UploadWizard/Archive

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This is an archive of the Upload Wizard page, as of May 29, 2014. The multimedia team plans to upgrade Upload Wizard as a high-priority project for fiscal year 2014-15. In the process, we will be making major updates to the Upload Wizard project page, so we are creating this archive as a reference to historical documents up until now.

UploadWizard is a multi-file, step-by-step JavaScript wizard to upload multimedia files to a MediaWiki website. It was designed by Guillaume Paumier as part of the Multimedia usability project and developed by Neil Kandalgaonkar. It is available as a MediaWiki extension.

After the grant-funded Multimedia usability project ended in December 2010, work on the wizard was continued; Neil Kandalgaonkar added new features and fixed bugs, aided by Ryan Kaldari and Ian Baker. Throughout 2012 and 2013, Mark Holmquist continued work on the wizard, fixing many outstanding bugs.

The newly formed Multimedia team is now planning to incrementally upgrade this tool in 2014, by fixing some longstanding bugs, as well as improve parts of the user experience and refactoring some of the code. This page will be expanded in coming weeks with more specific goals.

Rationale[edit]

From the WMF Blog: "Prototype upload wizard unveiled for Wikimedia Commons":

If you’ve ever tried to upload a file to Wikimedia Commons, you may have grown frustrated. Our new upload wizard aims to make it easier to contribute multimedia works to Wikimedia projects, and the first test results look promising.
Wikimedia Commons is the media library associated with Wikipedia; it is a central repository for all Wikimedia projects, and any media file shared there can be used in any Wikipedia page in any language. Wikimedia Commons is curated by a multilingual community and recently reached 7 million files.
Wikimedia Commons relies on MediaWiki, the same software that powers Wikipedia. Because MediaWiki was primarily developed for text-based content like Wikipedia articles, contributing multimedia works has always been a challenge.
In July 2009, the Ford Foundation awarded a $300,000 grant to the Wikimedia Foundation to improve the tools and workflows related to multimedia participation. The following Multimedia usability project started in October with a phase of preliminary research, and we worked with the Wikimedia community to identify the key issues and design solutions.

More details can be found in the grant proposal.

Design documents[edit]

Most of the initial documentation pertaining to the Upload wizard was hosted on the Usability wiki.

Legacy documents[edit]

Operations[edit]

Testing[edit]

Usability testing[edit]

June 2010[edit]

May-June 2011[edit]

Testing sessions done through usertesting.com:

Additional documents[edit]