John Cummings | 27 Jan 23:50 2015

Looking for feedback for my WMF proposal to woork with UNESCO including large image release

Hi all

I’m looking for feedback and endorsement for my Wikimedia Foundation PEG grant to be Wikimedian in Residence at UNESCO. I’d very much appreciate if you would have a look, I want to include as many different projects and languages as possible and connect editors in each country with local UNESCO partners which could benefit activities like Wiki Loves Monuments and Wiki Loves Earth. The most relevant goal to Wikimedia Commons is:

2. Make content from the archives of UNESCO and its partners available on Wikimedia projects: This project will facilitate the upload of 30,000 images, audio files, videos, data and other content to Wikimedia projects from UNESCO archives(24,000 images), UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) and other sources including 10 organisations changing their content license to be Wikimedia compatible, a completed pilot project is outlined in the Goal section.

I ran a pilot project that resulted in the images found in the Wikimedia Commons category Images from the archive of UNESCO, here are a few examples:

  • The Soda volcano, Oromia, Ethiopia.

  • Rubble of the cathedral after the earthquake that hit the Capital Port au Prince just before 5 pm on 12 January 2010.

  • Young monk, wearing a special costume, July-August 1991, Sikkim, India.

  • Sabha, 6, getting ready to walk to school from her house on the borders eastern Gaza strip, where she and her family are still living in tents.

  • Not far from Mohenjo-Daro (or Mohenjodaro) - These Mohana fishermen/hunters use lures from real birds to catch more birds. They will either eat them or sell them. Mohenjodaro, Pakistan.

  • Priest of rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, a high place of Ethiopian Christianity, still today a place of pilmigrage and devotion.

If you think this is a worthwhile project please click this link and then click the endorse button.

Many thanks


John Cummings - Wikimedia UK volunteer
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Romaine Wiki | 22 Jan 19:01 2015

Project Wiki Loves Art in Belgium

Hello all,

Hereby I like to announce the project Wiki Loves Art in Belgium.

In November we had a meeting with a museum and we noticed that they were very enthusiastic about Wikipedia/Wikimedia, but they experienced it as difficult and maybe dangerous to open up their collection. This relatively closed attitude appears to be not unique, but often occurring among Belgian cultural institutions, compared with other countries, as we understood from various organisations in the open knowledge sector.

Therefore we have thought about how to work together with cultural institutions and we came up with Wiki Loves Art. This project has been organised earlier in various countries, and in 2009 also in the Netherlands. A Dutch team is currently working on organising Wiki Loves Art in 2016 again, and that gave us the inspiration to start with the organisation in Belgium as well.

Wiki Loves Art is a photo contest in what participants visit the museums, galleries, archives and libraries which have determined a part of their collection to be photographed and published under a free license. Wiki Loves Art gives participating photographers often a unique possibility to take photos in a cultural institution and/or to visit an organisation behind the scenes. This has resulted in other Wiki Loves Art projects in many photos that are widely used on various Wikipedias. For cultural institutions this project gives the opportunity to collaborate with Wikipedia/Wikimedia in a save way, without having opening the doors of their entire collections, and show a part of their collection with relatively little costs.

In an organisational point of view the project is intended to make the Belgiumgap less wide and the availability will increase the coverage of Belgian art on Wikipedia. In comparison with other countries, relatively less articles have been written about subjects in Belgium in the various language versions of Wikipedia. This project tries to stimulate to fill this gap and that Belgian art and more is better visible and described on Wikipedia.

Wiki Loves Art is a project under the flag of Wikimedia Belgium, but is a joint project in what we work together with several organisations with a long-term expertise in working with cultural institutions and/or open knowledge projects. Together with them we had last week a meeting and agreed on how we want to organise Wiki Loves Art in Belgium.

We need to start in time as the project is very labour intensive with much time spend on communication with the various cultural institutions. The Dutch team has therefore highly recommended to hire someone for one or two days a week during the project to be able to manage all the communication and organisational needs. We are also going to set up a website, print flyers and leaflets, and after the contest we organise a jury to judge the photos and organise a prize giving ceremony.

If there are any suggestions or feedback, please let us know.

The project will be brought in at the General Assembly coming Saturday.

If you are interested in volunteering as part of the organisational team, let us know!

The project page can be found at

Kind regards,


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Fabrice Florin | 7 Jan 20:00 2015

Joining WMF Communications team

Hi folks,

I am happy to announce that I will be joining the Wikimedia Foundation's Communications team as Movement Communications Manager for a period of six months. 

I have really enjoyed my work as product manager at WMF in the past 3 years, leading the development of new tools like Notifications, Thanks, Beta Features, Media Viewer and other multimedia products [1]. 

One of the lessons I learned during that time is that 'better communications' are really important to make our movement more effective. I also think that growing a 'culture of kindness' is key if we want to engage a broader community [2]. I hope to support both of these goals in my new role. 

Starting this week, I will be working with the communications team on the Wikimedia blog and general WMF/movement communications. My focus for the blog will include improving contributor workflow for community members and WMF staff, and providing editorial guidance for contributors. I will also act as the main contact point for authors submitting new blog posts, and shepherd the publication process. Within movement communications, I will work to improve the availability, distribution, and timeliness of communications from the WMF to the broader community. I will also manage a range of movement communications tasks previously handled by Tilman Bayer, who is transitioning to the WMF Product team as Senior Analyst. 

Going forward, senior engineer Gilles Dubuc will lead the multimedia team and take on some of my responsibilities as product owner, until a new product manager is assigned to that team. Please contact him directly with any questions related to our multimedia work.

I’d like to thank all my colleagues on the multimedia and product teams -- as well as our many community champions -- for being such wonderful collaborators over the past few years. I am proud of what we accomplished together, and I hope that the features we created can help many more people share knowledge productively in years to come. Special thanks to Erik Moeller for his thoughtful guidance throughout the past three years -- and for making this transition possible.

I'm delighted to take on this new assignment, and look forward to more collaborations with you all in the coming year.


Fabrice Florin
Movement Communications Manager
Wikimedia Foundation

[1] Fabrice's user page:

[2] 'A Culture of Kindness' blog post:
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IAC Media | 7 Jan 10:40 2015

[OTRS:ticket:2015010110001298)] Correction of category

To: Wikipedia Commons
Attn: Network Administrator

Kindly refer the OTRS ticket:2015010110001298

You are requested to delete the "category" name "India Against Corruption" for images of Shri Arvind Kejriwal.

All images in this category are of his "Aam Aadmi Party" activity and Shri Arvind Kejriwal is not directly
associated with "India Against Corruption" w.e.f 26 November 2012 as has been amply clarified in his
office's email to Wikipedia stored under this service ticket number.

Thanks for your cooperation

IAC Media Team

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Ricordisamoa | 6 Jan 14:28 2015

Automating SVG validation

As you may know, many Commoners make it a point to make SVG images pass the W3C Markup Validation Service, and even created a template to mark images that don't. This system has scalability and maintainability issues, so I have designed an apposite extension for the MediaWiki software which I think will help automating the process for the sake of the whole community.
You can find some technical details on the Wikitech mailing list.
Any help to set up a request for comment on Commons will be appreciated, thank you.
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Romaine Wiki | 1 Jan 17:57 2015

Happy Public Domain Day!

This sounds to me as something for a blog post!

On January 1 we celebrate Public Domain Day [1] as many works of authors who died 70+ years ago now enter the public domain and can be used freely.

Let us be aware: copyright is temporary. It only lasts during the authors lifetime and 70 years afterwards (in most countries). During those years it is limiting Wikipedia and her sister projects in showing works of art, literature, public art and buildings in countries without freedom of panorama [2], and more in the articles. But now a new batch is freed from copyrights!

An overview of images and texts that are restored or added to the Wikimedia Commons, are collected on:

Many of these files still need a place in articles. You can help!

You can also help by uploading new files of subjects that are freed of copyrights.
You can also help by tagging all requests for deletion pages with the category when the file can be restored, which is/was deleted. [3]

As I follow the log of restored files this week, more images and texts will follow. If still files or texts are missing in the list, let me know or add them yourselves.

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Jonas Öberg | 10 Dec 19:30 2014
Picon now up w/ Commons data

Dear all,

thanks for all your help with answering questions and giving feedback
over the last couple of months. I'm happy to say that we're finally at
a stage where we've hashed 22,452,638 images from Wikimedia Commons
and launched in public beta: is an open API as well as browser plugins, that can query and
get information about images using a perceptual hash that's easy and
quick to calculate in a browser.

What the browser extensions allow you to do is match an image you find
"in the wild" against Wikimedia Commons. If it can be matched against
an image from Commons, it'll show you the title, author, and license,
and give you links back to Wikimedia, the license, and a quick and
handy "Copy as HTML" to copy the image and attribution as a HTML
snippet for pasting into Word, LibreOffice, Wordpress, etc.

Our API provides lookup functions to find information using a URL (the
Commons' page name URL) or using the perceptual hash. You get
information back as JSON in W3C Media Annotations format. of course,
the information you get back is no better than the one provided by the
Commons API, so if you already have a page name URL, you may as well
query it directly, and rely on our API only for searching by
perceptual hashes.

The algorithm we use for calculating perceptual hashes, which you'll
need to query our API, is at


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bawolff | 5 Dec 03:37 2014

Re: Duplicate removal?

> >
> > Message: 4
> > Date: Thu, 4 Dec 2014 14:58:37 -0500
> > From: "Sreejith K." <>
> > To: Wikimedia Commons Discussion List <>
> > Subject: Re: [Commons-l] Duplicate removal?
> > Message-ID:
> >         <>
> > Content-Type: text/plain; charset="utf-8"
> >
> > I am using Wikimedia APIs to create a gallery of duplicates and routinely
> > clean them. You can see the results here.
> >
> >
> >
> > The page also has a link to the script. If anyone is interested in using
> > this script, let me know and I can work with you to customize it.
> >
> > - Sreejith K.
> >
> >
See also which lists files that have the most byte for byte duplicates (really most of the time those should use file redirects).


Thanks Jonas for experimenting with this sort of thing. I always wished we did something with preceptual hashes internally in addition to the sha1 hashes we do currently.


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Jonas Öberg | 4 Dec 08:31 2014

Duplicate removal?

Hi everyone,

In our work with[1], we've come across a number of duplicate
files in Commons. Some of them are explainable, such as PNGs which
also have a thumbnail as JPG[2], but others seem to be more clear-cut
duplicated uploads, like [3] and [4], and yet others are the same work
but different sizes like [5] and [6].

Going through this is quite an effort, and likely requires a bit of
manual work. Is there any organised structure/group of people, that
deal with duplicate works? We'd love to contribute our findings to
such an effort once we clean up our data a bit.

[2] Like,_Bellows_Falls,_by_P._W._Taft.png

Jonas Öberg, Founder & Shuttleworth Foundation Fellow
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Béria Lima | 3 Dec 01:04 2014

Re: Funding a new gear for WM photographer Poco a poco

My bad Geni, I never had one and therefore priced then as two itens and not one.

Béria L
​. de Rodríguez

Imagine um mundo onde é dada a qualquer pessoa a possibilidade de ter livre acesso ao somatório de todo o conhecimento humano. Ajude-nos a construir esse sonho.

2014-12-02 21:57 GMT-02:00 geni <geniice <at>>:

On 2 December 2014 at 23:17, Santiago Navarro Sanz <> wrote:
Sorry for crossposting:
Help one of the best volunteer photographers in Wikimedia Commons restore his stolen equipment.

Diego Delso is known as Poco a poco in Wikimedia Commons. In case you don't know, Wikimedia Commons is a media file repository where anyone can share freely-licensed content with everyone. Wikipedia uses Wikimedia Commons as it's image repository, so, in fact, most of the times you view an image in Wikipedia, you are actually viewing a Wikimedia Commons image.

While Diego is just one of the thousands of Wikimedia Commons volunteers, he is a very special one: he's one of the main Commons contributors ever, having some amazing records, such as being the user with the highest amount of Featured Pictures ever (153 images) and also the one with the highest amount of quality images ever, with 5,777 Quality Images. That's an awesome amount of very high quality material, that Diego has given to every living person for free.

Never heard about Wikimedia Commons? It's the repository that hosts allmultimedia files that you can see (and download) in Wikipedia and all other Wikimedia projects. Diego's files are used in those projects and are also available for everybody else with a free license.

Furthermore, Diego has contributed in Wikimedia Commons in other ways. One of them is by supporting (by being an organizer or a jury) two of the most importantphotographic contests in the Wikimedia movement (and in the world!): Wiki Loves Monuments and Wiki Loves Earth.

Sadly, while Diego was in Buenos Aires after participating in a Wikimedia Iberoamerican Encounter with other Wikimedia volunteers, he got his equipment stolen. In this unfortunate event, he didn't only lost his camera, zoom lenses and laptop, but also every single picture he took during his 2 weeks trip in South America, which he was going to upload to Wikimedia Commons so they could be used by everyone, everywhere.

As Wikimedia volunteers and Diego's friends, we could not stand aside of this, so we decided to help him to restore his equipment. You can help, too, by contributing to this campaign!

Our goal is simple: to collect enough money to help Diego to buy exactly the same equipment he lost.

All the gear he lost in Argentina is described below, with a reference to the price from Amazon for the same equipment.

Tipo Modelo Preço
Camera body Canon EOS 5D Mark II $ 2,694.00
Objective fisheye f/4.0 Canon EF 8-15mm L USM $ 1,349.00
Objective wide-angle f/4.0 Canon EF 17-40mm L USM $ 839.00
Objective wide-angle to telephoto f/4.0 Canon EF 24-105mm L IS UVM $ 1,149.00
Laptop Acer Aspire 1810T $ 600.00
Total $ 6,631.00

Cost wise you don't buy the 5DII and 24-105mm as separate items. You buy the 5DIII with the 24-150mm as a kit.


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Lydia Pintscher | 22 Nov 13:32 2014

access to data on Wikidata is coming on Dec 2nd

Hey everyone :)

I've been asked to enable access to the data on Wikidata for Commons.
I'm happy to make that happen. We'll enable access on December 2nd.
What does this mean? You will be able to access data from an item on
Wikidata like the date of birth of an artist or the name of a city in
different languages. Where and how much you make use of that is up for
you to decide. You will be able to access the data in two ways. The
first one is the #property parser function
( The
second one is via Lua
( There
are two big caveats at this point. 1) You will only be able to access
data for items that are connected via a sitelink to the page you want
to show the data on. We're currently working on allowing accessing
data from any item. This should be available around January/February.
2) You can not use this to store meta data (like the date a picture
was taken or who took it) about individual files. This will in the
future be stored on Commons itself as part of the structured data
project (

Please let me know if you have any questions. I am looking forward to
more integration between Commons and Wikidata and all the things this
will make possible. It'd be great if you could help with updating and
expanding The
relevant page on Wikidata is


Lydia Pintscher -
Product Manager for Wikidata

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10963 Berlin

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