Video tutorials are often more beginner-friendly than text based online help pages. Wikimedia is therefore producing a number of videos demonstrating the basics of Wikipedia editing and increasing the public understanding of Wikipedia and Wikimedia.
On 19 November 2008 the shooting of the very first Wikipedia video tutorials took place. They will deal with two very basic questions:
* How do I edit Wikipedia?
* Why does Wikipedia work even though anyone can edit it?
To give you a look behind the scenes we produced a short 3 minute making-of video that can be watched online:
* on Wikimedia Commons (11.7 MB, better quality)
* on Wikimedia Commons (6.2 MB, lower quality)
* on Vimeo
* on blip.tv
* on YouTube
Currently, the two video tutorials are in the process of post-production (assembling the film, adding visual effects etc.) and we hope that they will be online soon. We’re also working on a portal space where the tutorials will be hosted for the long-term, and of course you’ll be able to find them here on the Wikimedia blog.
Frank Schulenburg, Head of Public Outreach