User:Fabrice Florin (WMF)

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I work as product manager at Wikimedia Foundation, where I coach development teams to create new features for Wikipedia: our notification tools are helping millions of users stay informed and work more effectively together; we created a new Thanks tool that is now used widely to share positive feedback and grow a culture of kindness in our community; and we just launched a new media viewer that lets people browse larger images across our sites. (This is my work account, my personal account is here.)

Over the last thirty years, I have led the development of a wide range of news, education, entertainment and software products. As a multimedia creator and a software entrepreneur, I have worked with large technology companies such as Apple and Macromedia, as well as managed smaller ventures, from an independent TV studio to a game development shop and a social news network. I enjoy working at the intersection of content, community and technology, engaging people to collaborate, learn and play together through digital media.

Before joining the Wikimedia Foundation, I founded and led, a nonprofit social news network, to help people tell apart fact from fiction. Now acquired by Poynter Institute, this educational service has been used by leading universities to teach news literacy to journalism students. Its innovative review tools invite members to rate the news based on quality, rather than popularity -- and surfaces good journalism on a variety of topics.

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.

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 Wikimedians! I am new to this movement, and appreciate your patience with me, as I am still learning all the many practices and rules of this community. If you have any questions, feel free to email me directly at fflorin-at-wikimedia-dot-org . You are also welcome to follow me on Twitter, Google+ or LinkedIn.

My Work[edit]

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 have managed in my first three years at the Foundation:

Contact me[edit]


Multimedia Vision 2016[edit]

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 view this five-minute video in other file formats on YouTube and Vimeo -- or browse through these annotated slides at your leisure.

How can we make Wikipedia better?[edit]

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.

You can also view this video in other file formats on YouTube and on Vimeo -- or in the photo gallery below.


How can we make Wikipedia better?[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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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