Why does Wiki love explainer videos?
“Wiki loves explainer videos”. That’s a bold statement coming from us, since we’re the ones producing the videos… But it’s true! Our contributors from Wikipedia Community created a project with that same name and we want to tell you about it.
The idea of the project basically is that we take very difficult subjects, for which Wikipedia articles exist already, and create explainer videos that we then integrate into the body of these articles. These videos offer a summary or introduction to these topics and allow readers to get quick access and an overview.
Our contribution to this project is the mysimpleshow pilot project. The Wikipedians receive access to our tool mysimpleshow, which allows them to create explainer videos half-automatically. We got started by randomly choosing 50 Wikipedia articles and were able to evaluate and improve our creation process.
Now we went one step further and created five videos, including one about the Olympic Games
and the Transit of Venus.
We want to extend our project while at the same time we are working together with Wikipedians to create a system, which allows us to chose the next topics we need to explain.
This way we can make Wikipedia even more accessible and easy to understand! We can’t wait to create more videos.