Submissions:2016/Video and Multimedia in Wikipedia: Today and Tomorrow

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Video and Multimedia in Wikipedia: Today and Tomorrow
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Type of submission
Andrew Lih
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Associate professor of journalism, American University; Wikimedia DC; WikiConference planning team
File:WikiConference North America 2016 - Video & Rich Media - What Needs Doing.pdf

This presentation has been refactored from the original [1] version proposed by Jan Ainali, with his permission.

SUMMARY: We present the state of the video uploading to Wikimedia Commons and use in the Wikimedia projects as of 2016. It will provide an introduction to the landscape for beginners while discussing new developments in video and multimedia for the future.

AUDIENCE: This will provide a an overview of the video standards and challenges to those unfamiliar with video in Wikipedia, while also informing advanced users about the innovations in the past year and development directions.

PANELISTS: Andrew Lih started the project Wiki Makes Video in 2011. Possible participation from Brion Vibber, WMF; Roger MacDonald, Internet Archive.

It will be divided in a number of parts:

  • Introduction to what videos are accepted on Wikimedia Commons, with comments relevant from both a technical and a community standpoint. We provide some numbers and statistics on how video is being used, and a brief tutorial on conversion methods will be shown.
  • An overview of the available tools for the actual uploading will be presented, as well as where each individual tool have an advantage. The tools video2commons, videoconvert and the Upload wizard will be touched upon. Some restrictions that might affect some of these tools will also be mentioned as to give the uploader the best possible options.
  • Where might video be suitable for an article and what might not? The talk will focus on how to record videos that specifically will be useful for articles on Wikipedia. Tips on both hardware and software will be included. Everything from mobile phones to high end camcorders will be touched upon.
  • Best practices regarding subtitles (also known as “timed text” on Commons) will also be included. External tools that can be of help will mentioned. This section will include short points on what templates may be used.
  • Future development will be discussed, including progress on Brion Vibber's ogv.js code to play video in any modern browser, and a collaborative video editing solution developed by Mozilla Foundation, and furthered by the Internet Archive and other open source developers. We will also show some interesting experiments with other types of multimedia related to video, such as photospheres.
  • Finally we want to open discussion on how they want to include video in their local project.
Length of presentation
20-30 minutes, or longer to 60 minutes if provided a training session track
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Preferred room size
25 (but perhaps the organizers have a better sense of the interest of this topic in the local area
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