Summary: Request for access to media commons items using the
           Product: MediaWiki
           Version: 1.16.0
          Platform: All
        OS/Version: All
            Status: NEW
          Severity: enhancement
          Priority: Normal
         Component: API

In order to request photo's or other media from the mediawiki API we would like
to have the ability to search for media items in for instance Wikimedia
The results would be returned preferably as JSON with the metadata such as the
author, dimensions, filesize and off course the uri to the media file itself.
Preferably the results could be filtered based on metadata and limited. Similar
API's exists already for services such as Yahoo's Flickr. Perhaps that API can
be used as an example.    

Extending the API in this manner allows other parties to benefit from the media
available on the Wikimedia Commons. In our case we would like to offer a
WordPress plugin which allows WordPress user to search and download Wikimedia
Commons Media files for their WordPress installation and insert these in their
blog posts including important metadata such as the author and license.

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