This week the Wikimedia Foundation is pleased to introduce a series of short videos that were produced in Summer of 2010 that highlight our users: the volunteer contributors from around the world who help make projects like Wikipedia a reality.

(The clips will be posted on this YouTube channel, and also as CCBYSA files on the Wikimedia Commons)

These videos were produced with two key outcomes in mind: to inform the general public about the people and inspiration behind our movement, and also to energize and inspire new Wikipedia editors to engage bravely in contributing to Wikipedia.  The latter focus is particularly important for the Foundation’s current Public Policy initiative outreach, but we’re hopeful they will inspire other new editors around the world.

Altogether we will be launching four videos, and today’s video ‘Username’ is a short clip that introduces some of the 35 Wikipedia editors that were interviewed during the annual Wikimania conference last summer in Gdansk Poland.  We’ll launch the rest of the clips through this week, hosting them on video sharing sites and of course on the Wikimedia Commons.  The clips are all CCBYSA 3.0, including the great background music by Matthew Carey.

The clips were created for the Wikimedia Foundation by a team that’s been working with the Foundation over the past year. They were directed by Jelly Helm, produced by Noah Stanik, shot by DP Reed Harkness, and edited by Sarah Marcus. The Germany-based film production crew Living Colour was an essential partner in bringing everything together at the shoot in Gdansk, Poland, and Fenton Communications, who have been supporting the Foundation over the past year, were our agency partners in pulling this project together. We also owe the organizers of 2010’s Wikimania conference a great deal of thanks for helping us sort out the production on the ground and for letting us borrow participants for short interviews.

And of course our great thanks go to each of the 35 Wikipedins who took the time to open up and share their views and philosophies about our movement. The Foundation is incredibly fortunate to be able to meet so many Wikimedia volunteers, and it’s a great pleasure to be able to share some of the passion and energy we see every day.

Enjoy, and stay tuned for more!

Jay & Frank / Communications & Public Outreach