Monday, September 24, 2007
More Wikimedia hacks - Instant Commons
In light of the preceding post I think it's also worth mentioning the Instant Commons as well. Another great hack around the MediaWiki software that will allow any MediaWiki installation access and usage of any uploaded media file from the Wikimedia Commons. Instant Commons-enabled wikis will cache Commons content so that it would only be downloaded once, and subsequent pageviews would load the locally existing copy rather than the Wikimedia foundations servers. If this could be combined with some localized search interface ... perhaps using Grub to index Commons content ... now we're talking.
There's an test of Instant Commons available here.
Image: Instant Yakisoba (CC-By-SA)