On 23/01/2008, Gregory Maxwell <gmaxwell(a)gmail.com> wrote:
Success is less about the content, and more about *the
the search. Google made its first zillion billion not because it
controlled a lot of content but because it helped people find a lot of
other people's content.
The search, the search, the search! "We have Wikimedia Commons, with
millions of freely-reusable pre-cleared photos. It's like Getty Images
with a really crap search."
(No, not even Mayflower has fixed that.)
I think this is an area where commons really has
something to offer:
Universally editable metadata could make for impressive search power,
and free licensing means all images are available for use (sometimes,
with copyleft works, at the price of freely releasing your own work).
If turning categories into tags within Mediawiki is unlikely to happen
soon (I recall the previous experiment where on Postgres it was lovely
and on MySQL it was horribly slow ... and there's zero chance of
Wikimedia abandoning MySQL in the foreseeable future) - what about a
"tags" template for image pages, which can then be parsed by a search
application on the toolserver? Update daily or something. Then an
image can have 10 or 100 or 1000 tags, even if that many Mediawiki
categories would be problematic to display or process. Sound feasible?
(cc to commons-l and wikitech-l)