Thanks to everyone who participated in the recent Media Viewer Consultation!
Our multimedia team appreciates the many constructive suggestions to improve the viewing
experience for readers and casual editors on Wikimedia projects. We reviewed about 130
community suggestions and prioritized a number of important development tasks for the next
release of this feature. Those prioritized tasks have now been added to the improvements
list on the consultation page. (1)
We have already started development of the most critical improvements: 'must-have’
features that this consultation helped identify and that have been validated through user
testing — see research findings (2) and design prototype (3). We plan to complete all
these 'must have' improvements by the end of October and will deploy them
incrementally, starting this week. For more details, see our improvement plan (4) and
development tasks for the next 6 weeks (5).
As we release these improvements, we will post regular updates on the Media Viewer talk
page (6). We invite you to review these improvements and share your feedback.
The foundation is also launching a file metadata cleanup drive (7) to add machine-readable
attributions and licenses on files lack them. This will lay the groundwork for the
structured data partnership (8) with the Wikidata team, to enable better search and re-use
of media in our projects. We encourage everyone to join these efforts.
This community consultation was very productive for us and we look forward to more
collaborations in the future.
Thanks again to all our gracious contributors. We consider ourselves lucky to have so many
great community partners.
Product Manager, Multimedia