[Foundation-l] Donation of DVDs to Wikimedia Foundation Projects
Robert Scott Horning
robert_horning at netzero.net
Mon Jan 1 08:42:24 UTC 2007
I was going through the Wikibooks study help desk, and a very surprising
offer showed up recently:
"I would like to donate A video taped lecture series on Calculus which
have been converted to dvd format. How do I go about doing this? The
lecturer is willing to send the dvds to an appropriate uploader, but
does not know much about computer programming himself. The lectures were
taped at The University of Missouri - Kansas City.
"Please send any information you have to: micheleforan at sbcglobal.net
I find this an incredibly generous offer, and something that supports
both Wikibooks and Wikiversity in a great many ways, although most media
content like this generally is sent to Commons. There are some other
technical issues here involved as well, simply due to the sheer quantity
of material here that is going to be offered, which is one reason why
I'm trying to vet this idea here on Foundation-l.
In addition to trying to figure out just what Wikimedia sister project
this ought to be sent to for further assistance, I would like to know
what the status is right now for storage of large numbers of video
files. I noticed that the [[Commons:Category:Video]] has several video
files listed, although almost all of them are generally very short
clips. This offer as it currently stands could potentially be several
gigabytes of data, which would dwarf the entire video category by itself.
There is also the comparatively minor issue of trying to convert the
files from MPEG format to OGG or other patent-free (or compatable with
the GFDL) formats, but I think we can find some individuals to help out
with that on the various Wikimedia projects. That is not the major
issue at the moment.
I guess this is also a political issue in the sense of wheither the WMF
wants to get into the business of hosting DVD-video length content on
its servers. The costs of doing so I would guess would be rather
substantial for bandwidth costs alone, assuming several individuals are
all trying to download these huge files, which has been an issue raised
in the past. Video files havn't been explicitly restricted from
Wikimedia projects, but then again most of the video that is used is
comparatively small snippets at the moment. Any thoughts or ideas on
this topic are significantly appreciated.
Robert Scott Horning
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