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

Erik Moeller erik at wikimedia.org
Wed Dec 3 23:23:24 UTC 2008

2008/12/3 Mathias Schindler <mathias.schindler at gmail.com>:
> 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.

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
and elsewhere.
Erik Möller
Deputy Director, Wikimedia Foundation

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