Friday, March 4, 2011

The Video on Wikipedia Project

There are a lot of ways to give back to the community or contributing to the greater good. With the current amount of willful stupidity running rampant it is all hands on deck. We can do better.

Wikipedia would like folks to add more video to the site and is looking for help. Not financial, although the site is not opposed to getting a monetary donation.

Video on Wikipedia
Nope, they are seeking folks to help create videos for existing entries or for new categories. There are benefits beyond the contribution. You get to build up skills, resources and the satisfaction of preserving a piece of history.

Just doing a bit of brainstorming here but I could see a sample video on:

  • How to draw well water
  • Using a mechanical apple peeler
  • The difference between incandescent, florescent and tungsten light
  • A tour of a local landmark

You don't need a lot to get started. If you have a camcorder, a tripod or steady hand and a way to trim or edit video you are good to go.

Visit the How To Post Video on Wikipedia page. This is an overview of what is needed and how you can best contribute to the project.

Videos for Wikipedia are by necessity more structured. There are guidelines that you do need to be aware and respect. The Lights Camera Wiki page will go into the details of what you need to do in order to have an acceptable video.

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