As you may have seen in Tech News, on the Wikimedia blog or at the
latest Metrics meeting, I'm currently leading a File metadata cleanup
drive, whose goal is to to fix file pages and tweak templates across
Wikimedia wikis, to ensure that multimedia files consistently contain
machine-readable metadata [1,2].

This initiative is a critical step in improving reuse and following
best practices for attribution in PDF prints, offline content like
Kiwix and third party tools like WikiWand, among others.

Some of you have already started adding the markers to information and
licensing templates (Thank you!) and I'm going around wikis to do the
same. We're making progress [3], but there's still a lot of work to do
because we have so many wikis.

I'd like to ask for your help in adding markers to the templates on
your wiki, since you probably speak many languages that I have trouble
deciphering. You're also more familiar with your wiki's templates, and
a distributed effort will be more efficient than just a handful of us
going around wikis :)

There's a detailed guide in many languages if you're not sure how to proceed:

I also recommend that you reach out to other editors on your wiki,
template authors, gadget maintainers, etc. since they may be able to
help, but may not know about this effort.

I'm also happy to help if you have questions. You can ask me off-list,
on the tech ambassadors list, on IRC (I'm guillom in #wikimedia on
freenode) or on my talk page on Meta. (Carrier pigeons are

If you're helping, please consider adding yourself to the list of
participants, so others can see which wikis are actively fixing files
and templates:

And if you're having difficulties, please do let others know on the
talk page so we can try and find a solution, both for your benefit and
for the benefit of others who might have the same problem: .

I hope that you'll be able to help fix files and templates on your
wiki and give a hand in this distributed effort.


Guillaume Paumier

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