Multimedia

  1. Celebrity photographer Allan Warren shares the big shots on Wikipedia

    Crop by Andrew Sherman, "Sir Roger Moore 3.jpg" by Allan warren, CC BY-SA 3.0.

    Celebrity photographer Allan Warren has taken portraits of many popular artists and politicians, ranging from Roger Moore to Sophia Loren and Prince Charles. For the past few years, he has uploaded many of his images to Wikimedia Commons. His portraits caught our attention, so we reached out to him for an interview.... Read more

  2. A more immersive mobile experience on Android devices

    The Wikipedia app shows the article about Strasbourg on an Android device. New features like make it easier to access knowledge on the go. Screenshot by Deskana (WMF), licensed under CC-BY-SA-3.0

    The Wikipedia app makes it easier to access knowledge on the go — and provides a more immersive reading experience on mobile devices. This new Android release features a more image-centric design, improved search functionality, and suggestions for further reading. (…)... Read more

  3. Structured Data project launches in Berlin

    "Structured Data Bootcamp - Berlin 2014 - Group Photo", photo by Christopher Schwarzkopf, camera and direction by Fabrice Florin, under CC-BY-SA-4.0

    How can we make multimedia data easier to use on Wikimedia Commons, Wikipedia and sister sites? Today, information about media files on Wikimedia sites is stored in unstructured formats that cause a range of issues: for example, file information is hard to search, some of it is only available in English, and it is difficult to edit or re-use files to comply with their license terms. To address the... Read more

  4. Help Test Media Viewer

    Media Viewer lets you browse larger images on Wikimedia sites. We invite you to try out Media Viewer, a new tool for browsing multimedia content, which is now in beta on Wikipedia and other Wikimedia sites. Today, viewing images on our sites can be a frustrating experience for casual users: when you click on a thumbnail in an article, you are taken to a separate page where the image is shown in me... Read more

  5. RfC: Should we support MP4 video on our sites?

      A video of a cheetah, captured in slow-motion at 1200 fps. The video was released on Vimeo in MP4 format and converted to OGV format before uploading to Commons. It cannot be viewed in this format on most mobile phones and many web browsers. The Wikimedia Foundation’s multimedia team seeks your guidance on a proposal to support the MP4 video format. This digital video standard is used wid... Read more

  6. A Multimedia Vision for 2016

    How will we use multimedia on our sites in three years? The Wikimedia Foundation’s Multimedia team was formed to provide a richer experience and support more media contributions on Wikipedia, Commons, and MediaWiki sites. We believe that audio-visual media offer a unique opportunity to engage a wide range of users to participate productively in our collective work. To inform our plans, we’... Read more

  7. Scientific multimedia files get a second life on Wikipedia

    On Wikimedia projects, audio and video content has traditionally taken a backseat relative to text and static images (however, changes are underway). Conversely, more and more scholarly publications come with audio and video files, though these are — a legacy from the print era — typically relegated to the “supplementary material” rather than embedded next to the relevant text pass... Read more

  8. VipsScaler implementation by volunteer developer improves image handling on Wikimedia sites

    A depiction of the Battle of Belmont, Second Boer War. This image is an example of image reduction in VipsScaler. The original file has a resolution of 52 megapixels Loading and resizing large images within Wikimedia projects has become faster and more reliable with the rollout of VipsScaler, a wraparound to the VIPS free image processing software. VIPS is a tool designed to use a small amount of ... Read more

  9. Breaking through walls of text: How we will create a richer Wikimedia experience

    Sorry, your browser either has JavaScript disabled or does not have any supported player. You can download the clip or download a player to play the clip in your browser. Wikimedia consists of many projects, Wikipedia most notable among them. However, the name “Wikimedia” suggests a world beyond text. Indeed, Wikimedia Commons, our repository of freely-licensed media files, already contains mo... Read more

  10. Introducing Wikipedia’s new HTML5 video player

    A new video player has been enabled on Wikipedia and its sister sites, and it comes with the promise of bringing free educational videos to more people, on more devices, in more languages.... Read more