Painted Cave. Lava Falls Trail. Uinkaret Volcanic Field. Nat Friedman. Denver International Airport. Sarah Lacy. Rainsford Island. Dorney Lake. David Boies. A peak above a glacier. Rim of the World Highway. Elena Kagan. Diablo Canyon Power Plant. Lake Havasu. Berneray, North Uist. Spectacle Island. San Gorgonio Mountain. River Nith. Paul Trevithick. Dumont Dunes. Tunitas Creek. Steve Gillmor. Boreray, North Uist. Guido van Rossum. Nunavut Shadows. Bristol Dry Lake. Brunswick Nuclear Generating Station.
All shots I’ve taken. All put in Wikimedia Commons, and (in nearly all cases above) in Wikipedia, by persons other than myself.
All I did was post them on Flickr, label and tag them well, so they could be found and used, via the Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike license.
That’s just some of them, by the way. Lots more where they came from. One hundred and five, so far.
Couple questions Doc…
1) Under the CC you specify, shouldn’t they (Wikipedia) be attributing the small image on the main page? It is attributed but only if you click on the image for the larger view.
2) How did you search to find the images used?
Fantastic images. Thank you for licensing them under a free license that allows them to be used on Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons. About the credit: Giving credit on the image description page, rather than in the articles, is how Wikipedia has done image credits for years now (with some occasional exceptions.) (It’s also that way with the article text itself, which is licensed under the GFDL or CC-by-SA, like the photos, but the credit is given on the history tab.) In general it seems to satisfy the attribution requirement in a way that makes everyone happy.
About searching: The search function on Wikipedia has gone through ups and downs. Personally, I rarely use it. If I’m looking for an article title, like Bobcat, I type “wp Bobcat” in my location bar, which expands via a keyword to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bobcat. If the Bobcat article doesn’t exist, it’ll offer to search titles for me. If I’m looking for text within articles, I use Google’s site search function, so if I want articles with “Bobcat” in the text, I use “g site:wikipedia.org Bobcat”. If I was looking for stuff on Commons, I’d use site:commons.wikimedia.org instead. Some pages aren’t indexed by Google, but I think you’ll find that this search tactic cuts down on the noise.
Thanks again for a great bunch of photos.
Thanks, Kevin. I use similar tactics in approaching Wikipedia topics. Still, it would save a lot of work if one could search easily for anything and everything, and not just for articles. That way, for example, I could see which of my pictures in Wikimedia Commons are also used in Wikipedia. Right now the only way to tell is by looking up a subject on Wikipedia and seeing if one of my shots is there.
Well, the image pages on Commons have a link at the top for “check usage”, which links to a tool that checks the image’s usage across all the Wikimedia wikis. Of course, that means you have to find your images on Commons first. But a more integrated, more universal search function would absolutely be nice. 🙂
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