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Our multimedia team at the Wikimedia Foundation was formed to build features that will enable easier contributions and viewing of multimedia content to Wikimedia projects.

Here are our main user-facing projects at this time:

We invite you to join these community discussions:


Goals[edit | edit source]

Multimedia Quarterly Review - October 2014
Our Multimedia Vision for 2016. Learn more

Rationale[edit | edit source]

Multimedia enables users to learn about the world in vastly different ways than text articles. We believe that images, sounds and videos are key to engaging more users and supporting their diverse learning styles, as modern culture shifts towards more audio-visual than textual information delivery.

To better serve our users in this changing information landscape, we can greatly improve the educational value of our sites by empowering everyone to share media, collaborate on improving that media, and using that media well throughout Wikipedia, Commons, and MediaWiki sites.

For more information, take a look at our proposed Multimedia Vision for 2016 (see slides to the right) -- and visit our planning page for 2014-15.

2014 Goals[edit | edit source]

Here are the multimedia team's feature goals for the coming year:

  • Improve the viewing experience
  • Enable seamless contributions
  • Help add media files to articles
  • Better integrate Wikipedia and Commons

And here are our infrastructure goals:

  • Improve the upload pipeline
  • Implement structured data

Current projects[edit | edit source]

The multimedia team is now focusing on these near-term projects:

To learn more, visit our planning page for 2014-15 -- and review our proposed Multimedia Vision for 2016. To track features now in development, visit our new current cycle board.

Status[edit | edit source]

2014-09-monthly:

Media Viewer's new user interface, with a 'More details' button.
In September, the multimedia team developed and released a first round of new improvements to Media Viewer, based on feedback from our recent community consultation and ongoing user research.

These improvements aim to make Media Viewer easier to use by readers and casual editors, with these features: a more prominent "More Details" button, linking to the File: page; separate icons for "Download" and "Share or Embed" features; and an easier way to enlarge images by clicking on them. Next, we plan to work on an easier way to disable Media Viewer for personal use and a caption or description right below the image. We would like to thank all the community members who suggested these improvements. Our research suggests that they offer a better user experience, that is both clearer and simpler.

This month, we also ramped up the Structured Data project, in collaboration with community members and the Wikidata team: in October, we will start developing a first prototype for a high-end API that can read and write machine-readable data on Wikimedia Commons, to be followed by a wider deployment in coming months. In parallel, the foundation is also launching a file metadata cleanup drive to add machine-readable attributions and licenses on files lack them, spearheaded by Guillaume Paumier. To learn more, join our Structured Data Q&A on Thursday, October 16 at 18:00 UTC, for an office hours chat on #wikimedia-officeconnect (Freenode IRC).

We also continued our code refactoring for the UploadWizard, and started to collect metrics for an upload funnel analysis, to find out how many users drop out at each step of the upload and where failure is occurring, so we can prioritize bug fixes. For more information about our work, join the multimedia mailing list.

Team[edit | edit source]

Multimedia Team members: Gilles, Mark, Fabrice, Gergo and Aaron (left to right)

Our multimedia team includes:

Community[edit | edit source]

The Wikimedia Foundation invites community members from Wikipedia, Commons and other MediaWiki projects to discuss our plans through a variety of discussions about multimedia issues and new feature ideas. We hope you can join us for one of these events.

Join our mailing list

To keep up with our work and participate in our conversations, please join our public Multimedia mailing list, where we discuss software tools that support the viewing, contribution, curation, discovery and use of multimedia content on Wikipedia, Commons and other MediaWiki projects. Learn more and subscribe to this list on this page.

Current discussions

We invite your comments on these community discussions:

We plan to host more discussions this year, and our next dates will be posted below in coming weeks.

Past discussions

Here are links to some of our many discussions with community members, hosted throughout product development:

These discussions were generally found productive by all participants, and many community insights are now being included in the foundation's development plans. Thanks to everyone who participated in these invaluable conversations!

Communications[edit | edit source]

Related documents[edit | edit source]

Multimedia/2012-13 Goals Multimedia/2013-14 Goals Multimedia/2014-15 Goals
Multimedia/Architecture Multimedia/Architecture/ComponentRow Multimedia/Architecture/Header
Multimedia/Architecture/Row Multimedia/Architecture/Tech Debt Backlog Multimedia/CR Dashboard
Multimedia/Cache Invalidation Misses Multimedia/Code review backlog Multimedia/Code review backlog/Sandbox
Multimedia/Communication guidelines Multimedia/Feature ideas Multimedia/File feedback
Multimedia/Incidents Multimedia/Issues Multimedia/Media Viewer
Multimedia/Media Viewer/Improvements Multimedia/Media Viewer/Metrics Multimedia/Media Viewer/Metrics/Architecture
Multimedia/Media Viewer/Release Plan Multimedia/Media Viewer/Speed reports Multimedia/Media Viewer/Survey
Multimedia/Media Viewer/Survey/ Multimedia/Media Viewer/Survey/Results/Catalan Wikipedia Multimedia/Media Viewer/Survey/Results/Hungarian Wikipedia
Multimedia/Media Viewer/Survey/Results - 05-05-2014 Multimedia/Media Viewer/Survey/ca Multimedia/Media Viewer/Survey/de
Multimedia/Media Viewer/Survey/en Multimedia/Media Viewer/Survey/es Multimedia/Media Viewer/Survey/fr
Multimedia/Media Viewer/Survey/hu Multimedia/Media Viewer/Survey/it Multimedia/Media Viewer/Survey/nl
Multimedia/Media Viewer/Survey/oc Multimedia/Media Viewer/Survey/pl Multimedia/Media Viewer/Survey/ps
Multimedia/Media Viewer/Survey/pt Multimedia/Media Viewer/Survey/pt-br Multimedia/Media Viewer/Survey/ru
Multimedia/Media Viewer/Survey/sv Multimedia/Media Viewer/Survey/zh Multimedia/Media Viewer/Template compatibility
Multimedia/Media Viewer/Usability study Multimedia/Media Viewer/Usability testing Multimedia/Media Viewer/bn
Multimedia/Media Viewer/de Multimedia/Media Viewer/en Multimedia/Media Viewer/en-gb
Multimedia/Media Viewer/es Multimedia/Media Viewer/fr Multimedia/Media Viewer/he
Multimedia/Media Viewer/it Multimedia/Media Viewer/ja Multimedia/Media Viewer/ms
Multimedia/Media Viewer/pl Multimedia/Media Viewer/pt Multimedia/Media Viewer/pt-br
Multimedia/Media Viewer/ru Multimedia/Media Viewer/zh Multimedia/Media Viewer Archive
Multimedia/Meetings/Next Cycle 1 Q1 2014-15 Multimedia/Meetings/Next Cycle 2 Q4 2013-14 Multimedia/Meetings/Next Cycle 3 Q4 2013-14
Multimedia/Meetings/Quarterly Review Q3 2013-14 Multimedia/Metrics Multimedia/Metrics/Estimations
Multimedia/Out of focus stuff Multimedia/Performance Analysis Multimedia/Research
Multimedia/Research/Archive Multimedia/ReviewNotes Multimedia/Roundtable 2013-07-10
Multimedia/Scrum notes Multimedia/Scrum notes/aarcos Multimedia/Scrum notes/bawolff
Multimedia/Scrum notes/fabriceflorin Multimedia/Scrum notes/gi11es Multimedia/Scrum notes/gi11es/2014/02
Multimedia/Scrum notes/gi11es/2014/03 Multimedia/Scrum notes/gi11es/2014/04 Multimedia/Scrum notes/gi11es/2014/05
Multimedia/Scrum notes/gi11es/2014/06 Multimedia/Scrum notes/marktraceur Multimedia/Scrum notes/marktraceur/archive
Multimedia/Scrum notes/marktraceur/archive/2014-02 Multimedia/Scrum notes/marktraceur/archive/2014-03 Multimedia/Scrum notes/marktraceur/archive/2014-04
Multimedia/Scrum notes/marktraceur/archive/2014-05 Multimedia/Scrum notes/marktraceur/archive/2014-06 Multimedia/Scrum notes/marktraceur/archive/2014-07
Multimedia/Scrum notes/tgr Multimedia/Structured Data Multimedia/Structured Data/status
Multimedia/ThumbnailChainingExperiment Multimedia/Weekly meetings Multimedia/Weekly meetings/2013-12-16
Multimedia/Weekly meetings/2013-12-23 Multimedia/Weekly meetings/2013-12-30 Multimedia/Weekly meetings/2014-01-06
Multimedia/Weekly meetings/2014-01-13 Multimedia/Weekly meetings/2014-05-28 Multimedia/status
See also