Open Access File of the Day on Wikimedia Commons: Scincus scincus.ogv

Today’s Open Access File of the Day on Wikimedia Commons is the first video in this series. There are very few multimedia files from genuinely Open Access sources on Wikimedia Commons, even though PLoS ONE alone has more than 1600 articles with (often several) video files in their supplementary materials. To remedy this situation, I submitted a proposal (in German; English summary) to Wikimedia Germany’s WissensWert Initiative that is specifically focused on bringing multimedia files from Open Access sources onto Wikimedia Commons. While the jury is deciding over the awards this week, the public can still vote for their favourite until Dec 13 (my proposal is No. 49).

Back to Scincus scincus.ogv – a video showing how a sandfish (Scincus scincus) buries in sand. It was uploaded to Commons (after conversion from the original AVI to OGV by User:MER-C) from the article Investigating the Locomotion of the Sandfish in Desert Sand Using NMR-Imaging by Werner Baumgartner et al. (2008) in PLoS ONE that is licensed CC BY. Obviously, optical imaging cannot detect the animal once it is buried. This is kind of the point of the paper, which also contains videos based on Magnetic Resonance image series showing the animal (high NMR signal) enter the sand (low NMR signal if dry), but these files have not yet made it to Commons.

I have never seen OGV embedded in a blog post, and WordPress does not seem to like the code I copied from the Commons page, nor some alternatives, so you may have to click a few more times than usual to actually see the animal bury.

burying behaviour of an adult sandfish (Scincus scincus)

The file is used in the Scincus scincus articles on the English and Spanish Wikipedias.

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