Roundtables/Roundtable 4

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A roundtable discussion on multimedia took place on Wednesday, November 27 at 10am PST (18:00 UTC), over Google Hangouts. Read more below.

Community member Vera de Kok shares advice in this Multimedia Roundtable

Here are links to relevant documents about this roundtable:

We will update this page shortly to provide more information on that roundtable.

See also this related Roundtable 5.


The goal of this roundtable was to improve Wikipedia's multimedia tools with community participation -- and gain new insights from these conversations.

Roundtables are an experiment to develop new forms of collaborations between community members and Wikimedia product teams. Learn more about Roundtables.


Multimedia Roundtable 4 Slides

This two-hour discussion brought together 17 media-savvy participants to discuss how to create a better multimedia experience on Wikipedia and Commons.

We talked about new ways to view, discover, curate, publish or upload media files, and grow our audio-visual knowledge base in the process.

We started our meeting by presenting a vision of multimedia on Wikipedia in 2016 (see slides) -- and discussed pros and cons of proposed features. We then focused on several new projects we're working on:

  • media viewer
  • file feedback
  • video formats
  • campaign tools

For each project, we asked participants to review current goals and guide our next steps in coming months.

Here are the slides we viewed together during the meeting, to guide our discussion.


Here is our agenda for this two-hour event:

All times above are Pacific Standard Time (UTC-8)


This roundtable brought together 15 media-savvy participants with a wide range of backgrounds and interests. They joined from various locations in North America and Europe, using Google Hangouts video conferencing tools.


This roundtable consisted of 7 community members:

  1. Jenny Mikulay
  2. Vera de Kok (1Veertje)
  3. Benoît Evellin (Trizek)
  4. Andrew Lih (Fuzheado)
  5. Peter Eckman (Smallbones)
  6. Jean-Frederic Berthelot (Jean-Fred)
  7. Andrew Gray (video)
Wikimedia Foundation

This roundtable involved 10 Wikimedia team members, 5 of whom were observers who did not participate:

  1. Fabrice Florin - Facilitator / Product manager
  2. Brion Vibber - Software engineer (1)
  3. Kenan Wang - Product manager (1)
  4. Dan Garry - Associate product manager (1)
  5. Keegan Peterzell - Community liaison (1)
  6. Pau Giner - Interaction designer]] (1)
  7. Erik Moeller - VP Product / Engineering]]
  8. Tomasz Finc - Engineering director
  9. Aaron Arcos - Notetaker / Volunteer software engineer
  10. Julie Trias - Technical director
(1) Joined via Google Hangouts


This roundtable was held over Google+ Hangouts, which lets users join right from their computer, using their own webcam. The Wikimedia Foundation uses Hangouts regularly and finds this tool useful for teleconferencing with others across the globe -- even though we wish it were open source ;o).

We recorded this meeting using Google+ Hangouts OnAir you can watch the full video here on YouTube:

In coming days, we plan to feature more footage on Commons, so that other community members may benefit from what we learn together.

This documentation is intended for transparency reasons, as well as to insure better knowledge transfer with other community members.


Here are some of the photos and screenshots from this roundtable.


We invited participants to write down notes throughout the roundtable, to augment our discussion. Here is our shared notepad, which includes these participant notes, as well as comments from the Google Hangouts chat.

We also jotted down this rough transcript of key points made throughout the meeting. Note that most of the participant comments in this rough document are paraphrased, not actual quotes. A full transcription would be required for a more accurate record of what was actually said.

This page will be expanded after the roundtable has happened, with videos, notes and other outcomes from this roundtable.

Now that this event is over, we encourage participants to add their final notes about this roundtable on this discussion page.