User:Nederlandse Leeuw

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nl-N Deze gebruiker heeft het Nederlands als moedertaal.
en-4 This user has near native speaker knowledge of English.
fr-2 Cet utilisateur dispose de connaissances intermédiaires en français.
de-2 Dieser Benutzer beherrscht Deutsch auf fortgeschrittenem Niveau.
la-1 Hic usor simplici lingua Latina conferre potest.
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Hello and welcome to my user page on Wikimedia Commons!

Please ask any questions you might have on my talk page. I might be available for help in translating descriptions or legends from English to Dutch and vice versa, or various other European languages. Click here for a gallery of files I uploaded to Commons.

Nederlandse Leeuw ("Dutch Lion")

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Mapping issues (essay)[edit]

Recently, as I've learnt how to use InkScape instead of Microsoft Paint in 2018, I've been trying to be more precise in citing the sources that I've used for creating maps, while holding others accountable for citing theirs. (Note: please put your sources in the 'Source' parameter, right behind the {{Own}} tag; the Description parameter is best used for describing what the map shows in multiple languages, not on which data the map is based). Unlike English Wikipedia, you can still get away with a lot of unsourced, inaccurate and misleading visual information on Commons, especially in mapping. Wikipedians may unwittingly use these maps in articles, where textual claims are usually subjected to rigorously scrunity to comply with WP:RS. But such fact-checking is rare when it comes to the inclusion of maps on English Wikipedia, let alone the uploading of maps to Commons, where it's still largely an artistic 'free for all' for self-made work, to put it bluntly. You can't just delete someone else's self-made map because it's misleading; a rather high threshold of inaccuracy needs to be met in order to resort to that measure. Commons deletion policies are heavily focused on preventing copyright infringement (and rightly so), but may have neglected means to fact-check whether (self-made) files that comply with copyright are accurate and sourced.

A separate issue is that there seems to be no clear policy yet on which maps should be dynamic (open to updating) and which are static (a reflection of a state of affairs at a certain point in time; a date, year, century). I would argue that the creator has an obligation to mention this in both the title and the description, otherwise static maps may be unintentionally taken

  1. by Wikipedia editors and readers to reflect a current/recent state of affairs (when the data may in fact be from over 10 years ago); and
  2. by Commons editors as open to updating (which could lead to maps being changed while their captions/legends in various Wikipedia articles in various languages may remain the same, potentially confusing and misleading Wikipedia editors and readers).

Even though/if their information will grow more obsolete with the passage of time, that doesn't necessarily make them 'inaccurate' or 'misleading', as static maps do have historical value. Especially if you wish to make a series of maps about the same subject and show what changed over the course of years in the case of, say, changing legislation or demographics, static maps are what you need. A dynamic map usually best reflects the current state of affairs, while static maps can show what preceded the current state of affairs.

The tools below may help to deal with inaccurate, misleading or unsourced maps you may run into:

Evidence-based mapping examples[edit]

It's important to set the right example for self-made, evidence-based mapping. Proposed format: in the "Source" parameter, state: "{{Own}}. Sources used in creating this map: (list of bulletpoints of sources used per country or region that has been coloured in the map)." Countries for which no data was found (yet) should be left grey and labelled 'No data'.