Lately, we’ve been running in circles trying to improve the wiki. People have variously proposed standardizing the event pages, improving state-by-state and trial event information, and revitalizing the test exchange. In order to accelerate the development of the wiki, we need to employ a more unified and comprehensive system to facilitate our efforts.
Hangfromthefloor is in the planning stages of a new custom extension for the wiki and test exchange that will make it easier to store and edit the site’s metadata. Hangy is examining IMSLP, a community-built library of public domain sheet music, as the model for an improved wiki and test exchange. The custom MediaWiki design that IMSLP uses accommodates many different types of files by matching the appropriate metadata to each individual file. For example, a “performer” attribute would be applied to audio files, while a “number of pages” attribute would be applied to printable files. Users may then search and filter results by these attributes.
Similarly, Hangy’s extension for the wiki would abstract the relevant metadata from each file on the wiki and test exchange. By dealing with tests, study guides, images, recordings, videos, and other media, this proposal encompasses more than just the "test exchange" as it currently exists for tests only. This extension will allow for greater flexibility and organization, and begin to solve some of the pesky standardization problems that we've been encountering.
Hangfromthefloor has already compiled a preliminary list of attributes that would be applied to files on the wiki and test exchange. He would like input and ideas from other scioians in order to set this project in motion. What do you guys think of this plan? Are there any nuances of the wiki and test exchange that you would like to see eliminated, retained, or incorporated from IMSLP? If you have any comments or suggestions related specifically to this proposal, please post them here.
If this project goes as planned, the wiki's functionality and ease of use should be improved greatly in the near future.