Submissions:2022/View it! tool: utilizing Structured Data on Commons for image discovery

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This submission has been accepted for WikiConference North America 2022.


View it! tool: utilizing Structured Data on Commons for image discovery


Saturday Longer Sessions

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Abstract: View it! is a user script and Toolforge-hosted media search tool to show Wikimedia users (editors and readers) Wikimedia Commons depicting– or otherwise related to– the article they are viewing. View it! helps editors easily find and add relevant items to a given Wikimedia page and can be used across all Wikimedia projects and language versions. The tool allows users access to the full catalog of relevant, tagged images on Wikimedia Commons vs the finite, highly curated images you may find on a Wikipedia article or Wikidata item.

View it! has refined its search capabilities and now offers a standard and advanced search option. The team will walk attendees through View it!’s capabilities and structured data usage and discuss the user interface’s final manifestation. We will show how results have changed throughout the development process and discuss ways View it! has been found helpful by early adopters. View it! is currently available for installation, and we will discuss our efforts for language localization—and invite participants to install and provide feedback for the team.

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Author name:

Dominic Byrd-McDevitt (User:Dominic), Kevin Payravi (User:SuperHamster), Jamie Flood (User:JamieF)

E-mail address:

Wikimedia username:

Dominic, SuperHamster, JamieF

Affiliated organization(s):

Wikimedia DC, Wikimedia Ohio, Wikimedia Indiana, Digital Public Library of American, US Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Library

Estimated time:

1 hour please - 30-40 minute presentation, time for questions and discussions

Special requests:

Have you presented on this topic previously? If yes, where/when?:

Yes, we did an introductory presentation during Wikimania for a few people and during a WREN meeting.

If your submission is not accepted, would you be open to presenting your topic in another part of the program? (e.g. lightning talk or unconference session)