Sebastiaan ter Burg | 2 Mar 14:14 2015
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[Wikivideo-l] No longer working for Wikimedia Nederland

Hello everyone,


I am no longer working for Wikimedia Nederland as of March 1, 2015. I’ve had the privilege to work on numerous projects that contributed to the availability and the use of free knowledge and content of the cultural sector. I want to thank everyone I’ve worked with over the last two years.


Wikimedia Nederland and I have agreed to part ways. Don’t worry, I’ll stay active in the field of open knowledge and open content, as a freelance advisor and producer.


Current projects will be taken over by colleagues at Wikimedia Nederland. Please contact one of the following people about these projects:


You can reach me personally at sebastiaan-/++FDLD2lbiEVqv0pETR8A@public.gmane.org, my mobile number stays the same: +31 6 480 88 615.


With kinds regards,


Sebastiaan


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Victor Grigas | 24 Feb 20:42 2015
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[Wikivideo-l] #Edit2015 at Wikimania 2015

Hi everyone,

I'm hoping to present at Wikimania about the video I produced to mark the end of 2014 through the lens of Wikipedia;


 and how we can open up collaboration to make a new video for 2015. I'd like to start a discussion about it on this thread. Here is the link to the Wikimania submission:

https://wikimania2015.wikimedia.org/wiki/Submissions/Edit2015_-_A_community-curated_Year-in-Review_video

Basically, I think that 
1.) #Edit2014 serves as a proof-of concept
2.) The majority (or all) the pre-production for #Edit2015 can be open and collaborative
3.) We don't have a collaborative editing platform (yet), so I'd like to focus on one unknown element at a time, in this case, pre-production and making it collaborative.

I'm open to hear people's thoughts!

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Keegan Peterzell | 19 Feb 21:11 2015
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Structured data on Commons update

Greetings,

After a delay in updates to the Structured data on Commons[1] project, I wanted to catch you up with what has been going on over the past three months. In short: The project is on hold, but that doesn't mean nothing is happening.

The meeting in Berlin[2] in October provided the engineering teams with a lot to start on. Unfortunately the Structured Data on Commons project was put on hold not too long after this meeting. Development of the actual Structured data system for Commons will not begin until more resources can be allocated to it.

The Wikimedia Foundation and Wikimedia Germany have been working to improve the Wikidata query process on the back-end. This is designed to be a production-grade replacement of WikidataQuery integrated with search. The full project is described at Mediawiki.org[3].This will benefit the structured data project greatly since developing a high-level search for Commons is a desired goal of this project.

The Wikidata development team is working on the arbitrary access feature. Currently it's only possible to access items that are connected to the current page. So for example on Vincent van Gogh you can access the statements on Q5582, but you can't access these statements on Commons at Category:Vincent van Gogh or Creator:Vincent van Gogh. With arbitrary access enabled on Commons we no longer have this limitation. This opens up the possibility to use Wikidata data on Creator, Institution, Authority control and other templates instead of duplicating the data (what we do now). This will greatly enhance the usefulness of Wikidata for Commons. 

To use the full potential of arbitrary access the Commons community needs to reimplement several templates in LUA. In LUA it's possible to use the local fields and fallback to Wikidata if it's not locally available. Help with this conversion is greatly appreciated. The different tasks are tracked in Phabricator[4]. 

Volunteers are continuing to add data about artworks to Wikidata. Sometimes an institution website is used and sometimes data is being transfered from Commons to Wikidata. Wikidata now has almost 35.000 items about paintings. This is done as part of the Wikidata WikiProject "Sum of All Paintings"[5]. This helps us to learn how to refine metadata structure about artworks. Experience that will of course be very useful for Commons too.

Additionally, the metadata cleanup drive continues to produce results[6]. The drive, which is intended to identify files missing {{information}} or the like structured data fields and to add such fields when absent, has reduced the number of files missing information by almost 100,000 on Commons. You can help by looking for files[7] with similarly-formatted description pages, and listing them at Commons:Bots/Work requests[8] so that a bot can add the {{information}} template on them.

At the Amsterdam Hackathon in November 2014, a couple of different models were developed about how artwork can be viewed on the web using structured data from Wikidata. You can browse two examples[9][10]. These examples can give you an idea of the kind of data that file pages have the potential to display on-wiki in the future.

The Structured Data project is a long-term one, and the volunteers and staff will continue working together to provide the structure and support in the back-end toward front-end development. There are still many things to do to help advance the project, and I hope to have more news for you in the near future. Contact me any time with questions, comments, concerns. 


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Fabrice Florin | 18 Feb 09:29 2015
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Media Viewer 2014 Reports

Hi folks,

The multimedia team completed a review of Media Viewer in recent weeks, and we'd like to share a few highlights of what we learned from this project in 2014.

1. Research
Here are some key findings from our research about this product:
• Media Viewer serves a lot more images than before (17M intentional views/day)
• Most users keep Media Viewer enabled (99.5% enabled)
• Media Viewer key features were found easy to use
• Media Viewer is more useful for readers than active editors

More information can be found in this Media Viewer Research 2014 report: 

See also these companion slides for a visual presentation of more findings: 

2. Retrospective
The multimedia team also discussed lessons learned from this project in 2014, identifying what worked and what didn’t work, in order to inform future product development.

Here are some highlights of that team review.

The Media Viewer project ran from July 2013 to November 2014 and was more challenging than expected. While the product received favorable or neutral feedback on most Wikimedia sites, it was met with negative reactions from many contributors on the English and German Wikipedias, as well as on Wikimedia Commons. This caused the team to work longer than planned, to improve features based on user feedback.

What worked well:
• Detailed activity and performance metrics.
• Design research -- before and after implementing a feature.
• Working with community champions in different projects.
• Agile development process and tools.
• Unit tests to improve the code.

What didn't work well:
• Many community discussions did not effectively inform product development.
• Surveys were not representative, because they were optional.
• We lacked the tools to get productive feedback from different user groups.
• Juggling feature and platform development at the same time was hard.
• Scope creep; the workload kept growing beyond available resources.
• No clear success metric; we couldn't tell if we had met our goal.

More findings can be found in this Media Viewer Retrospective summary:

Please let us know if you have any questions about this research or retrospective. You’re also welcome to add your feedback on the Media Viewer talk page:
https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension_talk:Media_Viewer/About#Media_Viewer_2014_Reports 

I'm grateful to all the team members who worked on these documents, especially Gergő and Gilles. These findings can help us better understand how Media Viewer serves our users — and how we can improve not only this product but also our development and release process.  

This will be my last post on behalf of the multimedia team, as I have now transitioned into a new role at the Wikimedia Foundation, working as Movement Communications Manager. Senior engineer Gilles Dubuc is now leading the multimedia team and can answer questions related to upcoming projects.

I’d like to thank all the community members who worked closely with us on this project, as well as my colleagues on the multimedia and product teams. We learned a lot together, and I really enjoyed creating a better product with you all. I look forward to more collaborations in coming years.  

Regards as ever,


Fabrice


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Manuel Schneider | 15 Feb 13:25 2015
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[Wikivideo-l] Talking Video at Wikimania

Dear all,

in the last week there was a lot of work going on behind the scenes. The
Video Editing Server (Schnittserver) is up running and functional, there
have been visits and conference call with the Wikimedia Foundation and
the Internet Archive etc.

There was consensus that we want to do joint presentations at Wikimania
what has been done, the tools we have and what we want to do in the
future. Also we want to meet again like we did last year at the Video
Lunch and shape our future.

So I was bold and drafted some Wikimania submissions and ask you to join
in. Please feel free to modify the abstract! This is just a first draft
for submissions of all of us.

https://wikimania2015.wikimedia.org/wiki/Submissions/Podemos!_How_Videos_are_bringing_Wikimedia_to_the_next_Level
 - content-oriented projects, what has been done

https://wikimania2015.wikimedia.org/wiki/Submissions/Video_Production_Tools_and_Community_in_the_Wikiverse
 - tech-oriented, tools existing, ongoing development

https://wikimania2015.wikimedia.org/wiki/Submissions/Video_Community_Coordination_Roundtable
 - working meeting, continuation of last year's video lunch

Thanks!

Manuel
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Fabrice Florin | 7 Feb 01:19 2015
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Help find great images about love

Hello everyone,

What is your favorite image or media about love?

As millions prepare to celebrate Valentine’s Day around the world, we’d like to know how the topic of
love is covered on Wikipedia and its sister projects, for a special blog post at the end of next week.

We’re looking for great wiki articles, images, sounds or videos on this topic -- from platonic to
fraternal or romantic love. 

Please add your suggestions on this email thread -- or on one of these pages:

On the Blog:
http://blog.wikimedia.org/2015/02/06/wiki-articles-about-love/

On Meta:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Love_on_the_wikis

Be sure to include a link, with a sentence or two about why you picked it! 

We welcome your suggestions until Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015 at midnight PST. 

We'll post some of your top picks next Friday on the Wikimedia Blog and social media --  just in time for
Valentine’s Day. 

Thanks for sharing the love :)

Fabrice 
on behalf of the WMF Comms team

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Brion Vibber | 5 Feb 14:30 2015
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TimedMediaHandler ogv.js patch status check

I've done an update pass on the patch to TimedMediaHandler adding my ogv.js JavaScript Ogg Theora/Vorbis playback engine for IE 10/11 and Safari 6.1+ users:

https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T63823

It now comes in two parts:
* https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/#/c/165477/ - libraries only
* https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/#/c/165478/ - TMH modifications for desktop only

(I wasn't happy with the mobile video overlay in the third patch and have abandoned it for now, will rewrite it soon but want to sync up with mobile web team on integration issues.)

This version should pretty much "just work" on desktops/laptops, including seeking, and the JS console spam should be gone now. If folks have strong preferences on my plugin code, do let me know and I will tweak further. :)


I have a live wiki running at http://ogvjs-testing.wmflabs.org/ -- note that thumbnail images of some videos there are broken due to some kind of InstantCommons issue but the actual video plays through.

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Gergo Tisza | 28 Jan 01:37 2015
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Google Code-in accomplishments

Hi,

we had a great Google Code-in contest this year. Of the 28 multimedia-related tasks we had, 23 were closed, thanks to three very talented students, Danny (unicodesnowman), Geoffrey (Sn1per) and Mateusz (m4tx). Thanks all for participating and improving MediaWiki, it was a pleasure to work with you! I was continuously impressed by the high quality of the patches.

The full list of improvements/fixes:
  • Media Viewer now handles custom attributions (T67445) and the {{multiple image}} template (T85354), displays copy-pastable file names (T76680), uses the alt text if available (T66519, T75923), and some small UX/DX/metrics issues have been fixed (T71233T77272T68329T76923T75962). Progress was made towards warnings for trademarks (T77717) and a guided tour (T77726), and a prototype was made to test alternative history navigation strategies (T64266).
  • CommonsMetadata returns most dates in a sane format (T66014T63701) and is more flexible about styling in descriptions (T69887).
  • JSHint is now voting for VipsScaler (T63643).
  • Images are now served with a Timing-Allow-Origin header to expose more timing information (T76020).
  • Several bugs were fixed (T74084T86389T86032).

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Gilles Dubuc | 15 Jan 15:30 2015
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Swift thumbnail storage stopgap measure idea

Erik came up with the following suggestion on the whole thumbnails-stored-in-swift issue: would it be possible to store thumbnails in a separate Swift cluster than originals, and have the replica count setting for the thumbnail swift cluster set to 1?

The rationale being that this would solve the main issue of storage space waste without having to learn/test/deploy a new tool.
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Gabriel Wicke | 13 Jan 21:44 2015
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Wikia's thumbnailer service

Hi,

Wikia have developed a thumbnailer service called vignette, and are currently using to to serve about 50% of their thumbnail traffic:

https://github.com/Wikia/vignette

It's based on Clojure and imagemagick. License is eclipse, so pretty liberal.

Gabriel
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Alexandros Kosiaris | 13 Jan 17:10 2015
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Re: [Ops] Image serving performance discoveries

> cp1067 miss (0), cp1054 frontend miss (0)
> and not
> cp1053 miss (0), amssq43 miss (0), amssq48 frontend miss (0)
>
> (This might be a good time to ask, what do three varnish entries even mean?
> AFAIK we only have to tiers, front and back.)

Two tiers per DC (caching or otherwise). However it is a design
decision that the varnishes in the caching DCs (like esams where
amssq43,48 live) instead of passing directly to the mediawiki
appservers in the main DCs, go through the varnishes in the main DCs
(eqiad right now)

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