Some wikis, e.g. Portuguese Wikinews, have expressed interest in using MediaSearch as a search interface for their wiki. Extending MediaSearch to other wikis would also allow us to potentially improve the search experience and explore using structured data to improve search results on the Wikipedias, which is a goal of the SDAW grant.
This ticket is a spike to determine if it is possible and what level of effort would be required to make MediaSearch extensible to other wikis.
On the surface, it looks like if the tab order and tab names were configurable, then non-commons wikis could make use of the MediaSearch extension
This ticket is to investigate
- the level of effort in making the order/tab names configurable
- to see if the media searches will work (via falling back to commons) even on wikis with few local files
- also see if the local files are prioritised in the search results
- also worth checking how the search indices are used if/when there is a fallback (lower priority)