[Foundation-l] Announcement: Michael Dale

Erik Moeller erik at wikimedia.org
Sat Jul 19 23:04:37 UTC 2008

As many of you know, Wikimedia is working with Kaltura, Inc. to
explore collaborative video editing in the Wikimedia projects. I'm
very happy to announce that Kaltura has decided to support the further
development of a 100% open source video editing solution integrated
into MediaWiki. To this end, Kaltura is sponsoring Michael Dale, lead
developer of the MetaVid project, to work in the Wikimedia Foundation
offices in San Francisco beginning in early August.

Michael will work on adding support for video editing operations and
other video-related functionality to MediaWiki, with a rich user
interface built entirely on open standards like Ogg Theora. Michael's
work priorities will be coordinated between Kaltura and WMF. I am
hoping that we can make incremental improvements to Wikimedia's video
capabilities that will start to become visible to users soon. :-)

Michael Dale is currently a Research Associate at the University of
California Santa Cruz and the lead developer for the MetaVid
project. MetaVid is a community archive project for public domain
US legislative footage. The MetaVidWiki software (which runs
the archive) is a free software extension to MediaWiki that enables
community engagement with audio/visual media assets and
associative temporal metadata. Michael has been involved free & open
media adoption on the web in collaboration with the xiph.org and
annodex organizations.

Please join me in welcoming Michael!
Erik Möller
Deputy Director, Wikimedia Foundation

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