Ed Summers suggested I share a Wikipedia user script I wrote last weekend
at a library hackathon: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:TWL/FindDPLA
Jake Orlowitz (Ocaasi) was a great help and made the awesome installation
tour at the link above.
It's a bit of a work-in-progress but functions just fine; on each article
you visit, it queries the Digital Public Library of America for relevant
items and then lists out links up at the top. The biggest weakness is it
won't load by default until you allow mixed HTTP/S content. The DPLA API is
only available over HTTP and Wikipedia only over HTTPS.
Eric Phetteplace (Phette23)
Wikimedia CH and Wikimedia Italia are preparing an event and exhibition in Ticino in spring 2014, aiming at reaching new potential GLAM partners in Italian-speaking Switzerland and north of Italy.
For the event we would like to exhibit also a series of successful projects related to GLAMs. the idea is to use the format of a poster.
I thing creating posters of relevant Wikimedia projects can be really interesting not only for this event but in general. we are also planning to use this format for the program we are preparing for the bid Wikimania Esino Lario 2015 (it is actually a format which was already used in previous Wikimania editions but unfortunately it didn't create an habit). I believe a single page layout of a project, case study, tool, or "how-to" (simple, short, with a consistent visual layout and quick to translate, easy to print in A3 or larger) can really support (and facilitate the communication of) a lot of the initiatives implemened everywhere by wikimedians.
please let me know if you like the idea and if you are willing to test the system by producing one or more posters of a project you promoted or you like. it would be great if we can have the support of a graphic designer or the communication team of Wikimedia Foundation to set the layout; i'll contact them or please do not hesitate to send suggestions for the right person to reach.
thank you and best regards
The Wikimedia Foundation's multimedia team (1) seeks your guidance on a proposal to support the MP4 video format. This digital video standard is used widely around the world to record, edit and watch videos on mobile phones, desktop computers and home video devices. It is also known as H.264/MPEG-4 or AVC. (2)
Supporting the MP4 format would make it much easier for our users to view and contribute video on Wikimedia projects -- and video files could be offered in dual formats on our sites, so we could continue to support current open formats (WebM and Ogg Theora).
Currently, open video files cannot be viewed on many mobile devices or web browsers without extra software, making it difficult or impossible for several hundred million monthly visitors to watch videos on our sites. And video contributions are also limited by the fact that most mobile phones and camcorders record video only in MP4 format, and that transcoding software is scarce and hard to use by casual users.
However, MP4 is a patent-encumbered format, and using a proprietary format would be a departure from our current practice of only supporting open formats on our sites -- even though the licenses appear to have acceptable legal terms, with only a small fee required.
We would appreciate your guidance on whether or not to support MP4 on our sites. The Request for Comments presents views both in favor and against MP4 support, and over 450 community members have already posted their recommendations.
What do you think? We would be grateful for your comments here:
All users are welcome to participate, whether you are active on Commons, Wikipedia, other Wikimedia projects -- or any site that uses content from our free media repository. So we also invite you to spread the word in your community about this issue.
We look forward to a constructive discussion with you and your community, so we can make a more informed decision together about this important question.
All the best,
Product Manager, Multimedia
(1) Multimedia Team Hub:
(2) About MP4:
I just want to make sure everyone knows that there is no GLAMout today. I
think we were all busy with the holidays, and so we weren't able to
organize one for this week. Since December was likely a less active month
anyway, we'll just be skipping this month, and will hold our next GLAMout
on Friday, February 7. I have updated the wiki page, so you can begin
signing up right now: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:GLAM/GLAMout