Grants talk:IEG/Wikimaps Warper 2.0
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More technical details?
Great to see effort to improve on the map warper. I would like to see a bit more technical details:
- Where can I find the current map-warper? Where is the documentation and source code?
- http://warper.wmflabs.org/ and from Commons pages with a Map template with parameter warped set to any value
- https://github.com/wikimaps-dev/mapwarper (a fork of https://github.com/timwaters/mapwarper (timwaters being Chippyy)
- Documentation for the project is found in https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Wikimaps. We must update the documentation of the plans.
- What's the current architecture and what is going to new the new one?
- In what language is the software being developed?
- Ruby and JS with various geospatial software packages. PHP was desired but is not feasible given the scope of the project, lack of existing code and available resources for the pilot.
- Are you going to use the Wikimedia development infrastructure? (Phabricator, Gerrit, Jenkins, etc.)
- Phabricator is already in use by the project for major issues. It's a labs instance so I think it has the default monitoring. We'd like to use the others fully - might need some assistance here. Github issues have also been used.
- Thanks for the questions! We will give detailed answers and update the documentation soon. --Susannaanas (talk) 17:53, 4 October 2015 (UTC)
- I've added some answers above to the 4 questions. Many thanks! Chippyy (talk) 11:08, 5 October 2015 (UTC)
I understand that you don't include statistics on usage because the tool is not yet ready for prime time, correct? The tool sounds interesting, so I'm curious to see some examples of maps on Commons which have been treated with it. --Nemo 13:18, 4 October 2015 (UTC)
- Yes, you are right. There are several issues that don't allow the tool to be extensively used. Many of them are related with performance and storage and must be solved.
- About the architecture: The image files in Commons are copied to the Warper but currently they are not saved back to Commons. It's our goal to save necessary information back to Commons, but we need to discuss the options with Commons-savvy volunteers, and help with Commons related development tasks, such as this one.
- We can show many great uses of the warped maps around the world, and we have plans how they can be displayed in Commons and also in the Wikipedias. Some ideas can be found in the https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Wikimaps/Design page --Susannaanas (talk) 18:19, 4 October 2015 (UTC)
How can I help?
- Hi Tod! I am happy that you are here! At this stage I think you can give valuable comments, and you can propose directions or connections which way to develop. The project phase itself tries to be as concise as possible, realizing the proposed enhancements. --Susannaanas (talk) 07:19, 8 October 2015 (UTC)
Architecture/integration with WMF maps
Hi, historical maps would be a huge plus to Wikipedia, and a tool to match historical scans to the geo coordinates would be amazing, especially during the upload! That said, we should also make sure that it can scale to the Wikipedia usage. It would be bad if this tool can only work from the labs, without becoming an integral part of the general Wikipedia. Lastly, the end result should work well with the maps service that the Discovery team is building, and for that I hope we can establish a plan to integrate the Warper with the other mapping systems.
I have started thinking how <maps> tag could be implemented in Wiki so that other data such as historical maps can be easily added to it. Any thoughts about that are also welcome. --Yurik (talk) 02:23, 14 October 2015 (UTC)
- Thanks, we must give this serious thought. How the work would be carried out is not entirely clear to us yet, but since so much work is already done in the WMF infrastructure, it will be possible to come up with the right solutions. I hope you will propose good working methods.
- We will subscribe to the map tag discussion and give our input. Thanks a lot for your consideration! Best, Susannaanas (talk) 09:17, 14 October 2015 (UTC)
Aggregated feedback from the committee for Wikimaps Warper 2.0
Round 2 2015 decision
Congratulations! Your proposal has been selected for an Individual Engagement Grant.
The committee has recommended this proposal and WMF has approved funding for the full amount of your request, 7500 €
Comments regarding this decision:
We appreciate this talented team’s longstanding investigation into opportunities to bring more sophisticated mapping technology into Wikimedia projects. We see the value of the proposed back-end infrastructure development, and we look forward to seeing what concrete outcomes will come from your important work.
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