[Commons-l] 100k image donation to Wikimedia Commons

Magnus Manske magnusmanske at googlemail.com
Wed Dec 3 20:55:41 UTC 2008

Congratulations to this fantastic deal! Great work!

Now, let's continue feeding the BArchBot :-)


On Wed, Dec 3, 2008 at 5:03 PM, Mathias Schindler
<mathias.schindler at gmail.com> wrote:
> Dear Commonists,
> Starting on Thursday Dec 4, Wikimedia Commons will witness a massive
> upload of new images. We are anticipating about 100.000 files from a
> donation 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.
> These images are licensed cc-by-sa. Wikimedia Germany and the Federal
> Archive have signed a cooperation agreement that, among other things,
> asserts that the Federal Archive owns sufficient rights to be able to
> grant this kind of license.
> The images are 800 pixel in size on the longer side, which is near the
> lower bound for being useful on the internet. We are aware of that,
> and we hope that after some time, we will be able to get the Archive to release
> the images in a higher resolution. The quality of the work of
> Wikimedia Commons might help this negotiation process.
> The other part of the cooperation is a a tool for linking people from
> a list compiled by the Federal Archive to the de.wp Persondata and to
> the person authority file of the German National Library (something
> de.wp already
> does since 2005).
> Daniel Kinzler is working on the upload process to Commons and
> eventually on (semi-)automatically categorizing them.
> 100.000 images is to my knowledge the single largest donation to
> Wikimedia Commons so far and I am very hopeful that this is only the
> start of a long lasting relationship that might serve as an example to other
> archives and image databases.
> All the best,
> Mathias Schindler
> FYI:
> http://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=Special:Contributions&limit=500&target=BArchBot
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