In response about the discussion on wikien-l about fair use and
placeholder images for biographies (and other things?) I have written
a new tool, WatchFlickr.
Given a category (at selectable depth), it retrieves all articles in
that category, checks if it lacks an image, and if so, searches Flickr
for relevant CC-BY and CC-BY-SA images. It shows found flickr
thumbnails, links to the wikipedia and flickr page, and to
Flominator's Flinfo tool.
Not that due toolserver problems, several wikipedias, notably en, are
not available to search right now. German wikipedia works, though, in
case you want to test.
I have already found, uploaded, and used about a dozen "celebrity"
images, both adding a new image and (on en.wp) replacing fair use and
I found really good the Wikimedia Outreach Project, which tries to
improve the relationships between sister projects and Commons.
The it.wiki community has talked long about this.
The description of the pictures are almost always in english (anyway
in a single language: the language of the uploader) and this makes
things not easy for those who explore commons and want to understand
what the descriptions say.
I was wondering "what about a requiring-language template?"
For example we could add in the information template - in the
description field - the main language-templates:
When a language-template is not filled it could appear
en: description of XXX
fr: *description in french language required*
it: descrizione di XXX
When a language is missing, the picture could be automatically put in
a category like [[Category: French description required]].
(forwarded and answering)
Fantastic! Thank you!
Now then everyone, let's see what else we can find ...
On 01/10/2007, Dave Pape <depape(a)buffalo.edu> wrote:
> (For some reason my e-mail was bounced, saying I'm not permitted to post
> to the list, so I'm sending this to you directly until I have a chance to
> find out what went wrong.)
> On Sun, 30 Sep 2007, David Gerard wrote:
> > I'm looking for replacements for [[:en:Image:Gifford-pinchot.jpg]],
> > which happens to be the same image as [[:commons:Image:Gifford
> > Pinchot.jpg]] - it's US State, not US Federal, so may not be PD. The
> > LOC has some lovely pics, all pre-1923:
> > tscho,pan,horyd,genthe,var,cai,cd,hh,yan,bbcards,lomax,ils,prok,brhc,n
> > clc,matpc,iucpub,tgmi,lamb,:@FIELD(SUBJ+@band(++Pinchot,+Gifford,+1865
> > +1946++))
> > So, it says "we have the neg." How does one get access to a scannable
> > copy of the full-sized thing? Would they have a large scan available,
> > not just the thumbnail? Etc., etc.
> If the info page has a thumbnail, then the high-resolution scan is also
> online (in every case I've encountered so far). You just have to learn
> the naming scheme, either by poking around directories or checking the
> links for other photos in the same collection.
> For example, the Pinchot photo http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3c03915
> has its full-res copy at
> Dave Pape Assistant Professor
> http://resumbrae.com/ Media Study, University at Buffalo