Text and photos and videos are great, but today we don't have the same kind of pervasive hyperlinking in media that makes disappearing down a Wikipedia clicking journey both fun and educational.
Imagine, if you will, that flat photos, panoramas, and videos were as capable of linking to each other and showing related data in various formats as our text articles are. Multiple 360 panoramas and close up photos of a historic place could be linked together into an immersive experience; anything from a simple virtual tour to a fully annotated visual "article" able to take you to related concepts, places, times, etc.
In short, imagine playing Myst, but it's a useful, educational set of Wikipedia resources. ;)
Or think of HyperCard, if you prefer...
Related subtasks are numerous:
- create an annotation/linking system for media that can take on the features of the existing annotations thingy done in client JS on Commons
- extend in various ways including direct linking and a pluggable way to specify media-type-specific coordinates that can be extended for:
- flat photos with 2d shapes
- panoramas/photo spheres with 2d shapes that can extend across the seam boundaries
- videos with 2d shapes with in/out time points, that can also change shape/position over time
- 360-degree video plus seam boundaries like photo spheres
- 3D versions of all the above with depth coordinates
- 3D object spaces in 3D models
- movable object attachment in an interactive widget
- ... Etc ...
- enhance the display engines to support marking and selecting annotations/links
- pluggable interface for editing annotations too
- possibly a way to add all these annotations in specific collection views as well as directly on a source file
- for example, allow same source image to appear with different annotations in different "experiences", the way links on image maps can be added on specific articles separately from the annotations on commons