Earlier today we announced a wonderful grant from the Stanton Foundation – $890K that will help us fund a team of developers and a project manager to examine and ultimately improve usability for the wiki editing interface for Wikipedia and all of Wikimedia’s projects. Further – the improvements are going to be available to anyone running the MediaWiki software, which means all wikis can share in the changes.
This is great news for those who may have approached Wikipedia with some trepidation in the past, uncomfortable with the technical demands that basic editing may present. It’s our hope that with these improvements we’ll be able to attract new people with new information, perspectives, and knowledge into Wikipedia and other collaborative projects.
The first steps will start through the new year, as the team is formed and current usage barriers are examined. Expect to see changes to the editing interface over the coming months. We’ll be happy to spread the news about the improvements as they become available.
We’ve also put together a basic Q&A for the project. Please take a look and feel free to add any of your questions or comments below.
Jay Walsh, Head of Communications