[Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia (Foundation) endowment

Thomas Morton morton.thomas at googlemail.com
Mon Mar 18 13:39:46 UTC 2013

Just having a backup is only 1/10th of the problem though, if that.

If Wikimedia Commons, for example, where to disappear in a cloud of smoke
overnight what would it take to turn one of those backups into a properly
functioning replacement?

Open knowledge data is only useful when it's accessible :)


On 18 March 2013 13:28, David Gerard <dgerard at gmail.com> wrote:

> On 18 March 2013 13:18, Fae <faewik at gmail.com> wrote:
> > PS I have heard the archive question answered recently by a
> > representative of the WMF on a radio interview as "Oh, it's all over
> > the internet, if we disappear it could always be re-created" (or words
> > to that effect) - I thought this a particularly naff answer for an
> > organization with many millions in the bank to spend on operational
> > risks.
> That's not quite right ...
> * we need to make sure there are actually multiple accessible copies
> of the huge database dump files around
> * someone needs to take one of these and recreate a working, editable
> copy of (say) en:wp, with all text and images
> * if that fails in any regard whatsoever, it's something that really
> needs fixing
> This is largely a matter for ops, of course. But someone needs to get
> a spare PC with a huge amount of disk and try it ... (Why not me?
> Time/arsedness/lack of said PC and huge disk.)
> - d.
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