An uploadable media file such as an image, audio or video clip, or document, is an open educational resource or learning resource type which you can create for and place on Wikiversity. This page will help you upload and use such media files on Wikiversity. If you use media with your educational resources, you will improve their quality and people will enjoy them more.
Using existing media files
This is the easiest way to find media for your educational project.
Wikimedia Commons is a repository of over two million media items, all of which you can instantly use in your learning resources on Wikiversity. You just need to find some suitable items over at Wikimedia Commons, and then insert a short piece of code into your page to use it.
See also: Educational Media Awareness Campaign, a project which guides you through uses of Wikimedia Commons and showcases the use of Commons materials in the creation of educational resources.
You can upload a file to Wikiversity using the Special:Upload form, or by clicking the "Upload file" in the left-hand sidebar.
Wikiversity allows a number of file formats to be uploaded to Wikiversity - though it is recommended to upload images etc to Commons in order to allow maximum usage. However, Wikiversity does not allow uploading of non-free formats, such as MP3, MOV, and SWF. Free alternatives to most common formats are available - it is recommended to convert formats to free versions in order to upload to Wikiversity, Commons, or other Wikimedia sites. Both the content and the format need to be free in order to be allowed on Wikiversity - see Wikiversity:Copyrights
When you upload a file, Wikiversity's software will add it to the "Image" namespace - even if it is not an image. This means that if the file is called "Oak_tree.jpg" on your computer, it will be saved at "Image:Oak_tree.jpg" on Wikiversity. It is helpful if you choose the title of your file carefully before uploading it (perhaps by renaming or using "save as" on your computer).
The uploadable filetypes are as follows:
The maximum upload size is 20 MB.
You either use images already uploaded to Wiki commons or you can upload images if they have appropriate open licenses.
You can upload a pdf file exactly like an image file. However, you cannot embed a PDF file within a page - instead you need to link to it. You can use the [[Image:Name.pdf]] syntax similar to above - which will link to a page with the pdf file, which you can open or download.
In order to 'bypass' the file view, and link people directly to the image view, use "Media" instead of "Image", ie [[Media:Name.pdf]]
You cannot view the pdf file directly. It must be viewed by a helper application from your browser.
OGG Audio vs. OGG Movies
Sound-only OGG files
Images can be embedded into Wikiversity pages, whether from existing images on Wiki commons or Wikiversity, or you can upload images yourself if they have appropriate open licenses.
Embedding an image
To place (or "embed") this image, simply use
Reducing the size of an image file
By default the image will often be too large, but it can be re-sized e.g., like this
To make it even smaller, for example, try
Creating a thumbnail image
You can create "thumbnails" (provides a frame and a space for a caption) using:
Aligning an image
Alignment is optional. Options are: Left (default), center, or right.
The images above were created with this syntax:
Creating a gallery of images
You can add a gallery of images to a page by adding the <gallery> tag. For example adding:
<gallery> Image:Fichtennadel.jpg Image:Abies concolor leaves.jpg Image:Pinus strobus needles.jpg Image:Needle Leaves at Tree Top.jpg Image:Hjálmfura 02-5d.jpg|5 day old Pinus pinea Image:Seekiefer (Pinus halepensis) 9months-fromtop.jpg|9 months old Pinus halepensis from the top </gallery>
Note that sizing of images is automatic, but that image descriptions may be added. Note also that the double brackets (as in [[Image:Fichtennadel.jpg]]) are not used.
Linking to an image
If you want to link to an image, and not embed it onto a page, you can use a colon before the image name. For example, [[:Image:Fichtennadel.jpg]] - giving: Image:Fichtennadel.jpg
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