A podcast about the people and ideas behind the MediaWiki software. Interviews with developers and users of MediaWiki, both for Wikimedia sites (Wikipedia, Wikidata, etc.) and the many uses of MediaWiki in companies, organizations, government agencies, etc.
Episode 98: Jonathan Wilson
1:24:45🕑 1 hour 25 minutes Jonathan Wilson is a British solicitor who runs the wiki Mental Health Law Online. Links for some of the topics discussed: Mental Health Law Online MHLO Cargo tables BAILII (British and Irish Legal Information Institute) BAILII Case Law Search MHLO CPD scheme MHLO Forum
Episode 97: Bryan Hilderbrand
1:10:45🕑 1 hour 11 minutes Bryan Hilderbrand runs the wiki consulting company TeGnosis, and is also a project manager for the wiki consulting company WikiWorks. Before becoming a consultant, he was a mechanical engineer (and MediaWiki maintainer) at Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) and Atlas Copco Mafi-Trench. Links for some of the topics discussed: TeGnosis WikiWorks Tacoma Narrows Bridge (1940) - Wikipedia article Page Exchange MediaWiki extension WatchAnalytics MediaWiki extension Who Wrote That? browser extension Grapevine winery wiki
Episode 96: Ziko van Dijk
1:16:19🕑 1 hour 16 minutes Ziko van Dijk is a historian and wiki expert and consultant. From 2011 to 2014 he served as president of the Wikimedia Netherlands chapter, and is the co-founder of the German online children's encyclopedia Klexikon. He is the author of several books, most recently the 2021 book Wikis und die Wikipedia verstehen: Eine Einführung. Links for some of the topics discussed: Ziko van Dijk homepage Ziko van Dijk user page on Meta-Wiki Ziko van Dijk YouTube channel Klexikon Children's Wikipedia (list of previous proposals) Wikis und die Wikipedia verstehen Free PDF of the book
Episode 95: BTB Digest 15
24:18🕑 24 minutes It's another BTB Digest! Robert Heine lays out his data structures, Nischay Nahata discusses his approach to in-wiki emailing, Ilana Fried talks about new features on Wikisource, Peter Meyer wishes for a general U.S. government wiki, Daisy Chen discusses WMF user research, and more.
Episode 94: Bill Pirkle
1:02:41🕑 1 hour 3 minutes Bill Pirkle is a Senior Software Engineer on the Platform Engineering Team at the Wikimedia Foundation. Links for some of the topics discussed: Platform Engineering Team API Platform initiative "Add an image" feature Apache Kafka Wikipedia article
Episode 93: Igor Absorto
53:06🕑 53 minutes Igor Absorto is a freelance developer and consultant, with a focus on MediaWiki. Links for some of the topics discussed: Igor Absorto homepage Tor Wikipedia article Aran Dunkley user page on mediawiki.org (includes list of extensions) AjaxComments extension
Episode 92: Daisy Chen
46:54🕑 47 minutes Daisy Chen is a senior UX (user experience) researcher at the Wikimedia Foundation. She has been at the WMF since 2012. Links for some of the topics discussed: Daisy Chen user page on mediawiki.org User experience Wikipedia article Wikimedia research/Usability testing
Episode 91: Peter Meyer
1:12:10🕑 1 hour 12 minutes Peter Meyer is a research economist at the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Wikimedia DC chapter. He is also one of the organizers of the upcoming WikiConference North America 2021. Links for some of the topics discussed: "Statipedia: A wiki platform for collaboration across agencies" (2013 EMWCon presentation) Inventing Aviation wiki Homebrew Computer Club Wikipedia article "Episodes of Collective Invention" (2003 paper by Peter Meyer) "Network of Tinkerers: A Model of Open‐Source Technology Innovation" (2007 paper by Peter Meyer) Wikimedia DC WikiConference North America 2021
Episode 90: Ilana Fried
1:04:43🕑 1 hour 5 minutes Ilana Fried is the product manager for the Campaigns team at the Wikimedia Foundation. Before that, she was the product manager for the Community Tech team at the WMF. She is also the founder of Gynopedia, a wiki for women's health information around the world. Links for some of the topics discussed: Gynopedia Gynopedia Wikipedia article WMF Community Tech team Community Wishlist Survey Watchlist expiry MediaWiki feature Who Wrote That? Wikipedia tool WMF Campaigns team
Episode 89: BTB Digest 14
21:00🕑 21 minutes It's another BTB Digest! Alexander Mashin attempts to add read-access control to MediaWiki, Jeffrey Wang recalls bailing out Wikispaces users, Liam Wyatt talks about the WMF struggling not to make too much money, Lars Dalgaard extols institutional memory, Jon Robson praises getting rid of institutional debt, and more.