The on-wiki version of this newsletter is here:
One of the great things in the Wikimedia movement is our opportunity to
partner with open source and open access communities across the Internet.
Today we'd like to introduce you to two new members of our effort who join
us via such a partnership.
The Wikimedia Foundation regularly partners with the Outreachy program
<https://www.outreachy.org/>, which offers three-month internships to work
remotely in Free and Open Source Software ("FOSS") with experienced
mentors. The program is open to both students and non-students, and
encourages applications from people who face under-representation, systemic
bias, or discrimination in the technology industry of their country.
We have the good fortune in Abstract Wikipedia to welcome two Outreachy
interns this round! Please join me in welcoming Aisha and Jade, who will be
focusing on analysing and understanding how templates and Lua modules are
used across Wikimedia wikis. This knowledge will be crucial in helping us
work out how the central wiki of functions can best support existing
community use cases, alongside the novel features that Abstract Wikipedia
will also provide. There's more detail on the outline project definition on
In their own words:
I completed my Computer Science undergraduate degree in February 2020, then
worked as a Machine Learning Engineer for 7 months before I joined
Wikimedia as an Intern. I am passionate about data and natural language
processing, to which I was introduced through my undergraduate thesis
research. I cook as a hobby and someday I wish to travel to far lands and
experience lots of cultures.
Communities have inspired me and have been my source of motivation for
quite some time. I owe my skills and knowledge to them and I am
enthusiastic to keep the process of dissemination going. And what is a
better place than an open-source community where free and open information
is not only celebrated but people work towards making it possible for
everyone else? This makes software and data so much more organic and gives
it the kind of atmosphere I love hanging around in. I am so glad to have
joined Wikimedia! Hoping to learn a lot and make valuable contributions!
I am a CS student, who will most likely finish the Bachelor's degree in the
summer of 2021.
While I was studying in school, for a long time, I was thinking that
linguistics would be my future - but learning to code through high school
made me choose another path. I felt that creating new things and easily
solving problems with programs created by yourself is really exciting, so I
stick to that decision.
In the University I was lucky enough to find the lecturer whose main
interest was computer linguistics, so I was able to combine both of my
passions, creating projects about predicting the style of the text (which
has far less flexible classification in Russian than in English) and about
translating poems to Interslavic.
Reading Abstract Wikipedia papers made me feel really enthusiastic, as it
showed me the really different point of view to the translation problems.
You don't have to strive for variety - but for simplicity, unambiguity and
richness of the language at the same time. And what can be better if this
initiative will help many more people find the knowledge they are looking
We're so pleased to have the opportunity to work with Aisha and Jade, and
look forward to their contributions. You'll see them on IRC and on their
<https://github.com/wikimedia/abstract-wikipedia-data-science> (just set
up) in the coming months. Please do say hi!
Aisha and Jade will be blogging about their experience. We encourage you to
have a read of their first posts about their application for Outreachy
- Aisha's blog
- Jade's blog
While you're at it, you may want to add the reports page
your watchlist, too, and see the fine work from all of our Outreachy
Thank you, Aisha and Jade, for joining us!
--The Abstract Wikipedia Team