That's an excellent news. :)

On 6 January 2016 at 19:16, Wes Moran <> wrote:

> Hello everyone,
> I’m happy to announce that the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has
> awarded an exploratory grant of $250,000 to the Wikimedia Foundation’s
> Discovery department [1], in order to conduct research and prototyping to
> improve how people discover and engage with information on Wikipedia and
> Wikimedia projects.
> The Discovery team has begun six months of research and prototyping, with
> the goal of building better experiences to help people discover knowledge.
> You can learn more about the team’s work here
> <>.
> Our deliverables include:
>    - User testing and research on current user flows to understand the
>    search and discovery experience
>    - Creation and maintenance of a dashboard of core metrics to use in
>    product development
>    - Research on search relevancy and the possibility of integrating open
>    data sources
>    - Open discussion with the Wikimedia community of volunteer editors
>    - Creation of sample prototypes to showcase discovery possibilities
> The need to improve our search experience has long been recognized across
> the Wikimedia projects.  We need better ways to help everyone discover the
> most relevant, reliable information on Wikipedia and its sister projects.
> For
> example, while people can search within one project (like Wikipedia or
> Wikimedia Commons), they can’t easily search across the different projects.
> Some people still receive zero results if they search and do not include
> the right words in a search. There are open data sources that have the
> potential to improve how people find information, and that should be
> explored.
> We look forward to discussing these projects with communities and anyone
> with an interest. You can collaborate with the Discovery department in the
> following ways:
>    - Subscribe <> to
>    the Discovery team’s public mailing list
>    - Read about these projects and others at the MediaWiki Discovery
>    <> page
>    - Reach out to the Discovery team on their IRC channel:
>    #wikimedia-discovery on Freenode <>.
> A press release and blog post will follow shortly, and more information in
> the form of an FAQ has been posted here [2].
> Wes Moran, VP of Product
> User: WMoran_(WMF)
> [1]:
> [2]:
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