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Easily Add Information to Images on Wikimedia Commons

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ISA is a fun, multilingual, mobile-first 'microcontributions' tool, that makes it easy for (groups of inexperienced) people to add structured data to images on Wikimedia Commons.

With ISA, you can choose a pre-defined set of images on Commons and then ask contributors to 'tag' these with multilingual structured metadata. Points are counted for each contribution, and therefore it is possible to organize 'tagging' or microcontributions competitions or challenges with ISA.

ISA is originally built to provide better multilingual and structured descriptions of Wiki Loves Africa images. But it is also developed to be useful to all of the Wiki Loves competitions, and eventually for all media files on Wikimedia Commons.

ISA is developed as a collaboration between Wiki In Africa, Histropedia and the Structured Data on Commons project. It is a GLAM pilot for Structured Data on Wikimedia Commons.

What does the name mean? 'Isa' is the chiShona language word for 'put' or 'place', but it can also serve as an acronym for Information Structured Acceleration, Information Structure Additions and more.

Access the tool:

Two design mock-ups (please note that this is work in progress!):

What to expect from this page (work in progress...)[edit]

In the future, on this page, you can expect to find:

  • instructions for Users / players / describers
  • what they can do
  • what impact their “play” will have on Commons/Wikimedia projects
  • what they can expect to see when they “play”
  • what rewards they can get …
  • what else they can do to help
  • instructions for campaign creators
  • what ISA can do for their project / category / interest / institution’s donations
  • what impact ISA will make on Commons/Wikimedia projects
  • step by Step on how to load their campaign
  • Suggested additional actions
  • materials needed or communications on running a campaign and inviting people to join
  • drives, events, dashboards, etc. needed to monitor success
  • what might be needed to be known beforehand for a comparison to show success or other
  • where and how they can access engagement and analytics

How it works[edit]

The tool is still a work in progress. You can watch this page to find out more about when the first ISA campaign for Wiki Loves Africa will be released. Once the first campaign is ready, other teams and organisers will be able to run their own campaigns using the tool.

The tool is initially being built to assist in the addition and improvement of structured descriptions of Wiki Loves Africa images.

But the tool is also designed to be a host of small competitions.

The general idea is that wikimedians will create campaigns with the goal of improving one or several specific categories of images on Wikimedia Commons, within a certain time frame. Information is provided on the tool to easily turn this campaign into a little competition !!! In particular, the tool will provide stats that allow to identify the best contributors to the said campaign real time ! Participation info will be provided in a nice visual format that can be directly used to include in coordinator report or used to communicate the outcome of the competition on social media, turning the campaign into a communication tool. Data about participation will also available for download into cvs format for any further statistical uses.

Usercase: for example, the Nigerian community may wish to run a specific campaign to improve structured descriptions of images uploaded from Nigeria during the Wiki Loves Africa 2014. The competition will take place on a Saturday afternoon during a dedicated edit-a-thon. One day before the edit-a-thon, one coordinator will create a specific campaign that will only consider and will have a starting date on the Saturday morning and ending date at 5pm on Saturday afternoon. At the beginning of the Edit-a-thon, Nigerian teams share the past excitement and pleasure of participation to former Wiki Loves Africa and explains the importance of having structured data on the uploaded images. Then the Nigerian team share the link to the campaign to all edit-a-thon participants on what's app. During one hour, players compete and improve image descriptions at the same time. The coordinator keeps an eye on the participation stats. At 5pm, the competition is over and every player can see how much he helped and can compare himself with the others ! The Nigerian team declare winners the top 5 participants and provide goodies, sweets and certificates to celebrate ! At 5h15, a facebook post is send with a screenshot of the competition results to further push engagement. Everyone goes his way but on Sunday morning, one Nigerian happily goes to the tool campaign page to download info for a deep dive into participation data.

How to participate in a campaign[edit]



The tool will be available from June 2019 in English and French. Final dates still to be announced.

If you find any errors in this tool or if you have any suggestions on how to improve that tool, please feel free to create a task at Phabricator.


People involved

  • Florence Devouard, development process lead, Wiki In Africa
  • Islahaddow, communications lead, Wiki In Africa
  • Eugene Egbe, Developer
  • Navino Evans, Technical manager, Histropedia
  • Sean McBirnie, Designer, Histropedia
  • Mark Holmquist, Development advisor
  • Sandra Fauconnier, mentor and SDC liaison, Wikimedia Foundation