Grants:IEG/Automated inventory pages for all WikiProjects
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The English Wikipedia WikiProject Medicine page needs a complete redesign and all WikiProjects could benefit from inventory pages
Improving Quality, Increasing Participation
total amount requested:
2013 round 2
WikiProjects are a classic way to collaborate on Wikipedia, but despite all of their successes, all WikiProjects are technologically restricted from becoming more effective at collaborating to meet group-based quality goals. Higher productivity is possible with improved sofrware. The famous  tag is a clue to what is needed in a software packgage.
The WikiProject I am most involved with, WikiProject Medicine (English Wikipedia), just recently started tracking the number of en:WP:TC (cleanup templates) we have in all 28,000 of our articles. But where is this detailed information currently? It is on the toolserver, "locked" inside of a staid black and white page. And when I just visited it said: "Could not connect: User 'svick' has exceeded the 'max_user_connections' resource (current value: 15)". Instead of this technologically limited format, all WikiProjects would benefit if they could use a tracking feature for to-do items that is inspired by the kind of model wikiHow uses on their community dashboard. I was first introduced to this page from Jack Herrick during his Wikimania 2012 talk (see minute 54). He cited dramatic increases in community participation after its implementation.
The information that is "locked" inside of the toolserver should come alive into the project space. I want WikiProject Medicine—and all WikiProjects—to have an Inventory Page to collect and display all of this valuable data in thier own WikiProject space. This software will aim to create approximately 1000 to 2000 pages in the English Wikipeda which will help organize and motivate quality-based contributions. This software might be adaptable to other language Wikipedas as well.
I will manage the development of inventory pages so that all WikiProjects will hopefully have Wikipedia space pages at en:Wikipedia:WikiProject X/Inventory pages.
Part 2: The Project Plan
Scope and activities
The project will organize coding capabilities behind a WikiProject Inventory space for all WikiProjects.
Tools, technologies, and techniques
There should not be much technical trouble with the WikiProject Medicine page. If something gets complicated, en:WP:VPT should be able to help.
As for the technical idea, hopefully money will attract talent! If not, then I will return the money back to the WMF.
Total amount requested
$8000 coding $1010 management
With the WikiProject Inventory pages, I aim to give an attractive place to motivate edits. I hope to boost the productivity of any active WikiProject and also to help reactivate old WikiProjects with attractive "to-do" places.
Fit with strategy
With the inventory pages, Wikipedia has known quality issues. That's why so many articles are tagged with cleanup templates. This project seeks to serve editors with nice software to organize the inventories of logged "to-do" items.
With the inventory pages, hopefully they will exist as long as Wikipedia does. =)
Measures of success
This project will be successful if it can help develop a model for Inventory Pages that can be applied to all English language WikiProjects (and in possibly all languages eventually). The grant seeks to catalyze efficiency gains in all WikiProjects.
I, Biosthmors, am the sole grantee. I have been active with WikiProject Medicine for around 18 months now. I have experience editing the project space by doing things such as setting the goals on the project page. I am also active in the Education Program as an Ambassador (Campus, Online, and Regional). I like designing course pages with professors and TAs. I meet with professors and TAs on Skype to support those projects. I'm also on the board of Wiki Project Med, so I have an interest in promoting and improving WikiProject Medicine on the English Wikipedia.
Given that Wiki Project Med has been doing outreach, such as with this (with coverage from the New York Times), if WikiProject Medicine can have a more effective page where needed tasks are tracked and logged, it will be a better "advertisement" for uninvolved people to get involved. A redesigned page will seek to channel more volunteer energy into effectively collaborating and improving content (quality).
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