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Date: Tue, 24 May 2005 00:25:08 +0200 From: Erik Moeller <erik_moeller@gmx.de> Subject: [Wikipedia-l] 100,000 files uploaded to the Wikimedia Commons To: commons-l@wikimedia.org, foundation-l@wikimedia.org, wikien-l@wikipedia.org, wikipedia-l@wikimedia.org Message-ID: <42925844.4080803@gmx.de> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=ISO-8859-15; format=flowed

Besides the 100K milestone, the project also received an honorary mention at this year's Prix Ars Electronica. Please help with the distribution and translation of the press release at:


The online copy also includes various media examples.

NB: The Commons now has more than half as many files as the English Wikipedia and more than any other project. Soon it will be the single largest repository of files in the Wikimedia world.

See http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:First_steps for information on getting started to use the Commons.

All best,


100,000th file uploaded to Wikimedia Commons, a free media repository

Free images, sounds, and videos can be used by anyone for any purpose

St. Petersburg, Florida, United States May 24, 2005

The Wikimedia Foundation announced today that the 100,000th file had been uploaded to its online repository of free images, sounds, and videos, the Wikimedia Commons (http://commons.wikimedia.org/). These files have been chosen or created by 5,259 registered users from more than 12 different languages gathered in a single lively community. The young project received additional encouragement and recognition on Monday in the form of an honorary mention at the 2005 Prix Ars Electronica awards.

The Wikimedia Commons, launched on September 7 2004, is a unique free and open media archive (including images, sounds, and video), using the same "wiki" technology that has made Wikipedia, a community-written encyclopedia, the second most popular reference website on the web (Hitwise.com report, April 2005). Wikis are websites that anyone can edit, allowing for rapid growth and constant peer review of all contributions. All files uploaded to the Wikimedia Commons are available royalty-free for any purpose. Most files require attribution of the creator, and some are under copyleft licenses, meaning that derivative works also have to be made available for free re-use. Both Wikipedia and the Wikimedia Commons are operated by the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation.

The 100,000th file was an illustration drawn by a French Wikipedia user named Stephane Tsacas. He manages the computer network of the Curie Institute, a research center on biology and physics in Paris. "I recently did some searches in the French Wikipedia and discovered some incomplete information in a few articles in the field I know, computer science. I then decided to register and do the modifications myself."

The file Stephane Tsacas uploaded is a diagram of the experimental dataflow computer architecture. It is used in the detailed French article http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Architecture_Dataflow. As soon as a file is uploaded to the Wikimedia Commons, it is instantly available for use on all Wikimedia projects without needing to be uploaded to the local project. This feature is encouraging the Wikimedia projects to move towards a multimedia approach rather than the simple text-based approach they relied on in the past.

"Wikimedia Commons is of critical importance for all the Wikimedia projects, and beyond that, it is critically important for the entire free culture movement," said Jimmy Wales, president of the Wikimedia Foundation. Since the inception of the project in September 2004, thousands of Wikimedia contributors have joined to make their multimedia available to the larger community. As such, the Commons is one of the most diverse collections of files imaginable. It includes many independent collections of free content:

  • 7,733 pronunciation files in various languages, notably Dutch

(5,926), German (499), Farsi (464), and Italian (249). These voice recordings made by editors of the project are mostly used in Wiktionary, a wiki-based dictionary and thesaurus.

  • Reproductions of 10,000 public domain paintings from ancient to

modern times, donated by Directmedia Publishing, a German publishing company. This includes the works of artists like Leonardo da Vinci, Vincent van Gogh, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Hieronymus Bosch, and many others. See http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:The_Yorck_Project.

  • Hundreds of public domain recordings of classical music by

composers like Bach, Brahms, Beethoven, Mozart, and Tchaikovsky. See http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Classical_music.

  • A growing collection of videos of historical speeches, excerpts

from public domain films such as Charlie Chaplin's "The Bond", and scientific videos such as bacterial broths being deposited into a Petri dish or the Space Shuttle Columbia going through the sound barrier. See http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Video.

Besides these collections, it is the work of individuals which defines the Wikimedia Commons -- like Wikinews user "Belizian", who took photos during civil unrest in the small Central American nation of Belize in January 2005 for the Wikinews article on the subject (http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Unrest_in_Belize), or Wikibooks author Robert Engelhardt, who has added photos of various beekeeping tools to his growing reference work on the topic (http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Beekeeping). From lovingly drawn subway maps to print quality photos of insects, from physics diagrams to photos of exotic locations, the members of the Wikimedia Commons cover virtually all areas of human interest with great attention to detail.

Like Wikimedia's other projects, the Wikimedia Commons is open for everyone to edit, to enrich it with new content, to help in the categorization of existing media, and to remove problematic materials. Given the proven successes of the wiki model, it may soon become the largest repository of free media on the web.

Additional information

For questions and interviews, please contact:

In English only:

Jimmy Wales, Chair, Board of Trustees, Wikimedia Foundation Phone: (+1)-727-644-3565 Email: jwales@wikimedia.org (mailto:jwales@wikimedia.org)

Angela Beesley, Executive Secretary, Board of Trustees, Wikimedia Foundation Phone: (+44)-208-816-7308 Email: angela@wikimedia.org (mailto:angela@wikimedia.org)

In English or French:

Florence Devouard, Vice President, Board of Trustees, Wikimedia Foundation: Email: anthere@wikimedia.org (mailto:anthere@wikimedia.org)

Prix Ars Electronica

The Prix Ars Electronica is a yearly prize in the field of electronic and interactive art, computer animation, digital culture and music. It has been awarded since 1987 by Ars Electronica (Linz, Austria), one of the world's major centers for art and technology.

The 2005 honorary mentions can be viewed at: http://www.aec.at/en/prix/honorary2005.asp