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Semi-automatic photo description and categorization tool for Commons
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Proposed in Community-Wishlist-Survey-2016. Received 28 support votes, and ranked #55 out of 265 proposals. View full proposal with discussion and votes here.


Every user has to add categories and descriptions (mostly) manually when uploading a file. This is ok for the experienced users, but annoying for newbies. Looking for a suitable category from hunderds of available ones is usually time-consuming. Describing pictures with information kinda similar to available categories is also rather annoying, given the fact that sometimes one information needs to be written twice ({{en|A tree in the Paris garden}} [[Category:Paris Garden]][[Category:Trees]]

Who would benefit

Commons uploaders

Proposed solution

The information we need is already there in some parts. We do have now pictures that are uploaded with the geographical coordinates. It is a small part of all uploads, but it is growing over time. What we do need is a tool that will take the coordinates (data) and looks for the nearest Wikipedia article. Then the tool will suggest the name of the article as a suggestion for the user for the picture. The user can either confirm or reject it - it can be a popup window or it can have some other form. Since most articles now have their own coordinates and relevant categories on Wikidata, it can be doable.

Technical details

Time, expertise and skills required

  • e.g. 2-3 weeks, advanced contributor, javascript, css, etc

Suitable for

  • e.g. Hackathon, GSOC, Outreachy, etc.



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