Wikimedians and their partners rely upon many custom pieces of software (tools) that are crucial for effective content partnerships. Such tools take care of different aspects of the content partnerships process, including:
See the list of tools that are currently on the (general) radar of the Content Partnerships Hub.
Many of these tools are created and maintained by volunteer developers in the Wikimedia movement. Sometimes, these tools are not actively maintained and improved. Sometimes new developments in the Wikimedia movement create a need for new features or even entirely new tools (for instance: tools that support Structured Data on Commons, which was deployed for the first time in 2019).
In order to help Wikimedians and their partners work on effective partnerships, the content partnerships hub is experimenting with ways to improve sustainable support and maintenance of these tools. For this purpose, the hub wants to initiate and facilitate movement-wide conversations in 2022, that focus on various aspects of this task, including but not limited to:
This work on tools is closely related to necessary work on end-user documentation, support and training. These are covered in the capacity building and helpdesk parts of the content partnerships hub.