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Between the Brackets by Yaron Koren is a podcast about the people and ideas behind the MediaWiki software. Interviews with developers and users of MediaWiki, both for Wikimedia sites (Wikipedia, Wikidata, etc.) and the many uses of MediaWiki in companies, organizations, government agencies, etc.

  • Episode 83: BTB Digest 13

    ๐Ÿ•‘ 34 minutes It's another BTB Digest! Clips from five recent episodes. Larry Sanger pitches the encyclosphere, Joseph Reagle and Jackie Koerner consider oral citations, Kate Chapman talks about decision-making, Ike Hecht praises small consulting companies, Adam Shorland discusses cleaning up Wikidata, and more.

  • Episode 82: Jeffrey Wang

    ๐Ÿ•‘ 1 hour 5 minutes Jeffrey Wang is the founder and CEO of the MediaWiki hosting site MyWikis. Links for some of the topics discussed: MyWikis "An entrepreneur since age 11, Jeffrey Wang looks to combine business and tech after graduating from UNT TAMS", Denton Record-Chronicle, 2018 MyWikis GitHub account EmailLogger MediaWiki extension TopLink MediaWiki extension MyWikis Hosted Parsoid EMWCon Spring 2021

  • Episode 81: Alexander Mashin

    ๐Ÿ•‘ 1 hour 31 minutes Alexander Mashin is the administrator of the Russian wiki Traditio. He is also an SAP consultant, and has contributed to a number of MediaWiki extensions, including External Data. Links for some of the topics discussed: Traditio (ะขั€ะฐะดะธั†ะธั) Alexander Mashin user page on Traditio External Data MediaWiki extension Alexander Mashin GitHub repository Forked LuaSandbox extension

  • Episode 80: Adam Shorland

    ๐Ÿ•‘ 1 hour 11 minutes Adam Shorland (also known as Addshore) is the Wikidata and Wikibase tech lead at Wikimedia Deutschland. Links for some of the topics discussed: MediaWiki-Docker-Dev Wikidata "Inside the Alexa-Friendly World of Wikidata" (Wired magazine article, March 2019) Wikidata Walkabout Wikibase WBStack Wikibase installations: Wikibase Registry Rhizome's ArtBase Cradle Wikidata tool "Toward an Abstract Wikipedia" (proposal for Wikilambda/Wikifunctions)

  • Episode 79: Ike Hecht

    ๐Ÿ•‘ 1 hour 29 minutes Ike Hecht is the founder and CTO of the MediaWiki consulting company WikiTeq, as well as the CTO of the MediaWiki consulting company WikiWorks. He has been doing MediaWiki consulting since 2008. Links for some of the topics discussed: WikiWorks WikiTeq Project Canasta "Extensions by WikiTeq" category UserProtect MediaWiki extension SaveSpinner MediaWiki extension Depth of Simplicity (Ike's 2012 book) "It is not incumbent upon you to complete the work, but neither are you at liberty to desist from it" (taken from Pirkei Avot)

  • Episode 78: Kate Chapman

    ๐Ÿ•‘ 39 minutes Kate Chapman is the Director of Architecture of the Wikimedia Foundation. She has been at the WMF since 2018. Links for some of the topics discussed: OpenStreetMap Wikipedia article Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) Cadasta Foundation Wikimedia Architecture Team "Proposal for a Technical Decision Making Process" Vue.js MediaWiki adoption RFC

  • Episode 77: BTB Digest 12

    ๐Ÿ•‘ 26 minutes It's another BTB Digest! Hear highlights from five recent episodes. Nikki Nikkhoui plugs a book, Vivian Epiney talks about assigning wiki editing as homework, Richard Heigl and Markus Glaser market BlueSpice, Grant Ingersoll defends Wikimedia Foundation technical strategy, Laurent Alquier discusses data management, and more!

  • Episode 76: Between the Brackets 2020 Holiday Special

    ๐Ÿ•‘ 27 minutes It's the end of the year! A special episode featuring reminiscences, special guests, and music.

  • Episode 75: Joseph Reagle and Jackie Koerner

    ๐Ÿ•‘ 1 hour 3 minutes Joseph Reagle (left) and Jackie Koerner (right) are the editors of the new book Wikipedia @ 20: Stories of an Incomplete Revolution. Dr. Reagle is an Associate Professor of Communication Studies at Northeastern University, as well as the author of the books Good Faith Collaboration, Reading the Comments, and Hacking Life. Dr. Koerner is a qualitiative research analyst for online communities, and has also been a visiting scholar for the Wiki Education Foundation. Links for some of the topics discussed: Wikipedia @ 20 website Wikipedia @ 20 on PubPub "Trusting Everybody to Work Together", essay by Pete Forsyth on The Wikipedia Signpost "Wikipedia:Systemic bias" (Wikipedia essay) Quicksilver (AI tool for automatically generating Wikipedia articles)

  • Episode 74: Larry Sanger

    ๐Ÿ•‘ 2 hours 8 minutes Larry Sanger is best known as the co-founder of Wikipedia, but he is also an internet entrepreneur, philosopher, and the founder of other sites including Citizendium. He is the author of the new bookย Essays on Free Knowledge: The Origins of Wikipedia and the New Politics of Knowledge. Links for some of the topics discussed: Larry Sanger homepage Essays on Free Knowledge on Amazon and Gumroad Citizendium Encyclosphere website Everipedia "Wikipedia founder calls for social media strike", BBC News, July 1, 2019