When you consider a new project, it is important to consider how it will
fit in. Just being able to have 3d images makes sense when people can view
them. Making them only available does not strike me as that interesting.
Working on such models is probably more interesting. The question then
becomes how is this to be achieved.
Effectively there have been new projects since Wikispecies. In my
appreciation, GLAM is very much a WMF project that is very much run by its
own community and sponsored by chapters. Having 3d models in Commons is not
a problem in and of itself. The question to me is what will it deliver,
what will its community be like and how will this be related maybe
integrated in all our projects.
On 9 February 2012 19:25, Leinonen Teemu <teemu.leinonen(a)aalto.fi> wrote:
On 8.2.2012, at 22.03, Tom Morris wrote:
> I have contacts to the European Fablab folks
and we probably could
start with them a project on an Incubator.
Just noticed that the Incubator is now only for new languages. Is it so
that the Wikimedia is not looking for new projects?
Fabbing isn't the primary thing I'm
interested in. I think far more
interesting for Wikipedia is now that WebGL exists, we could tie 3D
models into Wikipedia articles. It'd have ridiculous educational
value: just imagine, you want to see how big a dinosaur is?
I agree. This is another good reason for Wikimedia to consider starting to
support and coordinate creation of free 3D models. All the articles on
Wikipedia about different kind of common utensils, tools, instruments, home
appliances, furnitures, engineering pieces etc. could come with a 3D model
of them. The models could then be used 1) to view and 2) to make them.
I ma sure many mechanical engineering pieces, such as propellers, grinding
mills etc. would be useful in the Global South. Having scale model of the
David by Michelangelo, Parthenon in Athens, arrowheads from stone age etc.
would also have a huge educational value.
I'm wondering whether 3D Wikipedia would be
possible: some kind of
presets. Then the ability to load models from Commons.
I also, at first thought, that the 3D models should be in the Commons, but
I think it could also be a new Wikimedia project.
I think the 3D models are not media, similar way as pictures, videos and
audio. 3D models are different - one can "make them". It is hard to say if
there is a critical mass of people interested in to work with the project,
but at least the FabLab folks around the world could join this.
I don't know
enough about file formats and licensing and so on, but, this could be
really exciting if it is possible.
Neither do I.
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