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And so ended the OPW


I’m very glad to complete the three month of OPW. The program was a amazing opportunity to learn about the MediaWiki and know more about Wikimedia Community. And I’m always recommending it to all women to participate, too.

The time of project passed very fast and was very wonderful be part of this and stay close to the FOSS community. The following, I made a brief summaries of all the activities and deliverables of the project.

The most of initial deliverables expected to MediaWiki Homepage Redesign project was achieved. The main problems at current homepage was identify, propose and discuss the solutions for this problems. The first step was created a Design Document for documenting our thoughts, ideas, wireframes and mockups. The link to our discuss was divulged in mailing list an we started to received some feedbacks. A lot of sites was using as inspirations to good lessons and pattern to avoid and to create the wireframes.

The wireframes was exported with SVG format to enable the edition by others users. Due the shortly, after some iterations we focused to make the realistic mockups to get more involvement of the community. The texts to be used began to be discussed together realistic mockups. The design team had meaningful collaboration with the project. They gave your opinions on document structure, palette colors, images and icons. Furthermore, we also had good participations of other users, too.

To finalize we started the preview using resources of the own MediaWiki. Were used the Banner Template of Wikivoyage, RSS to MediaWiki release and news, gallery, images of Wikimedia Commons and mediawiki.ui style.

Although, we have made the preview there is still much to discuss to gain the consent of community and this project doesn’t finish with the end of OPW. I really thank everyone who contributed until now, especially Quim Gil and Heather Walls who were my mentors always available to help me and show me the right way. And I hope continue contributing at least until the final version of the homepage.

Lastly, I intend continue collaborate with MediaWiki and mainly with the redesign of the homepage.

I have received some contacts of Brazilian women interested to know more about how to apply to OPW and I’m happy to be useful. Please fell free to contact me about any question.

Well, I just thank to Gnome Foundation, Wikimedia Foundation and all the other sponsors that are make this admirable program. Thank all of you.

See you soon ;)

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OPW – 5th status report


Hello everyone.

I’m at final stretch of OPW that finish in 10th March. In this final step we are working hard on preview of homepage.

The work in preview started in the last week and I’m very impressed with the excelente participation of the community and I’m very glad to participate of this project.

I’m learning how to use Wikitext of MediaWiki and your features to add image, gallery, link and table.

Beyond the text editor I can always customize the preview with HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

The other interesting feature of MediaWiki is the possibility to use templates that can be using in many pages. And the templates could be import from others wikis. In the preview we are using a template of Wikivoyage.

That’s it. Meanwhile anyone who wants could give your opinion and participate to the new homepage.

See you there ;)

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OPW – 4th status report


Hi everyone.

I’m really enjoying participate of OPW and learning a lot about about design, colors, UX and FOSS community, of course.

After doing many mockups and discussing and evolving, we decide it was time for more realistic mockups with graphic elements such as icons and images. These graphical mockups are using the real text and contents proposed to stay in the homepage. For this we create a discussion only to the texts, and you can see it here.

With the realistic mockup we receive more participation of community. The design team actively participating and this is very important for the success of the project.

The color palette has a great evolution, too. Initially I proposed use the yellow, orange and blue although the yellow color is considered a difficult color to work. These colors were proposal to harmonize with the MediaWiki logo, but the logo also could be recast in the future. Therefore, the orange turned brown and now we are using the green. The blue and green are the same hex defined in the Agora spec, we will follow the pattern already established.

Improvement the Design Document and the structure of homepage is continuous with each good consideration received.

I’m looking for pictures and icons for use in the graphic mockup and met Wikimedia Commons, which has over 20 million image available for use.

Well that’s it for now.

See you soon.

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OPW – 3rd status report


Hello everyone.

In this post I want to share the last activities I’m working on OPW. Actually I’m focused on building the mockup of the new MediaWiki homepage. This is an iterative and evolutionary process, the mockup is improved by collaboration and opinion of the community.

I’m still working on the Design Document, we are defining and prioritizing which problems of homepage will be solved.

Moreover, we are working on defining the color palette. It’s a difficult task and very impactful. I feel that the project is progressing well and I have received good feedback from the community.

That’s all for now.

See you soon ;)

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OPW – 2nd status report


Hi everyone.

In this my second status report I want to share about the things I’ve done in recent weeks. I’m learning a lot about how the FOSS communication environment works. I’m really impressed how community is organized. Everyone knows what need to do and has their own responsibilities.

I installed MediaWiki to test and know it better and wrote a post about how easy was install MediaWiki on Mac.

I get online in #mediawiki IRC all time when I’m working. Any question I have about where to find some information I ask in IRC and someone always answers me. And that’s really amazing.

I invited the participation of the community to discuss about the MediaWiki Homepage Redesign project in mailing list (wikitech-l and design) and I received relevant feedbacks.

In addition, I collected the problems and improvement suggested by community and compiled everything to add to the Design Document.

That’s it ;)

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Why you should join the OPW?


Hello everyone.

Before answering “Why you should join the OPW?” I want disclose that the next round of OPW have a date. The application deadline will be March 19, 2014, and internship date from May 19 to August 18. So you have almost five months to organize your stuff and participate.

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Well, let’s talk about the benefits of joining the OPW:

  • You’ll meet a lot interesting people around the world and expand your networking.
  • You’ll learning how the FOSS communication environment works.
  • If English is not your first language you’ll have the opportunity to practice.
  • You can work remotely from anywhere.
  • You’ll collaborate with amazing projects.
  • You’ll disseminate the participation of women in the FOSS community.
  • You’ll gain international experience.
  • You’ll receive $5,000 stipend.
  • You can receive $500 to travel allowance.

And there is another sensational point that makes OPW more special and inclusive:

This program is open to anyone who was assigned female at birth and anyone who identifies as a woman, genderqueer, genderfluid, or genderfree regardless of gender presentation or assigned sex at birth.

If you aren’t convinced yet to join the OPW feel free to contact with me to know more about the program.

See you ;)

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