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Submissions/Open Access Media Importer

From Wikimania 2014 • London, United Kingdom

After careful consideration, the Programme Committee has decided not to accept the below submission at this time. Thank you to the author(s) for participating in the Wikimania 2014 programme submission, we hope to still see you at Wikimania this August.

Submission no. 5034
Title of the submission
An interview about the project

Open Access Media Importer

Type of submission (discussion, hot seat, panel, presentation, tutorial, workshop)


Author of the submission
E-mail address
Daniel Mietchen
Country of origin
Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)
WikiProject Open Access
Personal homepage or blog
Abstract (at least 300 words to describe your proposal)

The Open Access Media Importer Bot is a software tool that searches the openly licensed scholarly literature for associated audio and video files and uploads these to Wikimedia Commons. The bot is currently working on just one database - PubMed Central - but designed to be expandable to other databases, to mediatypes other than audiovisual, and to target platforms other than Wikimedia Commons. Over the course of the ca. 2 years of its operation, it has contributed over 15,000 files to Commons, including about one third of all video files there. It also detected multiple issues with the markup that scholarly publishers use to send their content into the database, which turned out to be a significant barrier to reuse.

  • Technology, Interface & Infrastructure
Length of session (if other than 30 minutes, specify how long)
30 minutes
Will you attend Wikimania if your submission is not accepted?


Slides or further information (optional)
Special requests
  • Need sound, as presentation will include audio and video.

Interested attendees

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  1. This tool has uploaded a tremendous amount of valuable content to Wikimedia Commons and the media is already being used in thousands of articles. Everyone should know about this tool and how it brings content from elsewhere into Wikipedia. People who hear about this tool would benefit just from knowing it exists because it explains so much about the nature of Wikipedia. Blue Rasberry (talk) 22:21, 7 April 2014 (UTC)[reply]
  2. Ocaasi (talk) 23:35, 7 April 2014 (UTC)[reply]
  3. Dyolf77 (talk) 23:13, 7 May 2014 (UTC)[reply]
  4. Micru (talk) 13:07, 13 May 2014 (UTC)[reply]
  5. .js (talk) 18:11, 23 July 2014 (UTC)[reply]
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