Hi folks! I am the Engineering Community Manager at the Wikimedia
Foundation, which means I'm a liaison for people who want to improve the
technical capabilities of our projects. I spoke with a few of you
offlist (including at Wikimania) about maps and Wikimedia. While I'm
still getting up to speed on the proposals and tools people have made, I
wanted to give you an update regarding what's happening with Wikimedia's
planned OpenStreetMap tileserver.
We know that we will set up a production tileserver. That is, Wikimedia
plans to have an OpenStreetMap tileserver, in production (that is, fully
supported by our Operations department and with uptime expectations
similar to those for our main sites). We need this not only for the
tools community but also for use in our official mobile apps. Brandon
Black is the contact for this. He is a member of the Operations team at
WMF. In order to set up a production-level tileserver, we will also need
a production OSM database, so he is working on figuring out how best to
grab that data from the official OSM database regularly (I am
Brandon has already started on the project of setting up the production
tileserver. I know that he will be posting regular updates at
https://wikitech.wikimedia.org/wiki/OSM_Tileserver but he is still in
the investigation and architecture phase so he does not have a timeline
yet. I'm sorry, I know that is frustrating.
Very soon after we have the production tileserver running, we plan to
replicate that OSM database to Wikimedia Labs for use on Tool Labs, or
do similar SQL import magic. People using Labs will be able to draw
data directly from that replica, and will be able to grab tiles from the
production tileserver. I'm the contact on this but since Coren
(Marc-Andre Pelletier) is the domain expert on this particular bit of
database replication, please go ahead and include both of us on any
Engineering Community Manager
sorry for arriving to this thread so late, I subscribed to this list a
couple of weeks ago but then forgot to confirm it. Should be fixed
I am giving the talk "Data coherence between OSM and Wikipedia":
this is about what I have been doing as part of my work at Fondazione
Bruno Kessler in Trento (Italy).
In a nutshell we want to compare the data in OSM and the data in
Wikipedia and seek inconsistencies. The long term goal would be to
produce useful tools for OSMers and Wikipedians to find (and therefore
fix) everything that looks like an error.
Incidentally I am a Wikipedian (I'm active mostly on it.wiki) since
2007 and I am the vicepresident of Wikimedia Italia, the Italian WMF
I will upload my slide as soon as I can.