Thanks, Gerard, we really appreciate your good suggestion -- and kudos to all that made
these new multilingual search developments possible!
Providing better search for multimedia files is one of our multimedia team's top
priorities for 2014, and we expect to work closely with the community, Wikidata and
WMF's platform team to add structured data to Commons and implement more discovery
methods to our workflows.
We plan to host special discussions to address these projects with you all in the new
year, so we can coordinate our next steps together.
This month's roundtables and meetups are focused on shorter-term priorities, but rest
assured that better search and structured data are key to our overall multimedia plan. We
expect that this initiative will be a long-term project and hope to start actual
development in mid-2014, as outlined in this planning page:
We now aim to discuss this multi-facetted and complex project with community members and
the Wikidata team to finalize concrete plans in the first half of 2014, and to start major
development in summer 2014, as soon as the Wikidata team is ready to work with us on this
Thanks again -- and to be continued. :)
All the best,
On Dec 5, 2013, at 2:00 AM, Gerard Meijssen wrote:
The objective of Commons is that it is used. To do that the media files of Commons have
to be found. The Tamil, the Polish and the Italian Wikipedia support additional search
functionality that allows its readers to find images using their own language. It makes
use of technology based on Wikidata.
There are some teething problems but this is probably the most exciting news that impacts
for everyone who is not fluent in English.
It would be exceedingly cool when this is taken in consideration when you consider all
the super duper extra cool gadget galore that will also make Commons more relevant, useful
and its content discoverable.
PS they started support Commons in their own langauge only this week.
On 5 December 2013 00:11, Fabrice Florin <fflorin(a)wikimedia.org> wrote:
Can you help us create a better multimedia experience on Wikipedia and its sister sites?
If you are in the San Francisco Bay Area, we'd like to invite you to join a special
Multimedia Meetup at the Wikimedia Foundation, this Monday, December 9 at 6:30pm PST.
This one-hour event will bring together dozens of developers and community members to
discuss how we can use images, sounds and videos to help people learn more effectively on
To join us, simply sign up here:
We will start our meeting by presenting a vision for multimedia in 2016 and ask you how
we can improve it.
We will then demo and discuss these new projects together:
* media viewer
* file feedback
* new video formats
* campaign tools
As a group, we will brainstorm new ways to view, contribute, curate, discover and use
media files on Wikipedia, and grow our audio-visual knowledge base in the process.
This is a great opportunity to meet our developers and network with other like-minded
community members. And we'll be serving free drinks and pizza to make this even more
fun for you. :)
Images, sounds and videos can engage users more deeply than text articles, and better
support their individual learning styles. To that end, we aim to engage more users to
collaborate through multimedia -- by improving their viewing experience, increasing their
media contributions, and making it easier to use media in articles.
We look forward to your thoughts on how to make this vision happen together.
Thanks for your consideration. We hope to speak with you soon, so we can plan our next
steps with your help. :)
All the best,
Product Manager, Multimedia
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