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

Here are our main projects at this time:

Read our recent blog post about Media Viewer: can you help us test this tool?

We invite your comments in these discussions:

IRC Chat: To learn more about our upcoming release, please join our next IRC chat, TODAY on Wed. Apr. 16 at 18:00 UTC at Wikimedia's Office IRC Channel. Hope to see you there!

Goals[edit | edit source]

Slides for the Multimedia Quarterly Review Meeting for Q3 2013-14
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 2013-14.

2014 Goals[edit | edit source]

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

  • Improve the viewing experience
  • Enable seamless contributions
  • Develop file feedback and curation tools
  • Help add media files to articles
  • Support multimedia campaigns
  • Better integrate Wikipedia and Commons

And here are our infrastructure goals:

  • Improve the upload pipeline
  • Implement structured data
  • Support more file formats

Current projects[edit | edit source]

The multimedia team is now focusing on these near-term projects for Q3 (Jan.-March 2014):

  • Media Viewer (development through the end of Q3)
  • Upload Pipeline (design, testing and time-boxed development in Q3 and Q4)
  • GLAM Toolset (development and testing in Q2, wider release in Q3)
  • File Notifications (design, development and release in Q3)
  • File Feedback (continue design in Q3, development in Q4)
  • Video RfC (discussions about MPEG-4 support in Q3, possible implementation in Q4)
  • Multimedia Roundtables (discussions about vision and goals throughout Q3 and Q4)

To learn more, visit our planning page for 2013-14 -- and review our proposed Multimedia Vision for 2016. To track features now in development, visit our new product backlog.

Status[edit | edit source]


Slides for the Multimedia Quarterly Review Meeting for Q3 2013-14.

In March, the multimedia team’s main project was Media Viewer v0.2, as we completed final features for the tool's upcoming release next quarter. Gilles Dubuc, Mark Holmquist, Gergő Tisza and Aaron Arcos developed a number of new features, including: share, embed, download, opt-out preference,file page link and feedback link, based on designs by Pau Giner. We invite you to test the latest version (see the testing tips) and share your feedback.

Fabrice Florin coached the multimedia team as product manager and hosted several planning and review meetings, including a cycle planning meeting (leading to the next cycle plan) and the Multimedia Quarterly Review Meeting for the first quarter of 2014, which summarizes our progress and next steps for coming work (see slides). He also worked with Keegan Peterzell to engage community members for the gradual release of Media Viewer, to be enabled by default on a number of pilot sites next month, then deployed widely to all wikis a few weeks later. For more updates about our multimedia work, we invite you to join 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:

IRC Chat: To learn more about our upcoming release, please join our next IRC chat, TODAY on Wed. Apr. 16 at 18:00 UTC at Wikimedia's Office IRC Channel. Hope to see you there!

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/About Media Viewer
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Multimedia/About Media Viewer/ja Multimedia/About Media Viewer/ms Multimedia/About Media Viewer/nl
Multimedia/About Media Viewer/oc Multimedia/About Media Viewer/pl Multimedia/About Media Viewer/ru
Multimedia/About Media Viewer/sv Multimedia/About Media Viewer/szl 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/Survey
Multimedia/Media Viewer/Survey/Results/Hungarian Wikipedia Multimedia/Media Viewer/Survey/ca Multimedia/Media Viewer/Survey/de
Multimedia/Media Viewer/Survey/en Multimedia/Media Viewer/Survey/fr Multimedia/Media Viewer/Survey/hu
Multimedia/Media Viewer/Survey/pt Multimedia/Media Viewer/Survey/pt-br Multimedia/Media Viewer/Template compatibility
Multimedia/Media Viewer/Usability testing Multimedia/Media Viewer Archive Multimedia/Meetings/Quarterly Review Q3 2013-14
Multimedia/Metrics 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/fabriceflorin
Multimedia/Scrum notes/gi11es Multimedia/Scrum notes/gi11es/2014/02 Multimedia/Scrum notes/gi11es/2014/03
Multimedia/Scrum notes/marktraceur Multimedia/Scrum notes/marktraceur/archive Multimedia/Scrum notes/marktraceur/archive/2013-02
Multimedia/Scrum notes/tgr 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
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