To be honest, i am a bit concerned about
I think we should spend money for high-priority tasks such as building a copyright
detection tool for mp3 files (which are coming soon), etc.
Needless to say that most people on commons are not getting payed for building tools.
Von: Commons-l <commons-l-bounces(a)lists.wikimedia.org> im Auftrag von Josephine Lim
Gesendet: Dienstag, 18. Juli 2017 15:43
An: wikitech-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org; mobile-l; wikivoyage-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org;
Betreff: Re: [Commons-l] Commons Android app - IEG renewal proposal
Edit: Sorry for the lack of clarity in my previous post - the link to the renewal proposal
. The other metawiki link is for the old/completed grant.
On 18 July 2017 at 19:59, Josephine Lim
The Wikimedia Commons app  (a community-maintained Android app that allows users to
upload photos to Commons from their phone) was funded via an Individual Engagement Grant
 last year and has several new features - a list and map of nearby places that need
photos (based on Wikidata), category suggestions based on the image title, prevention of
duplicate uploads, and a new tutorial to educate new users on what types of photos should
or should not be uploaded. During the grant period, 20554 new files were uploaded via the
app with an overall deletion rate of 15.74% (11.7% in the final two weeks after the new
tutorial was implemented), and 3485 images that were uploaded via the app were used in
While we are very happy with the progress made, there are many other improvements that we
would like to make but were not able to fit into the scope of the previous grant. Thus we
are proposing a renewal  of the IEG in order to work on these. Highlights of the
proposed improvements include:
- Enhancing the "Nearby places that need photos" feature by (1) allowing users
to upload their image directly from a location on the list or map, with suggested title
and categories based on the associated Wikidata item, and (2) displaying the user's
real-time position on the map to allow easier navigation to the location they wish to
- Improving user education by displaying Commons account and user talk notifications (e.g.
picture nominated for deletion) in the app, adding a gallery of featured images, and
adding various notices and explanations in the upload screen
- A sleeker, more intuitive, and more interactive user interface - a floating action
button for uploads, "Nearby places that need photos" in a tab alongside the
user's contributions, and a panel to display Commons account notifications and
information about the nearest place that needs photos
- Various technical and quality-of-life improvements, such as two-factor authentication
login, multiple uploads, preventing overwrites, and fixing memory leaks and battery drain
We are especially excited about the "Nearby places that need photos"
enhancements, as we feel that it can help reduce the number of geo-located Wikidata items
that lack pictures, and provide pictures for Wikimedia articles that lack them. We believe
that this is one of our main strengths as a mobile app - users can have a seamless
workflow where they can browse the places that need photos, select one and move to the
location, and then directly upload the photo after taking it (with relevant titles and
categories suggested), all within the same app and without needing to use a computer.
Please do take a look at our proposal , feel free to provide feedback and make new
suggestions on the Discussion page, and/or endorse the proposal if you see fit. If you
would like to be part of the project, new volunteers and additions to our diverse team are
always welcome - please visit our GitHub repository  and say "Hi". :)
Josephine (Commons app project maintainer)