I've taken the liberty of enabling lower-resolution .ogv video
transcodes, at 360p and 160p in addition to the 480p we already generated.
These will be useful for older or slower or mobile machines which need to
use non-native software decoding fallbacks (such as the existing Java
time) and may not be able to decode a full 480p file made from an SD or HD
Files should gradually populate at the smaller sizes as they get referenced
and the new sizes are automatically added to the transcoding queue.
Please give a shout if there's any problems.
We are making good progress on Media Viewer (1), our new multimedia browser -- and we invite you to test the current beta version v0.2 in coming weeks, so we can get it ready for wider release.
We’ve recently developed a number of new features, which are listed at the top of our discussion page (2) for Media Viewer. We would love it if you could try the ones labeled ‘ready for testing’. You can also review our specifications for features that are ‘coming soon’ — and hope you can help test them as well later this month (we release new code every Thursday).
We also invite you to join our Media Viewer Chat on IRC (3), this Friday, February 21, 2014 at 18:00 UTC. This is a good opportunity to talk about these features together -- and our development team will be ready to discuss your questions and suggestions over Wikimedia's Office IRC Channel.
We’ll send more updates on this product as it develops. Our goal is to release the current version of Media Viewer v.0.2 by the end of this quarter on a few pilot sites — with a wider release next quarter. We are also starting design work on the next version v0.3, which would support more media file formats such as audio and video, to be developed next quarter. (4)
We look forward to discussing this project with you on-wiki and via IRC very soon.
All the best,
on behalf of the Multimedia Team (5)
(1) About Media Viewer:
(2) Media Viewer Discussion page:
(3) Media Viewer Chat on IRC:
(4) Media Viewer Next Version v0.3:
(5) Multimedia Project Hub:
Product Manager, Multimedia
Hello. Wikimedia Spain members wrote an open letter to BoT where we show our position about the URAA and we support Wikimedia Israel. The letter says:
We, the members of Wikimedia España, the chapter of the Wikimedia movement in Spain, support the concerns expressed by our fellow Wikimedia Israel and other places around the World about the legal norm known as URAA. That norm, based on the legal status quo, has the effect of extending the copyright of cultural works for periods even longer than those already in force.
We do not object in any way to the right of people to live out of the results of their work, be it in manufacturing, service industries, agriculture or any other human activity, but those works form the core of culture as the sum of human knowledge, and their use by all Mankind has to be protected too. While it is entirely understandable that painters, writers or photographers have the right to sustain themselves with their works, it is not reasonable that people who did not author anything should be allowed to make money out of the works of people who died fifty, seventy-five or even hundred years before.
Furthermore it has to be taken into account that under the excuse of protecting the authors' rights, an unduly burden has been charged on the users of works of unknown authors, anonymous works or the ones of people who simply did not intend to claim any right at any time at all. The Uruguay Round Agreements were negotiated by 123 countries. Somebody who came across some anonymous work that could be dated at anytime in the last century, could be required to find a negotiator among the more than seven billion people on Earth, since, otherwise, he/she could be violating some state copyright law.
Another aspect that URAA does not pay attention to is the fact that many works remain unattended. When talking about books, it means that they are not reprinted and are not available anymore. But it does not mean that somebody could just reprint them in order to make them known to the public. In that way people can neither buy copies of works nor make them themselves. Who is profiting by that? In other cases, photographs, pictures, rolls of film, etc., just sit rotting -literally in some cases- in storerooms, not only forgotten, also forbidden. Is there any benefit from it?
So, in spite of all legal terms, we, the Wikimedians from Spain, support not just our Israeli companions, but the right of all the Human Race to have a chance to enjoy what has been done by authors. And so we expect the Wikimedia Foundation, as a provider of free knowledge sources, will do their best and fight for the shortest copyright terms possible, restricted as closely as possible to the author's lifetime.
*Wikimedia España Blog
*On Meta in different languages:
We encourage you to create a debate about it and work for free knowledge.
Thank you and regards
If you were thinking of applying for a scholarship from either the
Wikimania Foundation, Wikimedia Deutschland, or Wikimedia Österreich,
the deadline is end of the day UTC this coming Monday. Don't miss it!
On 08/01/2014 17:37, Katie Chan wrote:
> Hi all,
> Scholarship applications for Wikimania 2014 in London are now being
> accepted. Applications are open until the end of the day UTC on 17
> Wikimania 2014 scholarships is an award given to an individual to
> enable them to attend Wikimania in London from 6-10 August, 2014.
> Only a single type of scholarship will be available from the Wikimedia
> Foundation for Wikimania 2014. A Wikimedia Foundation scholarship will
> cover the cost of an individual's round-trip travel costs as arranged
> by the Wikimedia Foundation travel agency, shared accommodation as
> arranged by the Wikimedia Foundation, and registration for Wikimania.
> Applicants will be rated using a pre-determined selection process and
> selection criteria by the Scholarship Committee, who will determine
> which are successful. To learn more about Wikimania 2014 scholarships,
> please visit <https://wikimania2014.wikimedia.org/wiki/Scholarships>.
> To apply for a scholarship, fill out the application form on
> <http://scholarships.wikimedia.org/apply>. It is highly recommended
> that applicants review all of the material on the Scholarships page
> and the associated FAQ before submitting an application.
> If you have any question, please contact
> <wikimania-scholarships(a)wikimedia.org> or leave a message on
> Katie Chan
> Chair, Scholarship Committee
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Experience is a good school but the fees are high.
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Excuse me, could you please help me with my paper by filling out a questionnaire? I am currently doing a project about personality traits and knowledge sharing in Wikipedia.
The survey will take about 5 min of your time.
I need about 200 respondents, so your little help counts A LOT to me and I would GREATLY appreciate it!
Thank you so much in advance!
PS: If something is unclear or difficult to understand (English is not my first language), please tell me. I will fix it immediately.
In the Beta tab, you'll probably have already noticed a big fat Media Viewer tick-box.
All, please participate in discussion at its feedback page, with potential creativity required to keep the feature useable, transparent and open in conveying file info to the readers, and interactive.
Surprisingly, the Multimedia team are not actively participating at the talk page at the moment; if you're on this list, please do!
John Resig has just published some excellent data analysis combining
TinEye, image archives, and image clustering and deduplication to
identify identical and similar images across a large corpus.
Are we doing any commons analysis like this at the moment?
Is any similarity-analysis done on upload to help uploaders identify
copies of the same image that already exist online? Or to flag
potential copyvios for reviewers?
I'm sure TinEye would be glad to give us high-volume API access to
enable that sort of cross-referencing.
Hello I have been looking for different projects for contributing to wiki community better during the this upcoming summer of code and came across Bug:57805 which could produce a significant difference in user interaction with mediawiki commons ....please go through a rough proposal i prepared explaining my aim to the project .....this idea implements lightbox interface
The link to the proposal is :https://docs.google.com/document/d/1sFGtjxgk-KlzaOxO--_G37SDkefxBvBX1IhhKoV927Y/pub
I request all members to go through the proposal idea and give your valuable feedback as your feedback could help me improve idea for better user interaction of commons
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