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Franziska Heine

Wikimedia DE
Leitung Softwareentwicklung

Franziska studied media design in Bauhaus-Universität Weimar and her thesis was on software for analysing video recordings. During her career, she’s spent most of her time as a Product Manager building software reaching from backend solutions for content moderation to cloud services creating hazard warnings from sensor data coming out of cars. In Germany, she is well known for her involvement with the working group against internet blocking and censorship.

As Head of Software & Development at Wikimedia Deutschland, Franziska is responsible for more than 40 people ranging from Community Communication Specialists over Product Managers and Designers to Software Engineers. Wikidata is the biggest project being developed by the department. During the last seven years, it’s become a central hub in the landscape of linked open data, containing more than 58 million item.