2008/4/22 Stuart, Ryan (CIV) <rlstuart(a)nps.edu>:
> Is there a way to upload files en masse to wikipedia.org? My
> organization has been running its own MediaWiki installation but would
> like to move these files to Wikipedia. We have 771 pages and 156 image
> files in our current wiki.
> We'd like to start our own portal on the subject (net-centric warfare)
> as none currently exists.
> All advice appreciated, including whether there's a better way than a
Dumping wiki text en masse is likely to produce a backlash (of
silliness) from the English Wikipedia community. Start small. Or, say
"here's a bunch of text we're releasing as GFDL, have at it" and work
with the existing community to get stuff done with it - that's likely
to work very nicely.
An image donation dump to Commons would be most warmly welcomed -
anything under a proper free licence is suitable. For mass upload,
Commonist works quite well in my experience - it's a Java app that
will upload a directory of files. Worked fine for me on Linux when I
tried it. http://djini.de/software/commonist/
(cc'd to wikien-l for the text aspect and people who would be
interested in working with you, commons-l re: the image dump)
Just in case you missed it, Sydney's Powerhouse Museum is now taking
part in Flickr's "The Commons" thing, following the Library of
They plan to release 50 new ones each week. This seems like a
manageable stream. Also: yay,
There are really some wonderful Australian historical images: daily
life, architecture, people, places and even animals (baby emus!). I
mean baby emus today are probably the same as baby emus 100 years ago,
but still, not exactly an everyday photograph being uploaded by the
I would love to see some juxtapositions of some of the
buildings/streets of Sydney. If anyone in Sydney tries to "recreate"
any of these images and put them side by side, let me know. I think it
would be really cool to see.
They've just been waiting in a mountain for the right moment:
"The Oberwolfach Photo Collection -
Photographs of Mathematicians from all over the world
"The Oberwolfach Photo Collection is based on Prof. Konrad Jacobs'
(Erlangen) large collection of photographs of mathematicians from all
over the world. In the 1950's Prof. Jacobs started to make copies of
the photographs he had taken and donated these copies to the MFO. In
2005 he transferred his whole collection completely with all rights to
"The Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach gGmbH (MFO) owns
the copyright to most of the images used on this website. Those images
labelled with "Copyright:MFO" can be used under the Creative Commons
License Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Germany."
Note that photos like this <http://owpdb.mfo.de/detail?photoID=9473>
which say "Copyright: George M. Bergman, Berkeley" are NOT CC-BY-SA!
Only ones like this <http://owpdb.mfo.de/detail?photoID=2598> which
say "Copyright: MFO".
Please fwd to mathematics wikiprojects where relevant.
They've just been waiting in a mountain for the right moment:
I wonder if the olympic flag is a free image or not. I'm a bit
puzzled, since the description page lists 3 differnet templates all
adding restrictions, but none of them stating any freedom
In particular, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Image:Olympic_flag.svg says:
1. This image shows a flag, a coat of arms, a seal or some other
official insignia. The use of such symbols is restricted in many
countries. These restrictions are independent of the copyright status.
Ok, so nothing about copyright here, only that it may have extra
restrictions on some countries. Nothing about permissions or fredoms.
2 .The copyright holder of this file restricts its usage to the
guidelines set forth in the Olympic Charter, specifically Chapter 1,
rule 7, section 2, and by-law to rules 7-14, paragraph 4.10.4 (pages
20 and 27).
linking to http://multimedia.olympic.org/pdf/en_report_122.pdf
However, such link only talks about usage by several organizing
comitees, no by third parties, and it lays down that the flag and all
emblems are property of the IOC
3. This work contains material which may be subject to trademark laws
in one or more jurisdictions. Before using this content, please ensure
that you have the right to use it under the laws which apply in the
circumstances of your intended use. You are solely responsible for
ensuring that you do not infringe someone else's trademark. See our
Again, it's about restrictions (trade), but nothing about a license
So. Under what license are we serving that image? If that reallya /free/ image?
Since I don't see any details about license, reuse, permissions, or copyright.
Could anyone enlighten me?
I have been editing and creating Categories and pages for the 12,400+
PDF files that are mostly just floating out there with no links at
all. I hadn't seen the Commons Scope page before and many initially
do not fit into the scope. HOWEVER there are a lot of legitimate
links for these notes, text, books, histories , biographies and
scientific materials within Wikipedia and Wikimedia. Most of the
12,400+ files are in Spanish, German Chinese and Russian and it
appears no one has gone through and read and categorized these files
so I am taking on the task.
Someone is going through, however, and putting a Delete note on may
of them and they are legitimate use files that can be connected to
Categories and pages. Who has the authority to deal with these
(sometime 6 months old) deletes or ask that this be stopped until
better rules can be discussed and implemented.
[[User:WayneRay|WayneRay]] 00:04, 14 April 2008 (UTC)WayneRay
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Date: Fri, Apr 11, 2008 at 8:56 PM
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