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Submission no. 2098 - G5
Title of the submission

Is Wikipedia ready for video?

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Author of the submission

Itzik Edri

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chairperson and spokesperson, Wikimedia Israel

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On July 2016, Wikimedia Israel, announced a new cooperation with the Israeli News Company, which produces the primetime news program on Israel’s Channel 2. The partnership’s aim was to bring, for the first time, current affairs videos to be added, remixed, and shared on the Wikimedia projects. In the first phase, we got and uploaded 30 videos, among them footage from important historical events like the Oslo Accords, the Israel–Jordan peace treaty, Jerusalem and the Western Wall and videos of Israeli politicians and celebrities. But it wasn't so easy. The reactions we faced and the issues raised had a big (negative) influence on the project’s success. When we read an article on Wikipedia, and we think that some content has no consensus – we can edit it, and have a discussion on the specific words or sentences. But what do we do when we have a 2 minute video – and a community member thinks that second 00:30 isn't appropriate? And another member thinks that 01:15-01:20 isn’t? How can we reach a consensus when we speak about videos? What about controversial articles? Does a video need to show the point of view of both sides?

And maybe the most important question – when, finally, will commons and the Media-Wiki infrastructure be friendly to videos?

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