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Last week, the WMF staff on the Abstract Wikipedia team met in person for
the very first time. Given that we are spread out over Europe and the
Americas, New York City was chosen as an easy to reach point for the
members of the team.
The Abstract Wikipedia team was set up in the middle of 2020, after the
COVID pandemic had already led to restrictions on travel, office work, and
meetings, particularly internationally, and so this became our first chance
to meet each other.
Back row, from left to right: Geno, Cory, Denny, James, Mariya, Nick.
Front row: Julia, David, Luca.
Unfortunately, Cai and Aishwarya could not join us.
We used the time to build team cohesion and discuss our processes. We
learned a lot about each other. I am particularly thankful to Mariya for
leading a session where we explored and explicated individual preferences
about working behavior, which will help us to work together. It was also a
great time to socialize and get to know each other.
We discussed what it means for Wikifunctions and Abstract Wikipedia to be
projects that take diversity, equity, and inclusion seriously, and how to
measure that and hold ourselves to account. We will publish more about the
results from that work session soon, in order to gather wider input.
Another session was a "Wizard of Oz"
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wizard_of_Oz_experiment> session, where we
simulated the generation of some article content, and were happily
surprised about how well that worked out. We will also write this up in
more detail and publish it in one of the future newsletters.
We also celebrated ten years of James Forrester being with the Wikimedia
Foundation. Thank you James for your indispensable contributions to the
Foundation and the movement, in your many different roles. The Abstract
Wikipedia project is benefitting from your experience, skills, and
Big thanks to Cai, Mariya, and Cory for organizing the off-site, and the
Foundation teams for their support.
We will see some of you during the ongoing Hackathon this weekend! Thanks
to everyone who attended the Wikifunctions session on Friday (slides
and for your great questions.
The team experimented with a new Scrum of Scrums process
Each of the four workstream leads wrote a status updates for their
workstream highlighting blockers, risks, accomplishments, and short-term
The team met to discuss these blockers and risks, and any points of
Below is the brief weekly summary highlighting the status of each
Conducted current state and requirements discovery
Identified workstream tracks and high-level needs
Identified goals of the workstream and prerequisite work
Finished back-end code to accommodate both forwards and backwards
compatibility for the old & new metadata formats
Made progress for function view and editor implementations for
desktop and mobile
Fixed canonicalize methods in function-schemata
Design of 'Text with fallback' is currently in progress
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