[Foundation-l] UMP Convention

GerardM gerard.meijssen at gmail.com
Fri Oct 6 10:04:13 UTC 2006

Making Commons searchable is becoming doable with the WiktionaryZ/Wikidata
technology. How it can be done has been described in an article on Meta(1}.
It does require substantial further development. We have asked one of our
partners if they are interested in funding this. The key thing would be to
make Commons searchable for people with a diverse language background.
Development could start in December.


On 10/6/06, Valentina Faussone <valentina_faussone at yahoo.it> wrote:
> > We've leveled off in terms of growth (it's still
> > there but not at the
> > rate it used to be). Unless we come up with
> > something new (a way to
> > make commons effectively searchable might be one) we
> > may have pretty
> > much reached our natural level of webpresence.
> >
> > If that is the case it may be time to look to other
> > areas. Mobile
> > phones. Book form. Provideing stock photos and
> > information for non
> > profits (and to a degree profits).
> Nice ideas. May I point out that the quality level of
> wikipedia articles is far more effective than the
> quality of many pictures we upload on commons?
> That is to say, the guys on commons are running a very
> important project and they challenge a great effort,
> but maybe we should all focus on providing better
> quality photos, and not just *more* photos. Many of
> them are dark, dull and with ugly subjects: that is a
> great minus for some subjects (like food) than for
> others.
> Plus I totally and entusiastically agree on making
> commons searchable like any other image bank.
> It's pointless having a treasure if you don't know how
> to find it out.
> Tinette
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