Of tangential interest: http://bayimg.com/
Apparently "completely uncensored". ("We will not remove any pictures
that are just immoral or in any way legal to host under Swedish law."
- well, still seems like they'll have a lot of removing to do, to me.)
They use a tag system - e.g. http://bayimg.com/tag/background .
uploading is ultra quick.
They've just been waiting in a mountain for the right moment:
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:
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.
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]].
I got a call from some UN branch office (!) this morning, asking about
how to reuse pictures from Wikipedia. I gave the usual response: (1)
we don't own the images (2) they're under a variety of licenses, some
of which are easy to obey, some of which are a nuisance (3) what's
your email? I'll send you a link to the Reuse FAQ.
So, having sent him there, I looked over the page. It's almost
complete! The only thing really missing is, in the CC section:
[TO DO: note differences between 1.0, 2.0 and 2.5, and different countries]
Presumably 3.0 as well, if we're allowing that.
I also tweaked the intro. With the recent Virgin Mobile case (the
hazards of reusing a CC-by-sa pic without clearing model or
personality rights), I put a warning at the top about images of
people: "Take care with context."
So, I'd like those of you who know your way around the copyright
brambles and who can write simply and clearly to:
1. Review the whole thing for accuracy.
1a. Review the whole thing for readability.
2. Fill in that and any other gaps you notice.
3. Re-synchronise translations. (I only edit the English version.
Anything in other versions I've missed?)
I don't know if there's anyone within Wikimedia doing any kind of
research like this, but it might be interesting if we had someone
attending this to see if there's anything that we could use to improve
our own image search techniques.
I recall we had a bot at one stage on Commons that would grab the
local captions of images used in various projects and then put those
captions back on the Commons image page. Seems a bit the same :)
See message 2 at http://linguistlist.org/issues/18/18-2794.html#2
Date: 21-Jan-2008 - 21-Jan-2008
Location: Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
Web Site: http://www.visapp.org/MMIU.htm
The number of digital images being generated, stored, managed and shared
through the internet is growing at a phenomenal rate. Press and photo
agencies receive and manage thousands or millions of images per day and
end-users (e.g. amateur reporters) can easily participate into the related
professional workflows. In an environment of approximately one billion
photos, searchable in online databases worldwide, finding the most
relevant or the most appealing image for a given task (e.g. to illustrate a
story) has become an extremely difficult process. In these huge
repositories, many images have additional information coming from different
Information related to the image capture such as date, location, camera
settings or name of photographer is often available from the digital camera
used to take the photograph. The owner can further add a relevant title,
filename or/and descriptive caption or any other textual reference. If the
image is uploaded to a shared photo collection, additional comments are
frequently added to the image by other users. On the other hand, images
used in documents, i.e. web pages, frequently have captions and surrounding
text. All this information can be considered image metadata and is of value
for organizing, sharing, and processing images.
However, it is not always evident how to exploit the information contained
in such metadata in an intelligent, generic or task-specific way. Linking
this information with the actual image content is still an open challenge.
The aim of this workshop is to offer a meeting opportunity for researchers,
content providers and related user-service providers to elaborate on the
needs and practices of digital image management, to share ideas that will
point to new directions on using metadata for image understanding and to
demonstrate related technology representative of the state of the art and
Research paper topics that may be addressed include, but are not limited to:
- image metadata pattern discovery and mining
- interaction of image metadata and visual content
- image and video metadata enrichment
- automatic metadata creation
- hybrid collaborative and machine learning techniques for metadata
creation and/or fusion
- cross image-text categorization and retrieval
- image auto-captioning and annotation transfer
- learning user preferences, aesthetical and emotional measures from
- integration of camera settings with image categorization, retrieval or
- application-specific issues of metadata mining:
integration of visual and geo-location information for improved virtual
web-based image retrieval
Full Paper Submission: October 15, 2007
Authors Notification: November 7, 2007
Final Paper Submission and Registration: November 19, 2007
They've just been waiting in a mountain for the right moment:
> Message: 1
> Date: Thu, 20 Sep 2007 22:22:19 +1000
> From: "Brianna Laugher" <brianna.laugher(a)gmail.com>
> Subject: Re: [Commons-l] Looking for PowerPoint slides to encourage
> media contributions
> To: "Wikimedia Commons Discussion List"
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=ISO-8859-1
> Hey John,
> On 20/09/2007, John Tex <johntexster(a)gmail.com> wrote:
> > Hello,
> > I am currently in communication with the director of the media collection
> > for a large university system. This person is intrigued by the idea of
> > making some (possibly a lot) of their collection available under a free
> > license.
> > This is speculative, but I MAY get the opportunity to make a pitch in person
> > to the decision makers.
> > I am wondering if anyone has been in this position before and if you have
> > any tips. I would especially like it if anyone has made some PowerPoint
> > slides they could share with me, so I don't have to start from scratch.
> That's really exciting! Please let us know how it goes.
> I don't know of any such slide sets. However I have about half-written
> a promo/intro-type booklet for Commons. You can download it from here:
> (open office format)
> They're not slides, but you can probably adapt the text pretty easily.
> And in a similar vein there is
> http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Spotlight_on_Wikimedia_Commons .
> Of course feel free to use the text by me without credit, in this good cause ;)
> Are you looking for stuff that advocates for Wikimedia Commons
> specifically, or for the use of free licenses in general?
> There are several good reasons to use Commons specifically.
> * We are good curators who care about our content and improve it
> * Providing it to Commons makes it available for use at Wikipedia, one
> of the most commonly visited and influential websites in the world
> today (and likely to be for some time). Thus, it can have a much
> greater impact here compared to other sites. (This is the strongest
> argument in my opinion)
> * We can put a (tastefully subtle) link on each image page noting the
> image was provided due to the generosity of X organisation or Y
> They've just been waiting in a mountain for the right moment:
Try the Creative commons site as well.