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Multimedia Project Slides.pdf

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]


In December 2014, the team fully migrated its tasks and workflow to Phabricator.

Active maintenance was performed on Media Viewer and CommonsMetadata, which have both seen several minor improvements. The long tail of small bugs affecting Media Viewer in particular was a source of several Google Code-in tasks, which several volunteers tackled.

UploadWizard has been the continued focus of major code cleanup and test coverage increase efforts. Bugs were fixed along the way as well.

Thumbnail chaining was deployed for a short period of time and subsequently undeployed following concerns about over-sharpening it caused. Investigations regarding the performance improvements or lack thereof introduced by thumbnail prerendering at uploaded time and thumbnail chaining were conducted. The discussion and further research are happening on our mailing list.

Significant work has gone into creating an extension to support Sentry, a tool designed to log javascript errors. This effort should benefit the entire organization and give engineering visibility on the live client-side errors encountered by users. In our team's case, it is being worked on in order to identify client-side errors that might be happening in UploadWizard and which wouldn't have been the subject of bug reports yet.

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/Research 2014 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
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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/Timeline Multimedia/Media Viewer/Usability study
Multimedia/Media Viewer/Usability testing Multimedia/Media Viewer/bn Multimedia/Media Viewer/ca
Multimedia/Media Viewer/de Multimedia/Media Viewer/en Multimedia/Media Viewer/en-gb
Multimedia/Media Viewer/es Multimedia/Media Viewer/fi 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/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