The landscape has changed quite a bit since 2012, and there are a number of players that could offer a service like this by now. It may be worthwhile exploring them briefly (including but not limited to Google), if we believe this is important enough to invest time in (and I agree that there is a number of use cases from the community point of view at least).
Lodewijk On Mon, Jun 17, 2019 at 8:24 AM James Forrester <jforres...@wikimedia.org> wrote: > On Mon, 17 Jun 2019 at 06:28, Yann Forget <yan...@gmail.com> wrote: > > > It has been suggested many times to ask Google for an access to their API > > for searching images, > > so that we could have a bot tagging copyright violations (no free access > > for automated search). > > That would the single best improvement in Wikimedia Commons workflow for > > years. > > And it would benefit all Wikipedia projects, big or small. > > > > Yann, > > As you should remember, we asked Google for API access to their reverse > image search system, years ago (maybe 2013?). They said that there isn't > such an API any more (they killed it off in ~2012, I think), and that they > wouldn't make a custom one for us. The only commercial alternative we found > at the time would have cost us approximately US$3m a month at upload > frequency for Commons then, and when contacted said they wouldn't do any > discounts for Wikimedia. Obviously, this is far too much for the > Foundation's budget (it would be even more now), and an inappropriate way > to spend donor funds. Providing the service in-house would involve building > a search index of the entire Internet's (generally non-free) images and > media, which would cost a fortune and is totally incompatible with the > mission of the movement. This was relayed out to Commons volunteers at the > time, I'm pretty sure. > > Obviously Google might have changed their mind, though it seems unlikely. I > imagine that Google engineers and product owners don't follow this list, so > it's unlikely that they will re-create the API without being asked > directly. > > J. > -- > *James D. Forrester* (he/him <http://pronoun.is/he> or they/themself > <http://pronoun.is/they/.../themself>) > Wikimedia Foundation <https://wikimediafoundation.org/> > _______________________________________________ > Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines and > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia-l > New messages to: Wikimediafirstname.lastname@example.org > Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l, > <mailto:wikimedia-l-requ...@lists.wikimedia.org?subject=unsubscribe> _______________________________________________ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines and https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia-l New messages to: Wikimediaemail@example.com Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l, <mailto:wikimedia-l-requ...@lists.wikimedia.org?subject=unsubscribe>