Fabrice Florin | 24 Apr 23:13 2014
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Media Viewer Launches on More Pilot Sites

Greetings!

I’m happy to announce that we just enabled Media Viewer by default on nine more pilot sites: Czech, Estonian, Finnish, Hebrew, Polish, Romanian, Thai, Slovak, and Vietnamese Wikipedias. 

1. Overview
We’re releasing Media Viewer gradually, a few wikis at a time, to test it carefully before deploying to the next batch of sites. So far, the tool has been well received on our first pilot sites: Catalan, Hungarian and Korean Wikipedias, as well as on English Wikivoyage, as outlined below. Next Thursday, we plan to deploy to some of our first large wikis: Dutch, French, Japanese, Spanish and Swedish Wikipedias. Learn more about this release plan here:
We’re now logging about 336,000 image views per day on a global basis, as shown on this graph: 

About half of these views are coming from the Hungarian Wikipedia, and the rest from Wikimedia Commons, English Wikipedia and other pilots. More metrics dashboards are available for selected sites on this page: 

3. Performance
We are now tracking image load performance globally, and fist results suggest that images take over a second to load on average (50th percentile), but can take up to 5 seconds when looking at worst case for most users (90th percentile), as shown in this graph: 

We’re also encouraged by early comparisons of the time it takes to open an image with Media Viewer versus on a Commons File, the current default: the mean load times for these two methods seem to be very close, on the order of 2-3 seconds on a cold cache, as shown in this preliminary graph:

4. Surveys
We are now running surveys in multiple languages, to validate whether or not this feature is useful to readers and editors alike. Overall response so far is generally favorable. Here are the current results:
* English Survey: 64% find the tool useful, 12% don’t find it useful, 24% are not sure (50)
* Hungarian Survey: 47% find the tool useful, 47% don’t find it useful, 5% are not sure (268)
* Catalan Survey: 62% find the tool useful, 15% don’t find it useful, 23% are not sure (13)

We’re also starting new surveys in French, German and Portuguese. You can find links to live results and comments from all these surveys here:

5. Usability
For the past few months, we have been running a series of usability studies, with positive results. Testers are typically able to complete most common tasks successfully, and they have helped us find new ways to improve the user experience for areas they found confusing.   
https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Multimedia/Media_Viewer/Usability_testing

6. Your feedback
How can we improve Media Viewer? Are there any critical issues that should be addressed for this first release? Please let us know what you think of this tool — and join other users from around the world on this discussion page:
https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Talk:Multimedia/About_Media_Viewer

We’d also be grateful if you could take this quick survey, to let us know how Media Viewer works for you. It only takes a minute and means a lot to us:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/media-viewer-1?c=email

Many thanks to all the team and community members who made this launch possible!

Enjoy,


Fabrice — for the Multimedia Team


P.S.: New improvements take about 2 weeks to get deployed to all wikis. If you would like to test the latest version of Media Viewer, follow the test tips on this demo page on MediaWiki.org:
https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Lightbox_demo

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Fabrice Florin | 17 Apr 23:00 2014
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Media Viewer Launches on First Pilot Sites

Hi folks,

I’m happy to let you know that Media Viewer has just deployed on our first pilot sites today!

1. First Pilots
We just released Media Viewer enabled by default on Catalan, Hungarian and Korean Wikipedias, as well as
English Wikivoyage. Next Thursday, we plan to deploy to more pilot sites: Czech, Estonian, Finnish,
Hebrew, Polish, Romanian, Thai, Slovak, and Vietnamese. Try it out for yourself on the Hungarian Wikipedia:
https://hu.wikipedia.org

2. First Metrics
MediaWiki.org, we jumped from 100 image views per day to 1k/day, about a 10 x increase. And on Commons it was
much higher, due to the ‘View Expanded’ button: from 240 image views per day to 24k/day yesterday —
that’s a 100 x increase ! You can track the adoption of this tool on these first metrics dashboards. 
http://multimedia-metrics.wmflabs.org/dashboards/mmv

3. Share your feedback
Please let us know what you think of Media Viewer — and join other beta users from around the world on this
discussion page:
https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Talk:Multimedia/About_Media_Viewer

If you’re short on time, please take this quick survey to let us know how Media Viewer works for you:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/media-viewer-1?c=email

Many thanks to all the team and community members who made this launch possible!

Enjoy,

Fabrice — for the Multimedia Team

P.S.: If you haven’t tried Media Viewer yet, follow the test tips on this demo page on MediaWiki.org:
https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Lightbox_demo

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Fabrice Florin | 16 Apr 09:19 2014
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Your feedback on Media Viewer

Hi folks,

We’d love to hear what you think of Media Viewer, our new multimedia browser, as we get ready to release it more widely in coming weeks.

Is Media Viewer useful to you? What do you like most? least? How can we improve this tool? Are there any critical improvements we should consider before launch?

Here are three ways you can share your feedback about this new viewing experience:

1. Join our IRC chat
We’re hosting a live IRC chat in a few hours, this Wed. Apr. 9 at 18:00 UTC on #wikimedia-office. 

All are welcome! Drop by to meet the team, share your comments, ask questions about this release, or make suggestions for improvement.


2. Discuss this tool
Meet other beta users from around the world on our Media Viewer discussion page. Here, we talk about new features, bugs and ideas with our community.


3. Take a quick survey
Can you tell us how Media Viewer works for you? It only takes a minute and means a lot to us.


Hope to hear from you on one of these channels. Your feedback will help us improve the tool and launch it more smoothly.

Speak to you soon,


Fabrice — for the Multimedia Team


P.S.: If you haven’t tried Media Viewer yet, visit this test page on MediaWiki.org:



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Fabrice Florin | 10 Apr 21:33 2014
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Media Viewer Launches on MediaWiki.org

Greetings!

I am happy to let you know that we have just launched Media Viewer 0.2 on our first pilot site, MediaWiki.org, where it is now enabled by default for all users (previously, it was only available as a Beta Feature). 

Media Viewer aims to improve the multimedia viewing experience on Wikipedia and Wikimedia sites, to display images in larger size and with less clutter — as well as invite more people to use our images.

We invite you to try out this new tool today, which you can do on this test page:

Please let us know what you think on this discussion page:

You can learn more about this new feature here:
https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Multimedia/About_Media_Viewer

After this first pilot, we plan to enable Media Viewer by default for these next pilot sites:
• April 17 - Confirmed: Catalan, Hungarian, Korean, English Wikivoyage 
• April 24 - Proposed: Czech, Estonian, Finnish, Hebrew, Polish, Romanian, Thai, Slovak, Vietnamese

Based on these first pilot results, we plan wider releases on larger wikis in the following weeks, with a goal to deploy to all wikis next month. Our release schedule will be based on new findings at each stage of deployment. If this product performs well and meets user needs, we may accelerate the deployment pace -- or we may slow it down for some sites, as needed. 

More details are available on our updated Release Plan:

To discuss this release and review the final product together, we invite you to join our next IRC chat, on Wed. Apr. 9 at 18:00 UTC (11am PT). We also invite you to try out the tool on your own wikis, where it is available for early testing as a Beta Feature in your user preferences, as described above.

Please let us know if you have any questions, suggestions or comments about this release. And many thanks to all the community members who helped create this feature with us in recent months! 

We look forward to bringing a richer multimedia experience to your community very soon. 

Regards as ever,


Fabrice
on behalf of the Multimedia Team

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Michael Maggs | 9 Apr 19:44 2014

New Commons RFC on changing the Precautionary principle to tackle the URAA problem

I have made a proposal to relax the scope of the Commons so-called Precautionary principle to allow the site to host more of the locally public domain files that are being deleted because of the US URAA law, and also to keep more photos that have freedom of panorama in their home country but which might (or might not) be copyright-protected in the US.

This proposal comes out of an extremely long and complicated argument about copyright, which you don't necessarily need to get into, but it is an attempt to allow Commons to host more media files while at the same time ensuring that the site remains fully legal under US law.  We can legally take a much more nuanced position than 'Definitely Free' or 'Definitely Unfree', which is pretty much what we do at present.

Some editors have suggested ignoring US law, which the WMF simply cannot allow to happen, and this is an attempt to allow us to keep more non-US Public Domain material while still remaining on the right side of US law.

Put simply, do you agree that Commons should aim to host more files that are public domain in their home country even if they *might* still be copyright-protected in the US?

Please contribute here:


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Esther St. Juste Bondi | 7 Apr 15:30 2014
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Rainer Rillke | 28 Mar 16:22 2014
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[GSoC] Chemical Markup support for Wikimedia Commons

Chemical Markup support for Wikimedia Commons has been a feature
requested for a long time[1][2] and now I think it's time to act. Please
consider my GSoC proposal[3]. I will focus on molecules and reactions,
both supported by MDL molfiles, through a media file handler and a
JavaScript front end.

Spectra and analytical data, chemical crystallography and materials --
this is somewhat more complicated and I think; let's start it simple. If
there is sufficient time to play with CML after implementing MOL file
support, no one prevents us from doing so. But past experience has shown
that even simple projects grew into dimensions that were not expected
resulting in software that is not ready to use till today.

Curious about your opinion.

Kind regards
Rainer Rillke

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[1] http://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikitech-l/2004-June/010715.html
[2] http://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikitech-l/2013-April/068573.html
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https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/User:Rillke/Chemical_Markup_support_for_Wikimedia_Commons

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Andrew Gray | 27 Mar 20:31 2014
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Challenge: develop tools to track and identify reuse of PD material

Here's an interesting project from the British Library - interesting
both because people may wish to enter (there's £25000 available), and
because it touches on a lot of the same questions we have about the
value and impact of content donations

http://britishlibrary.typepad.co.uk/digital-scholarship/2014/03/tracking-public-domain-re-use-in-the-wild.html
https://ictomorrow.innovateuk.org/web/digital-innovation-contest-data/british-library

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The British Library has a large and growing collection of material in
the public domain, available through online platforms, such as Flickr
(www.flickr.com/photos/britishlibrary) and Wikimedia Commons, for
anyone to use, remix and repurpose. However, once released online, the
British Library has little way of following that content as it is
re-used, which makes it difficult to measure any creative and economic
benefit.

The successful solution will allow public institutions to better
quantify and optimise the economic impact of releasing content into
the public domain (...)

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- Andrew Gray
  andrew.gray <at> dunelm.org.uk

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David Gerard | 27 Mar 20:30 2014
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ccv 0.6 open sources near state-of-the-art image classifier under Creative Commons

http://libccv.org/post/ccv-0.6-open-sources-near-state-of-the-art-image-classifier-under-creative-commons/

Has anyone played with this?

- d.

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Samuel Klein | 27 Mar 05:04 2014
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Re: LinkedIn forward

Please ignore the previous mail.  I'm not sure what happened; sorting it out with the intended recipient.

Back to the amazing galleries from the Kosovo Wikiacademy...

SJ

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