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Fwd: [Input requested] Knowledge as a Service at the Wikimedia Developer Summit 2018

Adam Baso
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From: Adam Baso <[hidden email]>
Date: Thu, Jan 18, 2018 at 6:38 AM
Subject: [Input requested] Knowledge as a Service at the Wikimedia
Developer Summit 2018
To: Wikimedia developers <[hidden email]>


Howdy Wikitechnorati,

(And thank you for patience with me cross-posting if you're on other lists.)

I'm writing to invite your input on the following Phabricator task ahead of
next week's Wikimedia Developer Summit 2018 [1] session.

Knowledge as a Service
https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T183315

The purpose [2] of the Wikimedia Developer Summit 2018 sessions is to
provide guidance for Phase 2 of the Movement Strategic Direction [3] on
buildout of technology capabilities. We'd really love your thoughts to help
set context for our session next week, as Knowledge as a Service is a
primary consideration in the Movement Strategic Direction.

What is Knowledge as a Service? Its essence is about information
architecture approaches and the necessary software that will ultimately
allow content consumption and creation to radiate to new and different
types of interfaces and devices in addition to browser-based approaches. As
you review position papers from attendees [4] you'll notice that the way
they (myself included) think about best solving this is through a heavy
emphasis on technology that makes it easier to better structure information
and its metadata for re-use, remixing, and querying.

What might this mean? Does it mean we should build Wikimedia software in an
API- and metadata-first manner following industry standards compatible with
content structuration? Does it mean weaving our existing structured and
semi-structured data technologies together? How do we build technology that
can ensure successful collaboration between communities on increasingly
structured and interdependent information sources? And how can we ensure
the tech will bolster growth of multilingual and multimedia content
creation and consumption?

I've copied some of the essential material from the Movement Strategic
Direction concerning Knowledge as a Service so you have it here. We would
appreciate your input and hope you will subscribe to the Phabricator task
to contribute and follow along as we explore this topic.

https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T183315

The following content is copied from https://meta.wikimedia.org/
wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Direction :


Knowledge as a service: To serve our users, we will become a platform that
serves open knowledge to the world across interfaces and communities. We
will build tools for allies and partners to organize and exchange free
knowledge beyond Wikimedia. Our infrastructure will enable us and others to
collect and use different forms of free, trusted knowledge.

...

As technology spreads through every aspect of our lives, Wikimedia's
infrastructure needs to be able to communicate easily with other connected
systems.

...

As a platform, we need to transform our structures to support new formats,
new interfaces, and new types of knowledge. We have a strategic opportunity
to go further and offer this platform as a service to other institutions,
beyond Wikimedia. In a world that is becoming more and more connected,
building the infrastructure for knowledge gives others a vested interest in
our success. It is how we ensure our place in the larger network of
knowledge, and become an essential part of it. As a service to users, we
need to build the platform for knowledge or, in jargon, provide knowledge
as a service.

...

Knowledge as a service: A platform that serves open knowledge to the world
across interfaces and communities
Our openness will ensure that our decisions are fair, that we are
accountable to one another, and that we act in the public interest. Our
systems will follow the evolution of technology. We will transform our
platform to work across digital formats, devices, and interfaces. The
distributed structure of our network will help us adapt to local contexts.

...


We will build tools for allies and partners to organize and exchange free
knowledge beyond Wikimedia.
We will continue to build the infrastructure for free knowledge for our
communities. We will go further by offering it as a service to others in
the network of knowledge. We will continue to build the partnerships that
enable us to develop knowledge we can't create ourselves.

...

Our infrastructure will enable us and others to collect and use different
forms of free, trusted knowledge.
We will build the technical infrastructures that enable us to collect free
knowledge in all forms and languages. We will use our position as a leader
in the ecosystem of knowledge to advance our ideals of freedom and
fairness. We will build the technical structures and the social agreements
that enable us to trust the new knowledge we compile. We will focus on
highly structured information to facilitate its exchange and reuse in
multiple contexts.


Thank you.
-Adam


[1] https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Developer_Summit/2018
[2] https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Developer_
Summit/2018/Purpose_and_Results
[3] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_
movement/2017/Direction
[4] https://wikifarm.wmflabs.org/devsummit/index.php/Session:10
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Re: Fwd: [Input requested] Knowledge as a Service at the Wikimedia Developer Summit 2018

Joe Corneli-3
Hi Adam,

Could you please clarify: what are the possibilities for remote
participation around this?

Joe
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Re: Fwd: [Input requested] Knowledge as a Service at the Wikimedia Developer Summit 2018

Adam Baso
Hi Joe, I just wanted to acknowledge seeing this. I don't think remote
video is planned for the sessions. Nonetheless, I'll check with the track
leaders and facilitator to see if there are reasonable ways to accommodate
remote participation (we'd be trying to figure this out within a day, so
may not make much progress). Meanwhile, any input on the Phabricator task
ahead of the discussion would be most welcome!

Thanks!
-Adam

On Sat, Jan 20, 2018 at 9:58 AM Joe Corneli <[hidden email]> wrote:

> Hi Adam,
>
> Could you please clarify: what are the possibilities for remote
> participation around this?
>
> Joe
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Re: Fwd: [Input requested] Knowledge as a Service at the Wikimedia Developer Summit 2018

Adam Baso
Following up on this, sorry Joe, there won't be remote participation during
the session, although there will no doubt be a recap.

If you haven't done so already, please do feel free to subscribe to the
Phabricator task for updates.

Thanks for asking about this.

-Adam

On Sun, Jan 21, 2018 at 5:33 AM Adam Baso <[hidden email]> wrote:

> Hi Joe, I just wanted to acknowledge seeing this. I don't think remote
> video is planned for the sessions. Nonetheless, I'll check with the track
> leaders and facilitator to see if there are reasonable ways to accommodate
> remote participation (we'd be trying to figure this out within a day, so
> may not make much progress). Meanwhile, any input on the Phabricator task
> ahead of the discussion would be most welcome!
>
> Thanks!
> -Adam
>
> On Sat, Jan 20, 2018 at 9:58 AM Joe Corneli <[hidden email]>
> wrote:
>
>> Hi Adam,
>>
>> Could you please clarify: what are the possibilities for remote
>> participation around this?
>>
>> Joe
>> _______________________________________________
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>> [hidden email]
>> https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wiki-research-l
>>
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