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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 78: Kate Chapman

    πŸ•‘ 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

    πŸ•‘ 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

    πŸ•‘ 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

    πŸ•‘ 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

    πŸ•‘ 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 bookΒ 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

  • Episode 73: Laurent Alquier

    πŸ•‘ 1 hour 27 minutes Laurent Alquier is a manager in the Emerging Technologies Partnerships team at Johnson & Johnson Technology Services. He has been making use of MediaWiki at Johnson & Johnson since 2006. Links for some of the topics discussed: Johnson & Johnson Wikipedia article Neo4j Wikipedia article Virtuoso Universal Server Wikipedia article KnowIt Semantic MediaWiki "wiki of the month" page, August 2011 Knowledge graph Wikipedia article

  • Episode 72: Grant Ingersoll

    πŸ•‘ 1 hour 5 minutes Grant Ingersoll has been the Chief Technical Officer of the Wikimedia Foundation since 2019. Before then he was CTO of Lucidworks, a company he also co-founded. He also hosts the podcast Develomentor. Links for some of the topics discussed: Taming Text Lucidworks Develomentor podcast Grant's email about the proposed GitLab transition Abstract Wikipedia Wikipedia article

  • Episode 71: Richard Heigl and Markus Glaser

    πŸ•‘ 2 hours 14 minutes Richard Heigl (left) and Markus Glaser (right) are two of the founders of the German technology company Hallo Welt! GmbH. Hallo Welt! does MediaWiki consulting and development, and is best known for producing the MediaWiki distribution BlueSpice. Links for some of the topics discussed: Hallo Welt! BlueSpice Wiki: Web Collaboration (2005 book by Richard, Markus and Anja Ebersbach) BlueSpice on mediawiki.org MediaWiki Stakeholders' Group MediaWiki Experts Blog SMWCon Fall 2020

  • Episode 70: BTB Digest 11

    πŸ•‘ 28 minutes Highlights from recent episodes! Sarah Rodlund and Alexandra Paskulin talk about creating a process for good documentation, Tom O'Neill makes the case for MediaWiki in government, Richard Knipel looks forward to reclaiming a spirit of innovation, Raimond Spekking dismisses the need for access control, and Albert Kettner talks about how science has become (in part) an IT job.

  • Between the Brackets is now also on YouTube

    You can now find Between the Brackets on YouTube! Thanks to the efforts of Canadian listener (and MediaWiki enthusiast) Julien Tremblay McLellan, every episode is now additionally on YouTube - and he's planning to keep uploading new episodes. If you like getting your audio/video content on YouTube, you can find the whole playlist here.