Grants talk:Project/Kiwix/User Experience
I see the text links a Google doc authored by the Wikimedia Foundation. Please get it uploaded on Wikimedia Commons so that everybody is able to read it. --Nemo 12:57, 23 September 2017 (UTC)
- I've sent a note to Abbey asking her to upload a PDF version of it. Stephane (talk) 06:45, 26 September 2017 (UTC)
Eligibility confirmed, round 2 2017
We've confirmed your proposal is eligible for round 2 2017 review. Please feel free to ask questions and make changes to this proposal as discussions continue during the community comments period, through 17 October 2017.
The committee's formal review for round 2 2017 begins on 18 October 2017, and grants will be announced 1 December. See the schedule for more details.Questions? Contact us.
Questions from Ruslik0
I have a few questions and suggestions:
- Is there any duplication of work with WikiMed project? Will the results of WikiMed be useful for the desktop and android versions of Kiwix and vice versa?
- You should probably separate the current proposal from WikiMed more clearly.
- You should improve the measures of success.
- Are you going to update the iOS app?
Hi Ruslik - Great questions!
- It depends what you mean by duplication: if it is "doing twice the same thing", then no. If you meant "progress made for one benefiting the other", then yes. WikiMed and the present UX project are fundamentally different: Wikimed focused on a distinct content subset (medical), trying to make such content more accessible for users with specific needs (small disk space or looking for video/HighRes medical content). The UX grant applies to all types of content (WP, Wiktionary, but also MOOCs and Gutenberg), and tries to improve accessibility for all users.
This being said, in order to build Wikimed the way we wanted, we needed to make significant changes to the Kiwix core code, and that meant breaking the software into smaller parts that everyone could later work with.
To illustrate my point, imagine that before we started working on WikiMed, Kiwix was a one-size-fits-all block of code. This worked reasonably well when 99% of Kiwix users were using desktop computers, but has obvious limitations now that we have 50% of mobile users (with machines invented after Kiwix created; software normally goes the other way around). Working on Wikimed we started breaking the code into more manageable chunks that we can reassemble as we need - think using bricks to build different houses instead of putting everyone in the same cave. In short, had Wikimed not been there we'd have had to do some of that work anyway (and asked for a bigger, longer grant).
- I'll see what we can do. Anything that seemed unclear (besides the possible redundancies or cross-benefits)?
- The iOS app (and macOS) will certainly benefit from the general UX improvements (e.g. library interface), and the namespace/cluster decompression will also be beneficial in terms of speed. This being said, Apple is its own little world, and while we appreciate that a lot of people in the North use their products, they aren't that many in Iran, Mexico or India and we'd rather focus our resources there. But we have an awesome volunteer doing iOS development these days, so tech transfer will happen.
Aggregated feedback from the committee for Kiwix/User Experience
|(A) Impact potential
|(B) Community engagement
|(C) Ability to execute
|(D) Measures of success
|Additional comments from the Committee:
This proposal has been recommended for due diligence review.
The Project Grants Committee has conducted a preliminary assessment of your proposal and recommended it for due diligence review. This means that a majority of the committee reviewers favorably assessed this proposal and have requested further investigation by Wikimedia Foundation staff.
- Aggregated committee comments from the committee are posted above. Note that these comments may vary, or even contradict each other, since they reflect the conclusions of multiple individual committee members who independently reviewed this proposal. We recommend that you review all the feedback and post any responses, clarifications or questions on this talk page.
- Following due diligence review, a final funding decision will be announced on March 1st, 2019.
- Thanks a lot everyone, and thanks for the incredibly nice comments! Stephane (talk) 08:03, 16 November 2017 (UTC)
Round 2 2017 decision
Congratulations! Your proposal has been selected for a Project Grant.
The committee has recommended this proposal and WMF has approved funding for the full amount of your request, 77,000 CHF
Comments regarding this decision:
Dear Kiwix team,
The Project Grants Committee recognizes the value of Kiwix and the impact it generates for our readership, particularly for those who may not have reliable access to an Internet connection. We see the development of Kiwix as an important part of our efforts in meeting our strategic direction of knowledge equity.
At the same time, the Project Grants program has limited funds to distribute each round to an increasingly competitive pool of applicants.
We therefore wish to work with you and the Wikimedia Foundation to find a more sustainable way for the Kiwix project to receive funds outside of Project Grants.
We look forward to hearing your response and to finding a way to collaborate on this matter in order to ensure continued support for the Kiwix projet.
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