View it! Tool

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View it! is a tool in development that will show Wikipedia users (editors, and hopefully readers) relevant Wikimedia Commons media depicting—or otherwise related to—the article they are reading.

Image to accompany the View it! tool currently in development.


The View it! tool will enrich Wikipedia content by offering an illustration of a given subject. This tool will increase the discovery of Wikimedia Commons uploads and encourage contributors to utilize Commons and structured data. While the number of images displayed in a Wikipedia article is finite and highly curated by editors, this tool will allow readers to access the full catalog of images available on Wikimedia Commons, and help editors easily add relevant items to a given article.

This page will serve as a space to document, receive feedback and ideas from the community, and list upcoming related meetings and training. As the tool is developed, changes will be noted and sections will be updated.

Possible features[edit]

Through View it! users will be able to see a gallery of related images derived from queries of structured data. While depicts (P180) is relevant to all subjects, other points may be used as well, such as collection (P195), creator (P170), location of creation (P1071) among others. The gallery may be displayed in different environments, such as:

  • A hosted Toolforge tool which users could link in their user interface (UI) when viewing an article; or
  • A button that loads the gallery within the Wikipedia article when clicked.

The tool will be useful to both editors and readers. For logged-in editors, there will be additional features that enable:

  • Removal of bad statements from Commons media, when unwanted results appear in the gallery (envision a one-click operation without leaving Wikipedia, with the tool utilizing a wbremoveclaims call on the backend).
  • Ability to add an image to an article being edited from the auto-generated gallery with a click. This may be a generated code for the user to copy into the source editor, or possibly insert an actual image into the editor.


Visit Toolforge to see a proof of concept and the type of results View it! will pull.

Testing sign up[edit]

Please sign up if you're interested in being apart of the testing phase of View it! If you're interested in receiving updates about the project (listening sessions, testing updates, and launch) please sign up on the Discussion page.

Update sign up[edit]

Please sign up if you're interested in receiving periodic updates about View it! tool - including the launch date and listening/comment sessions.


August 2022[edit]

The team is investigating community wishes and best technical approaches. There will be an listening session during Wikimania 2022/Pittsburgh Meetup as well as a virtual listening session later in the month, details are forthcoming and will be shared here.

  • Saturday, August 13, 2022: In-person presentation/listening session, "Discoverability, Structured Data & the View it! tool" at Carnegie Library, East Liberty, Meeting Room 3. 130 S. Whitfield Street Pittsburgh, PA 15206 (second floor, handicap accessible).


The project was funded for development by the Wikimedia Foundation's Structured Data Across Wikimedia project, and has a 6 month timeline. View it! will be completed by January 2023.


To share opinions, wishes, or ask questions please leave a message on the talk page. If you wish to reach a team member directly, please feel free to leave a message on our respective talk pages:

Beta testers[edit]

View it! tool Beta testing sign ups.

Update interest[edit]

List of those interested in View it! tool updates