The Wikimedia Foundation's multimedia team seeks your guidance on a proposal to support the MP4 video format. As you know, 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. (1)
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).
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 we should support MP4 on our sites. The Request for Comments presents views both in favor and against MP4 support, based on opinions we’ve heard in our discussions with community and team members.
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 project -- or any site that uses content from our free media repository.
We look forward to a constructive discussion with you and other community members, so we can make a more informed decision together about this important question.
All the best,
Product Manager, Multimedia
Multimedia Team Hub:
(1) About MP4:
After serving as product manager at Wikimedia Foundation for the past two years, I am now looking to transition into a leadership role focused on community and people management.
I have discussed this goal with Erik and Howie, and they have invited me to apply for the new position of Director of Community Engagement (Product) (1).
I look forward to interviewing for that job, to help build a stronger partnership between our community and product teams. I am also very interested in developing effective governance tools that involve all our users -- and in working on other strategic projects that can enable positive change in our movement.
While I really enjoy my current work with the multimedia team, it’s likely to become increasingly technical in nature in the next few years, and a community engagement role seems like a better fit for my skills and experience (2). I realize this new opening is a competitive search, and I'm prepared to explore other opportunities at WMF and beyond if I'm not selected for this job.
During this transition, I will work with Howie to recruit my successor, and will continue to serve as multimedia product manager until we hire that person. If you know anyone that would be well suited for this role, please contact us. A job description will be posted in the next few days.
I am glad to report that we now have a world-class multimedia team (3), with a clear vision for the coming years. I am confident that our team will be successful in meeting its goals, now that it is fully staffed and up to speed. And I can't wait to release Media Viewer, our new immersive multimedia browser, later this quarter.
I am also proud of all that we accomplished with other teams during my two-year tenure as a product manager. Notifications are now helping millions of users stay informed and work more effectively. Our Thanks tool is used widely to share positive feedback throughout our community. Beta Features now lets us test new software long before it's released. And we've learned important lessons from our Page Curation and Article Feedback experiments. Lastly, our new Roundtables program is helping us collaborate productively with our community to plan and develop new products (4).
I'd like to thank all of our community and team members who helped make these projects possible, and look forward to many more collaborations with you in coming years.
Regards as ever,
Wikipedia: Fabrice Florin (WMF)
Interesting: you have to read the new description of Project X at VOX
Media. Reads like a parallel to what the multimedia effort wants to do. The
way I see it, the more people experimenting in this space, the better.
We'll need D3 hackers and other data viz geniuses who can explain the news
in ways words can't. We'll need video producers who can make a two-minute
cartoon that summarizes the Volcker rule perfectly. We'll need coders and
designers who can build the world's first hybrid news site/encyclopedia.
Hi ,few days earlier i asked the mailing list members to guide me about possible mediawiki project ; Build an interwiki notifications framework and implement it for InstantCommonsis their any way i can get guidance from a mentor to work upon this project for GSOC-2014.....i have been contributing to mediawiki for couple of bug fixes and have also made a extension that imports videojs player into wiki pages <<i would be uploading it soon :)>>
Thank youAalekh Nigam"aalekhN"
I need to use slideshow feature of Extension:Multimediaviewer for development purpose but the one for mediawiki 1.22 does not support slideshow i tried to include latest development version in mediiawiki 1.22.1-0but it doesn't seem to work can anyone please guide me how to make slideshow work in this version of mediawiki for debugging purpose.
April 2 to 5 in Leipzig, Germany
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Subject: Spreading the word
Date: Thu, 16 Jan 2014 11:43:01 -0600
From: Nathan Willis <nwillis(a)glyphography.com>
Random thought -- I don't know why this hadn't occurred to me earlier --
but are there Wikimedia people who would be interested in coming to
Libre Graphics Meeting? Obviously you deal a lot more with the
publishing side of things, while (historically) LGM has been focused on
content-creation tools like Blender and GIMP.... But if there are
Wikipedians who would be in the area, they might find LGM helpful for
content-publishing stuff as well; in particular there are a lot of font
and typography talks in recent years, thanks to CSS @font-face. For
that matter, there is typically a lot of W3C and CC-licensing content in
the mix as well. It's not just the app-development teams that make the
event work; one of the best parts is getting the developers face-to-face
time with the people using their stuff on a daily basis.
Anyway, to the point: LGM this year is going to be April 2 to 5 in
Leipzig, Germany. The site is at http://libregraphicsmeeting.org/2014/
.... If there are interested people nearby, we'd love to have them join
us. Attendance is free; we try to underwrite travel costs for open
source developers who attend (which we would also love to see Wikimedia
take an interest in, of course :) -- tell your friends about the
"donate" link!). But really I'm more interested in making sure we
spread the word. If you use or build free creative-graphics software,
there's something for you at LGM.
Think there'd be interest? Or do you know someone in the organization
who might find it up their alley?
Thank you so much for your kind words about the proposed Multimedia Vision for Wikimedia sites by 2016. (1)
I am glad that our first user stories resonate with you. They intentionally focus on ways that our community may interact through multimedia -- and we view these types of productive collaborations between different user groups as a key objective for our work.
We really appreciate your thoughtful blog post about this vision (2) and fully agree with you that more user stories will be needed to illustrate the scope of possible interactions between different communities around the world -- from schools to professional or personal sites around the world. We aim to identify more user stories like these to inform our next steps.
We are actively working with Lydia, Daniel and the Wikidata team to implement structured data on Commons and integrate it with Wikidata later this year, in collaboration with our community. We expect this work will improve a range of multimedia workflows as a result, from curation to search and beyond. We will definitely address the points you raise.
I would also like to thank all the community members who have joined our discussion about this multimedia vision (3). We are grateful for your feedback, and very glad to see a partnership develop between our community and the foundation around these goals, so we may better serve our users together.
If you haven’t commented yet, please share your feedback here, after viewing the video:
You are all invited to join our office hours IRC chat about multimedia this Thursday, January 16 at 19:00 UTC (4) — we look forward to discussing this vision and other media projects with you then. More on this later.
Thanks again for everyone’s wonderful work in helping share free knowledge through multimedia.
All the best,
(1) Multimedia Vision 2016:
(2) Blog Post by Gerard:
(3) Discuss the Multimedia Vision:
(4) Multimedia Office Hours chat on IRC: Thursday at 19:00 UTC
Product Manager, Multimedia
On Jan 10, 2014, at 4:01 AM, wikimedia-l-request(a)lists.wikimedia.org wrote:
> Date: Fri, 10 Jan 2014 09:33:30 +0100
> From: Gerard Meijssen <gerard.meijssen(a)gmail.com>
> To: Wikimedia developers <wikitech-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>, WikiData-l
> <wikidata-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>, Wikimedia Commons Discussion List
> <commons-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>, Wikimedia Mailing List
> Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikitech-l] A Multimedia Vision for 2016
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=UTF-8
> Fabrice, I very much love the two stories described in the vision. It
> describes not only a functionality that is technical, it also describes how
> our community may interact. That is great.
> What I missed are the consequences of the planned integration of Commons
> with Wikidata. I blogged about it  and I suggest three more stories that
> could be told because they are enabled by this integration. What I do not
> fully understand is how the community aspects will integrate in an
> environment that will be more multi lingual and multi cultural as a
> I have confidence that the three stories that I suggest will be realised by
> 2016. Not only that, I am pretty sure that as a consequence the amount of
> traffic that our servers will have to handle will grow enormously to the
> extend that I am convinced that our current capacity will not be able to
> cope. Then again, they are the luxury problems that make us appreciate how
> much room we still have for growth.
> On 10 January 2014 01:39, Fabrice Florin <fflorin(a)wikimedia.org> wrote:
>> Happy new year, everyone!
>> Many thanks to all of you who contributed to our multimedia programs last
>> year! Now that we have a new multimedia team at WMF, we look forward to
>> making some good progress together this year.
>> To kick off the new year, here is a proposed multimedia vision for 2016,
>> which was prepared by our multimedia and design teams, with guidance from
>> community members:
>> This possible scenario is intended for discussion purposes, to help us
>> visualize how we could improve our user experience over the next three
>> years. We hope that it will spark useful community feedback on some of the
>> goals we are considering.
>> After you’ve viewed the video, we would be grateful if you could let us
>> know what you think in this discussion:
>> We are looking for feedback from all users who benefit from Commons, even
>> if their work takes place on other sites. This vision explores ways to
>> integrate Wikimedia Commons more closely with Wikipedia and other MediaWiki
>> projects, to help users contribute more easily to our free media repository
>> -- wherever they are.
>> In coming weeks, we will start more focused discussions on some key
>> features outlined in this presentation. If you would like to join those
>> conversations and keep up with our work, we invite you to subscribe to our
>> multimedia mailing list:
>> We look forward to more great collaborations in the new year!
>> All the best,
>> on behalf of the Multimedia team
>> Fabrice Florin
>> Product Manager, Multimedia
>> Wikimedia Foundation
>> Wikipedia Profile:
>> Multimedia Project Hub:
>> Wikitech-l mailing list
> Message: 3
> Date: Fri, 10 Jan 2014 12:16:01 +0100
> From: Delphine Ménard <notafishz(a)gmail.com>
> To: Wikimedia Mailing List <wikimedia-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
> Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-l] Announcement Sarah Stierch
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=ISO-8859-1
> Oh wow, this is so... well, random.
> On Thu, Jan 9, 2014 at 1:07 AM, Frank Schulenburg
> <fschulenburg(a)wikimedia.org> wrote:
>> Dear all,
>> I'm writing to let you know that Sarah Stierch is no longer an employee of the Wikimedia Foundation.
>> The Wikimedia Foundation has recently learned that Sarah has been editing Wikipedia on behalf of paying clients, as recently as a few weeks ago. She did that even though it is widely known that paid editing is frowned upon by many in the editing community and by the Wikimedia Foundation.
>> The Wikimedia Foundation values Sarah a great deal. She has been an active Wikipedian since 2006. She is committed to increasing dialogue between cultural institutions and our projects. She has worked hard to increase the presence and voices of women and other minorities in our projects, and she is a warm welcomer of new Wikipedians. Her work in Program Evaluation has been important and necessary. She is a good friend of many of us.
>> Everybody makes mistakes, and I would like to believe that the Wikimedia movement is a place of forgiveness and compassion. And so I ask you to respect Sarah's privacy at what is surely a difficult time for her, and to join me in wishing her every future success.
>> I sincerely hope that Sarah will continue her important work as a Wikipedian and member of the GLAM community, and I thank her for the commitment and energy and thoughtfulness she has brought to her work at the Foundation.
>> Frank Schulenburg
>> Frank Schulenburg
>> Senior Director of Programs
>> Wikimedia Foundation
>> Cell: +1 (415) 517-0453
>> Email: frank(a)wikimedia.org
>> Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in the sum of all knowledge. Help us make it a reality!
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Happy new year, everyone!
Many thanks to all of you who contributed to our collective work on the multimedia front last year!
We’re deeply grateful for all that you are doing to help create a richer media experience --- and now that we have a full multimedia team, we look forward to making some great progress together this year.
To kick off the new year, we just posted a proposed multimedia vision for 2016, which was prepared with guidance from community members. We invite you to check it out here on Commons:
This hypothetical scenario is intended for discussion purposes, to help us visualize together possible improvements to our user experience over the next three years. This particular exploration proposes ways to integrate Wikipedia more closely with Commons, so that Wikipedians could contribute or curate more easily to our free media repository, wherever they are.
After you’ve viewed the video, we would be grateful if you could share your feedback in this discussion:
In coming weeks, we will be starting new discussions focusing on some important features outlined in this overall vision, and would greatly appreciate your continued participation, so we can make more informed decisions together as a movement. More on this next week.
Thanks again for your thoughtful guidance. We look forward to more collaborations with you!
All the best,
on behalf of the WMF Multimedia Team
Product Manager, Multimedia
Multimedia Project Hub: