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
To: "Wikimedia Commons Discussion List"
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On 20/09/2007, John Tex <johntexster(a)gmail.com> wrote:
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
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
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: