Lydia Pintscher | 22 Nov 13:32 2014
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access to data on Wikidata is coming on Dec 2nd

Hey everyone :)

I've been asked to enable access to the data on Wikidata for Commons.
I'm happy to make that happen. We'll enable access on December 2nd.
What does this mean? You will be able to access data from an item on
Wikidata like the date of birth of an artist or the name of a city in
different languages. Where and how much you make use of that is up for
you to decide. You will be able to access the data in two ways. The
first one is the #property parser function
(https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikidata/Notes/Inclusion_syntax). The
second one is via Lua
(https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:Wikibase_Client/Lua). There
are two big caveats at this point. 1) You will only be able to access
data for items that are connected via a sitelink to the page you want
to show the data on. We're currently working on allowing accessing
data from any item. This should be available around January/February.
2) You can not use this to store meta data (like the date a picture
was taken or who took it) about individual files. This will in the
future be stored on Commons itself as part of the structured data
project (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Structured_data).

Please let me know if you have any questions. I am looking forward to
more integration between Commons and Wikidata and all the things this
will make possible. It'd be great if you could help with updating and
expanding https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Wikidata. The
relevant page on Wikidata is
https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Wikidata:Wikimedia_Commons.

Cheers
Lydia
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Fabrice Florin | 29 Oct 01:51 2014
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Media Viewer Update: More Improvements

Hi everyone,

We just released a few more improvements to Media Viewer, based on community feedback:

* An easier way to disable Media Viewer for personal use
* Re-enable Media Viewer from a file page
* Rename File page button: "Open in Media Viewer"
* Make MediaViewer text larger in Monobook

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.

The new Disable/Enable features make it much easier to turn Media Viewer on or off, by clicking on a prominent 'cogs' icon, as described in the Help FAQ (2). 

Next, we are working on this last 'must-have’ improvement for this release:
* a caption or description right below the image

These improvements are based on the most frequent requests from our recent community consultation (3) and user research (4). Learn more about these features on the Media Viewer Improvements page (5), and please let us know what you think on the Media Viewer talk page (6). 

Many thanks to all the community members who suggested these improvements. Our user research so far confirms that they provide a better experience for readers and casual editors, our target audience for Media Viewer.

We will send one more update in mid-November, once all these improvements has been released and tested.

Regards as ever,


Fabrice and the Multimedia Team



(1) Pictures of the Day on Commons: 
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Picture_of_the_day#mediaviewer/File:Meenikunno_maastikukaiteala.jpg

(2) Help page:
https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Help:Extension:Media_Viewer#How_can_I_turn_off_this_feature.3F
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Yana Welinder | 27 Oct 18:50 2014
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Re-licensing Wikimedia logos on Commons to CC BY-SA 3.0

Hi folks,


I'm happy to announce that we are re-licensing the Wikimedia logos on Commons to CC BY-SA 3.0: https://blog.wikimedia.org/2014/10/24/wikimedia-logos-have-been-freed/


I would really appreciate your help with replacing the {{Copyright by Wikimedia}}[1] templates on the logos with the {{Wikimedia trademark}}[2] and {{cc-by-sa-3.0}}[3] templates. But we don't want to replace templates on the MediaWiki[4] and the Community[5] logos, which were originally released under free licenses.


There are also some pages on Commons, like this one[6], that may need to be updated based on the re-licensed logos.


Thanks,

Yana


[1] https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Template:Copyright_by_Wikimedia

[2] https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Template:Wikimedia_trademark

[3] https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Template:Cc-by-sa-3.0

[4] https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:MediaWiki.svg

[5] https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wikimedia_Community_Logo.svg

[6] https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Licensing



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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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