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Our new 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 your comments in these discussions:

Goals[edit | edit source]

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]


In June, the multimedia team released Media Viewer v0.2 on all Wikimedia wikis, with over 20 million image views per day on sites we track. Global feedback was generally positive and helped surface a range of issues, many of which were addressed quickly. Based on this feedback, Gilles Dubuc, Mark Holmquist, and Gergő Tisza developed a number of new features, with designs by Pau Giner: view images in full resolution, view images in different sizes, show more image information, edit image file pages, as well as easy disable tools for anonymous users and editors.

This month, we started working on the Structured Data project with the Wikidata team, to implement machine-readable data on Wikimedia Commons. We are now in a planning phase and aim to start development in Fall. We ramped up our work on UploadWizard, reviewed user feedback, collected metrics, fixed bugs and started code refactoring, with the help of contract engineer Neil Kandalgaonkar. We also kept working on technical debt and bug fixes for other multimedia tools, such as image scalers, GWToolset and TimedMediaHandler, with the help of Summer contractor Brian Wolff.

As product manager, Fabrice Florin helped plan our next steps, hosting a planning meeting and other discussions of our development goals, and led an extensive review of user feedback for Media Viewer and UploadWizard with new researcher Abbey Ripstra. Community liaison Keegan Peterzell introduced Media Viewer and responded to user comments throughout the product's worldwide release. To learn more about our work, we invite you to join our discussions on the multimedia mailing list.

Team[edit | edit source]

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

This year, we are expanding our multimedia team, which now 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 recent discussions about multimedia with community members:

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/About Media Viewer Multimedia/About Media Viewer/de Multimedia/About Media Viewer/diq
Multimedia/About Media Viewer/en Multimedia/About Media Viewer/en-gb Multimedia/About Media Viewer/es
Multimedia/About Media Viewer/eu Multimedia/About Media Viewer/fi Multimedia/About Media Viewer/fr
Multimedia/About Media Viewer/gl Multimedia/About Media Viewer/he Multimedia/About Media Viewer/hu
Multimedia/About Media Viewer/it Multimedia/About Media Viewer/ja Multimedia/About Media Viewer/kn
Multimedia/About Media Viewer/ms Multimedia/About Media Viewer/nl Multimedia/About Media Viewer/oc
Multimedia/About Media Viewer/pl Multimedia/About Media Viewer/pt-br Multimedia/About Media Viewer/ru
Multimedia/About Media Viewer/sv Multimedia/About Media Viewer/szl Multimedia/About Media Viewer/te
Multimedia/About Media Viewer/zh 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/Feature ideas Multimedia/File feedback
Multimedia/Incidents Multimedia/Issues Multimedia/Media Viewer
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/nl 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/sv
Multimedia/Media Viewer/Survey/zh Multimedia/Media Viewer/Template compatibility Multimedia/Media Viewer/Usability testing
Multimedia/Media Viewer/de Multimedia/Media Viewer/en Multimedia/Media Viewer/en-gb
Multimedia/Media Viewer/es Multimedia/Media Viewer/pl 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/tgr
Multimedia/Structured Data 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
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