There is a piece by Wes on the website of the Knight Foundation and an additional FAQ on Discovery's "Knowledge Engine" development on MediaWiki.
The Knight Foundation funds many things, and is a past donor to the Wikimedia Foundation--but I'm aware that the Knight Foundation is also Google's partner in "Newsgeist".  http://www.knightfoundation.org/blogs/knightblog/2016/1/6/exploring-how-people-discover-knowledge-wikipedia-and-its-sister-projects/  https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Discovery/FAQ  http://alldigitocracy.org/what-is-newsgeist/  https://twitter.com/newsgeist On Wed, Jan 6, 2016 at 3:17 PM, MZMcBride <z...@mzmcbride.com> wrote: > Wes Moran wrote: > >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 > ><http://blog.wikimedia.org/2015/12/23/search-and-discovery-on-wikipedia/ > >. > > This blog post doesn't mention the Knight Foundation. So we already find > ourselves wondering whether the "Search and Discovery" (SAD) team's goals > are its own or that of people at the Knight Foundation. > > >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. > > Yes. My frustration here is that nothing you're proposing will actually > address the real problems facing search. Do you think a "dashboard of core > metrics" is going to bring about inter-wiki search? If anything, over the > next six to eight months, the SAD team will be even more useless than > usual as it focuses on fulfilling obligations of a restricted grant. > > It would be great to have a search engine that searches all wiki pages on > a local wiki. We haven't even reached that point yet. It would be great to > have a search engine that is aware of non-text content and can filter > media results. We're nowhere near that point yet. But in a few months, > maybe your team will have a better understanding of "user flows" and that > will help... something. I certainly won't be holding my breath. > > MZMcBride > > > > _______________________________________________ > Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines > New messages to: Wikimediaemail@example.com > Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l, > <mailto:wikimedia-l-requ...@lists.wikimedia.org?subject=unsubscribe> > _______________________________________________ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines New messages to: Wikimediafirstname.lastname@example.org Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l, <mailto:wikimedia-l-requ...@lists.wikimedia.org?subject=unsubscribe>