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Framing and starting a project[edit]

To create a new wiki, start an initial site right away! You can start it on an existing wiki such as this one, in your userspace (to brainstorm), or on a wikifarm (wiki:WikiFarm). Use this as a demo to later be promoted to a Wikimedia Foundation project if there is sufficient interest. You may want to read the Wikipedia timeline and Wiki page on uses of a wiki.

  • Proposal archives: 1, 2, 3
  • Discussion archives: 1, 2, 3, 4

Before posting a new project idea:[edit]

Feel free to make informal proposals here, or to discuss the main proposals page. To take responsibility for a proposal, post it on the main page in the recommended format.

Informal Project Proposals[edit]

WikiReferences/WikiLibrary/WikiImpactFactor/ISSN/ISBN...[edit]

Proposers Xtv (17 August 2010).   Mailing list request:
Overview 'There are two different projects which can be developed in a single project: collecting all possible (notable) references of the world. One project refers to ISBN and the second is about ISSN.
  • First common part: List of all editorials (with their relevant information), list of authors, list of categories (art, science, ...), ...
  • First project: A list of all (notable) publications: all books published in our history, with the corresponding ISBN (if exists), title, etc., and linking to the previous lists of editorials, authors, categories, etc.
  • Second project: The same as in the first project, but with journals (ISSN) and articles. For every article, all references to other articles should be included.
  • Common possibilities: compute impact factors, data mining with impact factors (who cites who? discard self-citations, periodicity of publications, ...), links to googleBooks, to googleScholar, links to all libraries in the world showing if they have the desired book, create automatic LaTeX references for every article/book, etc. There is a huge need from many libraries and institutions to have a unified catalogue of books, journals and publications in general, to share information, etc. Now there exist some institutions (Thomson's Web of Knowledge among others), who partially do this job, but it is expensive, it is not free (a particular can not consult it), in many cases it is biased, etc. This wikimedia project could become a reference to find a book/article. In a future, all amazon webpages (and googleBooks, googleScholar, libraries, universities, book stores...) could link to this project. Could we make our wiki-impact factor the most valuable impact factor existing?'
    Demos:
Other names WikiReferences/WikiLibrary/WikiImpactFactor....   Potential domains : .
Related projects: wikibooks

WikiTroubleshooting/WikiWizard/WikiWiz/WikiSolve/WikiFix[edit]

Proposers Ziyuanyao (4 May 2010).   Mailing list request:
Overview 'Wikipedia provides factual knowledge (e.g. 7th-grade geometry) but not problem-solving capabilities (e.g. helping a visitor solve his geometry problem). A hypertext system like a wiki can implement a step-by-step wizard (a "troubleshooting wizard" is simply a set of static web pages; examples include Windows XP's Troubleshooter help system, http://www1.linksys.com/support/troubleshoot/routers/index.html , http://support.plato.com/ple/troubleshooting.asp , http://www.fixyourdlp.com/wizard/launch-window.html, http://support.hubris.net/dialup/wizard/ ) that lets a visitor incrementally select symptoms of his problem, and finally the wizard leads to a wiki page that shows possible causes for and solutions to his problem. Any problem in life can be included in this wiki. For example, the visitor can start at a "Troubleshooting Your Health Problem" portal, and the portal lets the visitor select a body part that feels uncomfortable, and subsequent wizard pages let him select more specific symptoms, until enough symptoms are specified so that a final wizard page can show possible diseases and their causes and solutions. Like Wikipedia, WikiTroubleshooting should cite credible references. Medical troubleshooting pages may also use a warning and disclaimer to remind the visitor to check other credible sources before accepting any advice.'
Demos:
Other names WikiTroubleshooting/WikiWizard/WikiWiz/WikiSolve/WikiFix....   Potential domains : .
Related projects:

WikiGovernment[edit]

Proposers Skytalk (10 February 2010).   Mailing list request:
Overview 'Gathering data from all the governments in the world to compare and provide feedback while also supplying a source of information for other governments'
Demos:
Other names WikiGovernment or WikiBestGov.   Potential domains : .
Related projects:

Using the Wiki technique we can apply it to Government to build something very compelling, helping all nations but also significantly helping underprivileged nations.

I propose a new wiki resource - WikiGovernment - ‘Best Practices for Government’

This would allow governments from around the world to discuss the best approach (using measurable outcomes) and pool their resources. Think about how many governments around the world pay money to find out something that probably every other government has already found out.

It would be an enormous resource for developing countries trying to find their way, without the budget of the developed world. If we are looking at the betterment of human kind I can think of no clearer course than combining all government knowledge and resources to get us started on our way. It doesn’t have to just stop at knowledge either…Imagine open source payroll systems, paid for by an Australian Government, used by Ethiopia. The opportunities are vast if not endless.

Skytalk 12:54, 6 February 2010 (UTC)

BioWiki[edit]

Seabanks 13:25, 27 October 2009 (UTC)

Ummm, what is this supposed to be? --Yair rand 15:31, 27 October 2009 (UTC)
A Wiki for all bios of people. 72.73.125.14 16:07, 27 October 2009 (UTC)
Any reason why biographies would have their own project instead of being held on Wikipedia the way they are now? --Yair rand 17:07, 27 October 2009 (UTC)
Just putting it out there Yair rand you never know someone might come around and want to contribute to it. Seabanks 03:09, 28 October 2009 (UTC)
I do not understand. Contribute to what? People could only contribute to it once it became a project, which it most likely won't because it overlaps with an existing project. Or, if you are not proposing a new project but attempting to advertise an existing one as you did above, please be aware that that is NOT the purpose of this page. --Yair rand 04:25, 28 October 2009 (UTC)
Wikipedia bios are for "notable" people only. 172.165.81.229 12:03, 11 November 2009 (UTC)

MyWikipedia[edit]

Proposers User:subcomandante84 (04 October 2009).   Mailing list request: none yet
Overview MyWikipedia, customization of Website, or social communities has become a trend, you have it on myspace, facebook, or all the other social communities. What i would mean with MyWikipedia would mean, that the user could choose, the layout of his Wikipedia, change the colour, fonts, regroup his own Wikipedia Startscreen. There are people who are not interested in all categories of Wikipedia, so they could get the themes there are interested in, and without having to search for long, they sign in through MyWikipedia and with every LogIn they get there customized Wikipedia Startpage, they see on a chronik which articles they have read and get suggestions for articles which could be from interest to them. Web has become interaktiv today, the user wants to customize his favourite pages like he wants. Its not my thinking, but a lot of people nowadays are thinking like that, and perhaps they are bored of the everytime same Startscreen of Wikipedia, its not a critic, its not my thinking, but there are people thinking like that. But for gathering more users perhaps sometimes its not that bad to follow trends.
Demos: none yet
Other names MyWikipedia.   Potential domains : mywikipedia.org.
Related projects: none
Comments

RealGovWiki[edit]

I'm posting a news release for RealGov.com below, which I hope will suffice for a proposal. My apologies if this is not the accepted format or protocol. This is being done through a non-profit, while the concept was developed by Edison Innovations.

While it is called RealGov now, it could be WikiGov or something similar. Even if Wiki Foundation isn't interested in doing this, we would like to and seek those who are experienced with MediaWiki to help implement the project.

WikiPrice[edit]

Wouldn't it be great to know the price of any item sold anywhere in the world via any merchant on any given date? It would be a great database updated constantly by people worldwide to track the prices of all items sold anytime. Data can then be used to track trends, price differentials across regions etc. It would be like a twitter for prices.

Proposer
User:Crimsonarcher (19 June 2009)- vishwanath.donti@gmail.com
Date
19 June 2009
Backstory

I noticed gas price sites would publish the latest on gas prices at various locations, and i could search and find the station where it was the cheapest. Now imagine the same information, but available for all goods solds worldwide. For e.g if you bought an Ipod from Apple Store on a given data for a set price, you can publish it on the wiki. Now imagine millions of people doing the same, and then we can track how prices are moving region wise, how there are differentials based on economic conditions, obsolescence of products and so on. It would be a great tool to spread market efficiency on all products.... it would help companies plan their pricing strategies, consumers would be more well aware of prices of common goods available closer to home etc... -- Vishwanath Donti

WikiCalendar[edit]

This would automatically work with various national calendars.
It would include categories, so that on any day of the year, you can show/hide categories.
There would be views: Day, week, month, timeline.
You could add your own calendar events with Template:Personal which turns to your own user category.

Template:Work Template:All day event.

Categories can be public or group enabled.
There would be of course groups, which further filter down the information.
This way, I can see all events that have to do with my family (so they interest only me), or with some dynasty my family is in. Or some historic fact I wish to follow (World War I), or history of Boka-Wina.
I can then add information to the dates as I discover it. Pashute 15:11, 14 July 2009 (UTC)

WikiPeople[edit]

A separate wiki space where full detailes of the wiki member can be added. They may include Pic there short history by themselves, birth place, home town, ther interests and many more things. It would be like a chain linkes as there details would redirect to information stored on wiki server, eg home town delhi, then clicking on delhi will link to details about delhi on wikipedia and many more lins like it. and moreover the people profiles will be available on google search engine so that peple find it easy to know the details of the person searched for . just like an directory. well the profile may contain orkut profile link,facebook link, IM dettails and many more things... Surely its gonna be a success as people will find it very easy to know and search for a particular person on google and get the details and make a contact with them.. well this idea came to me and i pen it down..

Vipul.dhunna 14:46, 20 September 2009 (UTC)Vipul Dhunna (vipul.dhunna@gmail.com)

Wikimedia project of animations and learning games[edit]

I proposal a wikimedia project more dynamic that helps us understand the wikipedia articles and multimedia files of Commons and how they are related. A Wikimedia project that contains animations and educational games on some topic encyclopedic as those in the encarta. Clearly this would be done by progamer and computer and computer animation or amateur who can do a good job.

For example it is easier to know how they are connected organs, systems of the human being with an animation showing the complexity of the human body can be applied equally to other subjects. Another example would show how they have changed the political landscape in Europe since antiquity would be a good idea an animation that shows this issue and can be paused by the observer if desired.

In the case of educational games I remember that in 2004 there encarta assemble one of the Wright brothers' plane, one to assemble the bones of a dinosaur and one on musical instruments in the world and each of these was explained. Also on Encarta 2004 was a learning game animation that will explain the voyage of Magellan, etc.

What they think about this idea? and What is the best way to name it?. Please write me to the Wikipedia in Spanish. --Juan Miguel 04:08, 15 September 2009 (UTC)

Simple English Wikitravel[edit]

A Simplified version of Wikitravel easy to read and write.

Date
13:59, 23 October 2009 (UTC)

A comment: So this doesnt really need to be here anymore if English wikitravel decides to have a simple english wikitravel they will post it somewhere? Seabanks 14:34, 23 October 2009 (UTC)

WikiMovies[edit]

WikiMovies all info on any movie. Seabanks 23:42, 23 October 2009 (UTC)

Wikiimprove[edit]

Proposers User:subcomandante84 (30 September 2009).   Mailing list request: none yet
Overview Wikiimprove would be an own Wiki were you save the articles which are deleted from Wikipedia due to quality problems. Like i understood the idea of the Wikipedia Founders they wanted to creat a modern biblioteca alexandria, a collection of the knowledge of the world. If you delete an article,

the knowledge and also the work of the article, is lost forever, i would classify the articles by quality and articles which can be improved could be saved for the community. So people with special knowledge of certain themes can help people who have perhaps not that knowledge of a certain theme, and so cooperation and also the community aspect of Wikipedia would be maintained. I just read an article of a newspaper who was writing how much articles are being deleted and found that a little sad.
Demos: none yet

Other names Wikiimprove.   Potential domains : wikiimprove.org.
Related projects: none
Comments

Wikicountries[edit]

Proposers User:Esteban97 (27/12/2008 17:21 UTC).   Mailing list request:
Overview A complete encyclopedia about every country.
Demos: Wikicountries
Other names Wikicountries/naming.   Potential domains : .
Related projects:

Wikisaurus[edit]

Proposers User:subcomandante84 (30 September 2009).   Mailing list request: none yet
Overview similar to thesaurus on mobile phones, Wikisaurus, would propose u words, for a faster editing of an article of the Wikipedia, in Openoffice u have a similar function, i found that very practical, it saves time.
Demos: none yet
Other names Wikisaurus.   Potential domains : wikisaurus.org.
Related projects: none
People interested in joining
  1. [[User:|User:]]
Comments
  • There already is on a wiki-based thesaurus on Wiktionary. See wikt:Wiktionary:Wikisaurus. --Yair rand 19:08, 11 October 2009 (UTC)
  • But so why a button to switch on and off wikisaurus in the wiki, is not available? I had found out that project later, but i haven't found out how it is used in the wikipedia --subcomandante84 10:35, 12 October 2009 (UTC)
If you are proposing that Wikipedia have an option to use Wikisaurus in editing, you should probably bring it up in w:Wikipedia:Village pump (proposals) or possibly at the Wikipedia Usability Initiative instead of this page, which is for new projects. --Yair rand 12:15, 12 October 2009 (UTC)

Wikivolution[edit]

Proposers User:subcomandante84 (30 September 2009).   Mailing list request: none yet
Overview Documentation of the development (evolution) of Wikipedia, you can browse through the former Versions of Wikipedia f. ex. 2004, 2005, 2006..., you see the new changes: new uploaded pictures are in the category new uploaded pictures and the new articles in the category new articles, these are functions which are already in Wikipedia, but here everything would be better categorised and collected in one the Wikivolution Wiki, you see the dataamount of the different versions former, new ones, statistics about the user are made, how much data the user uploaded, how much articles, words he wrote on Wikipedia. Its a project to document the Wikipedia for future generations.
Demos: none yet
Other names wikivolution.   Potential domains : wikivolution.org.
Related projects: none
People interested in joining
  1. [[User:|User:]]
Comments
  • What would be the purpose of this project? All former revisions are saved as are lists of user contributions. You just click the History tab at the top of the page to see old revisions. Why would we need a separate project to document changes? --Yair rand 14:21, 21 October 2009 (UTC)
  • I thaught that project as a documentation of the wikipedia, the more Wikipedia grows the more Information it contains, and the more unclear it gets, so by creating a project beside where the evolution of the wiki is stored and documented, it would be first more clear, and you would also have better possibility to search for specific changes, by categories, Time, date,... You could see statistiscs, user related, articles related,... It is not meant as a replacement of the current history, but much more a compliment to show the big changes and steps of Wikipedia, ok was it was just an idea, i just had a few ideas in my head which i wanted to share with the project, and wanted to contribute something to the project.

--subcomandante84 19:08, 26 October 2009 (UTC)

WikiMobile[edit]

Proposers 7cows (28 - December - 2006).   Mailing list request:
Overview a Mobile Wiki page for each Wiki page. This function would allows users to select a summary of text for users on the go (like mobiles) or using devices with limited screen space. Main reason why this would be more sucessful then google: Users on Cellphones (mobiles) generally are paying for Internet data traffic, slow connection and limited small screen to sift through wanted info. A google search would most likely turn a lot of unwanted websites that don't address info that user is specifically looking for and not in a mobile friendly format. If a WikiMobile search was put in place all mobile search requests would be easy to access and a super convenient tool to have on the fly.



Demos:

Other names .   Potential domains : WAPwiki.mobi.
Related projects:
Comments
People interested joining
  1. 7cows
  2. Thunderhead
  3. Desalvionjr - I am able to be a sysop for this project
  4. Robypedia

WikiSMS[edit]

Proposers Lord Anubis (25 December 2007 (merry xmas)).   Mailing list request:
Overview 'A wiki derived from all wiki projects comprising 160 character text explaining various topics/defining various meanings/identifying various people.
Demos:
Other names .   Potential domains : wikisms.org.
Related projects: Texperts, AQA
Comments
  • Well, We all know w:en:Texperts and AQA. These companies respond to SMS questions from the UK via a shortcode. So you text in your question, and you get back an answer in 160 characters. "Who is Bill Gates", or "What is turkey stuffing made of", or "What's the date for easter this year". A similar (perhaps commercial too) wiki can be made, where articles are limited to 1 text (160 characters), or maybe two, such that a person can text in their question ("Bill Gates?", "Turkey Stuffing?", "Easter 2008?") to WikiSMS, and would get the answer immediately. The answers will be set by the community, it will be less work than existing projects, and we already have millions of articles which can be used to extract info from to fit into one SMS. Something to think about !! and dont forget me when you start making millions with this idea wikimedia foundation !!! ;).
People interested in joining 
  1. Karpeth
  2. --That wouldn't be a project but a search interface over existing projects. Platonides 20:57, 22 October 2008 (UTC)
  3. Gigaster


Jobs Wiki[edit]

Take a look at this new demo and post any comments here. Trying to get a feel if there is any interest. Thank you.

atlasatlas.org

The AtlasAtlas Vision Sometimes it's easier to reach for the stars when you have a map to get there. AtlasAtlas aims to catalog every job on the planet and detail what it takes to get those jobs. Naturally, as a wiki, the site is entirely user-driven, relying on people from across the world to describe the jobs they have and how they got there.

20:12, 29 December 2011 (UTC)

How does one post a project to the new projects section? It appears to be locked.[edit]

Larrymac 21:43, 3 March 2009 (UTC)

It is only semi-protected which means you will be able to edit after you have had an account for a few more days. Instead of waiting, you could add your content to this talk page and someone else could copy it over to the proposals page for you. Another option is to post to the mailing list before adding the proposal here. Angela 05:47, 6 March 2009 (UTC)

OK, Angela. Thanks for your help.

Options for page size reduction[edit]

I wandered by Meta and came up with some possibilities for cutting down on the size of this page. There's a form for creating a new proposal page that preloads a new proposal page with the important headings. Then there are two different options for displaying proposals in a more compact manner. The top display retains most of the format of the existing page in using headings, while the bottom display borrows from the methodology in Requests for new languages and offers sorting. I'd create a template for listing projects on the page, with its content depending on which version people like most. Thoughts? -- Adrignola 22:17, 23 November 2009 (UTC)

I like it, but I think the "Comments" and "People interested" sections should go under the project. And what exactly does "Area" refer to? --Yair rand 03:49, 26 November 2009 (UTC)
Thanks for the feedback. Those sections are under the project, at least for the first option. I added some headings to the sandbox page to make it easier to see that there are two examples shown on that page. For the second option, I changed "Area" to "Type". That column would allow for sorting and classifying proposals in the table, the way proposals are manually filed under headings now. The top option would require manual sorting as is the case now, but the bottom would allow you to simply click the sort arrow on the "Type" column to sort by the type of proposal. Either option one or option two would be used, but not both. -- Adrignola 04:29, 26 November 2009 (UTC)
Oh. I think option two would be better, assuming that you mean listing all the proposed projects in a table. Either of them would be far better than what we have now. --Yair rand 04:10, 8 December 2009 (UTC)

Existing projects scope[edit]

Does anyone think that this page should outline the scope of the existing projects to avoid overlap? Especially with some of the rather less known parts of Wikimedia (Wikipedia reference desk, Wikibooks How-tos bookshelf and Cookbook, Wiktionary's various glossaries, appendices and translations, all the stuff on Commons and Wikisource) it's rather important that anyone reading the page be aware that these exist. We have quite a few proposals on this page that already are covered by existing projects. This seems to indicate that many people are unaware of these projects. --Yair rand 05:22, 9 December 2009 (UTC)

Bookshelves are being phased out at Wikibooks, with books that are a how-to being filed based on their subject matter and not simply because they are a "how-to". It's also questionable whether the Cookbook really is within Wikibooks' scope, but the community is not active enough to debate the issue as it did with Wikiversity before it was split off. It does appear that there was some effort to mention existing projects on this page but the implementation certainly leaves room for improvement. -- Adrignola 13:17, 10 December 2009 (UTC)

Suggestion (Special Wiki MEDIA DONATION project)[edit]

Suggestion (Special Wiki MEDIA DONATION project): A NEW HIGHLY EFFICIENT WAY FOR WORLD PUBLIC TO DONATE IMAGES AND VIDEO TO WIKIPEDIA/WIKIMEDIA/COMMONS etc.

  • There should a link on every wiki family project page saying "DONATE AN IMAGE OR VIDEO". Anyone should be able to click on it and make/upload a media donation easily, SPECIALLY SELF CREATED WORK with the profusion of relatively cheap personal devices available now in the NEW AGE.
  • In the donation form there should be all related disclosures and and Licenses that the donater can choose regarding donating a particular work.
  • There should be place where Donater has to fill all related information related to media being donated like location, subject, time, basic info about self, etc. and details if from other source.
  • People should be able to send copyrighted/unusable images to make suggestion of what we are missing and which we can put out on a list of required media, this list may be easily available to public view and/or ciculated.
  • There should be an email address to where images/video/media can be emailed, clearly stating that the donater has read the various disclosures and licenses (on our website or our news release requesting media donations) and he is donating under which license. Once a media donation email is received to a special mail account: 1) once an email media donation is received from the donater and automatic (from wikipedia/media/commons etc.) email should go out to their address from our no-reply email address reminding them to read, in mail, provided disclousers and provide appropriate license and info for use again. Donater should be asked to email back the reply keeping the same address line explaining preference will be given to media donations which have been replied to, hence making them more usable earlier. 2) It should be available in an online archive for mining by users looking for images for articles they are working on and the public at large.
  • Replied email donations with disclosures read and licences provided and direct media donations by clicking on link should be at all times available to our users and world public at large and journalists etc. There should be a warning to them to make sure BY THEMSELVES that they check (what could be our mostly unsupervised database) out if the donation has been made properly and if donater has read disclosures and provided consent and chosen the license properly. Users should be provided a basic guideline on how to make sure if the image/media is good.
  • Proper donations should ask for keywords that should activate various tags for easy mining of donated database.
  • The whole online media donation/uploading process should be VERY SIMPLIFIED with users asked to click/select choices with one click only from various choices after reading all. Short Disclosers should be page wise only, advancable by clicking NEXT so that all get read. Licenses should be chosen by a simple click from a choice. Media Info should be requested by filling blank by blank advancable software, including location, subject, time, DATE, donator info etc.
  • This Media donation project should be centralized in commons with centralized email for donations. Project should be accessible from all wiki family projects from all their pages at all times by clicking.
  • There should be a special option/Tags setting alerts for media donations regarding HAPPENING EVENTS and that should make news where world journalists/News companies can find Important or Immediate topics to pursue and other agencies like Aid agencies etc. to find places and subjects to assist. A media related to citizen reporting a historical national monument in bad shape should have the potential to trigger positive action to conserve. Potentially database mining should be able to facilitate new discoveries and affirmative action in right direction and build a tremendous world resource to record history/historical period datewise over the decades.
  • Anyone mining the database should be able to setup warnings with a simple click about offending/sexually explicit/illegal images and special users with experience and extra powers should be able to either remove the image or make it invisible where in doubt.
  • Should an option be provided where users of this donated media like journalists/new companies can provide citation like: Donated media from wikicommons server by ..(name of original donator).
  • Donators should be able to choose their nonconflicting wiki User name, and make it a Tag, so that by clicking on name tag all images donated by the users can lineup in a online gallery for public and for donator to promote himself in other/outside professional media fields, if he chooses to provide link to this online portfolio.
  • There should be a clear warning that there is no monetary compensation by wikicommons for media donation of any kind, it is a DONATION.
  • Wikicommons software should be able to mine technical info of media if possible and provide the same online for researchers, sometimes it may include type of camera used, aperture, date, time of day and in the near future models, the GPS position/coordinates of where the media was made. If needed donator should be asked to give consent to publish this info.
  • Public/Users should be requested to make media for donation with no recognizable faces/adertising/brand names as that may trigger having to take permission from people etc. shown in media made or fuzzing their faces/advertising/brand names etc.

Please forward to concerned persons/department for brainstorming and fine tuning.

I got the above idea while creating the article on Karvi shrub which only flowers once in eight years before dying.

Thanks

User:Atulsnischal (talk) 22:06, 25 January 2010 (UTC)

Pasting from wikipedia [1], [2].

Posted on wikimedia commons at [3]

Posted on - Wikipedia talk:Creation and usage of media files - at: [4]

Posted on wikimedia commons at Commons:Usability issues and ideas: [5]

atulsnischal (talk) 22:14, 25 January 2010 (UTC)

Building a “media donation culture” and a “world media archive” from donated media[edit]

This is in continuation of my last post, posted at the following locations: [6], [7], [8], [9], [10]

Building a “media donation culture” and a “world media archive” from donated media – help enlisted from volunteers to “visually document the world” for an ongoing visual world historical record.

  • We need to strive for creating a “media donation culture” where donating pictures and documentary videos, shot on people’s personal devices is thought of as a worthwhile activity / community service and a scholarly voluntary work which goes a long way in visually documenting the world we live in, in present times. An ongoing visual historical record available free for present researchers/authors to supplement their work with and for future generations to come, to look back upon. Gradually we should hope this will catch on as modern popular culture/fad, will also empower citizens and assist them in making citizen reports. Hopefully a time will come when if someone is taking a vacation then he will remember and friends will remind them not to forget making some documentary pictures/video for donating about the places they will visit during vacation. All this can be done easily now as there is a profusion of cheaper and cheaper personal devices available now incorporating embedded Still & Video camera technology.
  • This is about Campaigning and Requesting for “100 percent Media Donation” for “documenting the world” in a “copyright free world archive” to serve in the future as a world historical visual documentation. This could be an “uploading + emailing project” by itself and donated pictures/video/media can be freely usable in all wikis and similar projects or commercial publications/productions etc.. Commercial entities could be encouraged to develop an informal “best practice” where they “donate funds” to upkeep this world archive, especially if they use anything from here and if they can afford it now or in future.
  • There should be a link (“Donate an Image or Video”) to upload and donate media on every wiki family project page including on every page of various wikipedias in different languages and it should be centralized in one place like wiki commons in a world media archive. As and when possible over the decades viewers should be able to see/read this archive in their own language through translation software etc.
  • All media donations to be uploaded/stored in “high resolution” to be more usable to future generations. Most searches in the archive should only display a decent low resolution image where the user should have the option to call for higher/highest resolution version.
  • There should be a centralized Email address for media donation, and where ever it is publicized it should give all disclosures that this is in regards to 100 percent media donation.
  • The above media donation link and email address should be well publicized in newspapers, magazines, and press releases and media requests; with all related disclosures that media sent will be treated as 100 percent donation and the act of uploading/emailing means that donator has read all disclosures which are provided and well publicized here and elsewhere.
  • It should be preferred that media donation should be made by “original media creators” by themselves mainly as someone under normal circumstances can not donate someone else’s property.
  • It should be made very clear in simple straight forward language at the very beginning before uploading donated files that one is making a 100 percent media donation, “100 percent Media Donation” means there will be no copyright, no royalties, no monetary compensation or any compensation in any kind paid in return for the media donation by the wiki family or any secondary users and the world public to the original media donator/creator. One’s donation can be used, reused, modified, broken up and made into anything else by anybody in the world and that too without having to give any sort of credit to the original media donator. There will be no legal requirement to give credit; and all these rules to apply world over. Though some sort of voluntary “best practice” should be encouraged to emerge where secondary users of the donated media, i.e. the world public including journalists, newspapers, magazines, books, businesses, government institutions the world over, who use donated media to supplement their work, could be encouraged to develop a popular culture of crediting the media to wiki’s media donation campaign/world archive and have a reference/courtesy credit to the original donator. Voluntary citation could sound like: Wiki common’s media donation server, original media donated by…. Commercial businesses/institutions who use donated media could be educated by a regular campaign that if affordable monetary donations can be made to wiki for help in maintaining wiki’s media archives. This donation can be made in any country and wiki could set up a local body in major countries so that tax break forms can be given in regards to monetary donations.

Now the question remains what absolutely free but worthwhile perceived benefit could a media donator receive in regards to donated media. Can a $5 per piece ad hoc acknowledgement tax break form be sent automatically to the media donators in regards to media donations, at the time I guess not. A popular culture should be created where the biggest perceived benefit that the donator should receive is the satisfaction of having participated in historically documenting the world in a particular time. The only other major satisfaction that they could receive is that they are able to click on a tag by their name/username and their lifelong contributions are lined up in an online gallery of the donated media. This gallery they can show proudly to everyone and in many cases receive some other benefits from elsewhere or use it as a scholarly portfolio while pursuing arts and related professions. Some sort of awards be given out to media donators who have done exceptional work.

  • Professionals might want to earn money from their media but after money is made they can donate what they didn’t use or plan to use, that which they think is not as good etc.. Instead of deleting images/video footage they can donate.
  • The whole idea is to attract the help of amateurs around the world who can now create media with the extremely cheap good quality profusion of computerized personal devices incorporating cameras/video etc. Who already earn a living doing some other work and who are not dependent on income through media making. Amateurs are casually making media and enjoying the process and the results but most of the results are enjoyed for immediate gratification only. Anywhere upto 95 percent or even more, of the media casually created usually gets deleted as it is of no perceived use to the creator in the long run over the remaining decades of their life. Any media creation takes lot of work and expenses but Casual media creation is perceived as no work and the process is enjoyed by casual media creators, it is perceived as totally free in the mind of the creator hence unfortunately majority of the casually created media is deleted, “This is the targeted media that we must campaign to save, the one that is being deleted”. All over the world the common man/world public should be educated from now on that they can donate this media before deleting it from their personal devices and they could be educated how to create usable documentary media for donation. Additionally there should be links to special “Tutorials” on how to create “usable” media for donation which can be used by secondary users (researchers, authors etc.) in various ways including research on what was captured and illustrating articles etc.. Usable media should avoid brand names, advertising and recognizable faces, specially of friends and family etc.. as then it may trigger having to take permission from people shown in the media for it to be usable now. Educational courses and institutions teaching Media creating; and personal device manufactures who incorporate media making functionality in their devices could one day carry these tutorials and educate public the world over that media can be donated to remain forever in a world archive. Like we see Warnings!!! in Cigarette Packs: If you smoke cigarettes you could get cancer; similar principal may one day be used by personal device manufacturers educating the buying public in the device manual and brochures that the media you create with this device can be donated to assist in documenting the world in present times so that it remains in a world archive for present and the future generations as a worthwhile historical media artifact documenting a particular location at a particular date and time from a particular angle etc. or documenting any other subject or human or animal behavior etc. All major networking sites around the world in local languages should carry links to these tutorials and media donation links in time with the development of media donation world culture.
  • A lot of seemingly repetitive media will be created around famous subjects/locations but this should not be discouraged as no 2 media/pictures are exactly the same, they are created in different time, days, weeks, decades etc. and from different angles and magnifications, subject focus etc. this continuous record will be invaluable to researchers in time centuries later and could also be packed off with future unmanned space explorers to educate aliens who may receive these capsules in the chance that they exist.

It looks like in the near future GPS will be embedded in all personal devices. And if GPS data along with date & time is mined from media donations then in the future special software could be developed that would make it possible to play-out/ lay-out the donated media in various requested sequences. For example Taj Mahal is a famous tourist site; maybe pictures are created here every second of the day. Lets say over a century later a researcher having mined GPS data available to him from pictures donated of Taj-Mahal, could request the computer software to lay out a sequence where pictures are laid out in a movie type flow encircling the Taj from 150 meters (using pictures taken at every foot in the circle identifiable by the GPS coordinates imbedded in the donated media), starting from the year 2000 and the circle completes 100 years later in the year 2100. In this requested computer output sequence, mined information from donated pictures of the Taj including time and date along with GPS coordinates available in that (as it is evident that most personal devices will soon have inbuilt GPS) would assist the computer in arranging the sequence in such a manner that the camera would travel from the front of the Taj, all the way around clockwise and come back to the front from the other side. The future computer software would make minor adjustments in magnifications for the Taj to appear the same size in all the pictures. If over time the historical site deteriorates, researchers can see how it took place over time requesting daily or weekly pictures to play-out in a movie, from a particular angel and particular distance etc.. Many more applications like this may be available with future software. In the example above about the Taj mahal, it could be seen every year, month, week, day, time of day etc. and from many different angles/magnifications etc. with the assistance of GPS coordinates. All this will be possible if data is mined from the donated media and properly electronically catalogued along with the image. And if donators are requested to fill in various detailed tags about each image that they donate through the designated upload link where they will also see various disclosures that they are indeed donating the media 100 percent and foregoing all their rights. “Emailed” donated images/media could be sent an auto-email-reply with a form to fill in creating all the various Tags that could apply to the donated picture/media and the auto-reply should contain the disclosure that the donator is indeed making 100 percent media donation and foregoing all rights.

  • Should inappropriate media be censored and deleted completely by administrators? Well, I think not. The media donated with brand names visible, copyrighted material, too many friends and family visible, sexually explicit material should be temporally removed from public’s view and should not be available to search in the present times. This material could be sent/dumped in an unsearchable database where it could lie for a few centuries and for a few generations to pass and after that when no one remembers who these people were the material could again be provided to public as a historical record from a previous time assisting researchers in human/historical studies and studies in human behaviors etc.. It may be noted here that even uploading unusable media requires effort and this effort may prove useful to researchers centuries later. The copyrighted material will be usable again then as copyright would have expired long time ago and in most cases the original work may have also been destroyed without a trace as most originals like books, paintings, newspapers etc. are made up of biodegradable material which perishes if it is not stored in museum like conditions.
  • There should be various TAGs that should be chosen and created in respect to each donated media so that they may assist the public at a later time to pull images/media from the archive. Various appropriate Tags should be created by original media donator who should be first provided with list of short Tags he could choose from that were created by others and were eventually standardized, additionally when he starts typing, to reduce effort, other types of tags may be suggested from the ones that were created by other users elsewhere. Some standard tags could be name/user name of donator, Subject/Location, magnification/seen from what distance, angle, Date, Time, context, normal view or description of “special event captured” (Like rioter throwing stones on police, people fighting, people shopping, building on fire, reading, praying, neglect, human rights violation etc.), atmosphere tags like, sunlit, sunshine, sunset, sunrise, raining, overcast/cloudy etc.. If news-making event is captured then NEWS-making Tag should be chosen and donator should be requested for little extra notes/comments why he thinks the media has captured news worthy event and be asked to describe the event in greater detail. The news-making tags could be patrolled by actual news companies etc. and could provide them/journalists/authors potential leads as to what stories that they can pursue now or at a later date in the pipeline; additionally news making tag could provide government agencies the opportunity to take positive corrective actions and for aid agencies to find people/projects to assist. Original donators should create tags and then on a later stage when the archive is being viewed by researchers and secondary users they should be also in a position to quickly add/create some more appropriate additional tags to assist future searchers. For example someone casually shoots a picture of an unknown butterfly sitting on an unknown flower, a zoologist/botanist viewing the picture in future could add butterfly name and flower name and scientific names etc. and create tags or/and notes/comments to go with the image. Some sort of “voluntary acknowledgement tags” could be created for secondary users who actually use the image in a wiki or outside publication, they can leave a tag/info/comment if they used the particular archived image and where, could leave a citation like detail of their article/publication, where the donated media was used by them. There should be tags to rate the donated image or video so that researching public can rate donated media on quality scale and could also leave additional educational comments in case they know more about the subject captured in the media which future researchers could follow up.

Computer software should supplement the above created/chosen tags with mined embedded technical information that is available embedded in today’s electronic media files, like camera used, aperture used, lens used, date and time of day; and very soon most personal media creating devises will have embedded GPS coordinates about where the media was made. All the above will help in Citizen reporting & Citizen documenting of the world in a particular, soon to be, historical time i.e. Citizen documenting of history, especially visual world history as it happens. There could be a Tutorial on how to make and use tags effectively, also showing how to view translated tags/event-description in a particular language. As an article is written or improved on a wiki or elsewhere, tags can help authors search for appropriate media/images/video etc. that can be used to supplement their work.

A Tag-search could give an output of a list of appropriate media that could by it-self be used as an online gallery; or best chosen images could be lined up in a gallery. Donators should be able to line up their lifelong media donations by clicking on the tag of their name, there should be a link here (and elsewhere too) to a “tutorial” on how to make their donated media more useful as searchable historical documents where donators could be taught how to go back in and improve each media piece already donated by them and already listed in the world archive; basically most possible improvements should relate around creating extra and much more effective tags for fairing better in searches and writing researched notes with references in the comment space under their listed archived media about what was captured in a particular picture/video donated by them, where, when and in what context etc.. (Once a media piece is donated and listed in the world archive, it should be possible to go in there and create more tags to supplements those already created for the piece, rate the piece on a quality scale, write comments about the piece in spaces provided. There should be tutorials to show how to do all this better)

  • As this is about building what will undoubtedly be a world archive, the scope is world wide and immense and lot of funding will be required to build and maintain such a resource. Lot of worldwide large scale funding drives will have to be organized targeting large donors annually. United Nations could be a good platform to request help from as this project is about the world as a whole. If someone provides funding from another country then we should set up a local office in that country so that tax-break forms can be issued to the donator so that they can get an income tax-break/incentive against donated funds which is valid in their particular country.
  • Huge Archive hence Limited & More Accurate Searches to Save Energy: As overtime a huge archive will come into existence it will take lot of electronic energy to make a search in the entire archive so some of the material could be deemed to be almost duplicate by volunteers and boxed together; and time periods could be boxed together etc. and when some one wants to search the archives first these boxes should show up and only if researchers want to search a particular box then only that box can be searched. In this way searches can be made more particular and electronic energy saved by making smaller/limited searches. Additionally media should be tagged properly and accurately along with research notes/comments on what was captured so that it can be located easily when needed. If required lot of un-usable or copyrighted or duplicate media could be boxed off in unsearchable boxes for the time being and could be made to surface again years, decades, centuries later when it is deemed to be usable again as copyright would have expired, persons shown are not living etc..
  • Digital Archival Storage Economy: It is hoped that this huge digital archive of high resolution images and video (as donators will be requested to upload in high resolution) will need smaller and smaller digital storage space as technology advances with time and most storage when not being searched will need no or little electrical energy; and very soon most electricity will be produced with cleaner technology hence building and searching this archive will be a relatively smaller drain on energy/world resources and wont be as harmful to the environment.
  • Archival Strategy: Strategically it might become necessary to have 2 or 3 copies of this world archive with only one that is connected for searches. All copies of the world archive should be located in the Free-World which is free from dictatorships and meddling by medieval religious institutions and regimes. Physical locations of all the copies of the world archives should be located in secret underground tunnels/caves away from earthquake zones where they will remain safe from bombings during future wars or/and purposely targeted sabotage. Obviously in the future when man does colonize other planets then copies could be located there in addition to the archives they will build about themselves.

Please forward this to concerned persons/departments for brain storming and fine tuning.

atulsnischal (talk) 02:59, 1 February 2010 (UTC)

Also posted here in continuation of my previous post: [11], [12], [13], [14], [15]

atulsnischal (talk) 00:29, 2 February 2010 (UTC)

interative historical-political-world map....wiki[edit]

idea: use an existing digital world map (e.g. google maps) and historical data to show old and/or inexistent countries and borders on this world map and link them to the appropriate wikipedia pages

implementation: e.g. use google maps/earth map images (not satellite images, the plain ones) and add a timeline + slider or a "year choice" window. so you can browse from year to year and se how countries and borders change. add a "history log" window with messeges, for example: "2008 South Ossetia war -> gerogia vs russia, South Ossetia and Abkhazia -> Georgia loses control over parts of Abkhazia and South Ossetia it previously held" +link to wiki.

i would like to hear what you think of it



ps: is there a project like this already? i tried to find it couldnt.

pps: sorry i couldnt come up with a proper ...wiki name =)

--116.14.232.226 12:52, 30 June 2010 (UTC)

  • Since the source should be open (imho), I think this would be better than Google Maps w:OpenStreetMap --Siliurp (talk) 12:41, 15 February 2013 (UTC)

Wiki Facebook?[edit]

I love what you do. I hate Facebook. Would you consider creating a Wiki Social Network? As far as the Mission Statement, it would enable people to connect.

Historical?[edit]

See Wikimedia_Forum#New_Wikimedia_Sister_Projects...._R._I._P.. --Nemo 08:57, 18 December 2010 (UTC)

WikiBookReview?[edit]

Hey, just a thought for a potential project--Book Reviews. I have a sample page set up on my Wikipedia account at W:User:Paulmcdonald/booknotes. Ideas?--Paulmcdonald 16:55, 24 January 2011 (UTC)

Subcategories for past project proposals by subject area[edit]

I'd like to invite folks to look at the subcategories I've been playing with inside Category:Proposed projects, and looking at possibilities for looking at the broader themes that have been emerging over the years.--Pharos 20:37, 2 March 2011 (UTC)

WikiOldTimeSolutions[edit]

or WikiOldWays or WikiOldSolutions or WikiOldTimeWays...

Because of humanity evolution, old ways of doing things (that were developped-tested-improved-optimised over thousands of years) are replaced since 1950 and are simply seen as "obsolete". After a generation this human knowledge is irremediably lost. If we ever need to re-use them (per example if fuel and plastics are banished, or if a very major energy crisis happens), we need to have a knowledge base of old technics. So I suggest to create a new "project" WikiOldTimeSolutions in the wikipedia family where people (mainly old people) may describe (augmented with videos if possible) the way that some problems were handled in previous generations. I would like feedbacks about that human knowledge project.


Thoughts on fixing this process[edit]

From a recent foundation-l thread:

I would love to see the new project process on Meta come back online.

I could use some help in making this happen - we need to start an incubator process for ideas with support, and a separate process for proposing existing projects that have been incubated elsewhere for support or hosting. The meta page for each proposed project should track its progress, whether offsite or on the incubator... a project infobox should be designed... an interested group (if less formal than langcom) should go through and review the backlog of proposals and suggest the necessary next step for each.

On Sun, Jul 10, 2011 at 11:48 PM, Alec Conroy <alecmconroy@gmail.com> wrote:
>> You can always make Wikinfo a sister project.

A space to hold POV debates would be an interesting intermediate ground between no-restraint edit wars and topic bans, for those in heated argument. Is Wikinfo designed for this? I was thinking of something more like 'Wikireason'. There have been various proposals for an 'argument wiki' over the years, but I've never seen a working implementation.

> I have actually been independently trying to think of other wikis that
> should be "sister projects".   Some are really obvious and
> non-controversial--  

> SNPedia, for example, an encyclopedia of single nucleotide polymorphisms and related studies

Yes. Link: http://www.snpedia.com/index.php/SNPedia

Genealogy: WeRelate and Rodovid. Both remarkable and lovely projects. Combinable, if all parties could be brought together. Both could use support; I've touched on the possibility of becoming WMF projects with each, and they are willing to discuss it. The result would be by far the largest free collection of genealogy information, with support from one of the major libraries studyig and archiving related data in the US

Children's encyclopedia: WikiKids, Vikidia, Grundschulwiki, Wikimini. These projects could be coordinated better to share ideas and lessons, and could use more visibility. Some people active in these projects are already Wikimedians.

Dictionaries: OmegaWiki. This multilingual dictionary could help revamp our toolchain for Wiktionary, which remains a bit broken.

Interface translation: TranslateWiki. iirc it does not want to be a WMF project per se, but could use more explicit support than we have given so far.

Citations and bibliography: AcaWiki (and the budding WikiScholar).

Wikified maps: Wikimapia. currently profitable and popular; probably fine on their own. However they use a non-free map stack and use an NC license; finding a way to help that project migrate to a free stack and license [now that there is a free orthorectified aerial map available http://blog.stevecoast.com/im-working-at-microsoft-and-were-donating-ima] would be of benefit to the whole world.


Other projects for which there is a supply of raw materials available from content donors (which we cannot currently accept):

  • Annotated source materials and their translations: Part of Wikisource++ ?
  • Translation memory: Part of Translatewiki++ ?
  • Public datasets: Wikidata
  • Music scores: Wikimusic

> We're at the point where the lack of diversity of our English language
> project 'styles' may be a major factor dissuading new users from
> participation.  

It is certainly one of the factors. SJ talk | translate   06:03, 11 July 2011 (UTC)

Indeed, this is something that sorely needs fixing. I also think the concepts of Wikibooks:Incubator might prove part of a useful model for rejuvenating this long-stalled process.--Pharos 15:35, 11 July 2011 (UTC)

Completely lost in proposing a new project (a 'wiki think')[edit]

Dear co-wikiers, I am completely lost. I had this nice idea for a Wiki based on original work and after going through every possible wikimedia discussion, meta, proposal, history, reference, etc. section, I have ended up on this page. Though I have learned in this process that I was not the first with this idea, (only another argument in favour of actually realising such a project!), I have learned that there is much interest in beginning such a project. This can be gauged by looking at all the different proposals and enthousiastic discussions on these topics listed below. However, I have no idea what the status is at this moment. But I find it sad to see how a large number of those discussions simply died out in the process. I hope it is possible, though dont know how, to revive a common effort at combining these proposals and ideas into one or more actual wikimedia projects.

Related proposed wikis:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikireason
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/WikiBrain
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/WikiAnswers
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikinnovate
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikidea
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikithink
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https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Chains_of_Reason
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikiadvice
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikiopinions
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikireview
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Whykipedia
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikiquestions
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/WikiPatents
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikicitizens
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikibate

Related running wikimedia projects:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Reference_desk Related discussion there:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_talk:Reference_desk/Archive_27#How_about_a_Wikiforum.3F

--Gulpen 22:14, 26 January 2012 (UTC)

proposal for personal wikipedia service[edit]

I always collect the information and knowledge from wikipedia, but most of the time the materials from wiki are not perfect for me. So I copy and paste the orignal article and edit it and save it to my own knowledge database, such as evernote. Why cannot I do this directly on wikipedia?

What is personal wiki service?[edit]

Personal wiki service is to use the wikipedia website to store and organize personal collection of knowledge, information, ideas, personal thoughts, or annotation of the wikipedia article. People can choose to make them private, or public to everyone, or only share with friends. Wikipedia can do this better than other similar service provider because

  • The cloud service provided by wikipedia is reliable. The tool provided by wikipedia is powerful. For example, I like the support for latex input, and wikibook export, which I cannot find in evernote.
  • It is easier and more convenient to build the personal knowledge database on the public knowledge database. The terminologies are organized in a decent way in wikipedia, and they can be found easily. If I can put my own stuff together with them, then I will have them classified and sorted decently.
Serveral reasons for wikipedia to open this service[edit]
  • People need a tool to organize personal collection of information & collections, especially a cloud tool. See the success of Evernote. When people read wikipedia articles, they also want to do annotation or raise a different opinion.
  • Wikipedia usually stands for the majority opinion, which does not mean it is the truth. So People who have different opinion may want to supplement and improve the original article for their personal purpose or share wahtever they think is right and let others to compare and discuss. Other viewers can choose to read these comments or not.
  • Since this is a personal service, it does not have to be free. People can use the basic service for free and advanced users should pay. I believe wikipedia can provide an excellent product, and people would love to pay for it. This can also help to solve the funding problem of wikimedia.

Wikiproblems[edit]

Imagine a world where every single problem from the shortage of water in a small Indian village to the cancer operation cost of a small Somali girl,and the need for a new library in a remote area in USA all these problems are listed, updated, discussed, published, and saved till be solved, by this Wikipedia will be a place to gain the real knoweldge which is: the knoweldge of the proplems of people who are in need.The preceding unsigned comment was added by Mohammedhashim (talk • contribs) .

Wikitime: The navigation for understanding the world.[edit]

We all know how vast is wiki networks. It's data base make it hard to navigate for research and understanding on particular topic, specially for those who don't understand internet better. Its also the reason which don't allow the people to compare between the study through internet and real life study as in study using article only we would jump on random topics and make our self more puzzled in the topic. For those who just simply want to study or do research and understand particular topic, wiki time would be an navigation to the unknown topic's content. Wiki-Time is named so as it's the timeline of particular topic where the data or article are arranged according to time it describe, with filter of subject matter. It would allow the user to understand the reasons for development of something and allow them to understand topic better. We need a correct perspective to understand the subject, and when we navigate a subject matter through time we understand the reason and perspective in it. understanding the past achievement also allow the user to understand the topic better. Media files associated to topic could also be accessed by the application. It would be the whole new way of study. People will know the history of any topic which create a respect and would be a tribute to the contribution of people who made us in 21st century where I am writing this article. In my view, this will behave as a University where people read things in a sequence of understanding, and as we develop with time the sequence could be no better then to understand thing with relative to time, also wiki time should allow other social media users to comment the topic for discussion purpose, as we do in class. It would be my honor to be a part in something revolutionary in field of knowledge and wiki's application had been revolutionary since the beginning. This is one of my best old concept of studding with reference to time, and in my view would allow people to understand things better. Yours Sincerely Ronit Ramdam