Since 2008 Wikimedia collects pageview counts for most pages on nearly all
wikis. A longstanding request of stakeholders (editors, researchers, GLAM
advocates) has been to publish similar counts for media files: images,
sounds, videos. A major obstacle to effectuate this was the existing traffic
data collecting software. Webstatscollector simply couldn't be scaled up
further without incurring huge costs. In 2014 WMF engineers rolled out a new
Hadoop based infrastructure, which makes it possible to collect raw request
counts for media files. So a few months after releasing extended pageview
counts (with mobile/zero added), the time has come to produce similar data
dumps for media files.
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