Kaltura, a streaming video web site that recently won the people’s choice awards at the Crunchies and the Open Web Awards, has partnered with the Wikimedia Foundation to add videos to various Wiki projects. The Wikimedia Foundation’s projects include Wikimedia.org, MediaWiki.org, Wikipedia.org,
and Wikieducator [see comment]. I believe that this is a great value-add to the educational resources that Wikimedia Foundation provides.
The initiative is currently in Beta and Kaltura is building a larger user-base to contribute to making collaborative videos. Collaborative videos are videos that users can edit using Kaltura software to plug in videos, sounds, and photos that are relevant to the selected subject. These videos will also be embeddable within social network pages and blogs. For more information, check out: http://www.kaltura.com/devwiki/index.php/Main_Page.
Kaltura’s code will become open-source. Video and audio will be encoded in open source formats: OGG Vorbis and OGG Theora [source: Download Squad].
What are your thoughts on videos being embedded on Wikipedia? [comment here]