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From: Magnus Manske <magnusmanske(a)googlemail.com>
Date: 20-ott-2007 22.57
Subject: [Wikipedia-l] Behold the FIST
My "missing images" tool, a toolserver script to find free images to
use in WIkipedia articles by looking at what other langues have about
the topic, has been running for almost a year now, and was used ~42000
Recently, I published "WatchFlickr", which does a very similar thing,
but searches free Flickr images.
Enter the FIST (Free Image Search Tool), a "unified" version of both
tools, and then some:
It has the known, now "merged" features:
* Follow language links and look if they have free images
* Look on Flickr for free images
I have added:
* Direct Wikimedia Commons search (results from the internal Commons search)
* GIMP-SAVVY (lots of PD images from the US Gov.)
Together with a truckload of options (scan title lists, categories to
depth X, replace placeholder images) and fine-tunings for the
individual searches, it is already likely to be one of the most
comprehensive free image (meta-)search tools on the web.
Please try it out, report bugs and feature requests (link in the
header bar), and throw lots'o'images at wikipedia articles :-)
Both Missing Images and WatchFlickr will eventually be "phased out"
and redirect to FIST.
If you know any other sources of free media, I'll be happy to add them, provided
* they have at least a few thousand images
* they have an API, to are easy to screen-scrape;-)
P.S.: Sorry to spam wikipedia-l with this, but it seemed significant
to me, and the easiest way to reach wikipedians in all languages.
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