Education/Newsletter/January 2015/Master students design prototypes for categorizing images on Wikimedia Commons

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Master students design prototypes for categorizing images on Wikimedia Commons

By Sara Mörtsell (Wikimedia Sweden)

Student prototype Wikimedia Commons.jpg

Snippet: How can gamification resolve the issue of uncategorized images on Wikimedia Commons? This was the assignment for a masters class at Umeå University in Sweden.

Masters students at the Department of Informatics Umeå University, Sweden, were assigned to design a prototype for a gamified applications for categorizing images on Wikimedia Commons. The 25 students presented their prototypes at the beginning of 2015 in groups of 3-5. In their presentations, they elaborated on the challenge of the vast amount of uncategorized images on Wikimedia Commons and how they had researched the Wikimedia Commons Community and gamification when designing and evaluating their prototypes. This assignment is one of the examples of Wikimedia Sweden's efforts at engaging universities in researching the Wikimedia projects.

Watch videos of example prototypes here and here.

Read Umeå University's summary of the event (in Swedish) here.

Read more about the Wikipedia Education Program in Sweden here.