2008/12/3 Mathias Schindler
Starting on Thursday Dec 4, Wikimedia Commons will witness a massive
upload of new images. We are anticipating about 100.000 files from a
from the German Federal Archive. These images are mostly related to
the history of Germany (including the German Democratic Republic) and
are part of a cooperation between Wikimedia Germany and the Federal Archive.
Got to love any email that starts out with "dear commonists" ;-).
Many, many heartfelt congratulations to WM-DE on this. I don't think
it can be easily overstated how significant this is: I've talked to
many organizations over the years about media donations, and the
awareness and understanding of open access is still very limited. I
can very much imagine the kinds of conversations you've been having.
Kudos to the archive as well for "getting it" and taking this bold
I'm very much looking forward to seeing these files used in Wikipedia
Those a wonderful pictures and will be invaluble to historians the world
over. I will certainly make use of them in videosand slide shows. They
will be great in web sites etc. I think there was a great deal struck.
I belong to some online boat building groups and they will all be happy
to se the naval pictures and small boat stuff.