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User:Fabrice Florin

From Wikimania 2014 • London, United Kingdom

About me

As multimedia innovator, I help people learn, work and play together through digital media -- with a focus on experiences that inform and engage communities to collaborate online. Over the past thirty years, I have led the development of many pioneering products and services in news, education and entertainment -- working at the intersection of content, community and technology. I have coached teams in large organizations such as Apple, Macromedia and Wikimedia -- as well as managed a range of new media ventures, from a TV studio to a social news network.


I worked at the Wikimedia Foundation from October 2011 to June 2015. For the first three years, I served as product manager, coaching our teams to improve the user experience on Wikipedia and other Wikimedia sites. During that time, I led the development and release of a wide range of new software tools, such as Notifications, Thanks, Beta Features, Media Viewer and other features.

In my last six months, I worked with the foundation's communications team, where I managed and edited the Wikimedia blog, a global hub that connects our diverse communities (see my final report). I believe that better communications are really important to grow our movement -- and I advocate a 'culture of kindness' to help make that happen.

I would like to thank all the community and team members I have had the pleasure to work with over the years. It has been an honor to serve our movement together and to help our contributors share free knowledge with each other and the world.

Going forward, I will be using my personal account on Wikipedia and its sister projects.

My work for Wikimedia

Here are some of the projects I managed at the Wikimedia Foundation:

Other projects

Before joining the Wikimedia movement, I founded and led NewsTrust, a nonprofit social news network, which was acquired by the Poynter Institute in 2012. Our news literacy tools helped people find good journalism online, to make more informed decisions as citizens.

My previous ventures include: Handtap, a multimedia content provider for mobile devices; shockwave.com, a web entertainment site at Macromedia; Apple Computer's Multimedia Lab, a research and development group; and Videowest, a producer of rock journalism. Read more about my career on LinkedIn.

I am the producer of "Hackers", a documentary about the heroes of the computer revolution -- and the 'hacker ethic' which made the Wikimedia movement possible. I was also elected an Ashoka Fellow for my work as social entrepreneur.

My work has been widely covered by publications such as the BBC, Atlantic Monthly, the Guardian, Le Monde, Newsweek, the New York Times, Scientific American, Time, the Washington Post, Wired and many more.

You can contact me here:


Wiki Loves Monuments

Here are some of the photos I took for Wiki Loves Monuments, a photo contest organized to add pictures of historic landmarks on Wikipedia. Most of my pictures so far are from Marin County, California, where I live.

Fort Baker, Sausalito

Fort Barry, Marin Headlands

Fort Cronkhite, Marin Headlands

Old Mill Park, Mill Valley

Outdoor Art Center, Mill Valley

These are just sample photos from my multimedia collections. For more WLM pictures, check out this special page with all my photos for Wiki Loves Monuments.

Enjoy these first pictures contributed as a volunteer. More to come!

How can we make Wikipedia better?

I love to develop new products based on ideas from our community. For the past few years, I have asked Wikimania conference participants for their suggestions on how to improve Wikipedia. Thanks for the inspiration -- and keep them coming!

For more community ideas, check out my full photo set on Flickr. For the best viewing experience, watch them in slideshow mode.

You can also view some of these images as a video montage on YouTube, on Vimeo -- or in Ogg/Theora format on Wikimedia Commons.

Editor Engagement Roundtable

To improve Wikipedia's editor engagement tools with the help of our community, I hosted this roundtable discussion at the Wikimedia Foundation in San Francisco on June 22, 2013. We brainstormed a variety of new features together, and gained many new insights from these conversations. Learn more about this Roundtable.

Learn more about the Roundtables community engagement program. A full photo set of this roundtable is available here on Flickr (for the best viewing experience, see this slide-show).

Multimedia Roundtable

Photos from our Multimedia Roundtable at Wikimania 2013 in Hong Kong on Thursday, August 8th, 2013. Learn more about this Roundtable.

Learn more about the Roundtables community engagement program. For more info on this Multimedia Roundtable, check out this report.