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Wiki Loves Parliaments / European Parliament

During the plenary sessions of the European Parliament, February 3rd to 6th, 2014, we can perform a photography and editing project in Strasbourg.


Since 2009 Wikipedians are visiting German and Austrian State Parliaments to take pictures of their members. They have been made available under a free license on Wikimedia Commons. They can be used in Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects but also outside of Wikipedia - in compliance with the license conditions - for example by the Members of Parliament themselves.

Besides the creation of free pictures of politicians, the project offers the deputies the opportunity to ask questions about Wikipedia and to discuss „their“ Wikipedia article (eg. to indicate possible problems with personal rights). For Wikipedians this offers the chance to explain their idea of „Free Knowledge“ and the work of the Wikimedia projects.

In addition these contacts give Wikipedia photographers access to places that are not accessible to the public in order to produce free images.

We now have the opportunity to visit the European Parliament in Strasbourg in February and perform a photography and editing project for the 764 MEPs there. In particular as the next elections for the European Parliament are upcoming in May, these new articles and photos are under a strong focus of the public.


Project in Düsseldorf
Project in Düsseldorf
Project in Düsseldorf
Project in Düsseldorf
Project in Düsseldorf
Project in Düsseldorf
  • February 2nd, 2014: Arrival (Accommodation will be most likely in Germany. A group transport to the Parliament will be provided.)
  • February 3rd, 2014; 10:00 Team Meeting (discussing the operational planning)
  • February 3rd, 2014: 15:00 to 21:00 Photography Station / Video
  • February 4th, 2014: 08:30 to 21:30 Photography Station / Video
  • February 5th, 2014: 08:30 to 21:30 Photography Station / Video
  • February 6th, 2014: 08:30 to 14:00 Photography Station / Video
  • February 7th, 2014: 09:00 Team Meeting (just scheduled)

Past Photography Projects in Parliaments[edit]

Single "Making of" image in Munich, Bavaria
  • 3.2.2014 N2.1 from 14.00 to 21.30
  • 4.2.2014 N4.3 from 8.30 to 14.00 and N3.5 from 14.00 to 21.30
  • 5.2.2014 NN 8.30 to 13.00
  • 5.2.2014 N3.4 from 13.00 to 21.30
  • 6.2.2014 N3.3 from 8.30 to 14.00


This project is meant to be an international effort of Wikimedia chapters, individuals and the WMF, similar to the nature of the European Union. The costs have been split:

  • General Project Costs - see Grant Request to the WMF: meta:Grants:PEG/Olaf_Kosinsky/Wikipedians_in_European_Parliament
  • Travel Costs for volunteers: We are asking any chapters in the region to offer travel cost support to their volunteers - volunteers should request and handle travel costs directly with their chapter.
  • Volunteers with no chapter can participate anyway. We will try to keep the general budget as low as possible to make room for some scholarships. Otherwise, chapters might help as well.