Wikimedia Product/Perspectives/Experience/Rich Content
This is an essay. It expresses the opinions and ideas of some mediawiki.org users, but may not have wide support. Feel free to update this page as needed, or use the discussion page to propose major changes.
The Open Knowledge  movement encompasses much more than Wikipedia articles. Most of the world doesn’t know what “Wikimedia” is - they only know Wikipedia, and associate it with long-form, informative, encyclopedic text content. But we already offer much more than that. Commons, although flawed, is an established source for freely licensed multimedia files. WikiVoyage, although largely unknown, is full of rich and useful crowdsourced travel content. Wikisource has a small but dedicated community of transcribers, translators, and archivists who combine imagery and text into useful digital reproductions of old publications.
Our existing projects already offer rich opportunities to expand beyond encyclopedic content and give our users useful and fulfilling experiences, so it won’t be a stretch for us to continue to explore all types of media and formats to accomplish our goals.