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| 17 Oct 09:37 2014
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Vandalism on photographs of living people

Due to recent vandalism a new report on Commons for page patrollers
has been started at
<https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:F%C3%A6/BLP_overwrites>.

This page shows images actively used on English Wikipedia biography
articles, where a new upload has overwritten the original by a
"newbie"* account. The report should be automatically refreshed within
15 minutes of a new image upload/overwrite of this type.

Instances of deliberate image vandalism of this type are rare, but
important to handle promptly. If you have suggestions for improvement
of this report, I would be happy to do my best to accommodate them.

Notes:
* For convenience newbie accounts have been arbitrarily taken as
accounts with fewer than 200 edits on the English Wikipedia or fewer
than 100 edits on Wikimedia Commons.
* The report is maintained by Faebot and should be considered in a
draft state as it may be moved to a more 'official' location or be
taken on by more skilled bot operators.

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Fabrice Florin | 16 Oct 01:33 2014
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Structured Data Update | IRC chat tomorrow

Hi folks,

Here's a quick update on the Structured Data project, which proposes to make multimedia data easier to
search, view, edit, curate and re-use on Wikimedia Commons.

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.

Last week, a first bootcamp was held in Berlin to discuss this project and explore possible solutions,
based the same technology as the one developed for Wikidata. Participants included community
volunteers, as well as the Wikidata and Multimedia teams. This blog post gives an overview of what was
discussed and accomplished. (1)

Some good ideas came out from this event, but many questions remain unanswered. We would now like to invite
more community members to help plan next steps for this project: everyone is welcome to join the
discussion and/or subscribe to the newsletter on the new Structured data hub on Commons. (2)

We also invite you to join tomorrow's live IRC chat about Structured Data: this Thursday, October 16 at
18:00 (UTC), on #wikimedia-office (3). The development teams would love to discuss this project with you.

Going forward, our community liaison Keegan Peterzell will be managing communications for this project.
You will be hearing from him about our next discussions and other ways you can get involved in this
important initiative. 

We look forward to working with you to better support the needs of our users and modernize our multimedia
infrastructure together. 

Best regards,

Fabrice -- for the Structured Data team

(1) https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Structured_data/Berlin_Bootcamp

(2) https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Structured_data

(3) https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/IRC_office_hours#Upcoming_office_hours

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Federico Leva (Nemo | 4 Oct 21:43 2014
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Panoramio is closing

http://archiveteam.org/index.php?title=Panoramio
«On September 16, 2014, Google announced they would be "migrating" 
Panoramio over to Google Maps. During the migration, site features such 
as comments, favorite photographers, and groups would be deleted.»

I think Panoramio, as a source of geotagged photos, is several orders of 
magnitudes bigger than us (therefore, or because, Commons is no longer 
included in Google Maps). However, there may be an occasion for outreach 
here, among the disappointed crowd.

Last hear I manually sent a few hundreds WikiLovesMonuments invites to 
Panoramio users of Italy, the response was entirely positive though 
minimal (mostly because we have so few monuments allowed). I don't know 
what pitch to use though, especially if they're looking for comments and 
groups. I remember the Flickr Pro users missed the quality photography 
discussions and learning; if there is one such community in Panoramio we 
could try to merge it into Commons' Quality images and Featured pictures 
community, à la 
https://wikimania2014.wikimedia.org/wiki/Submissions/How_Commons_made_a_quality_photographer_out_of_me

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Fabrice Florin | 1 Oct 01:21 2014
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Media Viewer Update: First Improvements

Hi folks,

I am happy to announce that we have just released a first round of improvements to Media Viewer, based on community feedback.

The goal for these improvements is to make Media Viewer easier to use by readers and casual editors, our primary target users for this tool. 

To that end, we created a new 'minimal design’, with these features:
* "More Details” button: a more prominent link to the File: page
* separate icons for “Download" and "Share or Embed" features
* an easier way to enlarge images by clicking on them
* a simpler metadata panel with fewer items
* faster image load with thumbnail pre-rendering

These features are now live on Wikimedia Commons and sister projects (1), and will be deployed on all Wikipedias this Thursday by 20:00 UTC.

Next, we plan to work on these other improvements:
* an easier way to disable Media Viewer for personal use
* a caption or description right below the image

Learn more about these features on the Media Viewer Improvements page (2). They are based on findings from our recent community consultation (3) and ongoing user research (4). For more information, visit the Help FAQ page (5).

Please let us know what you think of these new features on the Media Viewer talk page (6). 

We would like to thank all the community members who suggested these improvements. Our research suggests that they offer a better user experience, that is both clearer and simpler -- and that clarifies the relationship between Media Viewer and the File: description page. 

We will send another update in October, once the next round of improvements has been released.

Onward!


Fabrice and the Multimedia Team


(1) Pictures of the Day on Commons: 

(2) Improvements page:

(3) Community suggestions:

(4) User Research:

(5) Help page:

(6) Talk page:


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| 29 Sep 09:59 2014
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Catscan2 out of action?

What's the story on Catscan2? It seems to have been out of action for
a week, I'm starting to doubt it will come back anytime soon and I
suspect that many of us have a routines reliant on it.

http://tools.wmflabs.org/catscan2/quick_intersection.php

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Srikanth Ramakrishnan | 26 Sep 16:42 2014
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Inktober - a potential rally for the commons?

Hi all,
I was going thru my mail when I found this which I think is useful. 
It's called the Inktober Initiative by Jake Parker, mainly for those interested in sketching. While I am not sure how this can work out in the Wiki World, I think it may help us in getting some quality as well as good illustrations on to the Commons for specific topics.

Here is the link to it:



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Romaine Wiki | 17 Sep 17:49 2014
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KML scripts: we need a central storage

Hello all,

We have a central storage location for files like photos, videos and sounds: Commons. But it seems there is no central storage space for KML script files. Those files are used for templates on various Wikipedias to show a route of a subject on Google Maps, Bing Maps, etc.

The files are used in this template on en-wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Template:Attached_KML

But also in templates in other Wikipedias. The same as with photos, a central location for these files is needed to prevent every Wikipedia have the same KML file. It seems logic to me to have a central location for this.

Can we use Commons for this?

Romaine




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Federico Leva (Nemo | 13 Sep 12:14 2014
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Re: [Multimedia] Hashing Wikimedia Commons

Daniel Schwen, 09/09/2014 16:34:
>     IMHO worrying about load for such a small number of downloads (less than
>     25 millions) is silly. Just use a sensible, common size, for instance
> 
> 
> I don't think it is silly to point out best practices on an archived and
> searchable mailing list.

Sure. The best practice is "don't worry".

Nemo

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Fabrice Florin | 12 Sep 05:02 2014
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Media Viewer Consultation Results

Thanks to everyone who participated in the recent Media Viewer Consultation! 

Our multimedia team appreciates the many constructive suggestions to improve the viewing experience for readers and casual editors on Wikimedia projects. We reviewed about 130 community suggestions and prioritized a number of important development tasks for the next release of this feature. Those prioritized tasks have now been added to the improvements list on the consultation page. (1)

We have already started development of the most critical improvements: 'must-have’ features that this consultation helped identify and that have been validated through user testing — see research findings (2) and design prototype (3). We plan to complete all these 'must have' improvements by the end of October and will deploy them incrementally, starting this week. For more details, see our improvement plan (4) and development tasks for the next 6 weeks (5).

As we release these improvements, we will post regular updates on the Media Viewer talk page (6). We invite you to review these improvements and share your feedback. 

The foundation is also launching a file metadata cleanup drive (7) to add machine-readable attributions and licenses on files lack them. This will lay the groundwork for the structured data partnership (8) with the Wikidata team, to enable better search and re-use of media in our projects. We encourage everyone to join these efforts.

This community consultation was very productive for us and we look forward to more collaborations in the future. 

Thanks again to all our gracious contributors. We consider ourselves lucky to have so many great community partners.

Onward! 


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Tilman Bayer | 6 Sep 09:36 2014
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Fwd: [PRESS RELEASE] Wikimedia Commons celebrates its 10th anniversary

Hi all,

ten years ago this Sunday, Wikimedia Commons went online. We've sent out the below press release to draw some attention to this occasion, and also published a separate blog post by Lila which goes a bit more into the project's history (such as the very first photograph uploaded to Commons):

https://blog.wikimedia.org/2014/09/05/celebrating-the-10th-anniversary-of-wikimedia-commons/


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Wikimedia Commons celebrates its 10th anniversary

  • 22 million+ images make Wikimedia Commons world’s largest freely licensed educational media repository.

(San Francisco, USA) September 5, 2014 -- This Sunday marks the 10th anniversary of Wikimedia Commons. Its creation was officially announced on September 7, 2004.

More than 22 million media files have been uploaded by the Wikimedia volunteer community over the decade since Commons came into being. The Wikimedia Foundation is extremely grateful to have a dedicated community of creators and institutions who continue to share their images and other media so that the project has flourished and will continue to thrive.

Wikimedia Foundation Executive Director Lila Tretikov said: “Many people don’t know that the incredible, freely-licensed images that illustrate Wikipedia are curated and maintained by the volunteer community of Wikimedia Commons editors. Wikimedia Commons is the visual engine of the Wikimedia projects, and we look forward to its next decade of contributions, collaboration, and sharing.”

In the past ten years, creators have contributed to Commons in a variety of ways, including the annual Wiki Loves Monuments contest, which is currently inviting submissions through the end of September. The Guinness Book of World Records named Wiki Loves Monuments the largest photo contest in the world, and it has inspired more 900,000 image uploads since 2010.

On this occasion we also celebrate the partnerships with dozens of cultural institutions (GLAM) from around the world that have donated portions of their collections. Their contributions have allowed Wikimedia Commons to become a vital resource for educational and historical content, and ensured the increasing depth and richness of the illustrations for articles on Wikipedia.

The Foundation recognizes the vibrant Wikimedia Commons community, which is responsible for increasing the availability of freely licensed images and information to the public. The Commons community takes its role as a guardian of the rights of creators extremely seriously, working diligently to confirm authorship and licensing status of the media uploaded to Commons. This work is reflected in the low number of DMCA takedown requests received by the Wikimedia Foundation every year.

Erik Moeller, then a volunteer Wikimedian, first proposed the Commons in March 2004 as a common repository for the images that Wikipedians had begun uploading to illustrate the free online encyclopedia’s growing collection of articles. Today, Moeller is the Wikimedia Foundation’s Deputy Director and VP of Engineering, and Commons is the world’s largest repository of freely licensed educational media on the internet.

“The Wikimedia Commons community is the reason these freely-licensed images exist for everyone to enjoy." said Moeller. “Our next steps are to prepare Wikimedia Commons for the future, including support for rich, structured metadata; a massively improved user experience for uploading media; better tools for editing media content through the web; and better support for video. The first decade was just the beginning.”

The Foundation is thrilled to be celebrating these and many more achievements of the project’s first decade.


About the Wikimedia Foundation

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The Wikimedia Foundation is the non-profit organization that operates Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. According to comScore Media Metrix, Wikipedia and the other projects operated by the Wikimedia Foundation receive 413 million unique visitors per month, making them the fifth-most popular web property world-wide (comScore, July 2014). Available in 287 languages, Wikipedia contains more than 32 million articles contributed by a global volunteer community of roughly 80,000 people. Based in San Francisco, California, the Wikimedia Foundation is an audited, 501(c)(3) charity that is funded primarily through donations and grants.

Wikimedia Foundation Press Contact:

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