartographers and crowd-sourced Maps improve the lives of women in Latin America.

Maps

  • Frank Schmirler shows on his Beacon Map all sorts of beacons and navigational aids in different modes. You may see real fire sectors or the picture from a mariner’s view marking your own position. A new feature allows an OSM background layer instead of Google Maps or a satellite image.

Licences

Software

  • On the Overpass-Turbo website you can now choose a Russian server (in settings): http://overpass.openstreetmap.ru/cgi/. Many users note that this server is significantly faster than others.
  • Russian OSM user AlexPS created a “dark” theme for the online editor iD.

Programming

  • azaadshatru has drafted instructions on how to set up a tile server with the OSM Bright map style, which represents the boundaries of India as required by Indian law.
  • mmd’s GitHub issue to remove the Expanding Bounding Box API function, which was once required to upload a changeset, triggers an idea to block certain areas from being edited at all to prevent vandalism.
  • If you ever wanted to turn your hobby into a career (and you are a US citizen) you might be interested in Development Seed’s job offer as Map Data Engineer.

Releases

  • A new release of Cygnus+, a map comparison tool, is out: Cygnus+.

Did you know …

  • … the tool Antipodes from Datadaptive? The tool shows you the point located on the opposite side of the world from any other position.
  • Surveillance under Surveillance?
  • …that the Russian company Urbica created an interactive GULag History Map? (GULag – Main Directorate of Camps and Places of Incarceration)
  • …that the Russian company NextGIS together with the Russian State Archive of Ancient Acts created a geoinformation system “Drawings of the Russian state of XVI-XVII centuries”?

OSM in the media

  • “All the stations” YouTube channel are traveling around the Isle of Man vlogging and visiting all of the railway stations; having previously visited all the stations in England, Scotland and Wales, and more recently all those on the island of Ireland.
    In the latest vlog they mention that there is no good mapping resource for the electric railway on the Isle of Man, save for OpenStreetMap. The presenters made a point, in the video, of thanking all the OSM contributors for their hard work in making the map so detailed.

Other “geo” things

  • The Esri User Conference, which took place 8 to 12 July 2019 in San Diego, California, shows the winner of the 2019 Map Gallery.
  • DuckDuckGo, the privacy-focused search engine, has added new features to its map services. The features have been added using Apple’s MapKit JS framework.
  • Did you know what the maps of the future will be? Sergei Golubev thinks (ru) (translation) that they will be made as an app with augmented reality technology. Ilya Zverev suggests (ru) (translation) that they won’t exist anymore.
  • Mapbox’ blog reports that the company has added two million boundaries, from different sources such as the US Census and European NUTS, to its Mapxbox Boundaries product.
  • Minecraft Earth, an augmented reality game developed by Microsoft based on OSM data, could become a strong competitor to Pokemon Go. In the summer of 2019 you can register here for a beta test.

Upcoming Events

Where What When Country
Düsseldorf Stammtisch 2019-07-31 germany
Dumaguete Pista ng Mapa 2019 2019-08-01-2019-08-03 philippines
Bochum Mappertreffen 2019-08-01 germany
Dresden Stammtisch Dresden 2019-08-01 germany
Kyoto OpenStreetMap誕生日 前祝い会! 2019-08-04 japan
London Missing Maps Mapathon 2019-08-06 united kingdom
Stuttgart Stuttgarter Stammtisch 2019-08-07 germany
San José Code for San José Summer Mixer [1] 2019-08-08 united states
Cottbus 134. Brandenburg-Berlin Stammtisch 2019-08-09 germany
Taipei OSM x Wikidata #7 2019-08-12 taiwan
Bordeaux Réunion mensuelle 2019-08-12 france
Salt Lake City SLC Mappy Hour 2019-08-13 united states
Zurich OSM Stammtisch Zurich 2019-08-13 switzerland
Hamburg Hamburger Mappertreffen 2019-08-13 germany
Munich Münchner Stammtisch 2019-08-14 germany
Minneapolis State of the Map U.S. 2019 [3] 2019-09-06-2019-09-08 united states
Edinburgh FOSS4GUK 2019 2019-09-18-2019-09-21 united kingdom
Heidelberg Erasmus+ EuYoutH OSM Meeting 2019-09-18-2019-09-23 germany
Heidelberg HOT Summit 2019 2019-09-19-2019-09-20 germany
Heidelberg State of the Map 2019 [4] 2019-09-21-2019-09-23 germany
Dhaka State of the Map Asia 2019 2019-11-01-2019-11-02 bangladesh
Wellington FOSS4G SotM Oceania 2019 2019-11-12-2019-11-15 new zealand
Grand-Bassam State of the Map Africa 2019 2019-11-22-2019-11-24 ivory coast

Note: If you like to see your event here, please put it into the calendar. Only data which is there, will appear in weeklyOSM. Please check your event in our public calendar preview and correct it, where appropriate.

This weeklyOSM was produced by Mateusz Konieczny, Nakaner, Polyglot, Rogehm, SK53, Silka123, Softgrow, SunCobalt, TheSwavu, YoViajo, derFred, geologist, jinalfoflia.

Production Excellence: May 2019

16:11, Friday, 26 2019 July UTC

How’d we do in our strive for operational excellence last month? Read on to find out!

📊 Month in numbers

  • 6 documented incidents. [1]
  • 41 new Wikimedia-prod-error tasks created. [2]
  • 36 Wikimedia-prod-error tasks closed. [3]

The number of incidents in May of this year was comparable to previous years (6 in May 2019, 2 in May 2018, 5 in May 2017), and previous months (6 in May, 8 in April, 8 in March) – comparisons at CodePen.

To read more about these incidents, their investigations, and pending actionables; check wikitech.wikimedia.org/wiki/Incident_documentation#2019.

As of writing, there are 201 open Wikimedia-prod-error tasks (up from 186 last month). [4]


📉 Current problems

Take a look at the workboard and look for tasks that might need your help. The workboard lists known issues, grouped by the month in which they were first observed.

https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/tag/wikimedia-production-error

Or help someone that’s already started with their patch:
Open prod-error tasks with a Patch-For-Review

Breakdown of recent months (past two weeks not included):

  • November: 2 issues left (unchanged).
  • December: 1 issue got fixed. 3 issues left (down from 4).
  • January: 1 issue left (unchanged).
  • February: 2 issues left (unchanged).
  • March: 1 issue got fixed. 4 issues remaining (down from 5).
  • April: 2 issues got fixed. 12 issues remain unresolved (down from 14).
  • May: 10 new issues found last month survived the month of June, and remain unresolved.

By steward and software component, unresolved issues from April and May:

  • Wikidata / Lexeme (API query fatal): T223995
  • Wikidata / WikibaseRepo (API Fatal hasSlot): T225104
  • Wikidata / WikibaseRepo (Diff link fatal): T224270
  • Wikidata / WikibaseRepo (Edit undo fatal): T224030
  • Growth / Echo (Notification storage): T217079
  • Growth / Flow (Topic link fatal): T224098
  • Growth / Page deletion (File pages): T222691
  • Multimedia or CPT / API (Image info fatal): T221812
  • CPT / PHP7 refactoring (File descriptions): T223728
  • CPT / Title refactor (Block log fatal): T224811
  • CPT / Title refactor (Pageview fatals): T224814
  • ⚠️(Unstewarded) Page renaming: T223175, T205675
💡Ideas: To suggest an investigation to write about in a future edition, contact me by e-mail, or private message on IRC.

🎉 Thanks!

Thank you to everyone who has helped by reporting, investigating, or resolving problems in Wikimedia production.

Until next time,

– Timo Tijhof

🎙“It’s not too shabby is it?

Footnotes:

[1] Incidents. –
wikitech.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:PrefixIndex…

[2] Tasks created. –
phabricator.wikimedia.org/maniphest/query…

[3] Tasks closed. –
phabricator.wikimedia.org/maniphest/query…

[4] Open tasks. –
phabricator.wikimedia.org/maniphest/query…

At Wikidata we do not rely on any one authority and we refer to many. As a consequence we bring many links to authorities to our users and only when they know how to value them, it is of value.

The link for William Shakespeare to the Open Library gains you access to his work.. It links those works to the Library of Congress to indicate that it is indeed that work of the bard.

When authors we know are linked to the Open Library, it does not really matter if we know their books. People find them regardless. When we want people to read, all we need to do is promote these links to Open Library and to local libraries.. Such promotion could be done in the Wikipedias. Like we do for WorldCat and WorldCat could be so much better if it is about local attention for the user and consequently have more of a purpose.

One project on Wikidata has been to include scholarly works that are free to read. Free to read enables for those works and their authors an additional audience and increased relevance. However among all the works we represent, we do not know what works were added. That makes it a fail. There is an authority for that. It is Unpaywall. However even when we have a link to Unpaywall it only makes a difference when people use it and read articles. This effect is something we can measure when people go to the free version of an article.

We can get the database of Unpaywall and add just another authority. Next is the issue of maintenance. We could partner with Unpaywall and have a hybrid system where we import the database and regularly check those articles we do not know to be open.

In this way we still do not see the effect of more reads of open science. To achieve that we should mark free articles with an Unpaywall icon in Scholia and Reasonator. Measuring the amount of reads is now possible and we positively acknowledge authors with free to read articles.

Next could be an Unpaywall icon in Wikipedia for all free to read references..
Thanks,
      GerardM

Does Wikipedia have enough administrators?

09:34, Thursday, 25 2019 July UTC
Wikimedia admins – image by Jwslubbock CC BY-SA 4.0

By John Lubbock, Wikimedia UK Communications Coordinator

There are currently 1144 admins on the English language Wikipedia, of whom 501 are active as editors, though not all of those do a lot of admin-specific tasks. When you talk to people who have worked as admins on Wikipedia, they usually tell you that back in the early days of Wikipedia, a lot of people became admins quite easily, but that after spring 2008, it became a lot harder to become one.

What exactly do admins do? Well, according to the Wikipedia page about them, “Administrators, commonly known as admins or sysops (system operators), are Wikipedia editors who have been granted the technical ability to perform certain special actions on the English Wikipedia. These include the ability to block and unblock user accounts, IP addresses, and IP ranges from editing, edit fully protected pages, protect and unprotect pages from editing, delete and undelete pages, rename pages without restriction, and use certain other tools.”

User:WereSpielChequers has done some excellent analysis of the number of new admins being created on English Wikipedia, and the number of new admins has been in almost uninterrupted decline from early 2008 for over a decade. In an essay about the process of Requests for Adminship (RfA), WereSpielChequers says that it “is widely but not universally considered to be broken for various reasons.” but he also says “And yet, the great majority of those few who do pass do so almost unanimously.”

Graph of successful requests for adminship on Wikipedia by WereSpielChequers CC BY-SA 4.0

One issue of concern seems to be whether at some point there will simply not be enough admins to do all of the work necessary on the site, leading to a potential crisis. Another issue according to WereSpielChequers is that it creates a generational divide “between an active editing community – many of whom have been with us for less than two years and a large majority for less than four – and an admin community, none of whom have been here less than a year, fewer than 1% have been editing for one to two years and the vast majority have been editing for more than five years.”

I interviewed administrator User:WormThatTurned about how you become an admin and whether the process is currently too hard:

“Administrators on the English Wikipedia are promoted after a process called “Request for Adminship”. That generally either starts with a nomination from a long standing editor or a self-nomination, and answering three simple questions, which are roughly “Why do you want to be an admin, what’s your best work and what’s gone wrong for you on wikipedia?”. After that, the page is transcluded onto the requests page, and a week long process of scrutiny begins.

“Unfortunately, the community has very high standards for administrators.They require thousands (generally tens of thousands) of edits, and years of tenure. In addition, they look for evidence of article creation and evidence that the nominee has some idea what they’re getting themselves in for (that might be looking at why they need the tools, or how they’ve handled conflict in the past). I’ve written up a “Magic Formula” on how to become an admin, but it’s really not a simple task.

“The scrutiny period does involve many users taking a deep dive into your history, as well as any individuals who have previously had disagreements with you emerging to have a say. In addition, how you handle yourself during the process is taken into account. The entire process is so stressful that it is often referred to as “the gauntlet”, and while many users pass through with little or no comment, many others have a very hard time there.

“As to whether I feel the process is insufficient, well, yes. Editors who are eligible will regularly refuse to run, because they are fearful of the unpleasant experience that they will have to go through, and the benefits are small. Personally, I believe that the difficulty in removing administrators leads people to have higher standards than they should and the encyclopedia needs to go through the pain of not having enough admins for a bit to lower its standards. I also feel that fixed term adminship (rather than “for life”) would be a massive improvement in the long run.”

 

Confucius was an administrator in about 500 BC, but probably didn’t have the same issues Wikipedia admins experience. image Public Domain

User:WormThatTurned suggests that people who are interested in becoming admins check out a page he created about the process: Request an RfA Nomination.

One aspect of the RfA process which should be considered in light of discussion around the gender gap in the content of, and contributors to, Wikipedia, is that the reputation of the RfA process could put women off applying to be admins. WereSpielChequers has noted that the reputation of the process is worse than the reality, and points out that women made up a sizeable minority (8/28) of RFA candidates with over 200 supporters. It may also be true that women are more likely to be successful in applying for adminship because they tend to be overqualified at the point that they apply. Male editors may also be more likely to have red flags raised in their RfA discussions due to past behaviour which could lead to an unsuccessful application.

It’s certainly true that women make up a minority of admins on English Wikipedia, but then they also make up a minority of Wikipedia editors, so the problem with the lack of diversity in Wikipedia admins can’t really be separated from the problem of lack of diversity on the Wikimedia projects as a whole. Redesigning the whole process to encourage more editors to get involved is something that may need looking at in the future. It is certainly important to consider how the process could be improved to encourage more people from underrepresented groups to apply for adminship.

Despite the problems we have listed above, I would encourage more people to apply to be admins, and Wikimedia UK is here to support and advise you on who to talk to about doing this if you need help. Like the gender gap issue, we can only change the way that admins are created if more people get involved and help change the processes that lead to undesirable outcomes.

 

 

“The wiki is part of our corporate culture”

07:27, Wednesday, 24 2019 July UTC

At the time of its expansion, the Berlin based event management company “NIKKUS” introduced a BlueSpice MediaWiki in 2012. Among other things the central knowledge repository features central questions about the company, process flows and tips and tricks for new staff members. The wiki enjoys a high level of acceptance among employees and saves a lot of precious time.

“Shutting down our wiki? Just over my dead body,” says Florentine Ulner and laughs. As head of marketing at NIKKUS, Ulner is responsible for knowledge management. She describes herself as a generalist and the MediaWiki launched in 2012 as “one of my fellow babies”.

NIKKUS has been successful in the event business for 17 years. At locations in Berlin, Frankfurt, Munich, Hamburg and Leipzig, around 40 employees take care of the technical equipment for conferences, galas and award ceremonies, balls and trade fairs. Customers include television stations, well-known companies and NGOs.

 

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Photo: Florentine Ulner, responsible for Marketing & HR at Nikkus.

 Wiki request from employees and management

Around 2011, the expansion of NIKKUS picked up speed. “The order situation has really exploded.” Employees and management quickly agreed: We need a primary location to store company knowledge so that the employees don’t have to ask each other similar questions over and over. It was clear from the very beginning that a MediaWiki seemed to be the right solution. When looking for a professional provider, they quickly decided on a BlueSpice MediaWiki by Hallo Welt! GmbH.

“Together with Hallo Welt! two colleagues at Nikkus started with BlueSpice free, the free version of the enterprise wiki software,” says Ulner. “As we have expanded our needs regarding the wiki have also grown. That’s why we will soon upgrade to BlueSpice  pro 3.”

What are central advantages of the NIKKUS corporate wiki?

On the one hand, all processes – from the warehouse to scheduling and sales – are stored in the wiki.
New employees in particular will find answers to questions like: Is there a beamer at the event location and, if so, which one? Where is the access road to the event location? Where can you find a parking lot for delivery? On top of that we provide information on technical equipment, field reports and tips and tricks for problems. Plus, you will find lots of general information. For instance, which expenses have to be documented and how, including a link and instructions for filling out the relevant form.

Work processes considerably streamlined

“Under the category ‘New at Nikkus’ we provide trainees and newcomers to our company with the most important basic information. There are templates for all kinds of letters, information about our company network or even about how to behave correctly on the phone,” explains Ulner.

In a nutshell: All employees at all locations have all the latest knowledge at their fingertips – regardless of whether the boss or the responsible employee is currently available or not. BlueSpice is completely responsive and therefore available for all employees on the move.

 

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Screenshot: BlueSpice pro at work at Nikkus

 

“I don’t even want to speculate about the telephone costs and mails we’ve already saved through BlueSpice,” says Ulner. The training period for employees is also shortened enormously and all work processes are considerably streamlined. The acceptance at NIKKUS is high. “BlueSpice is part of our corporate culture”.

Transparency is well received

An important success factor is that BlueSpice was introduced immediately when the need for it arose – in close coordination between management and employees. Flat hierarchies have proven their worth with regard to writing rights. Apart from the HR section, everyone is allowed to read and write. “This transparency is well received.”

Every new employee runs a small training course at Florentine Ulner beforehand. “The effort is manageable. The system is relatively self-explanatory. Only occasionally the editor or some add ons lead to questions.
In case of a doubt I get a call. That’s no big deal.” The success: “Meanwhile we have a faithful writing team, with some members being wiki gardeners with extended rights”.

Ulner is particularly satisfied with the uncomplicated cooperation with Hallo Welt! GmbH. In case of technical problems, help is uncomplicated. There is a “you” relationship with many employees. An annual highlight is the well established Come Together with other BlueSpice customers. “There – in a relaxed environment – you can collect ideas and inspiration and see what’s possible in other enterprise wikis.”
(sa – 07/2019)

 

Nikkus on YouTube:

 

 

More about knowledge management with BlueSpice:
https://bluespice.com/solutions/knowledge-management/

 

NIKKUS Veranstaltungstechnik GmbH
Wiebestraße 42-45
10553 Berlin
Telefon: +49 30 300 9607 0
Fax: +49 30 300 9607 200
E-Mail: berlin@nikkus.de
Website: www.nikkus.de

 

Your contact partner on the subject of success stories with Hallo Welt! GmbH:

David Schweiger
Telephone: +49 (0)941 660 800
www.bluespice.com

 

Interested in BlueSpice pro? For a 30 day trial click here:
bluespice.com/bluespice-pro-evaluation

 

Check out our webinars and learn more about BlueSpice MediaWiki:
https://bluespice.com/webinar/

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Tech News issue #30, 2019 (July 22, 2019)

00:00, Monday, 22 2019 July UTC
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A recent tweet said "If you are an outstanding woman then you have a 1 IN 6 chance of having a @Wikipedia article. If you are an #African woman then you have a 1 in 300 chance." This bias exists for all Africans and all of Africa.

In Wikicite, with all respect for what has been achieved, we find a professional approach by scientists. Their profession, their data and this is all well and good. However, as the University of California no longer has access to the Elsevier papers, business is no longer "as usual" and consequently the relevance of access to readable papers has gained priority.

We need to know if papers known to Wikidata are available and we may have all the papers known at UnpayWall but as long as we do not indicate availability, it is irrelevant.

We need to make it easy for scientists to gain a presence for their science. At this time there are too many hoops to jump through. We can make it easy by putting scientists in the driving seat.
  1. Make an Orcid identifier for yourself and open up the data
  2. Enable common sense organisations like "your" university, CrossRef to update your profile
  3. Have a button that runs a SourceMD process importing the data into Wikidata.
  4. Enjoy and improve on your Scholia
By enabling people to update their data and the data of others, you create value. When we run the API of Unpaywall as part of the SourceMD process, we help USC and we help the rest of the world that is facing the insurmountably obstacle that exists because of the likes of Elsevier. Science becomes easier, scientists gain relevance for their science and Wikidata establishes another purpose.

NB Wikipedia gains as a fringe benefit an objective criteria for the establishment of notability (it is in the science, the Scholia)
Thanks,
      GerardM

weeklyOSM 469

13:08, Sunday, 21 2019 July UTC

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Mapping

  • François Lacombe announced the start of the voting for line_attachment=* proposal, which is supposed to add information how lines such as power or telecom lines are attached to their supports.
  • Contributions of poor quality by Amazon Logistics (up to adding roads in former villages in a coal mine) are discussed on the German OSM forum – not for the first time.
  • The OSM user stadtvermesser asked in the OSM Forum the question how to map drinking water wells correctly. He found a description in the OSM Wiki, but it is contradictory.
  • The proposal how to improve information on utility markers is waiting for comments.
  • Leif Rasmussen has put the connectivity=*proposal forward for voting. The proposal aims to improve the tagging of lanes connections with a new type=connectivity-relation.

Community

  • The mappers in the OSM Telegram group have put together a form to better know the people our community is made of. Everyone is welcome to submit. The results will be published 11th of August. The form itself is here and more info on it can be found on this diary post.
  • FOSS4G Korea 2019 will be held (automatic translation) at 10 and 11 October in Busan, South Korea. Shin Sanghee from Gaia3D, a Korean geospatial company, proposed (automatic translation) to hold a QGIS 3.8 translating party in the conference. Participants are listed at OSGeo wiki.

Imports

  • Borbus plans to continue his improvement of the coastline data for the UK with help of OS VectorMap. He already completed the coastline around The Wash and asked the community for advice on some points he noticed.

OpenStreetMap Foundation

  • OSMF’s Communication Working Group is looking for help with translating blog post and surveys to the contributors languages.
  • The minutes for the Licensing Working Group meeting on 13 June 2019 are available.

Events

  • In order to be able to help people in crisis areas quickly, helpers depend on high-quality maps. For many areas, these maps must first be produced. In doing so, Doctors Without Borders is supported by modern technology – and by thousands of volunteers. On 6 August 2019 from 17:00 – 20:00 meet interested people for a Missing Maps Mapathon in Berlin.

Humanitarian OSM

  • HOT is partnering with Development Seed, Facebook, and Microsoft to build AI-based mapping tools. With the ML-Enabler, that provides applications such as HOT-‘s Tasking Manager the possibility to make use Machine Learning, HOT has reached an important milestone.

switch2OSM

  • The Instituto Geográfico Nacional de la República Argentina (National Geographic Institute in Argentina) is using (es) OpenStreetMap data in its vector map (es)
    starting from zoom 12 (es) for more detailed maps at large scale. (Reported by OpenStreetMap Argentina)On the contrary, Institut Cartogràfic Valencià (from Valencian Community, autonomous community of Spain) uses its own data for detailed maps within its boundaries. They do rely on (es) OpenStreetMap data for others regions and countries, at low scale.

Software

  • SMARTS (Scalable Microscopic Adaptive Road Traffic Simulator) is a traffic simulator developed at the School of Computing and Information Systems of the University of Melbourne. The simulator allows easy setup of simulations based on OpenStreetMap data.
  • Trufi, the app for shared taxis that serve fixed routes (we reported) which was born in Cochabamba, Bolivia, now finds – probably under the name Trotro also the way to Accra, Ghana, – as can be seen at AccraMobile3. Trotro in Accra on Twitter.

Programming

  • Russian mapper Zkir created a new validator, which is used to verify availability of 3d models for churches and some historical buildings. You may ask: Why churches? Because they are the most noticeable objects and you can find photos for modeling on temples.ru. At this moment validation works in some districts of Moscow region, Vladimir region and Yaroslavl region (Russia), this is all that fits into a square degree [56°, 38°].

Releases

  • Version 19.06 of JOSM has been released. Enhancements include the possibility of filtering the imagery list by country name, HTTP/2 support, GUI improvements and many more.
  • User wambacher has released version 4.4.7 of his OSM Admin Boundaries Map. The improvements includes OAuth authorisation and better error messages.
  • The popular navigation software OsmAnd has been updated. The new version comes with the possibility to create application profiles that allow customised routing, a new compass on the map with the radius ruler and the ‘Turn Screen On’ option, which turns the screen on when approaching a turn while having the screen off during long straight sections.
  • The Tasking Manager team has released version v3.4.0 of their software tool for the coordination of volunteers and organisation of groups to
    map on OpenStreetMap. The changes in the new version are detailed
    in GitHub. People interested in the development can join the bi-weekly working group meetings.

Did you know …

  • … the JOSM measurement plugin?
  • opengeofiction in case you want to practice mapping, independent from the OSM live system?

Other “geo” things

  • The website Earth & Space Science News reports about a new map of global river systems called MERIT Hydro.The new dataset is a combination the the existing MERIT DEM, OpenStreetMap and Landsat data.
  • The Register reports that the Galileo satellite-based navigation system suffered a total breakdown. As of 18 July service has resumed but we are no wiser as to why it went down in the first place.
  • On 15 June 2019 Russian traveller Kirill Fronuk began a self-contained individual trek. He plans to walk from Orenburg (Russia) to the Arctic Ocean along the main tops of the Ural Mountains. You can follow his travel on the online map based on OSM.
  • There is XKCD on the significance of the number of decimals used in a geographic coordinates.
  • The gaming studio Bublar Group released a trailer for the mobile fantasy game Otherworld Heroes, which is an augmented reality game for mobile phones. The proprietary map system is based on OpenStreetMap.

Upcoming Events

Where What When Country
Maebashi 第1回 MissionDayまえばし マッピングパーティ 2019-07-20 japan
Bremen Bremer Mappertreffen 2019-07-22 germany
Nottingham Nottingham pub meetup 2019-07-23 united kingdom
Reading Missing Maps Reading Mapathon 2019-07-23 united kingdom
Salt Lake City SLC Map Night 2019-07-23 united states
Maebashi 第1回 MissionDayまえばし もくもく会 2019-07-23 japan
Lübeck Lübecker Mappertreffen 2019-07-25 germany
Santa Fe State of the Map Argentina 2019 2019-07-27 argentina
Kamakura 鎌倉マッピングパーティ 2019-07-27 japan
Düsseldorf Stammtisch 2019-07-31 germany
Dumaguete Pista ng Mapa 2019 2019-08-01-2019-08-03 philippines
Bochum Mappertreffen 2019-08-01 germany
Dresden Stammtisch Dresden 2019-08-01 germany
Kyoto OpenStreetMap誕生日 前祝い会! 2019-08-04 japan
London Missing Maps Mapathon 2019-08-06 united kingdom
Stuttgart Stuttgarter Stammtisch 2019-08-07 germany
Cottbus 134. Brandenburg-Berlin Stammtisch 2019-08-09 germany
Minneapolis State of the Map U.S. 2019 [1] 2019-09-06-2019-09-08 united states
Edinburgh FOSS4GUK 2019 2019-09-18-2019-09-21 united kingdom
Heidelberg Erasmus+ EuYoutH OSM Meeting 2019-09-18-2019-09-23 germany
Heidelberg HOT Summit 2019 2019-09-19-2019-09-20 germany
Heidelberg State of the Map 2019 [2] 2019-09-21-2019-09-23 germany
Wellington FOSS4G SotM Oceania 2019 2019-11-12-2019-11-15 new zealand
Grand-Bassam State of the Map Africa 2019 2019-11-22-2019-11-24 ivory coast

Note: If you like to see your event here, please put it into the calendar. Only data which is there, will appear in weeklyOSM. Please check your event in our public calendar preview and correct it, where appropriate.

This weeklyOSM was produced by Elizabete, Nakaner, Polyglot, Rogehm, SunCobalt, TheSwavu, YoViajo, derFred, geologist, jinalfoflia, muramototomoya.

In 2015 it was news that in VIAF, Wikipedia was replaced by Wikidata. In quick succession it was recently announced that both the American Library of Congress and the German Deutsche National Bibliothek announced that they are linking to Wikidata.

That is awesome enough. Awesome because as a result, Wikidata is easier to link to VIAF as every entry of the LoC and DNB results in a VIAF registration. The only thing needed to make this a reality in Wikidata is a dedicated bot for us to know all the good work done in the US and Germany.

Another relevant improvement that is of particular relevance to scientists like linguists is that it is now possible to authorise the GND to automatically update the ORCiD record. It will be truly awesome when this is the example other authorities follow.

It is a small step for Viaf to include ORCiD as it links to other scientific publications. For librarians and library systems this is most relevant. For Wikidata it will help with disambiguation and it allows us to populate our information with even more papers and co-authors.
Thanks,
     GerardM

Wikimedia UK AGM 2019 – image by Jwslubbock CC BY-SA 4.0

2019 board elections and resolutions

Thank you to all members who attended our AGM on Saturday or voted by proxy. We had an excellent response from eligible voting members, receiving 91 votes in total – ensuring that the meeting was quorate and helping us to elect five board members and agree all the proposed resolutions. The full minutes of the AGM will be on wiki soon, but in the meantime we’re happy to announce the election of:

  • Sangeet Bhullar
  • Lorna Campbell
  • Andrea Chandler
  • Josie Fraser
  • Rod Ward

Sangeet, Lorna and Josie were all existing trustees who were standing for another term, so we’re very pleased that Wikimedia UK will continue to benefit from their considerable expertise. We’re also delighted to welcome Andrea and Rod as new trustees, and look forward to seeing how their skills and insights can enrich the Wikimedia UK Board. 

We’d also like to take this opportunity to formally thank the other members who stood for the board and encourage you to consider standing in future years, and continue to work with the charity in other ways in the meantime. 

Presentations and workshops

We were delighted to hear from a range of speakers on Saturday, and our Communications Co-ordinator is currently editing a film of the talks so that they can reach more of our members. Brandi Geurkink, European Campaigner from Mozilla Foundation, gave a fascinating and informative keynote talk on the information supply chain and combating misinformation online; calling for those of us working in and passionate about open knowledge to support this work. Our programme co-ordinator in Scotland, Sara Thomas, wove a magical story of ogres and witches to shine a light on recent on-wiki activities to remember Scotland’s hidden historical women; and four other members gave Lightning Talks on subjects including Wikimedia and Museums, the Central and Eastern European Wikipedia article writing contest, Wiki Loves Monuments, and the WiciMon project in Wales – which you can learn more about by watching this video.

We had a stimulating discussion about how the policies, structure and culture of Wikipedia impact on the behaviour of its contributors. The conversations as a plenary and in smaller facilitated groups proved to be highly insightful and informative, and we are pulling together the notes from this session to inform our work on community health going forward. As an alternative to this workshop, several members went on a photography walk around the Old City in Bristol to capture some of the landmarks missing from Wikimedia Commons.

Awards

Lorna Campbell announced Wikimedia UK’s Partnership of the Year and Wikimedian of the Year, along with honourable mentions for both categories.

The Partnership of the Year Award went to Amnesty International for their collaboration with Wikimedia UK on the BRAVE campaign. This project – focused on women human rights defenders – saw 550 articles created or expanded across seven languages, as well as new relationships and partnerships between local Wikimedia groups and Amnesty sections. An ‘honourable mention’ in this Award category was given to The Dumphries Stonecarving Project, which celebrates the sandstone heritage of Dumfries. 

Wikimedian of the Year went to Dr. Jess Wade, whose work is making women in science more visible through the creation of a high number of biographies on Wikipedia about prominent women in STEM; and who has inspired others to do the same in science and other disciplines. Andrew Gray received an honourable mention for his extensive and valuable work on his Wikidata project focused on British politicians.

More details about the winners and honourable mentions can be found here.

Honorary members

Former Chair and outgoing trustee Michael Maggs introduced the charity’s first Honorary Memberships, awarded by the Board to those members who have contributed significantly to the progress of the chapter. These were presented to Carol Campbell and Greyham Dawes in recognition of their outstanding work as Chair of ARC and Treasurer of Wikimedia UK respectively, and we were especially pleased that Carol was able to make the journey to Bristol to accept her Honorary Membership. 

Thank you to everyone who made the AGM such an enjoyable day. You can find an online version of the Strategic Report that was in the delegate packs here, and a video about the day will be on wiki soon.

Michael Maggs at the Wikimedia UK AGM 2019 – image by Jwslubbock CC BY-SA 4.0

At Wikimedia UK’s 2019 Annual General Meeting on Saturday we awarded our prizes for Wikimedian and Partnership of the Year. These awards recognise people and projects which have made a significant impact on the Wikimedia projects and community over the last year.

Wikimedian of the Year

Honorable mention: Andrew Gray

Andrew Gray in 2014, following his Wikimedia residency at the British Library – image by RockDrum CC BY-SA 4.0

Andrew’s work on the project he established, Wikidata:WikiProject British Politicians has been extensive and valuable.

It’s a great example of the value of quietly working on improving the quality and quantity of data in a particular area. It showed what can be produced in terms of research value and the process of developing workable, scalable schema for a set of people going back to 1386.

Further, the presentation of, and the showcase queries for the project have been extremely useful: from fairly functional queries like “all parliamentary terms of a single person” to more obscure ones like “MPs with identified mythical ancestors”. This has been very useful in Wikimedia UK’s advocacy work on releasing data and showing its value.

Winner: Dr Jess Wade

Dr Jess Wade (right) in 2018 with Dr Alice White – image by Jwslubbock CC BY-SA 4.0

With her persistent work Dr. Jess Wade is helping to close the gender gap in biographies on Wikipedia. She launched a project that has made women in science visible by creating over 200 articles in one year on prominent women in STEM. These efforts have inspired others to do the same in science and other disciplines, creating gender parity and representation on Wikipedia.

Beyond her editorial work she has also made important contributions to the public conversation about Wikipedia and how it reflects society’s biases and blindspots.

Partnership of the Year

Honourable Mention: Dumfries Stonecarving project

Greyfriars Dumfries town centre – image by Frank Hayes CC BY-SA 4.0

The Dumfries Stonecarving Project is a year-long, National Heritage Lottery Funded project led by the Dumfries Historic Buildings Trust which began August 2018. The project celebrates the sandstone heritage of Dumfries, from local quarries to carved gargoyles. Project outputs have included week-long stonecarving courses for young people, stonecarving ‘taster sessions’ for all ages, archival research and oral histories, and guided ‘stonecarving quests’ in the town centre.

Building on previous Wikimedia partnerships between Dr Sara Thomas and Dr tara S Beall dating from 2015 onwards, the Wikimedia element of the project was built in from the very beginning, involving the delivery of Wikimedia Commons training sessions to local volunteers.  Specifically, this involved engaging local photography groups, who uploaded high quality pictures of local stonecarving – many involving listed buildings – which can and have then been used in Wikipedia articles. A number of pictures were entered into Wiki Loves Monuments 2018.  Two rounds of training sessions have already taken place, with an additional round planned for the end of July. This final round will also include a Wikipedia editathon, where the findings from archival research will be used to improve relevant Wikipedia articles.

The success of these projects was the basis of a paper, written by Drs Thomas & Beall, which was delivered at the recent HeritageDot conference, and which focused on the ability of Wikimedia projects to ensure considerable impact and longevity for the outputs of community heritage projects.

Winner: Amnesty International

As a result of the relationship built over the years with Amnesty International (who keynoted at our London Wikimania in 2014) and a growing volunteer network, last year we worked together on an international initiative focusing on editathons about human rights activists and other human rights issues.

In June 2018 we took park in Amnesty International’s BRAVE campaign focusing on Women Human Rights Defenders. The international volunteer bases of both movements were combined to create content on human rights in multiple languages. We engaged with Wikimedia affiliates across the world, while Amnesty drew on their county sections. Each section determined its own content locally, working on content relevant and most pressing for them.

This project was an opportunity for the global Wikimedia community to work with the leading human rights charity in their own location, and an opportunity to raise awareness and produce some great content across the Wikimedia projects. As a result, 450 articles were expanded and 100 created, 23 affiliates were connected to their local Amnesty groups and some have continued to collaborate, articles were created in at least seven languages, and we have built capacity at a local level for Amnesty staff and volunteers to continue contributing to Wikipedia.

Wikimedia UK would like to thank the winners of Wikimedian and Partnership of the year, along with the honourable mentions, for making outstanding contributions to the Wikimedia movement and helping us at the chapter have such a great year.

Exploiting the full potential of a MediaWiki

06:37, Tuesday, 16 2019 July UTC

As an internationally operating company in the segments of construction, technology and service the Max Bögl group of companies is relying on a BlueSpice MediaWiki from Hallo Welt! GmbH. The goal: professional knowledge management and – in the long term – a deeper integration of wiki-potentials into the software landscape of the enterprise.

“In our wiki we provide comprehensive handbooks, special knowledge from the various business segments and important information for our employees in a user-friendly manner.” This is how Olaf Peters describes the most important function of wikimax – the BlueSpice MediaWiki of Hallo Welt! GmbH, which was introduced about two years ago. As a psychologist, Peters is responsible for staff development and talent management in the company. Besides that he is the contact person for wikimax.

Based in Sengenthal (Bavaria), the Max Bögl Group is a family-owned company with more than 6,500 employees in 35 locations worldwide. It is one of the largest companies in the German construction industry. Since its foundation in 1929, the company’s history has been characterized by strength in research and technology. In-house innovations include a magnetic levitation train, a modular housing construction system called “maxmodul”, an intelligent segment bridge and a hybrid tower system.

 

Video: The  Max Bögl hybrid tower system

 

The goal: Common level of knowledge for all employees

“A unique characteristic of our enterprise is certainly the broad range of services as well as the high depth of added value including our own steel and plant construction facilities, precast plants, a modern fleet of vehicles and equipment as well as our own building materials”, says Peters. Facing this holistic orientation with all its requirements and our annual product innovations it is quite a challenge to organize our company knowledge in an uncomplicated way to guarantee a proper implementation of corresponding projects. Therefore, two years ago the company decided to implement a MediaWiki as the core system for knowledge management.

“The kickoff came from the corporate development department,” Peters says. The CAD applications and IT systems for construction management – from planning to execution – require in-depth knowledge of both IT and the implementation of construction projects. Knowledge that must be available quickly at the respective workplace. In wikimax employees can inform themselves and find initial solutions and help as a supplement to ongoing support. IT applications, for example, are explained step by step. Depending on their needs, our users can get an overview or a deeper insight and find best practice examples as well as tips and tricks. “In this way, we create a common level of knowledge for all employees”.

 

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Olaf Peters, responsible for „wikimax“, the wiki project at Max Bögl GmbH.

 

“A wiki that users like to work with.”

While searching for a supplier, the Max Bögl group quickly came across Hallo Welt!, the developer of BlueSpice. A strong search engine, clear and intuitive usability, a clean authorization structure and a proven, open-source system architecture are the main arguments Peters cites for the decision. “We wanted a wiki that users would like to work with.” In the meantime about 900 articles are integrated in BlueSpice. In addition to IT, it is also used to present corporate strategy topics. And there are numerous training documents and extensive documentation on specific areas such as tunnel construction or maxmodul.

“We have seen the wiki as an opportunity from the beginning”

“Our employees saw BlueSpice as an opportunity right from the start,” says Peters. After a one-year test phase it was made widely known in the Max Bögl group of companies. Wikimax is currently being used by more than 1,500 registered users – and more to join.

According to Olaf Peters, it was crucial for the successful introduction of the wiki to define goals for the specific application at an early stage and to approach the matter with realistic expectations. “One of the things that helped was the admin training, which I did right at the start at Hallo Welt! GmbH”.

Alliances within the company and people who were enthusiastic about BlueSpice from the very beginning have proven themselves in offering lots of support and communicating the advantages of a wiki to as many employees as possible. “The first step was taken. Now we’re moving forward step by step together.”

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Experience meets young talent. Practice lived at Max Bögl.

Strong search function, clear structure

Since then, BlueSpice has been expanded more and more from the initially defined target group. There are attractive templates for portal pages and picture tiles, from which you can go directly to the article pages with just one click. There you can – depending on your level of knowledge – delve deeper and deeper into the material without having to torment yourself with page-long continuous texts.

Thanks to the strong search function already mentioned, which allows you to narrow down areas very precisely and forgive spelling mistakes, information can be found quickly – both in the articles themselves and in the attached media files.

“An example of our topics in wikimax is Building Information Modeling (BIM),” says Peters. BIM is an integral working method for the optimized planning, execution and management of buildings. The data generated during the project execution is collected and coordinated using a central data model. In this way, data entered can be reused in subsequent processes and work steps can be digitally networked with each other.

In wikimax the BIM method is explained to our employees. In addition, they find technical contact persons and can dive into typical application cases of the BIM method.

 

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Screenshot: BIM-Portal in “wikimax”

Our plans for the future: Expanding the wiki use case in width and depth

In the meantime, Max Bögl has established contact persons for the various focus areas in wikimax. Depending on the topic writing rights are assigned to a specific group of people who maintain the content. Since wikimax should be accessible and transparent for everyone, reading rights are not restricted as far as possible. For Peters, a central task for the future is to expand into other departments. “We want to provide an even broader information base to our employees.” On top of that we are interested in strengthening the depth of information.

Peters summarizes: “Basically, we want to know what the system is capable of an make full use of its potential. “Semantic MediaWiki in particular offers opportunities for data management that are only just beginning”. Being an innovative company, we have set that claim to ourselves.” (sa – 07/2019)

 

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