Priorities Meeting Recap 2023-03-08

OpenverseOpenverse Openverse is a search engine for openly-licensed media, including images and audio. Find Openverse on GitHub and at contributors discussed priorities for March and April in this meeting. View the full notes here and a summary below.

Open Bug Fixes

We discussed a number of open bugs. We’ve been balancing a lot of project work with metaMeta Meta is a term that refers to the inside workings of a group. For us, this is the team that works on internal WordPress sites like WordCamp Central and Make WordPress. work (monorepo cleanup in particular) and some bugs have languished a bit.

Solution: We added assignment of these bugs to the community meeting agenda for next week. We also deprioritized some high-priority issues that went unaddressed since fall of 2022:

  • #684 Tests make outbound network requests to providers for link validation and thumbnail generation
  • #504 FilterFilter Filters are one of the two types of Hooks They provide a way for functions to modify data of other functions. They are the counterpart to Actions. Unlike Actions, filters are meant to work in an isolated manner, and should never have side effects such as affecting global variables and output. sidebarSidebar A sidebar in WordPress is referred to a widget-ready area used by WordPress themes to display information that is not a part of the main content. It is not always a vertical column on the side. It can be a horizontal rectangle below or above the content area, footer, header, or any where in the theme. is not synced correctly with page navigation causing page jittering when navigating between search and a single result
  • #831 Add configuration to aggregate ingestion errors over reingestion

Current Infrastructure Issues

We discussed some issues that have recently appeared, namely:

  • The bad data node on our production ES cluster in need of replacement
  • The issues with the data refresh after adding 155+ million images from iNaturalist
  • Ongoing work to migrate the APIAPI An API or Application Programming Interface is a software intermediary that allows programs to interact with each other and share data in limited, clearly defined ways. to ECS


Search Relevancy Sandbox

Originally slated to begin this month, we’ve decided to defer this project to April given the infra issues previously mentioned. Madison will lead the project, and we’d like to expand the scope from the single PR of making the staging API contain a proportionate subset of images from each provider to also include investigating and provisioning a managed ElasticSearch cluster to use in staging, but ultimately migrate to in production.


  • Defer to April
  • Madison will lead
  • Expand scope to include a manged ES cluster for staging


  • We remain confident in our ability to close out the Provider DAG stability milestone this month
  • We will pause design work on the Filter and blur sensitive results by term matching #377 project after getting feedback on the latest design iteration. This is to prevent additional assumptions from creeping into the work before the project is sufficiently planned.
  • Regarding the consent-based desicionmaking proposal shared earlier in February, we are going to wait for a final document to be shared for final iteration and feedback before implementing. Until then, our project process contains some guidelines on communication timelines.