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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 (Meeting minutes)
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]

2014-10-monthly:

Multimedia Quarterly Review Slides

In October 2014, the multimedia team started work on the Structured Data project, co-hosting a weeklong bootcamp in Berlin with community members and the Wikidata team. Participants developed first ideas for data models and user interface designs, as well as a high-end API prototype to read and write machine-readable data on Wikimedia Commons. These first ideas are now being documented here on Commons and in these project slides, for discussion purposes. If you would like to get involved, we invite you to sign-up for the newsletter and join the discussions on the Structured data hub. You can also learn more about the related metadata cleanup drive in this blog post. Our next office hours chat on Structured Data will take place on Thursday, November 20 at 19:30 UTC, on #wikimedia-officeconnect (Freenode IRC).

The team also developed and released more improvements to Media Viewer, based on feedback from the recent community consultation and user research. These improvements include: an easier way to disable Media Viewer for personal use, as well as re-enable it from a file page, pre-render thumbnails on backend for new uploads and make MediaViewer text larger in Monobook. Our last improvement for this release will be a caption or description right below the image, to be launched in November. In parallel, we also continued our code refactoring for the UploadWizard, and are now analyzing metrics for the upload funnel analysis, to gradually fix the most critical bugs that cause error messages during upload.

Lastly, the team hosted a quarterly project review for multimedia and planned its activitties for this quarter, as shown in these slides. 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
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Multimedia/Media Viewer/Usability study Multimedia/Media Viewer/Usability testing Multimedia/Media Viewer/bn
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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/Test/Rapa Nui National Park 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