Commons:Batch uploading/Travelers in the Middle East Archive

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Travelers in the Middle East Archive[edit]

The Travelers in the Middle East Archive (TIMEA) describes itself as "a digital archive that focuses on Western interactions with the Middle East, particularly travels to Egypt during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries." It is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Rice University. The website provides very detailed information about the authorship and publication history of each image. The images and photos are of good quality and great historical value. Most of them are scanned from pre-1923 U.S. books, so uploading them to Commons should be OK. In any case, all of the website's content is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 License, so this would be perfect for a batch upload. I already created a corresponding category and source template. --BomBom (talk) 00:04, 8 August 2009 (UTC)


  • Symbol support vote.svg Support Yann (talk) 10:01, 8 August 2009 (UTC)
  • Looks like a very nice resource! Did you try contacting them? It's always very nice to do these kind of uploads in cooperation with the donating party. Oh, by the way. I think the name of the category should be Category:Images from the Travelers in the Middle East Archive to clearly indicate this is a source category. Multichill (talk) 10:28, 8 August 2009 (UTC)
I'm willing to write them an e-mail. But what exactly should I ask for? The CC license basically means that we don't need their permission. Maybe you have some "technical" questions (related to the uploading process) in mind I should ask them? --BomBom (talk) 21:40, 9 August 2009 (UTC)
Update I renamed the category as requested. --BomBom (talk) 01:39, 11 August 2009 (UTC)
You could tell something about Commons and how we do partnerships here (that page needs updating by the way). The main thing is metadata in an easy format (database, dump, xml, etc) for easy processing. Multichill (talk) 12:34, 17 September 2009 (UTC)

I uploaded over 450 images. Please check if they're fine, otherwise I'll upload the rest.--Diaa abdelmoneim (talk) 13:56, 14 September 2010 (UTC)

Wonderful archive which will be a great addition to Commons. You need to work on the categories though. See here, for instance. I noticed a number of similar examples of using wrong wording format, e.g. 'Art, Coptic' instead of 'Coptic art'. Anatiomaros (talk) 16:59, 19 September 2010 (UTC)
Two very useful categories which will apply to most of these images are: Category:Egypt in art and Category:Cairo in art. Also: Category:Men of Egypt and Category:Women of Egypt. By the way, I think I'm falling in love with this girl - anybody have a time-machine I could borrow? Anatiomaros (talk) 17:51, 19 September 2010 (UTC)
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