What is Wikimedia Commons:
- Central resource for Wikimedia
- Wiki – anyone can edit, be bold, etc.
- Media – itâ€™s not text, itâ€™s especially images
- Multilingual – all the languages inside the single wiki
- Free Content – all the files are availalbe under Free Licenses
- Community – lots of people who consider this their â€œwiki homeâ€
Itâ€™s a rapidly growing project – 3 million+ files!
Wikipedia has now single user login, so theyâ€™re expecting to increase their database even more.
- Single user login
- Inline video player
- Thumbnails in search results
- Email notifications of talk page changes
Wish listÂ for the future:
- Global Whatlinkshere (check-usage) – itâ€™s important to help administrators and keep copyright infringement out
- Automatic transfer
- Move/rename images – a move tab. Now you need to use bots to do that.
- Integrated workflow – like having a way if someone already checked the file
- Write (upload) via MediaWiki API -Â
- Category display/sorting options
- Category i18n
- Batch uploading
- Upload form customisability
- Searching template fields as a database
- Improved Right-To-Left interface display
- Multilingual interface for non users
- A/V format conversion on upload
- Integrated image editing (esp. SVGs)
- Integrated geo-stuff – as part of MediaWiki, not templates
- Automatic user upload gallery
- Category/user feeds
- File rating systems
- [.. and a few more .. â˜º]
MediaWiki has an API, but the community builds structure in the wiki (templates, categories).
How can register user reliably determine a fileâ€™s license and author.
Mangnus – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User_talk:Magnus_Manske – has create a tool for that: http://toolserver.org/~magnus/commonsapi.php
- Featured pictures
- Quality images
- Valued images
A way to encourage people to contribute and recognize their contribution.
- Picture of the day
- Picture of the year
- Meet our photographers
- Meet our illustrators
- Pearson Scott Foresman – educational publisher donated illustrations (in paper); now they community is tagging and categorizing them and adding other meta-data
- Wikipedia Takes Manhattan – people took photos of Manthattan, lots of high quality pictures of important buildings and places
Policies and guidelines
GFDL (for text)
Itâ€™s a central repository
They want high quality images and meta-data
Itâ€™s a volunteer project
[and lots of other information that was too fast to present]
Usability – too much warnings, quite scary to upload file
Project relationships – all the communities need to work together; some local wikipedias are already requiring people to upload to commons directly
Partnerships – itâ€™s hard to make good connections with institutions on volunteer base
Wikimedia Commons, readersâ€™ view / Censorship
Top views show pictures related to sexuality. There is currently a proposal in working that require files to be realistically useful. The problem is that the project doesnâ€™t want to be historically short-sighted.
Hot topics: Violence, Nationalism, Religion, Sex!