WikiProjectMed:VideoWiki

WikiProject VideoWiki
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CategoriesWikiProject Videowiki, Videowiki scripts
Wikimedia CommonsCommons:Category:VideoWiki VideoWiki
AssessmentWikiProject Science/Assessment
Articles ready for script-writing
Articles
Scripts ready for voice-Over
ScriptsDengue script

Pneumonia script
Typhoid script
Cancer script

Measles script

Welcome to WikiProject VideoWiki. We are a group of editors interested in working on collaboratively created videos, with the goal of bringing multimedia video summaries to mediawiki. While the ideas date back to before Wikimania in South Africa in 2018, this WikiProject was born in 2019. The VideoWiki tool auto-generates videos based on wiki-scripts. A detailed description of the project can be found at the Meta page.

Why?

 
About a billion people worldwide are illiterate, and increasingly, they are online.

Videos can be an effective way to learn content, at every level from early childhood to post-secondary. Their efficacy is improved by same-language subtitles, even for highly-literate viewers with good hearing and language skills.[1] Wikipedia's lack of audio and video content makes it uninteresting to many.[2] Some internet users, both literate and illiterate,[3] prefer or need to learn from videos. Youtube should not be their only option.

Hundreds of millions of people can't read. Many desperately want to learn to read, and to speak English; it's a route out of poverty,[4][5] in countries with both a high[6] and low rates of literacy.[7] Increasingly, these illiterate people are online.[3] We need to give them access to Wikipedia content.

Captioned videos are an effective way of learning both language and literacy,[1] especially if the syllables change colour as they are read.[citation needed]

In a 2015 strategy consultation "rich (multimedia) content" was the second most requested thematic category after improves mobile and app functionality.[8]

How to create a VideoWiki script

A VideoWiki script looks very much like a conventional Wikipedia article. Each section has the usual descriptive header, followed by a modest amount of text and a link to a Commons media item (image or video clip).

Every section corresponds to one segment of the generated video: the body text below the header is "spoken" by a voice synthesizer while the media item is displayed. The video generator seamlessly stitches together the segments to produce the final product. The resulting video has a slideshow-like appearance when playing segments that have still images, and a more dynamic look when playing segments that have video clips.

Procedure

  1. Create a new script page as a subpage of Wikipedia:VideoWiki. For example, if the topic is "ears", create a page at
    Wikipedia:VideoWiki/Ears
  2. Add to the top of the new script page:
    {{videowiki}}
    <!-- Punctuation in this script is used to control text-to-speech pauses. Please change punctuation only for voice control. -->
  3. If the script is derived from an existing article, copy and paste the introductory section from the article and note this in the edit summary. For example:
    copied from [[Ear]]
  4. Click Publish to create the new script page, and then Edit to resume editing
  5. Split the script into short sections and give each section a unique, descriptive header such as
    ==Ear wax==
  6. At the bottom of each section, add a link for the image or video that is to be displayed, followed by {{Clear}}. For example:
    [[File:Ear.jpg|100px|left]]
    {{clear}}
  7. The script will now look something like this:
    {{videowiki}}
    <!-- Punctuation in this script is used to control text-to-speech pauses. Please change punctuation only for voice control. -->
    
    ==Introduction==
    The ear is the organ of hearing and, in mammals, balance.
    [[File:Ear.jpg|100px|left]]
    {{clear}}
    
    ==Ear wax==
    The skin around the ear canal contains glands that produce protective ear wax.
    [[File:EarWax.jpg|100px|left]]
    {{clear}}
  8. Click Publish to save the script
  9. Hit UPDATE to upload to Commons
  10. Add the video to article pages as appropriate (we suggest under the introduction). For example:
    [[File:Wikipedia-VideoWiki-Ears.webm|thumb|Introduction to ears ([[Wikipedia:VideoWiki/Ears|script]])]]

Additional functionality

  • Custom audio track. You may create your own audio and use it in the generated video in lieu of automatically-generated, synthesized voice. To do this, use {{ReadShow}}.
  • Subtitles. A subtitle is automatically created for each video segment, consisting of the body text in the associated script section. You may modify subtitles by editing the auto-generated .SRT (SubRip format) file.

Sandbox

You can experiment with the tool in the Video:Sandbox.

Languages as of Apr 2021

en: Wikipedia:Videowiki/
fr: Wikipédia:Videowiki/
hi: विकिपीडिया:वीडियोविकि/
ar: ويكيبيديا:فيديوويكي/
es: Wikipedia:Videowiki/ES/
ja: Wikipedia:ビデオウィキ/
uk: Вікіпедія:відеовікі/
or: ଉଇକିପିଡ଼ିଆ:ଭିଡିଓୱିକି/
te: వికీపీడియా:వీడియోవికీ/
gu: વિકિપીડિયા:વિડિયોવિકિ/
bn: উইকিপিডিয়া:ভিডিওউইকি/
pa: ਵਿਕੀਪੀਡੀਆ:ਵੀਡੀਓਵਿਕੀ/
sat: ᱣᱤᱠᱤᱯᱤᱰᱤᱭᱟ:ᱵᱷᱤᱰᱤᱭᱳᱣᱤᱠᱤ/
sv: Wikipedia:Videowiki/
it: Wikipedia:Videowiki/
kn: ವಿಕಿಪೀಡಿಯಾ:ವಿಡಿಯೋವಿಕಿ/
ml: വിക്കിപീഡിയ:വീഡിയോവിക്കി/
ta: விக்கிபீடியா:வீடியோவிக்கி/

Videowiki scripts

Languages functional as of March 2021: EN (English), HI (Hindi), ES (Spanish), AR (Arabic), JA (Japanese), UK (Ukrainian), FR (French), OR (Oriya), TE (Telegu), GU (Gujarati), BN (Bengali), SAT (Santali), PA (Punjabi), SV (Swedish), IT (Italian)

Links to scripts by language
Article (>1m views/yr) En-script Videowiki En-Commons Ar-scripts En-smp script Hi-script Global pageviews Or-scripts Ja-scripts
Periodontal disease link link link 835,372 link
Dengue fever link link link link link 4,222,841 link
Pneumonia link link link link link 7,656,527 link
Typhoid fever link link link link link 4,079,219 Link
Cancer link link link link link 6,006,983 link
Measles link link link link link 7,816,151 link
Hepatitis C link link link link 3,403,140 link
Major depressive disorder link link link 4,282,137 link
Tuberculosis link link link 9,782,981 link
Malaria link link link 5,211,252 link
Hypertension link link link 5,088,051 link
Cholera link link link 4032935 link
Influenza link link link 4,931,247 link
Polio link link link 3,232,354 link
Gout link link link link 5,784,094 link link
Urinary tract infection link link link 2,701,299 link
Sepsis link link link 5,449,376 link
HIV/AIDS link link link 8,614,888 link
Cystic fibrosis link link link 4,389,080 link
Schizophrenia list link link 10,680,459 link
Multiple sclerosis link link link 6,858,675 link
Appendicitis link link link 4,119,643 link
Hypothyroidism link
Cellulitis link link
Incremental encoder link link
Diarrhea 2,786,992
Coronavirus disease 2019 link link

Derivative and translations

Dengue fever

Simplified Dengue Commons Video (Hindi - Female)
Simplified Dengue Commons Video (Estonian)
Simplified Dengue Commons Video (Arabic)
Simplified Dengue Commons Video (Bahasa - Indonesia)
Simplified Dengue Commons Video Kannada
Simplified Dengue Commons Video Tulu
Simplified Dengue Commons Video Gujrati

Older versions

Members

Add yourself if interested!

  1. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 00:17, 30 April 2019 (UTC)
  2. Ian Furst (talk) 00:17, 1 May 2019 (UTC)
  3. Pratik.pks (talk) 03:43, 2 May 2019 (UTC)

Developers

Press coverage

Tech side

Youtube

See also

2019 project overview part 1
2019 project overview part 2

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Gernsbacher, MA (October 2015). "Video Captions Benefit Everyone". Policy insights from the behavioral and brain sciences. 2 (1): 195–202. doi:10.1177/2372732215602130. PMID 28066803.
  2. [1]
  3. 3.0 3.1 Agarwal, Ipsita (September 18, 2017). "The Intrepid Teachers Bringing Internet Access To Women In Rural India". Smithsonian.com. Smithsonian.
  4. Kothari, B.; Takeda, J.; Joshi, A.; Pandey, A. (2002). "Same language subtitling: A butterfly for literacy?" (PDF). International Journal of Lifelong Education. 21: 55–66.
  5. Masani, Zareer (27 November 2012). "English or Hinglish? India's choice".
  6. Bynner, J. (2004 or 2002?). "Literacy, numeracy and employability: Evidence from the British birth cohort studies" (PDF). Literacy & Numeracy Studies. 13: 31–48. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  7. Unesco (2006). "Education for All Global Monitoring Report" (PDF). |chapter= ignored (help)
  8. "2015 Strategy Consultation Emergent Themes Analysis July 2015" (PDF). Retrieved 5 December 2020.