User:Fabrice Florin (WMF)

From Wikimania 2014 • London, United Kingdom

Fabrice Florin
Product Manager, Wikimedia Foundation
"Let's improve Wikipedia together, by making it easier for new and experienced users to collaborate productively."
Fabrice Florin, Product Manager

About me

I work in the Wikimedia Foundation's product group, where I help develop new software tools and practices for Wikipedia and other Wikimedia sites. (This is my work account, my personal account is here.)

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

My previous ventures include: Handtap, a wireless content provider;, 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 -- and earned four patents for my interactive TV work at Apple.

My work has been widely covered by the mainstream and independent press, including the BBC, Atlantic Monthly, the Guardian, Huffington Post, Le Monde, Newsweek, the New York Times, Scientific American, Time, the Washington Post, Wired and many more.

I look forward to collaborating with you and other Wikipedians!

My work

My role at the foundation is to coach our teams to build new tools and practices for Wikipedia and Wikimedia sites. In all our projects, we strive to encourage collaborations between new and experienced users -- so they can learn from each other and improve Wikipedia together.

Here are some of the projects I managed in my first two years at the Foundation:

Disclaimer: Although I work for the Wikimedia Foundation, contributions under this account do not necessarily represent the actions or views of the Foundation unless expressly stated otherwise. For example, edits to articles or uploads of other media are done in my individual, personal capacity unless otherwise stated.

Contact me


Multimedia Vision 2016

How will we use multimedia on our sites in three years?

Our Multimedia team was formed to provide a richer experience and support more media contributions across all our sites. To inform our plans, we created this vision of how we might collaborate through multimedia by 2016. This scenario was prepared with guidance from community members and is intended for discussion purposes.

Multimedia Vision 2016, presented by Fabrice Florin at a Wikimedia Meetup in San Francisco on Dec. 9, 2013.

You can also browse through these annotated slides at your leisure.

How can we make Wikipedia better?

At recent Wikimania conferences, I asked some of our community members for ideas on how to improve the Wikipedia and our free knowledge movement. Their responses were diverse and inspiring -- and we hope to implement some of these ideas in the future.

Here's a short video of what they told us.

You can also view this the photo gallery below.


How can we make Wikipedia better?

I love to develop new products based on ideas from our community. 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.

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.

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