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Video Labs: Universal Subtitles on Commons

For the past 6 months the Participatory Culture Foundation has been hard at work on their latest open web video mission to make captioning, subtitling, and translating video publicly accessible in a way that’s free and open. Part of the Mozilla Drum Beat campaign for a better web, Universal Subtitles…

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Video Labs: P2P Next Community CDN for Video Distribution

As Wikimedia and the community embark on campaigns and programs to increase video contribution and usage on the site, we are starting to see video usage on Wikimedia sites grow and we hope for it to grow a great deal more. One potential problem with increased video usage on the…

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Video Labs: Kaltura HTML5 Sequencer available on Wikimedia Commons

I am happy to invite the Wikimedia community to try out the latest Kaltura HTML5 video sequencer as part of a Wikimedia/Kaltura Video Labs project that can now be used on Wikimedia Commons with resulting sequences visible on any Wikimedia project. For those that have been following the efforts, it…

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The power of translators

Wikimedia projects support over 270 languages. This amazing global reach is powered by volunteers who translate not only the contents but also text used in MediaWiki so that localized wikis can be easily navigated and operated by users in their local language. Translatewiki.net is the amazing translation engine which not…

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Wikimedia donates servers to deserving non-profits.

Every year, Wikipedia usage goes upward, and every year the technical folks working and volunteering with Wikimedia have to plan, purchase, and implement new servers to keep up to the growing popularity of Wikipedia and its sister projects.  With the advances in computing, running 9 new application servers this year…

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SVG Open

I’m hanging out down in Mountain View for the SVG Open conference this weekend, to speak a bit on how we use and plan to use SVG at Wikimedia and to get up to date on the state of the art. I’ll post my full talk slides on Sunday after…

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SVG for all… with Flash?

For several years, we’ve supported uploading SVG vector images to Wikimedia sites… with the limitation that they would be rendered to static PNG raster images when actually used inline. This gives our editors great flexibility in editing, customizing, and translating maps and diagrams using cross-platform free tools like Inkscape, but…

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Let’s tango!

The open source movement is not only about software and knowledge base creation. There are active movements in user interface design as well. tango! is one of the neatest projects in design collaborative world, contributing in the creation of open source software such as Open Office and Ubuntu. We, the…

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OER Search Discovery – not just another TLA

I’ve spent today in sunny Cambridge, MA attending the OER Search Discovery 2009 workshop at Harvard’s Berkman Center. But what’s it all about? First off, what’s OER? Open Educational Resources are a litle tough to really define to everyone’s satisfaction, but we can defer the details. :) We’re generally talking…

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Firefox 3.5 brings native open video support

Congralutations are in order for our friends and comrades-in-arms at Mozilla: they’ve released version 3.5 of their open-source Firefox browser today. Aside from major improvements to speed and memory usage, one of the updates that has got us most excited at Wikimedia is the support for HTML 5’s native <video>…

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