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Commons Batch Uploading is a project to centralize the uploading of a collection of files, that have released their work as PD or any Commons compatible license. The files would be assigned to a bot operator who would see how the request would be fulfilled. (To upload batches from Flickr, please make requests on Commons:Flickr batch uploading)

See w:Wikipedia:Public domain image resources for potential future batch uploads.




Scripts, Examples and Information[edit]

New requests[edit]

Manuscripts by Srečko Kosovel[edit]

  • Source to upload from:[1] (10 more pages) - images are accesable only from the main list for some reason (small icon next to the image for example [2]).
    • Did you observe an URL pattern? /
    • Do you know whether the site has an API? /
    • What else can ease uploading (is the site valid XHTML, WCM they use…)? /
    • Did you contact the site owner? /
  • Describe the works to be uploaded in detail (audio files, images by …):

1046 manuscripts by slovene poet Srečko Kosovel, motly poems, also letters, essays and other.

  • Which license tag(s) should be applied?


  • Is there a template that could be used on the file description pages? Do you think a special template should be created?
|Date={{other date|by|1926}} (unless known - for about 80 manuscripts)
|Author={{Creator:Srečko Kosovel}}

[[Category:Manuscripts by Srečko Kosovel]]

Name of the files should be something like: Srečko Kosovel - <title>.jpg. For {{}} single parameter is last part of URN; for URN:NBN:SI:IMG-ZXFUYLHN should be ZXFUYLHN.

Sporti (talk) 07:08, 29 March 2014 (UTC)


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Geograph Deutschland[edit]

Alle auf dieser Seite hochgeladenen Bilder stehen unter der CC BY-SA 2.0-Lizenz. Vor einiger Zeit wurde hier bereits einmal ein (kleiner) Schwung mit Bildern unter der Kategorie Category:Images from the Geograph Deutschland project hochgeladen. Ist es möglich, alle knapp 50.000 bisher hochgeladenen Bilder nach Commons zu übertragen? Ist es weiters möglich, die neu hinzukommenden Bilder von Zeit zu Zeit automatisch hochzuladen? Gemäß dem Ziel des Projekts "geographisch repräsentative Photos für jeden Quadratkilometer Deutschlands zu sammeln" sind fast alle Bilder auch für Wikipedia relevant.

P170 (talk) 16:11, 21 March 2014 (UTC)


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Glitch Artwork[edit]*.zip

(but directory is not traversable)

    • Do you know whether the site has an API


    • What else can ease uploading (is the site valid XHTML, WCM they use…)?
    • Did you contact the site owner?


  • Describe the works to be uploaded in detail (audio files, images by …):

Images and animations in .png,.swf, and .fla format archived in .zip files

  • Which license tag(s) should be applied?
Creative Commons CC-Zero This file is made available under the Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication.
The person who associated a work with this deed has dedicated the work to the public domain by waiving all of his or her rights to the work worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law. You can copy, modify, distribute and perform the work, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission.

  • Is there a template that could be used on the file description pages? Do you think a special template should be created?

Lepidoptera (talk) 11:21, 13 February 2014 (UTC)


Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment I review this and only the first ZIP File ([3], 3557 PNGs, ~1.5 Kbyte each, ~30x30 pixel) contains usable file formats. I dont know if it possible to convert the FLA oder SWF given in the other ZIP files can convert (in a batch) and this is usefull. I can not convert. And I am not sure this in not out of scope here, because this are thousands small pieces (specially in the first file I review). I like to get a second opinion please. --Slick (talk) 19:29, 24 February 2014 (UTC)

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  • Describe the works to be uploaded in detail (audio files, images by …):

Photos taken by site owner Yinan Chen. Mostly landscapes of several travel destinations (North America and China): Landmarks, wildlife, landscapes, fossiles, artifacts.

  • Which license tag(s) should be applied?

Author Yinan Chen says:

All photos on this site were taken by me and I have chosen to license them under the Public Domain license to form a free photos database. This means you are free to use them personally or commercially(except for photos that require a model or property release) on any project without asking for permission. Please consider giving credit to when you use the images. Please note that any trademarked models or logos that are in these pictures do not have release authorization(such as brand name cars, etc) so you may have to obtain permission from the trademark holder for such photos.

I’d say {{PD-author}}, or {{CC-zero}}; better opinion sought.

  • Is there a template that could be used on the file description pages? Do you think a special template should be created?

No, and no. File description and categorization for these seems to be trivial. An author hidden category should be created.

-- Tuválkin 21:09, 13 February 2014 (UTC)

License-wise, this is {{cc-pd}}. darkweasel94 22:34, 13 February 2014 (UTC)
The template page say that «Creative Commons has retired this legal tool and does not recommend that it be applied to works. You may want to use {{cc-zero}} instead.». -- Tuválkin 21:47, 14 February 2014 (UTC)
That's true, but it is still what these images are licensed under. We can't just invent licenses; if the source site says it's {{cc-pd}}, then it's {{cc-pd}} and not {{cc-zero}}. darkweasel94 23:32, 14 February 2014 (UTC)


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  • Source to upload from:

    • Did you observe an URL pattern

A list of all applicabel seals is currently created. Either plain URLs or a file (e.g. csv) with description, tags etc.

    • Do you know whether the site has an API

The site uses MediaWiki-Software.

    • What else can ease uploading (is the site valid XHTML, WCM they use…)?
    • Did you contact the site owner?

This is our own site.

  • Describe the works to be uploaded in detail (audio files, images by …):

This site contains a huge collection of historic letter seals from German governemental and administrative authorities.

  • Which license tag(s) should be applied?

Template:Bild-PD-Amtliches Werk

  • Is there a template that could be used on the file description pages? Do you think a special template should be created?

Veikkos-archiv (talk) 07:43, 16 January 2014 (UTC)

We need help for selecting the best upload process. Did we understand correct that we have to wait for an admin to show up in the "Assignes to" field?


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Commons:Batch uploading//Kurt Rasmussen

Bildarchiv Austria[edit]

  • Source to upload from: Bildarchiv Austria
  • Describe the works to be uploaded in detail (audio files, images by …): All photos there that have a date before 1912. I think this should include everything tagged "um (= around) 1900" or earlier, but not "um 1910" per COM:PRP (because this might include stuff that was taken in 1913)
  • Which license tag(s) should be applied? {{PD-Austria-1932}} {{PD-1996}}
  • Is there a template that could be used on the file description pages? Do you think a special template should be created? I don't know if we need anything more specific than {{information}}.

It isn't urgent that this be done because this source isn't likely to disappear, but if somebody wants to hack together something to get these photos with adequate description, I'd be very grateful because there are many useful photos of Austrian history there. darkweasel94 10:04, 3 December 2013 (UTC)

  • Pictogram voting info.svg Info collection example, single image example, raw image example and the image download size is (max.) 800px, otherwise you have to pay. Maybe it is possible to request a higher resolution for commons? --Slick (talk) 14:46, 3 December 2013 (UTC)
    • It might be, but that would very much harm their business, so I wouldn't find it especially likely that they will do so. The 800px versions would already be very nice to have, but if we can get more, that's of course even better. ;) darkweasel94 15:14, 3 December 2013 (UTC)


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As part of a partnership with Wikimédia France, the Musées de la Haute-Saône (codenamed Champlitte) are sharing part of their collection on Wikimedia Commons. Jean-Fred (talk) 23:25, 24 November 2013 (UTC)


The first tests look great. Is there anything that needs to be done for alignement ? I don't see any subject on the source records in Joconde that should be used to decide categories to use, so everything goes into the museum category and we categorize after ? Symac (talk) 09:52, 26 November 2013 (UTC)

Thanks Symac for reviewing this.
The dataset provided by the museum was just a sample, with merely 136 records. Looking at the metadata export, I did not see any obvious candidate for an alignment − but that may be because of the sample size. I did not see any good source for categorisation, unfortunately − but that may be because I get a bit confused with the numerous Joconde fields.
There is though some parsing work to do. Size should be pretty much done ; a reverse look-up table together with a split-match-and-apply should do for technique (modulo the metadata confusion) ; rest does not seem to be good candidates for that either. Less work to do it seems :) Jean-Fred (talk) 22:05, 11 December 2013 (UTC)
If after two weeks there are no more concerns than mine (to which you answered perfectly), I think it should be a good idea to ask more data to the provider to go further with this partenership. Symac (talk) 07:18, 12 December 2013 (UTC)
Okay, we had a phone call with the museums last week, the project is back on tracks. We will make use of the GLAMwiki Toolset Project. Current target is to proceed with the upload at the end of January. Jean-Fred (talk) 23:22, 21 December 2013 (UTC)
Update: This is still happening. The museum folks are experimenting right now with the GWToolset on Commons Beta. Jean-Fred (talk) 10:20, 5 February 2014 (UTC)


Redux: GWToolset[edit]

We are getting very close to push files here. User:Tounoki from the museum is managing this.

Test files:


Jean-Fred (talk) 13:34, 11 April 2014 (UTC)

Some quick feedback based on the examples above.
  1. If the descriptions are always in French then a {{fr|1=<description>}} should be wrapped around it.
  2. "lieu de création" (currently part of the object history) should be mapped against the "place of creation" parameter instead
  3. Date should use {{other_date}} if possible. Unsure if GWtoolset supports this but looking at the json it the source data might have sufficient structure.
  4. Measures should use {{size}}. Looking at the json the source data should have sufficient structure.
  5. In the Sabot images
    1. The license seems to have disappeared
    2. an empty Creator template is used
    3. the institution template seems to be broken
    4. apostrophes ( ' ) seem to have been replaced by "&​#39;" (everywhere else is used)
/Lokal_Profil 14:55, 11 April 2014 (UTC)
Hi André, thanks a lot for your feedback.
  1. ✓ Done I used {{Original caption}} as it labels it as a description − we need to stuff other things into this field.
  2. ✓ Done
  3. I gave a try at parsing the date but it does not capture the complexity of the dates (for example « début 14e siècle » is only parsed to 14th century)
  4. ✓ Done Right.
As for the Sabot images I’m not sure what happened there − maybe User:Tounoki would know?
Jean-Fred (talk) 16:07, 14 April 2014 (UTC)
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  • Source to upload from:Coat of arms delivered to us on a USB-stick.
  • Describe the works to be uploaded in detail (audio files, images by …):So far .JPG images (but we are hoping for .SVG) of all official Coat of arms created by the Heraldic Board at the National Archives of Sweden.
  • Which license tag(s) should be applied? CC-0
  • Is there a template that could be used on the file description pages? Do you think a special template should be created? Artwork, Institution and collaboration templates.
  • Cooperation page: COM:RA

Axel Pettersson (WMSE) (talk) 12:49, 15 November 2013 (UTC)


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Andre Costa and Axel Pettersson Waiting for metadata RA-uploadbot Category:Coats of arms by the National Archives of Sweden

Fonds Eugène Trutat bis[edit]

Follow-up of Commons:Batch uploading/Fonds Eugène Trutat. The archives provided the rest of the Fonds Eugène Trutat, and in better resolution. Jean-Fred (talk) 19:48, 19 October 2013 (UTC)



Some of the metadata is processed using manual alignment.

   Done − Let’s say it’s good enough as it is :-þ


All right, I think we are all set. Tests have been updated on /test.

Here is waht we are looking at categorisation wise − note that these numbers only account for the categorisation made through the alignment ; all files are at least in Category:Fonds Trutat - Archives municipales de Toulouse (plus a bunch of hidden ones).

Per category
The program added 912 categories, 92 distinct ones
The most used category is on 405 files
The less used on 1 files
On average, a category is used 9.9 times (mean)
The median is: 2.5
Per file
The most categorized file has 5 categories
The less categorized file has 0 categories
We have 10 uncategorized files
We have 289 files with two categories or more, which makes 60.2%
On average, a file has 1.9 categories (mean)
The median is: 2.0

Jean-Fred (talk) 00:00, 18 November 2013 (UTC)

First one uploaded: File:(Avignon (Vaucluse). Remparts) - Fonds Trutat - 51Fi480.jpg. Will proceed with the rest shortly. Jean-Fred (talk) 23:14, 20 November 2013 (UTC)
  • Ten more done ; here they are (using the awesome {{MyUploads/grid-photostream}} ;-) Jean-Fred (talk) 00:11, 22 November 2013 (UTC)
  • 40 more done. I’ll probably fire the rest at the end of the WE if there are no further remarks. Jean-Fred (talk) 23:58, 22 November 2013 (UTC)
  • All new ones done. Still have the ones uploaded 3 years ago to update. Jean-Fred (talk) 17:39, 3 December 2013 (UTC)
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User:Jean-Frédéric User:TrutatBot

Spread the sign[edit]

This is what the films look like. This one shows the Swedish sign for apelsin (orange).

  • Describe the works to be uploaded in detail (audio files, images by …):
    • Spreadthesign has around 150 000 films of signs in 16 different languages, and are continuing to make more films in new languages. They want to share their films to help raise awareness about sign language and to make better use of the material they have. The films are of high quality but they have yet to decide what resolution and format they want to upload.

  • Which license tag(s) should be applied?
    • CC-BY-SA

  • Is there a template that could be used on the file description pages? Do you think a special template should be created?
    • It would probably be a good idea to have a special template. One thing I'm thinking about is a field that allows connecting films with the same word in different languages for example.

Axel Pettersson (WMSE) (talk) 10:36, 29 August 2013 (UTC)


In a first meeting me and Lokal_Profil had the following comments on the code:

  • Make the filename $word_$language-spreadthesign.ogv
  • Create categories with $wordclass (or what it might be called to have nouns, verbs and such in separate categories)
  • Create the categories Videos of sign language in $language and $language sign language
  • Make the description more dynamic and at least in english and the language of the film. Help with l10n might be needed here, although they have a network with partners in all languages they have films in.
That’a cool project! Awesome :)
Just a few rapid thoughts
  • I gather from the Gist that source links all follow the same pattern − it might be worth to create {{STS link|$vid}} to create the link (whose label could be i18n).
  • Not sure why you need a special template for. Connecting to similar films could be done through the other versions field. Am I missing something?
  • License: File:67329.webm is tagged with CC-BY.
  • Author: do we have better metadata for that? « own work » does not really cut it. Who should be attributed here?
All for now. Hope that helps!
Jean-Fred (talk) 21:06, 29 August 2013 (UTC)
Thanks for your concerns Jean-Fred, we also feel it's important projects.
  • We want to use one correct template to create all commons pages to 150000 uploaded films.
  • Yes, we have better data. « own work » is gone, each file name will be as suggested above $word_$language-spreadthesign.ogv, better, dynamic(language supported) description to.
Spreadthesign10:21, 30 August 2013 (UTC)
Updated bot code.
  • New version is available here
Spreadthesign10:21, 30 August 2013 (UTC)
Updated bot code.
  • Changes link source here
  • We vill use CC-BY-SA-3.0 for the upload.
Spreadthesign 09:33, 2 September 2013 (UTC)
Updated bot code.
  • Added support for wordclass category [[category:verb]] here
Spreadthesign(talk) 10:45, 3 September 2013 (UTC)
Updated bot code.
Example: Apelsin spreadthesign.ogv
SpreadthesignBot (talk) 08:35, 4 September 2013 (UTC)
I created {{STS-cooperation}}. Please help translate it and put it in the code somewhere. /Axel Pettersson (WMSE) (talk) 10:14, 5 September 2013 (UTC)
A few things: 1) Which language codes are you planning to use? It makes sense to use the sign language code and not the spoken/written language code (so swl for the Swedish sign language, not sv). 2) In the bot code I don't see any simple way to cancel uploading or pausing between uploads. You need a way to shut it down in case of "emergency", and in the beginning you should start uploading at 1-2 files per minute, and gradually increase that. 3) Are the videos already encoded as OGV? If not, you might consider using Webm instead, since that gives better quality, but it's no big deal. Skalman (talk) 08:04, 6 September 2013 (UTC)
Wordclass (ordklass in Swedish) is called part of speech in English, POS for short. What I understand, filenames on Commons need to be unique. Same word can belong to different parts of speech. So if I am not wrong, I suggest that the part of speech should also be part of the filename. There should also be possible to add another optional distinguisher if two or more signs are used for the same word of the same part of speech.
Regarding the order $word-$language, isn't it better to state the $language first, like $language-$word-$pos-$optional_dist-spreadtheword.webm/ogv. Please give me your thoughts.
I don't know if this matters, but working with Wiktionary I am used to the fact that capitalization matters. Is there a reason to not normally name the files without capital letter for the word? Like swl-apelsin-noun-spreadthesign.webm/ogv. ~ Dodde (talk) 17:16, 6 September 2013 (UTC)
Thanks all.
To Skalman.
  • We were planning to use language code (ex. sv for Swedish, Svenska) for naming the files simply because we are able to support it, now we may add support for sing language code.
  • Yes, we thought we can limit the amount of files proceeded by limiting how many rows are fetched from the database i SQL. As you mentioned we are going to start with a few records and then increase the amount.
  • All videos we are going to upload are in flash, mp4 or/and ogv format.
Spreadthesign 13:31, 11 September 2013 (UTC)
To Dodde.
  • Today we cannot support using POS for naming the files, I'll create another distinguisher.
  • I can't see any benefit using $language before $word or another way around. If there is any please tell me.
  • Capitalization matters, I guess it was just a typo or test case.
Spreadthesign (talk) 19:51, 11 September 2013 (UTC)
A matter of organizing the files, I suppose. It's easier to see which language the word belong to, if the language code is presented first. In a listing, words of the same language would be grouped together. That is all I can say.
In order to be able to insert entries for the signs, the information regarding part of speech needs to be present. Is this information present somewhere else (in some database), or is it expected the person who runs the bot should manually decide or sometimes guess for each word before creating the entry? ~ Dodde (talk) 22:54, 11 September 2013 (UTC)
For pronunciation files, I believe that the language always comes first, see Category:Pronunciation. It makes sense to use the same system for sign language videos.
If you're not using the actual sign language codes, what do you intend to do with written languages that are covered by multiple sign languages, such as English (US, UK)? Are you using codes such as en-uk? I really think it'd be easier and more correct to just use the sign language code.
Regarding capitalization: The first letter of a file name is always capitalized here (which is another reason to have the lang code first). However, File:Coca-cola spreadthesign.ogv should actually have a capital C in the middle (as well as the lang code).
I feel that it'd be good if somebody who is part of the Commons community commented on this as well (I'm only familiar with the Swedish language Wiktionary). Skalman (talk) 06:26, 12 September 2013 (UTC)
Updated bot code.
  • Added support for sign language cod for naming the files. Now the file name we creating gonna be: swl-apelsin-spreadthesign.ogv sign of orange i Swedish sign language or ase-orange-spreadthesign.ogv sing of orange in American sign language. here.

SpreadthesignBot (talk) 12:16, 12 September 2013 (UTC)

Great work with the upload preparations. A few thoughts though.
  • Are the words always unique? I.e. the Swedish banan (banana/the track) could technically have two signs which would each end up becoming swl-banan-spreadthesign.ogv. A way around this would be to append the internal STS-id. In this case banana would become swl-banan-spreadthesign-98036.ogv. This also solves the issue with e.g. apelsin having three separate videos
    • As a follow up to the three different apelsin videos. Will the information "vanligast/lika vanlig/används i Norrland" which distinguishes the three be included somehow?
  • The license used should probably be {{cc-by-sa-3.0|[ Spread the Sign]}} instead of {{self|cc-by-sa-3.0}}. What I did was to bake this into the {{STS-cooperation}} template so that this can be used as the permission parameter instead. This template also includes the Media contributed by Spread the sign-category meaning that it should also be removed from the github code.
  • The license should be complemented by an e-mail being sent to stating that STS are the owners of the material uploaded by User:Spreadthesign and releases it under cc-by-sa-3.0. Once this is properly registered the id can be added to {{STS-cooperation}}.
  • As for using a special information template. Since the information is structured (POS, language etc.) and there are so many videos it might actually help localisation to use a purpose created template. What I'm thinking is that if there is e.g. a parameter for POS then the language mapping could be done directly in the template (similar to how {{Technique}} works). Similar thing could be done with the languages etc. Other opinions on this would be welcome though.
/André Costa (WMSE) (talk) 15:12, 16 September 2013 (UTC)
Using a template to enter POS and any other information would be very helpful when inserting videos+descriptions automatically into Wiktionary entries, as long as it's well-structured. Skalman (talk) 08:48, 17 September 2013 (UTC)
Yeah, Spreadthesign is back. Thank you all for your thoughts, advices and assistance. We are very excited to begin the upload of our material very soon.
Now for the questions:
  • All files should be unique, I added a distinguishe for each file name.
  • I'm not quite sure how the license should be if not {{self|cc-by-sa-3.0}}. Please explain!
  • {{STS-cooperation}} was complemented, id release is added.
  • We understand how useful it would be to use the POS, but today this is not possible due to lack of support in the db.
  • Updated bot code is available here

SpreadthesignBot (talk) 13:29, 30 September 2013 (UTC)

In the code you should change permission from {{CC-BY-SA 3.0}} to {{STS-cooperation}}. Then it will be as in Apelsin spreadthesign.ogv with complete cooperation, license and OTRS-templates.
I still think description should include both english and the language of the film. Probably something like {{Multilingual description|en=$desc $categoryLanguage|(something that finds out language)=($desc in the language of the film $language in the own language)}} as it would be helpful to non-english communities.
Bot request is at here. Please help with the aproval there.
/Axel Pettersson (WMSE) (talk) 12:22, 3 October 2013 (UTC)
Please don’t use {{Multilingual description}}, please favor {{sv|...}}{{en|...}}. The behaviour of Mld is automatically triggered when there are more than N languages in the description field (don’t remember right now how much is N). Jean-Fred (talk) 13:12, 3 October 2013 (UTC)
Sorry about that, I didn't know. On the other hand, if the desription field only has two languages, english and the language of the film, will it be triggered then? Or maybe it doesn't matter as there is only two languages there. Still have the problem of inserting the right language-code there also, or is there an existing solution somewhere? /Axel Pettersson (WMSE) (talk) 13:39, 3 October 2013 (UTC)

Way to go, File:Bho-make+a+reservation-spreadthesign-9982.ogv is up and running. Some thoughts:

  • No need for + in filenames, it should be Bho-make a reservation-spreadthesign-9982.ogv
  • Format the upload as this
  • The description should state that it's Brittish sign language. Something like "Book a table in a restaraunt at a particular time so that you can eat a meal in British sign language."
  • Categories should be on one line each
  • Categories should (probably) be category:British English sign language and category:Videos of sign language in British English for Bho.

/Axel Pettersson (WMSE) (talk) 09:02, 21 October 2013 (UTC)

A few more points:
  • The name of the language is British Sign language - any categories should probably not include the word "English". The categories Axel suggested should probably be category:British Sign Language and category:Videos in British Sign Language (though I don't understand the difference between them - are both needed?)
  • I am confused as to which language this is. "bho" is the language code of Bhojpuri - British Sign Language has the language code "bfi".
  • The link back to should not be a Swedish language link. ->
  • Where does the description/definition "Book a table in a restaraunt at a particular time so that you can eat a meal" come from? On I only see the text "make a reservation" (+the translations to other written languages). I believe you can "make a reservation" at a hotel too, so which description is accurate?
Skalman (talk) 12:23, 21 October 2013 (UTC)


  • + in a file name is a bug and it's fixed already.
  • The description will be complemented
  • Categories as well.
  • "bho" comes from i think i got it right.
  • Nice point with the link back to vill fix it until next test upload.
  • Sign description comes from our colleagues around the world whom get the chance to help since they know better what each sign means in theirs own language.

SpreadthesignBot (talk) 19:02, 21 October 2013 (UTC)

@SpreadthesignBot: That's an old version of Ethnologue. Starting with Ethnologue 15 it's "bfi". See here for the current version: On sv-wikt we use ISO 639-3 if Wikimedia doesn't have a special code (and I believe that the new version is the same as ISO 639-3). Skalman (talk) 08:40, 22 October 2013 (UTC)
To Skalman

Thanks a lot Skalman, my mistake.

SpreadthesignBot (talk) 12:13, 22 October 2013 (UTC)

Any status update? Skalman (talk) 11:51, 15 November 2013 (UTC)

Reboot in December[edit]

I've added some new movies

New description, wordclass in the categories and some more issues solved. Please have a look and comment here. /user:SpreadthesignBot (through Axel Pettersson (WMSE) (talk) 10:15, 6 December 2013 (UTC))

No comments after waiting for a few days. Moving along with some more uploads now, but feel free to interrupt or comment as we move along. /Axel Pettersson (WMSE) (talk) 10:54, 9 December 2013 (UTC)
Hey, I just hac a quick look. Looks very good, not much to say − please upload more!
One feature request just for the pleasure to ask for the impossible ;-). I see descriptions are provided in English and Swedish − good. But I see that translations are available in many more languages on STS website ; for example 81278, if inserted with a /de/, gives /de/81278/ which says “personen”. Any chance to fetch all those and add them to the file description page ? :) Jean-Fred (talk) 11:48, 9 December 2013 (UTC)
My suggestions:
  • Put the word in quotes (e.g. "annat" på svenskt teckenspråk)
  • In English, language names use capital letters, so it should be Swedish Sign Language (but "svenskt teckenspråk")
  • I'm wondering about File:Swl-annat-spreadthesign-73566.ogv - "annat" in Swedish does not mean "else" in English (annat=other, annars=else). I hope such mistakes are uncommon, but it would be nice to know what the actual meaning is - should we assume that for Swedish Sign Language videos, the Swedish description is (most likely to be) correct? Is there a good place to report errors?
Nice to see some activity here! Skalman (talk) 16:12, 9 December 2013 (UTC)

How is it going? Do you need help uploading? I might be able to help. Are there other considerations? Skalman (talk) 14:22, 14 January 2014 (UTC)

Files uploaded during test period[edit]

Theese files should be deleted and uploaded again with correct name and format later on.


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Axel Pettersson (WMSE), Spreadthesign coding SpreadthesignBot Media contributed by Spread the sign


See Com:DPLA for an overview of the project. The DPLA has metadata for over 2 million records; sadly only a portion of these are PD. User:Bdcousineau is going through collection by collection to reveal PD materials. See Com:DPLA for the list.

  • Source to upload from:
    • Did you observe an URL pattern
    • Do you know whether the site as an API
The DPLA has an an API that is available for use, however, it is a metadata repository. The source files will be linked from the local website. See Commons:Bots/Requests/Smallbot (10) for sample templating, etc. Bot operator retired before upload was begun.
    • What else can ease uploading (is the site valid XHTML, WCM they use…)?
    • Did you contact the site owner?
Given the mission of the DPLA, there may be no need. The DPLA has representation on the project page. Project coordinator is happy to contact site owners as needed, if needed.
  • Describe the works to be uploaded in detail (audio files, images by …):
Jpg and tiff files.
  • Which license tag(s) should be applied?
Depending on the collection, either a {{PD-US}} tag, or a {{PD-USGov}}.
  • Is there a template that could be used on the file description pages? Do you think a special template should be created? Depending on the collection {{Artwork}}, {{Photo}}, {{Book}}. We've also created a preliminary institution tag that will be adjusted to reflect the owning institution.

Bdcousineau (talk) 00:59, 5 August 2013 (UTC)


I'd be happy to assist with the task. We however need to establish a good way to handle this. Perhaps a specific template should be created that holds all the notes on the linked nom. This way we would have more control on the licensing should we desire to make slight updates. Also was the code to retrieve the files ever created before? -- とある白い猫 ちぃ? 10:31, 8 September 2013 (UTC)

Hi, thanks! Please know I'm not a techie, so what is "linked nom"? For the initial batch we were working with, we mimicked the templating created by prior uploads (see Commons:Bots/Requests/Smallbot (10) - there is a sample of the JSON source on that page as well. I can see however that an overarching template will be needed. As far as the licensing goes, all the materials we started to work with are {{PD-USGov}}, the others will be different.
I guess the big question is, where would you like to start? With where we left off? or with a smaller batch? A smaller batch makes the most sense, in that the templating and licensing can be in adjusted as you suggest. The Massachusetts Digital Commonwealth has a few smaller collections that are PD - and total approx 1500 items.
To be clear, disclaimer: I am a NARA employee - this project has nothing to do with my official duties, nor does it reflect official policy, etc etc. Bdcousineau (talk) 12:27, 8 September 2013 (UTC)
OK so perhaps we should do this like a Q&A to avoid mistakes. I meant the Commons:Bots/Requests/Smallbot (10) when I stated "linked nom".
  1. At this repository do we have a variety of licenses? If so is there a list of it? Can we easily distinguish the license of each file?
  2. Were any files copied to commons with a bot before? Or was that never the case? I'd rather avoid re-engineering code if one already exists. What exactly do you mean by "where we left off"
  3. Does this repository grow in size? If so how often do we need to update?
  4. Do you have a link to the API and example sample images?
-- とある白い猫 ちぃ? 13:04, 8 September 2013 (UTC)
Much easier, thanks!
  1. For this project, only PD materials are appropriate. Some will be {{PD-USGov}}, others {{PD-art/1923}}, and other will be {{PD-1923}}. In general, each collection will have the same license for each of their files - for example, the ARTStor files (10K files) will be {{PD-art/1923}}, and the MassDigCommonwealth will be {{PD-1923}}. Even though the DPLA has huge number of files, only a small percentage are PD. Yes, easily distinguishable. Also, I can generate any list you'll need collection by collection.
  2. No, no files copied to Commons yet. "Where we left off": group consensus asked previous uploader to upload small sample batch for further review. Task not completed. Most likely that previous work is useless, and should be ignored.
  3. Yes, DPLA grows in size, both inside each collection, and as new service hubs/partners are added. The is no consistent languaging for licensing, either, licensing developed at the donor level, and is wildly various. Last time I checked, searching by licensing field was not an option - PD mapping done by hand. Since the project has a DPLA contact (user:SJ), it might be possible to get better access to the rate at which material is added to DPLA. Can this be put off for a moment?Also, since the project does have a DPLA connection, it's reasonable that at some point he needs to be drawn in to consnesus process around templating, etc, especially if DPLA-specific templates are developed.
  4. You have to get a key for the API here. Sample images: DPLA is broken, can't get any search results. Will try again later today.
New: The DPLA Dev team and others associated with the DPLA were excited when we contacted them about this (April 2013)... so I am assuming we can get some support from them if needed. Bdcousineau (talk) 14:18, 8 September 2013 (UTC)
One possibility is them uploading to Flickr and I can use existing code to receive it. They can throttle their internet usage with this way too to prevent outages as the bot would be relentless (since I don't know their upload limits). They can for instance use . For the script to work they must release it with a free license. If they are willing to do this option, I wouldn't need to code. Or they can upload directly to commons of course. I just am curious if they are unwilling to do either. -- とある白い猫 ちぃ? 21:25, 8 September 2013 (UTC)
Hmmm... that level of support is unlikely, it'll be more like a thumbs-up/pat on the back/yes go for it. IMHO I don't think the DPLA is in the business of pushing the files out once the service hubs sign on, they are strictly a repository; while a great angle, this version of the plan is prolly a non-starter. It'll be up to Wikimedians to figure out a way to bring the files to Commons. BTW I really appreciate having this discussion, thanks. Bdcousineau (talk) 23:59, 8 September 2013 (UTC)
Well, I need sample images, urls etc to work with. -- とある白い猫 ちぃ? 20:42, 11 September 2013 (UTC)

Ok, will try by Saturday, surely by Sunday am. Tied up til then. Thanks so much. Bdcousineau (talk) 01:02, 12 September 2013 (UTC)

Please do not hurry, I am rather busy with real world affairs until more or less the end of this month. This is an issue that needs to be handled with time and care anyways. -- とある白い猫 ちぃ? 21:12, 13 September 2013 (UTC)
Great! Here are sample urls of declared PD materials:
All the metadata from the DPLA's API is PD. Let me know if this is useful, and what you needed. Bdcousineau (talk) 22:15, 15 September 2013 (UTC)
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Museum of History of Photography[edit]

Museum of History of Photography contains online collection of public domain photographies within two categories: Photos and Equipment. It would be valuable for Commons and Wikipedia projects as included in:

  • old cameras and camera equipment,
  • historical context of geographic places,
  • photographies of notable people,
  • photographies by professional photographers; different techniques of photography,
  • etc.
  • Source to upload from:
    • There is an URL pattern.
    • Site does not provide any API.
    • What else can ease uploading?
      • There are also books available at the website (scanned pages as JPG). There are sections which can be downloaded optionally: BOOKS, BULLETINS, POSTERS, CALENDARS, ARCHIVE
  • Which license tag(s) should be applied?
    • Public domain. The website says: "Copyright: Exhibits in the Public Domain MHF allows visitors to make full use of the digitalised images of the museum exhibits in the formats published by the Museum in the public domain on condition that the source and creators are acknowledged. The terms and conditions of the accessibility of superior quality digital images of museum exhibits are stated in The Rules of Accessibility of the MHP Collections and the Price List."
  • Is there a template that could be used on the file description pages? Do you think a special template should be created?
    • Author:
    • Subject:
    • Geographical location:
    • Dating:
    • Genus:
    • Technique:
    • Dimensions:
    • Inventory number:

dariusz woźniak (talk) 07:37, 16 July 2013 (UTC)


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Rubin Kazan - Llevant UD[edit]

  • Source to upload from:
    • Did you observe an URL pattern
    • Do you know whether the site as an API
    • What else can ease uploading (is the site valid XHTML, WCM they use…)?
    • Did you contact the site owner?
  • Describe the works to be uploaded in detail (audio files, images by …):

Photogallery from of an historical match for Levante UD. Good quality images of players that maybe don't have any better portaits.

  • Which license tag(s) should be applied?

The usual license.

  • Is there a template that could be used on the file description pages? Do you think a special template should be created?


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Category:Rubin Kazan-Llevant 15-03-2013


The renovated en:Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam has made their digital collection of 111,000+ objects available digitally under a CC-0 license ( An API key is needed for digital downloading ( According to the museum:

"All object descriptions available via this API are covered by a Creative Commons 0 licence. The images are in the Public Domain, according to which the data and the images are free of rights and may be copied, changed, distributed or exported without the Rijksmuseum’s permission."

Sandstein (talk) 20:40, 7 April 2013 (UTC)

  • Describe the works to be uploaded in detail (audio files, images by …): Presumably the entire collection is of use. According to "The Rijksmuseum API Collection is a set of more than 110,000 descriptions of objects (metadata) and digital images from the Rijksmuseum collection. The works of art and implements in the set date from ancient times through to the late 19th century and provide an excellent overview of the richness, diversity and beauty of the Dutch and international heritage. Unfortunately, copyright restrictions mean that we are not yet able to include any works from the 20th or 21st centuries. The set includes paintings and prints (ranging from the great masters of the Golden Age through to anonymous biblical paintings and other painted objects from the Middle Ages), 19th-century photographs, ceramics, furniture, silverware, doll’s houses, miniatures, etc. Digital photographs were taken of all of the objects in this set."
  • Is there a template that could be used on the file description pages? Do you think a special template should be created? Museum:Rijksmuseum. Also, the following should probably be taken into account even though we are not an app: "In all apps to be built in which images belonging to the Rijksmuseum are used, app designers will credit these as having been built with the API of the Rijksmuseum, including images and documentation. The credit must be placed where it can be seen easily by users. App-builders will credit all images with the words ‘Rijksmuseum collection’."


  • I'm quite aware of this awesome collection. Haven't uploaded it yet because we're planning to use it as pilot for Commons:GLAMwiki Toolset Project. Not sure when this will happen exactly, probably in the next months. Multichill (talk) 10:42, 13 April 2013 (UTC)
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Fonds Ancely[edit]

This upload is part of a partnership between Wikimédia France and the Library of Toulouse. It consists of 2085 public domain files. You may see general notes and work in progress on User:Jean-Frédéric/Ancely.

The metadata is held in a OAI PMH repository. The code explores it and retrieves records ; then if applicable the various fields are matched to a manual alignement of Commons categories and tags, community curated. This is then fed to a data ingestion templates which translates the metadata to {{Artwork}}. Actual upload is made with Pywikipedia-rewrite by User:AncelyBot.

In its current state, the categorisation system with the alignment outputs 31,801 categories (1,694 distinct) − the drawback is that many are high-level categories (“Shawls”, “men”, etc.)

Looking forward your thoughts, Jean-Fred (talk) 22:49, 6 March 2013 (UTC)


  • Uploaded five more − see Special:ListFiles/AncelyBot Jean-Fred (talk) 01:14, 16 March 2013 (UTC)
  • Uploaded fifteen more − and I will continue uploading files until my demands are met! Jean-Fred (talk) 00:23, 19 March 2013 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support everything looks fine for me. (may be a bit overcat) --PierreSelim (talk) 14:24, 20 March 2013 (UTC)
  • Ok, uploading 100 right now. Jean-Fred (talk) 21:06, 11 April 2013 (UTC)
  • Looks very good. The only thing that worries me a bit is the number of categories per image. That might become a problem. Please upload more! Multichill (talk) 10:39, 13 April 2013 (UTC)
  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose now, we have forgotten to finish the Creator mapping User:Jean-Frédéric/Ancely/Creator --PierreSelim (talk) 12:02, 25 April 2013 (UTC)
  • Uploaded the first 350. Jean-Fred (talk) 23:08, 7 May 2013 (UTC)
  • Uploaded the first 500. Jean-Fred (talk) 13:04, 8 May 2013 (UTC)
  • Uploaded the first 800. Jean-Fred (talk) 14:05, 10 May 2013 (UTC)
  • Made it 1,000. Jean-Fred (talk) 23:15, 12 May 2013 (UTC)
  • ✓ Done. 2041 files uploaded + 33 dupes + 11 errors = 2085 files, the size of the corpus. Jean-Fred (talk) 14:49, 24 May 2013 (UTC)



The following files were already on Commons − we might want to update their file descriptions (current: 33)


The following files failed to upload (current: 11)

Categorisation statistics[edit]
Per category[edit]

30266 categories, 1760 distincts Mean: 17.1965909091 Median: 2.0 Max 1045 // Min 1

Top 10: [(u'Mountains in art', 1045), (u'Men in art', 992), (u'Women in art', 878), (u'Trees in art', 780), (u'Houses in art', 736), (u'Pyr\xe9n\xe9es-Atlantiques', 693), (u'Hautes-Pyr\xe9n\xe9es', 617), (u'Pyrenees', 470), (u'National costumes in art', 468), (u'Rivers in art', 440)]

Lose 10: [(u'Estrades', 1), (u'Pierre Bayle', 1), (u'Morla\xe0s', 1), (u'Louis-Fran\xe7ois Couch\xe9', 1), (u'Jean Racine', 1), (u'Faience in France', 1), (u'Marmite', 1), (u'Corsica', 1), (u'Dordogne River', 1), (u'Esera River', 1)]

Per file[edit]

Mean: 14.5160671463 Median: 13.0 Max 47 // Min 0

Top N: [('B315556101_A_LEVASSEUR_066', 47), ('B315556101_A_LEVASSEUR_068', 46), ('B315556101_A_LEVASSEUR_018', 44), ('B315556101_A_LEVASSEUR_056', 42), ('B315556101_A_LEVASSEUR_057', 42)]

Lose N: [('B315556101_A_BERTHIER_010', 1), ('B315556101_A_BERTHIER_024', 0), ('B315556101_A_BERTHIER_021', 0), ('B315556101_A_BERTHIER_018', 0), ('B315556101_A_BERTHIER_013', 0)]

Assigned to Job Progress
Jean-Frédéric Metadata pre-processing Status:    Done
Jean-Frédéric, Symac, Léna, PierreSelim Metadata alignment Status:    Done
User:Jean-Frédéric Upload Status:    Done
Dupes and errors processing Status:    todo

South African churches[edit]

User af:Gebruiker:Morne has uploaded hundreds of perfect images of buildings in South Africa (mostly churches) in Afrikaans Wikipedia, all under the same licence "you are free to use, copy, modify, if you properly credit the author" (see an example). I consider it important, as there are unfortunately relatively few images of South African cities, towns and villages in Wikipedia. --Dmitri Lytov (talk) 03:21, 3 March 2013 (UTC)

  • Describe the works to be uploaded in detail (audio files, images by …):

It's a collection of several hundred images of churches in South Africa.

  • Which license tag(s) should be applied?

"you are free to use, copy, modify, if you properly credit the author" (see an example).

  • Is there a template that could be used on the file description pages? Do you think a special template should be created?

Sorry, no idea.


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  • Livrustkammaren och Skoklosters slott med Stiftelsen Hallwylska museet (COM:LSH):
    • Each image caries a unique identifier which may be linked to a URL (although these aren't live yet)
    • No API
    • They are donating the images and together with these the associated metadata. They've also done some preliminary matching between keywords and Commons categories as well as between artist/events/depicted people and (Swedish) Wikipedia pages.
    • It's a collaboration so yes!
  • Describe the works to be uploaded in detail (audio files, images by …):

These are a collection of approx. 20,000 12,000 high resolution photographs in tiff formate of the objects held in the collections of these three museums. The files are all less than 500MB but may be larger than 100MB, resolution is less than 25 megapixels (relevant with respect to Commons:Maximum file size).

Change in number of images is due to more manual work being needed for the last 8,000 in order to generate sufficiently descriptive image pages

  • Which license tag(s) should be applied?

All of the depicted objects are owned by the museum and PD-old. The photographs themselves are either old enough to be PD-Sweden-photo or released as either CC0 or CC-BY-SA (don't know which version yet). {{LSH license}} has been prepared for this purpose.

  • Is there a template that could be used on the file description pages? Do you think a special template should be created?



Having looked around a bit it looks as though Chunked uploads might not be integrated into the pywikipediabot framework. Does anyone know anything more about this or if there is a practical workaround? I can ask them to downsample the images but it seems as a waste when they've offered us high-res. /André Costa (WMSE) (talk) 09:32, 7 February 2013 (UTC)

Seems it is not integrated indeed :-/ source. Jean-Fred (talk) 12:23, 7 February 2013 (UTC)
Yes I saw that one. Since it was close to a year ago though I was hoping that the situation had changed since then and that I had somehow missed the follow-up e-mail. /André Costa (WMSE) (talk) 08:17, 8 February 2013 (UTC)

If you want to start at the low level, you can construct your XMLHTTP-Requests yourself. Sample how chunked upload // how the XHR should look like at mw:API:Upload. On Windows, I used Fiddler2 to inspect that everything worked as it should. If you like I can supply my VB(A)-classes but I guess you are on Linux. -- Rillke(q?) 18:18, 22 March 2013 (UTC)

The chunked uploads issue has been resolved thanks to this py-scrit by Smallman12q. /Lokal_Profil 13:10, 6 May 2013 (UTC)

Finally got a proper grip on the metadata preparations and the first example information templates can now be seen at /Examples. There are a few more bits of information to include but most of the final product should be there. To make connections to commons categories and templates I largely rely on the following lists:

  • /Keywords (used to match the keywords used for the images with categories on Commons)
  • /People (used to identify artists, depicted people and provenance/owners)
  • /Events (identifies categories related to historical events)
  • /Places (identifies places and links these using city/country-templates. Also identifies institutions which are linked to page/institution-template)
  • /Materials (identifies materials/techniques and links these using the technique tempalate)
  • /ObjKeywords [provisional] (used to match keywords used for object descriptions with categories on Commons, to be merged with earlier information here and be sorted by frequency)

Feel free to help out in expanding these (although I expect a basic knowledge of Swedish is required). As the last few fields are tidied up there should be one or two more such lists appearing. I might also try some automated matching for a few of these.

The filenames will likely take the form <description> - <museum> - <identifier/museum system filename>.tif. The descriptions used for the filenames can be viewed at /Filenames. I've strived to keep the descriptions shorter than 100 characters with a hard limit of 128 characters. These limits as well as other filters for the descriptions can easily be changed based on feedback.

Having had a closer look at the data, one or two parameters in the artwork template may also change. /Lokal_Profil 06:45, 13 May 2013 (UTC)

An update
Most of the code preparations are now done with the main remaining step being translations/mappings of the above lists. The filename pattern was changed slightly and an "event" parameter was added to the Artwork template. All of these changes can be seen at /Examples. I'm going to try and do the most frequent translations/mappings and will then do a few test uploads (unless someone suggests otherwise). /Lokal_Profil 22:39, 19 May 2013 (UTC)
First two actual files are now up at
Still lots of unmatched parameters kicking around thus the lack of categories. Feel free to help out with any of the subpages above. /Lokal_Profil 14:46, 24 May 2013 (UTC)

After a longer than expected hiatus this project is now on track again. The files for the first larger test upload is being prepared as I write this. Meanwhile some statistics on categories. Out of the 13055 files:

2541 (832) have no categories;
1.36 (1.92) is the average number of categories per file;
1 (2) is the median number of categories per file;
11 (7) is the maximum number of categories per file.

Where the first number is the image specific categories and the bracketed number are the maintenance categories. The "images without categories" does not include images with a photographer category but no subject specific category. As can be seen most images still have multiple maintenance category. The most frequent are

  • dim-with multiple size templates 5481
  • unmatched creator 2946
  • unmatched keyword 2927
  • unmatched objKeyword 2881
  • no objects 2665
  • unmatched material 2553
  • without any categories 2526
  • malformated year 1778
  • unmatched event 918
  • unmatched place 180
  • dim-with weird units 128

/Lokal_Profil 09:22, 16 August 2013 (UTC)

Have now started a first test upload see Special:ListFiles/LSHuploadBot. All in all it should end up as ~150 files. Any feedback is welcome. /Lokal_Profil 11:34, 17 August 2013 (UTC)
So about 200 files were uploaded. Two things I thought about afterwards:
  • Filenames: For this batch many of the filenames still included objectIDs which could have been removed (e.g. Pistoler, 9362, 24412, 4612 - Livrustkammaren - 68782-negative.tif -> Pistoler - Livrustkammaren - 68782-negative.tif). The problem is setting up something which removes these numbers without removing valid numbers such as e.g. years. Looking at /Filenames this isn't a very common problem though so maybe not worth fixing.
  • Negatives: The negatives today includes exactly the same information/categories as the positives. It may be that it would be better to remove the "normal" categories.
/Lokal_Profil 08:19, 18 August 2013 (UTC)
Filenames: Have figured out a scheme which removes most if the object ids. Will move the current files to the new filenames as soon as LSHuploadBot gets a bot-flag. At that point I'll also update the /Filenames page.
Negatives. These are no longer categorised in the normal category tree but are instead put in the Category:Negative images from Livrustkammaren och Skoklosters slott med Stiftelsen Hallwylska museet tree.
After files have been moved I'll update the image descriptions and continue with some more test uploads of HWY and SKO images. /Lokal_Profil 10:10, 22 August 2013 (UTC)
Had a very quick look − looks very good! I am impressed by your command of advanced templates, especially the handling of {{Size}} & {{Technique}} in case of multiple entries. The other versions is also very good.
On the minor points:
  • I think we have some wrapper template somewhere to have a better layout for {{LSH license}} − maybe {{Copyright information}} ? − but this can be fixed later with no worries.
  • {{LSH negative}} looks a bit scary to me − we might want to use a less bulky thing than {{Original}}.
  • Conversely, {{LSH positive}} takes too big a place IMO − what about putting after the rest of the metadata or making it less bulky? − reworking from the original negative sounds to me like a fringe usecase compared to looking up the author or some other piece of metadata. What do you think?
From what I can see, an awesome job overall, thanks a lot for your work (and sorry for the lack of feedback you got :-()
Jean-Fred (talk) 12:15, 22 August 2013 (UTC)
Thanks for the feedback!
  • I've implemented the {{Title}} template.
  • The description comes from two sources. Either a field called description in which case it is in Swedish (and I wrap it in {{sv}}) or from the original description field in which case it need not be in Swedish. This is the case for File:Pressbild, utställning Made in Sweden, år 2003 - Livrustkammaren - 76413.tif.
  • I looked at using {{Original caption}} but remember that this caused some problems (think it messed up some formatting) which is why I used the current solution. The current setup still uses the header from {{Original caption}} so the internationalization support is maintained. Apart from this it uses {{Note:}} and a general warning that it might be inaccurate (found at {{LSH artwork/i18n}}).
  • I've switched to {{Copyright information}} inside {{LSH license}}. There are a couple of other wrappers around that I'd found but wasn't happy with but this one works. This will also include the {{PermissionOTRS}} once I get a number.
  • {{LSH negative}}: I wanted something which explained why the image shouldn't be deleted and {{Original}} gives a lot of the internationalization for this. It's a ridiculously expensive template though which checks for existence of the target file. I'm open to a better suggestion.
  • {{LSH positive}}: You are definitely right. It should be moved to below the information template (now implemented) and made smaller (changed this a bit).
    • In general though these could be tweaked after upload by changing the templates.
Appreciate the feedback. I know that the slow progress have meant that this batch upload has been slightly forgotten. /Lokal_Profil 19:33, 24 August 2013 (UTC)
Sorry for the delay in responding.
  • {{Title}}, {{LSH license}}, {{LSH positive}} moved: Excellent, thanks.
  • description, {{Original caption}}: Fair enough, your explanations are fine to me.
  • Yeah, templates tweaking can always be done after the upload. This is not a blocker in any way − but again, there is hardly anything blocking here :)
Thanks for considering my remarks! Jean-Fred (talk) 12:34, 13 September 2013 (UTC)
Updated /Filenames. Still waiting for flag to move the files and update the information though. /Lokal_Profil 21:58, 24 August 2013 (UTC)
Batch 1 files moved and info pages updated. Will prep the rest and prepare the drive for shipping unless anyone else has some more input. /Lokal_Profil 23:19, 12 September 2013 (UTC)
I checked the edits you made to the already uploaded files. − looks good to me.
I noticed on File:Pressbild, utställning Made in Sweden, år 2003 - Livrustkammaren - 7924.tif that Creator:Göran Schmidt was linked but not transcluded − I am curious about the reasoning for that? (We do have the highly experimental {{Author information}} for similar cases, but I am not sure I would advise to use it.)
In any case, please ship whenever you want. You could consider making it in batches in case there are comments to be made on future uploads, but I do not think one would find much to say there. :) Thanks a lot for your work! Jean-Fred (talk) 12:34, 13 September 2013 (UTC)
Thanks. I'll invert the last 500 negative images and get the details for shipping the disc to the US. With regards to the photographer being linked but not transcluded I ended up doing it this way since the same link is also used in the byline for the CC-BY-SA template (something I'd completely forgotten when creating the Creator templates). I figured that by linking to it at Least I hadn't wasted the information.
I've also spotted that two (1, 2) of the uploads failed due to problems with the tiffinfo command. Can't really figure out why though since an inverted version worked in both cases (1, 2). Seems to be an anomaly though so these and any future cases can hopefully be solved manually. /Lokal_Profil 16:45, 16 September 2013 (UTC)
Considering a last change before finalizing. Namely moving the positive/negative parameter into {{LSH artwork}}. Apart from tidying up the individual image descriptions this, combined with moving the categorisation from {{LSH license}} to {{LSH artwork}}, would also allow negatives to be categorised straight into "negative images from x" categories. See User:Lokal Profil/Template:LSH artwork for the new template. /Lokal_Profil 07:11, 18 September 2013 (UTC)
Implemented. Also fixed a minor bug in the date formatting. /Lokal_Profil 07:08, 20 September 2013 (UTC)
Yep, good idea to move this parameter to the template (since we have a custom, better to take full advantage of that) − gives us more flexibility later. And we can always subst: stuff if needed. Jean-Fred (talk) 10:02, 20 September 2013 (UTC)
Images are now uploaded except for a few strays with exif issues so unless something pops up this page can be archived. /Lokal_Profil 08:06, 21 October 2013 (UTC)

Artificial post-upload break[edit]

Thanks for the heads-up. Going through the collection right now, there are some very cool pictures there :) A good addition to Commons. I would like to thanks you again for your work Lokal Profil! This has been a long and challenging process (with requests to include even more crazy templates and so ;) and you have delivered an excellent upload to Commons. Kudos. Jean-Fred (talk) 12:47, 21 October 2013 (UTC) By the way, it seems that 20K pictures were uploaded in the end? Things with the last 8K were resolved? Jean-Fred (talk) 12:59, 21 October 2013 (UTC)

Is the uploading finished now? I still have about 1k images with missing other versions in Category:Files with broken file links --Denniss (talk) 16:24, 28 October 2013 (UTC)
@Jean-Fred: Thanks =). The differences in numbers stems from the negatives not being included in the initial count. So the last 8k images are still missing (did not have enough metadata to generate a filename/description).
@Denniss: Thanks for the heads up. This should most definitely not be the case. There are a few (roughly 15) images which are still missing due to a combination of EXIF-data problems and filesize limitations but they of course do not account for all of the broken links. I found that the error primarily stems from some images being JPGs when I'd assumed that all were TIFs. I'll need to generate a list of the affected missmatches and then I'll update the links. It's not impossible that there are other issues as well but I wont be able to identify those until afterwards.
@World:I also noticed that several of the images have ended up in Category:Pages where expansion depth is exceeded. I'm guessing this is the normal problem with nested {{Other date}}. /Lokal_Profil 11:17, 1 November 2013 (UTC)
@Denniss:Fixed the jpg-tif ones. Seems to be some other issue as well, possibly due to some files missing from hard drive. Will look ito this further and return with an update. /Lokal_Profil 21:36, 6 November 2013 (UTC)
@Denniss: 346 missing images causing the 1k broken links out of which 211 belong to this batchupload. Will look for these specifically on mine and the museums drives to see if they can be found. If not I can tell the bot to comment them out using the same script as the one which fixed the jpg/tif issue. /Lokal_Profil 22:34, 6 November 2013 (UTC)
Sorry for the lack of updates. There seems to be roughly 1000 images missing from the upload due to an early bug when I filtered through the images. I'm working on getting new copies of these from the museum. Once I have uploaded them the broken links will be fixed. Due to personal circumstances there might be a delay in getting the images though. /Lokal_Profil 19:55, 30 November 2013 (UTC)

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National Gallery of Art[edit]

Jean-Fred (talk) 14:19, 18 January 2013 (UTC)

  • Source to upload from: National Gallery of Art online database, per their open access policy
    • Did you observe an URL pattern
    • Do you know whether the site as an API
    • What else can ease uploading (is the site valid XHTML, WCM they use…)?
    • Did you contact the site owner?
      See here, they welcome the idea
  • Describe the works to be uploaded in detail (audio files, images by …):

Artwork digitisations

  • Which license tag(s) should be applied?

Existing uploads seem to rely on {{PD-author|National Gallery of Art}} or {{PD-art|PD-old-100}}.

I guess a custom wrapper for {{Licensed-PD-Art|PD-old-whatever|{{PD-author|National Gallery of Art}}}} would do the trick (in the spirit of {{Walters Art Museum license/2D}})

Went ahead and created {{PD-Art-National Gallery of Art}}. Jean-Fred (talk) 14:47, 18 January 2013 (UTC)


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US Army Research Laboratory Eniac[edit]

  • Describe the works to be uploaded in detail (audio files, images by …):
    Images (PNGs are high-res, also lo-res GIF, JPG): those which are photos should ideally be converted to JPG)
    I only count around 20 such images, so please state if that's too few for a batch upload to be considered.
    There are a few duplicates within Category:ENIAC, but I gather that the batch proposal equivalents are generally of better quality.
  • Is there a template that could be used on the file description pages? Do you think a special template should be created?
    Not that I know of... possibly something about ENIAC


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11k of Areal Photos[edit]

In the course of the arial photo project of the German Wikimedia de:Wikipedia:Projekt Fotoflüge I wrote an article for a pilots magazine. After that I got in contact with a Pilot who wants to share his own created areal photo collection which he created over the past 24 years. It seams that all photos are already geo-referenced and classified (by type like solar power plant, church as well as by region like Europe, Andalucia, Sanlucar). The classification as well as the geo-reference is within the exif data of the images. During a manual upload the geo-reference was recognized correct by commons. Because of the big amount of pictures it would be fine if there is some way to may automize the upload and if possible somehow to match the classification of the pictures to the commons categories. I have no idea if or how this is possible and it would be great to get some information if this is possible or to get some help for this request. The Classification is sometimes in German and not matching the Commons categories. The Pilot has already created a Wikipedia / Commons User and uploaded one example file where you could see how the data is sored within the exif Data.

  • Source to upload from:

The files are on a computer of the pilot / photographer.

    • Did you observe an URL pattern
    • Do you know whether the site as an API
    • What else can ease uploading (is the site valid XHTML, WCM they use…)?
    • Did you contact the site owner?

Not the site owner but the photographer User:Graf-flugplatz

  • Describe the works to be uploaded in detail (audio files, images by …):

About 11.000 of digital arial photos should be uploaded.

Solarthermie Kraftwerk 100919005.JPG
  • Which license tag(s) should be applied?

Has to be clarified with Author, but expect "CC BY-SA 3.0" like the example.

Update 18.12.2012: License "CC BY-SA 3.0" is approved by Author User:Graf-flugplatz.

  • Is there a template that could be used on the file description pages? Do you think a special template should be created?


Nice sample images. I'm from Germany too and I like to help. But not before end of april 2013 because I am away and busy. If this will be ok, just waiting ... --Slick (talk) 17:26, 9 January 2013 (UTC)

Ok, how can I get the images to upload? I like to have them here, so I can check the tags they have and can try to find best categories for. Possible solutions are I download them all from a source or you can send it to me on by CD/DVD (I am from germany too). You can contact me (in german please) here about this. Additional I suggest the pilot (or you) fill in a minimal content on his userpage for other they are interesting in the source/creator. (i.E. the same information as in this request) --Slick (talk) 08:51, 6 February 2013 (UTC)

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Garden of the Victory in Chelyabinsk[edit]

  • Source to upload from:

User Ain92 asked me to upload some photos with Panoramio Picker but I have never done it and found that it's too complicated to understand it in the nearest time. So I ask to upload for category:Garden of the Victory in Chelyabinsk all photos from this page and 2-9th photos from this page (they are cc-by). Анастасия Львоваru (ru-n, en-2) 07:03, 11 December 2012 (UTC)


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  • Describe the works to be uploaded in detail (audio files, images by …):

We wanted to upload free images from AELG Website because they have galleries from Galician writers. They have a CC-BY-SA license for some photos from the galleries from the authors, photos from authors Eduardo Castro Bal and Santos-Díez.

There is an index of authors here and this is an example of the gallery of an writer. The individual photos have an url like this.

  • Which license tag(s) should be applied?

The images are CC-BY-SA, some from Eduardo Castro photographer and others from Santos-Díez photographer.

  • Is there a template that could be used on the file description pages? Do you think a special template should be created?

There is a template to use with the photos: {{AELG}}. There is a category too. Bye, --Elisardojm (talk) 00:14, 28 September 2012 (UTC)


Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment Somebody could review if this work can realise or is necessary more information? Thanks, --Elisardojm (talk) 22:14, 9 November 2012 (UTC)

Looks good and no more information is needed yet. But usually it can take some time to realize. Just waiting ... --Slick (talk) 16:25, 9 December 2012 (UTC)
Ok, if somebody needs more details or goes to try realise this task, I would appreciate him that it warned me in my talk page. Thanks!, --Elisardojm (talk) 09:54, 11 December 2012 (UTC)
I'll do the upload tmrw. Smallman12q (talk) 03:19, 22 January 2013 (UTC)
If you need more information or details about this task, you can ask me. Thanks!, --Elisardojm (talk) 14:16, 22 January 2013 (UTC)

✓ Done I've completed the upload...~800 uploaded. Some such as File:Valentín_Arias_(AELG)-1.jpg aren't thumbnailing...but work fine in firefox and show metadata so its a bug on the wiki side. Cheers. Smallman12q (talk) 21:22, 22 January 2013 (UTC)

Image rendering bug is being look into at w:Wikipedia:Village_pump_(technical)#Images_not_rendering.Smallman12q (talk) 23:49, 23 January 2013 (UTC)
Image rendering bug was resolved. Fixed issue with spacing in direct links brought up at User_talk:Smallman12q#AELG_photo.27s_upload.

Smallman12q (talk) 04:39, 26 January 2013 (UTC) Per User_talk:Smallman12q#AELG_photo.27s_upload, added author link:

Smallman12q (talk) 03:08, 7 February 2013 (UTC)

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Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum[edit]

The Ford Presidential Lib/Museum is a federal archives, part of NARA. We'd like to create a partnership with Wikimedia:Commons and get all of our digitized material up. All materials are in the public domain. Agency management is on board, and we have a team already working on this! I've been uploading materials one-by-one, I've gotten about 170 images uploaded - see Commons:Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum - I figure it should take me til oh, 2215 to get everything up! We're looking for an administrator to work with and develop a plan. Bdcousineau (talk) 18:50, 5 September 2012 (UTC)

See Commons:Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum for current progress.Smallman12q (talk) 23:26, 17 September 2012 (UTC)


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Rudolf Steiner Gesamtausgabe[edit]

Die folgende Seite bietet alle Werke der Gesamtausgabe Rudolf Steiners (gemeinfrei) als Scan in zitierfähigen Ausgaben. Eine Übernahme zu Wikimedia Commons wurde hier besprochen und gewünscht.

  • I downloading the files und prepare for upload. Which one is the correct licence template in this case? I guess PD-old. Only this or need a second one? --Slick (talk) 21:14, 11 August 2012 (UTC)
  • Downloads finish. --Slick (talk) 08:47, 13 August 2012 (UTC)

A discussion in german about the licence can found here. Looks like there is a problem with scans from sources newer than 1923. --Slick (talk) 13:35, 15 August 2012 (UTC)

I cancel to support this batch job, remove all local work already done, because missing help/support although requested more than one time. Revert job to Request-List. --Slick (talk) 20:30, 23 August 2012 (UTC)


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Detroit Publishing Company at LoC[edit]

"This collection of photographs from the Detroit Publishing Company Collection includes over 25,000 glass negatives and transparencies as well as about 300 color photolithograph prints, mostly of the eastern United States. The collection includes the work of a number of photographers, one of whom was the well known photographer William Henry Jackson. A small group within the larger collection includes about 900 Mammoth Plate Photographs taken by William Henry Jackson along several railroad lines in the United States and Mexico in the 1880s and 1890s. The group also includes views of California, Wyoming and the Canadian Rockies." Subject index; geographical index. cmadler (talk) 17:17, 20 March 2012 (UTC)


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Cesare Brizio[edit]

Photographer Cesare Brizio has agreed to donate 1300+ images here. Images may be taken from the web page OR originals can be sent to anyone on a DVD if required. He also suggested some sound files - but they are in the wrong format (mp3).

Data from OTRS ticket 2012021810002796 follows (permission obtained to copy this OTRS message here)
Dear Ron Jones: yes, I confirm that I am actually glad to release all the images located at via the "View Media" link at as "Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0)". Furthermore, I can provide upon request higher resolution versions (1024x768 or more) of almost all the same images.

By the way, I would gladly release as "Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0)" all the audio samples (recordings of animal sounds) available at the web pages listed here:

best regards,

Cesare Brizio


Symbol support vote.svg Support Sounds good espacally the fact that we don't have for all biological articals pics.--Sanandros (talk) 14:49, 21 August 2012 (UTC)

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Works of Maurice Ravel[edit]

All files from,_Maurice can be uploaded to Commons (57 files).

Maurice Ravel's works are in the public domain in France since a decision by the Cour de cassation in 2007 (French Supreme Court). See Wikipedia articles for details. There are about 35 published before 1923, for which there is no URAA issue. Yann (talk) 12:12, 15 September 2012 (UTC)

Category:Compositions by Maurice Ravel
License {{PD-old}}


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  • Waiting for the backlog of this page may take longer time than manual uploading 57 images using Special:UploadWizard. Bennylin (yes?) 12:49, 26 February 2012 (UTC)
    • If you would just had a look at the page or at least a bit of music knowledge...; but today I am bountiful and do not respond with other unhelpful comments. I just ask me how you could became steward with those hasty comments. If you want to help, you could take upload requests or analyze them carefully. Or are you even paid by WMF to advertise UpWiz?
  • Please make some suggestions how to get a good descriptions from the page. (Including a custom template, categories, ...)
  • Page structure:
  • {{Not-PD-US-URAA}} is not a valid license template (says that right on it!). Works should be verified as being PD or otherwise free in the US before uploading. Otherwise you're just adding to the Commons:WikiProject Public Domain/URAA review workload. cmadler (talk) 12:17, 27 April 2012 (UTC)
    • Pre-1923 works should be tagged with {{PD-1923}} to cover US copyright status. Post-1923 works are probably still copyrighted in the US, and should not be uploaded without investigation into the status. cmadler (talk) 13:35, 17 September 2012 (UTC)
      • Is this tag necessary even for non-US works? Yann (talk) 15:29, 17 September 2012 (UTC)
        • Yes, because works on Commons must be free in both the country of origin and the US. (Right on {{PD-old}}, it says, "You must also include a United States public domain tag to indicate why this work is in the public domain in the United States.") Alternatively, {{PD-old-70-1923}} is a single template covering both the US and French copyright. cmadler (talk) 12:39, 18 September 2012 (UTC)
  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose Actually, now that I look at it, I don't think any of his works are in public domain in France, the country of origin. The Cour de cassation ruling found that the prorogations de guerre (extensions for the two World Wars) were superceded by later copyright laws, but only for non-musical works. Since we're discussing musical works, the prorogations still need to be taken into account. Works published through 1920 get an additional 14 years, 272 days, while works published from 1920 through 1947 (since Ravel died in 1937, this covers all the rest of his works) get an additional 8 years, 120 days. So Ravel's works through 1920 are copyrighted in France until late 2022 (272 days gets you almost to the end of September), while his post-1920 works are copyrighted in France until 2016 (120 days goes to late April). cmadler (talk) 12:49, 18 September 2012 (UTC)
    • The Cour de cassation did not mention the type of works to which its ruling applies. Yann (talk) 13:43, 18 September 2012 (UTC)
      • If I understand correctly, the 2007 Cour de cassation ruling related primarily to the 1997 law, which had extended the normal duration for non-musical works from 50 years to 70 years (but was not cumulative with the war extensions), and dealt specifically with the works of two painters, Monet and Boldini. But musical works had already been extended to 70 years pma in 1985, by the "Lang" law, and in the 2007 ruling, the court found that this law was cumulative with the war extensions ("la loi du 3 juillet 1985 avait porté à 70 ans la durée de protection normale, de sorte que les bénéficiaires des prorogations de guerre applicables à cette date pouvaient prétendre à une durée de protection excédant 70 ans"), but only in the case of composers who had already "acquired" the right (already died, starting the copyright clock) prior to July 1992. Have I misunderstood an aspect of this? cmadler (talk) 16:34, 18 September 2012 (UTC)
      • After its two rulings, the Cour de Cassation summarized the situation in its annual report for 2007. It mentions the particular situation of musical works, in the terms quoted above by cmadler. However, as the 2007 rulings were not about music or Ravel, there are apparently still some arguments about how to interpret and apply the principles and how the computation of the term of protection should be done in the specific case of Ravel and, depending on the result, if his works are still under copyright in France or if they are in the public domain there. This 2008 article concluded that, at that time, the question was still uncertain but that commentators seemed to lean more toward the theory of the longer term of protection. Anyway, it seems that the SACEM still perceives money relating to the author's rights of Ravel's works for the uses of those works "à l'étranger" (outside of France, in some countries where the works are still under copyright).[4]. I didn't find something telling clearly if they still perceived fees from the uses of Ravel's works in France after 2008. If the works are still under copyright in France and given the sums of money that would represent, it is somewhat surprising that no litigation is found. It may not help clarify the situation that the money perceived from the copyright used to be claimed by a mysterious offshore company, although I suppose that does not affect the term of protection. -- Asclepias (talk) 19:33, 19 September 2012 (UTC)


While working on the English Wikipedia I stumbled upon the Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record/Historic American collection several times. This is a huge (350.000+) collection of photographs and drawings of historic buildings in the US. The collection is in the public domain although it contains some exceptions (haven't been able to find one). The collection has good metadata like title, author, date and the location (awesome for categorization). Every item has an high resolution tif file. I'm using User:Multichill/HABS as a layout template right now. I did some tests. Once the template is all tweaked I will substitute it. After that at that the template will be substituted on upload. The images are high resolution tiffs, that's of course very nice, but also problematic because the images are not rendered at the moment. The WMF has plans to change that so I rather not upload jpg's too. Any opinions on this? Multichill (talk) 12:06, 14 January 2012 (UTC)

Decided I'd upload both jpg and tiffs. Did some more tweaking:

Multichill (talk) 16:36, 22 January 2012 (UTC)


So I started this a couple of months ago. Ran into some technical problems and a lot of negative feedback so I decided to waste my time on something else.

  • In the meantime the file size limit was raised to 25 megapixels so I no longer need to upload two images. I'm just going to upload one high-res tiff image.
  • Categorization is probably going to be category:buildings in <county> with fallback to category:<county>
  • Naming of the files is quite rough, need to improve that (too long, too many weird characters)
  • Need to use the json and see what kind of useful information is in there that I'm not using (like coordinates)
  • I need to have a very conservative copyright check to not upload dozens of unfree files.
  • I should probably add a template like {{Maybe US heritage}} that explains that this photo might be on the NRHP or some local registry and to replace this template with the right one. Is that picks up that would really combine nicely with all the image we took ourselves (for example in Wiki Loves Monuments)

Multichill (talk) 19:38, 24 October 2012 (UTC)

Everything is about ready. Waiting on en:Wikipedia talk:WikiProject National Register of Historic Places#HABS upload. Multichill (talk) 21:47, 9 January 2013 (UTC)
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Chris's Acorns[edit]

I accept that this is a premature request, so please accept my apologies if that's undesirable.

  1. All the (approx. 3000) photos arguably have educational value, so should that be the target? If not, under what criteria should decisions be made?
  2. Some pages (e.g. Acorn Phoebe 2100) contain non-free publicity photographs. How are such photos best tagged for omission?
  3. In order to collate them as a collection, would it be appropriate for them to be put in Photographs by Chris Whytehead (within Photographs by author)? Or should they go elsewhere, as he's apparently a registered Wikipedian?
  4. What are the options for proceeding with the upload and what will be required of Chris?

All advice gratefully received. Thanks for reading. --Trevj (talk) 12:06, 4 October 2011 (UTC)


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Maritime photo collection[edit]

Category:Frederic Logghe Maritime photo collection includes only part of the collection available at the website listed there. The collection itself didn't seem to have grown recently and Commons might be a good place to maintain it in the long term. --07:09, 28. Sep. 2011‎ Docu

Anybody should check the licence before a mass import. I am not sure they all be free. I found lot of pictures with copyright informations. i.E: [5] [6] [7] --Slick (talk) 16:30, 4 August 2012 (UTC)


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Images from Caelum Observatory & The Mount Lemmon SkyCenter[edit]

Adam Block from The Mount Lemmon SkyCenter has kindly agreed to release a large amount of his images with a CC BY-SA 3.0 license. He has done this specifically so they can be used on wiki projects. A .zip containing all of the released images can be found here. I would like to be able to upload them all into a category called 'Images from Caelum Observatory & The Mount Lemmon SkyCenter' or something in that vein. Many of them will be very useful and have high EV. A link to one of his galleries showing the relevant copyright statements can be found here. As there is 200+ files in the .zip file, uploading them all would be very tedious. I would be very grateful if someone could assist me with this matter. Thanks, Originalwana (talk) 13:16, 10 September 2011 (UTC)

Looks like it is difficult to upload the files from zip with a batch-job because missing information, i.E. description. IMHO makes more sence to parse the website for images under CC because there are very useful descriptions. (Example) --Slick (talk) 11:02, 11 August 2012 (UTC)
That would be great but I have no idea how to go about it, do you know how this could be done? Thanks Originalwana (talk) 10:22, 13 August 2012 (UTC)


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The site [8] has a great public domain collection of norvegian manuscripts. For exemple, the totality of the manuscript œuvre of Henrik Ibsen (in the UNESCO patrimony).

The objectif is : download all pictures, convert in a djvu file (by book) and upload the djvu in Commons.

Is it possible ? thx ! --M0tty (talk) 19:36, 3 October 2010 (UTC)


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All the images / videos from UMich listed in these two directories [9] If they could all be added to a single category I will than combine them into Wikipedia. --James Heilman, MD (talk) 23:13, 19 July 2011 (UTC)


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