Miscellaneous quick-use tools
Author: Krishna Chaitanya Velaga
Edited by: Chinmayi S K
In this module, we will go through a set of tools which can come handy while planning events around increasing participation on Wikimedia projects. The tools below show some quick and easy ways to contribute to Wikipedia and its sister projects.
Who is this module for?
This module is for organisers of Wikimedia events who would like to explore more ways to invite contributions. This could be used for users who are not very comfortable with text editing. It could also serve well for beginner level participation in Wikipedia and its sister projects.
Video convert to Commons
Commons Video Convert is a conversion tool used to upload videos to Wikimedia Commons. WCommons does not allow some of the most commonly used video file formats such as mp4 or avi. Users find it challenging to convert their video files, especially to Ogg (for audio) or WebM (for video) formats. This tool makes the conversion process very easy and user-friendly.
This tool supports OAuth, which means that you can use a Wikimedia account to access this tool. You can add the files for conversion. After conversion, the tool directly uploads the files to Commons. However, the tool limits the size of the uploaded file to 2 GB. The tool automatically deletes a file if you do not publish it to WCommons within a week of generating it. Using this tool, you can also pull videos from YouTube which published under WCommons acceptable license.
This tool can be used during Wikimedia Commons training workshops, especially when you are dealing with videos. Some of the participants may have videos of some processes or landscapes, which can be uploaded to Commons through this tool. If you are doing a GLAM project, and the institution has 3D artefacts, this tool can be used uniquely. The 3D artefacts can be shot on video for a 360-degree view. For example, a 5-second video of a 2-feet high statue can be a good form of documentation.
Pronouncify is a tool used to quickly record batches of word pronunciations in Ogg files suitable for upload to Wikimedia Commons. The installation guide can be found at https://github.com/abartov/Pronuncify.net/releases/tag/v0.0.2
Pronouncify may be very useful to populate the pronunciations of words in a language on Wikimedia Commons. Later these pronunciations can be used on Wiktionary, Wikidata, and other Wikimedia projects as required. This can be used to bring together a group of people, who are interested in linguistics or are in general passionate about a language, and train to contribute to Wikimedia projects. Many non-English Wiktionaries lack word pronunciations. This tool is the best way to fill that gap. It can be further leveraged to the audio reading of an entire article and can be an addition for Good/ Featured Articles.
If you are planning to organise a workshop for new contributors, and you are dealing with inline citations, reFill can help the participants better understand "cite templates" and the various fields in them. This could also be used to plan campaigns focused on reducing the backlog of the respective maintenance category on your Wikipedia, during which this tool can give its best help.
reFill is a tool that converts bare references to full citations on Wikipedia. Often we come across an article that has bare URLs as citations that is, just a link. This is not a good practice because it fails the Manual of Style guidelines of Wikipedia. On English Wikipedia, all such pages can be found in a category named "Pages with citations having bare URLs." If you wish to find such pages on other languages, if available, please refer to Wikidata item Q8709091. You can change the language on the tool using the "Languages" option at the top right corner.
This text has been released under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0) license. Preferred attribution: Krishna Chaitanya Velaga, Community Toolkit for Greater Diversity. Attribution URL: http://wikiinclusivity.innext: GLAMorous