I lead platform work
<https://github.com/creativecommons/platform-initiative> at Creative
Commons. As part of that work, we are exploring the potential of a standard
field in EXIF that could make attribution and license info more sticky
across the web. We are currently in the research phase -- talking to major
image hosting platforms (and platforms that read and ingest images) about
what kinds of image metadata they read and retain. Zhou and his engineering
team at Wikimedia directed me to this list as I am seeking feedback from
the Wikimedia community.
Ultimately, we want to make it easier for platforms to display provenance
and license info -- increase the likelihood that when a user lands on an
image, they know who created it and what license to use it under. For
example, images from Wikimedia Commons may get tweeted, but the image
metadata is not retained in tweets. How can we work with platforms to use
the same metadata standard so that info can be retained across them?
Since we are just in the research phase now, I welcome your thoughts on
Wikimedia Commons' and Wikipedia's own uses of image metadata. Specifically:
1. The most common image metadata standards we know about are EXIF and
XMP. Which does Wikimedia primarily read and retain? Are there others that
are more widely used?
2. Which standard does Wikimedia prefer? What would be easiest to
implement? for Wikimedia, but also for the platforms that Wikimedia
interfaces with. Aka, what are the pros and cons of each?
Lastly, welcome any general thoughts about the feasibility and need for
such a project.
Creative Commons | Los Angeles
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> I'm writing to share a prototype image editor that our very own Prateek
> (prtksxna) has been working on.
> We're hoping to write an extension around
> this and provide it on-wiki as a replacement for several bots and off-wiki
> tools. It's only an experiment, but honestly, our upload pipeline lacks an
> editing tool, which is *so* 2003. I'm looking towards getting this released
> on Commons, as a BetaFeature™, within the next few months.
Feel like the same, some comments, though:
- image rotation, mirroring, flipping and cropping should be lossless operations
- metadata (including EXIF) must be preserved and the file format should not be changed
- the browser should not freeze, even if I run the editor on a low CPU machine
Hi Multimedia fans,
You're probably aware that nearly two months ago, we deployed a cross-wiki
upload tool , available in VisualEditor (via Insert → Media → Upload)
and wikitext editor (via image icon → Upload). The plan to develop it was
originally announced on this list , but it seems that we neglected to
mention that we actually did it :) (it was in Tech News, though).
You might not be aware that it was used to upload over 44 thousand of
files to Commons so far – unfortunately, it turns out that people really
don't care to read what they agree to, and many of the uploaded files
proved to be copyright violations. I guess we should've foreseen that.
Starting tomorrow, we'll be running an A/B test of four different
interface options, hoping to find one that maximises good uploads while
minimizing bad ones. You can read more about it (there are screenshots!)
at  and the corresponding Phabricator task T120867 .
Forwarding to the Multimedia list (:
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Mark Holmquist <mtraceur(a)member.fsf.org>
Date: Tue, Dec 8, 2015 at 1:08 PM
Subject: [Wikitech-l] Image editor prototype
I'm writing to share a prototype image editor that our very own Prateek
(prtksxna) has been working on. We're hoping to write an extension around
this and provide it on-wiki as a replacement for several bots and off-wiki
tools. It's only an experiment, but honestly, our upload pipeline lacks an
editing tool, which is *so* 2003. I'm looking towards getting this released
on Commons, as a BetaFeature™, within the next few months.
Feedback can be shared here, on GitHub in the form of issues, on IRC in
#wikimedia-multimedia, or via private e-mail to myself or Prateek, if you
The code is here: https://github.com/prtksxna/ImageEditor
You can try a demo here: http://prtksxna.github.io/ImageEditor/
And finally, there's a sneak peek at the API documentation here:
Thanks for your eyeballs and time!
Lead Engineer, Multimedia
Wikitech-l mailing list
Hi there, in the past 2 years there were be always
Commoners and Wikimedian's on the Libre Graphics Meeting.
Next meeting is in London, so if you are interested and can
make it there... https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:TPS
may help you with the travel expenses.
Usually folk from all kind of imaging software
takes part in the meeting, together with creative people.
From: Femke Snelting <snelting(a)collectifs.net>
*Libre Graphics Meeting 2016: Other Dimensions*
The eleventh annual international Libre Graphics Meeting 2016 will take
place Friday 15th until Monday 18th April 2016 in London, UK. This
yearly event is an occasion for teams and individual contributors/artists
involved in Libre Graphics to work together, to
share experiences and to hear about new ideas. By Libre Graphics we mean
Free, Libre and Open Source tools for design, illustration,
photography, typography, art, graphics, page layout, publishing, 3D
modelling, digital making and manufacture, cartography, animation,
video, interactive media, generative graphics and visual live-coding.
The Libre Graphics Meeting is not just about software, but extends to
standards, file formats and actual use of these in creative work. LGM
has become the place in which they can discuss their projects,
coordinate their efforts and, crucially, to meet in person. Participants
in the LGM include developers, designers, academics and activists from
around the world, who are all passionate about Free/ Libre graphics software
*State of the Libre Graphics Union*
We begin each meeting with a joint session that brings together all
things that have happened in our wide landscape over the last year. So,
instead of slots in the schedule for general updates on each Libre
Graphics software project, we invite every team present at LGM to submit
two slides (maximum), with a short explanatory text that showcases the
leaps forward that has been made over the past year. For first-time
presenters and particular big or new topics/features in established
projects, we encourage additional stand-alone submissions.
*Special focus: Other Dimensions*
Toronto we celebrated the first decade of LGM, reflecting on the past
and considering the future. For the 2016 edition of LGM we continue
speculating and will expand Libre Graphics into Other Dimensions. We are
looking for presentations and workshops that explore the dimensions of
space and material: 3D modelling and animation, Libre architecture, Open
Source product design and other fields of digital making and
manufacture. We are also seeking contributions that offer reflections on
the 'other dimensions' of open source communities and that engage with
FLOSS tools in various contexts including but not limited to teaching,
learning, practice and co-production. This represents a desire to
address the future sustainability of the Libre Graphics movement,
through a growth of the core projects and topics that will, we hope,
allow us to welcome more and more FLOSS projects and participants to our
We are looking for:
* In-depth presentations of Libre Graphics code-contributions
* Showcases of excellent work made using Libre Graphics tools
* New and experimental projects in this area to meet the wider community,
including those in the field of 3D design and making
* Reflections on the activities of existing open source communities in
either the production of Free, Libre and Open Source tools or their use
Available formats (times include Q&A):
* Entry for State of the Libre Graphics Union (1-2 slides)
* Presentations (20 minutes)
* Workshops (1 or 2 hours)*
* Birds Of a Feather (BOF), discussion meetings or Hackathons (2 hrs or more)
* Lightning talk (7 minutes, selected at the event unconference style)
Submission deadline: 10 January 2016, content selection notification by end of January 2016.