Ten is turning out to be the number of the year for Wikimedia. First, the 
Wikimedia Foundation celebrated the tenth anniversary of Wikipedia in January, 
and now Wikimedia Commons – the library of images, sound files, and videos that 
constitutes an integral component of Wikipedia’s user experience – has logged 
its 10,000,000th file. All files on Wikimedia Commons can be used for any 
purpose, including commercial use, under terms consistent with the Definition 
of Free Cultural Works. This, together with its educational focus, makes 
Wikimedia Commons a media repository unlike any other.

The ten millionth file uploaded to Commons is a photograph of a waterfowl 
observation platform near Lipno Lake in the Wdzydze Landscape Park in Poland.  
It was uploaded by Commons user Leinad, who has been uploading to Commons since 
2006. Leinad is also active on the Polish Wikipedia, and attended the 2010 
Wikimania conference in Gdansk.

What stories these ten million files can tell. The scope of Wikimedia’s 
ambitions has always been epic, and comparing 2006’s 1 millionth image – a 
pygmy hippopotamus at the Singapore Zoo – to 2009’s five-millionth upload – an 
article detailing democracy from an 1838 Danish newspaper – succinctly 
demonstrates the near-limitless capacity for sharing knowledge we’ve fostered.

While the frequency of new articles appearing on Wikipedia may have slowed, our 
repository of educational media is growing faster than ever. Today’s entry 
marks less than a two year period during which more than five million new files 
have been uploaded. This is in part thanks to Wikimedia’s global volunteer 
building more and more relationships with cultural institutions and collection 
holders around the world, receiving and uploading large treasures of 
photographs, video and other content. And we are hoping to accelerate the 
project’s growth further, with a new media upload tool (login required) which 
we are currently beta testing, as well as improved video support.

Our huge thanks to the tens of thousands of individuals who have contributed to 
Wikimedia Commons and who have helped bring the project to this milestone.  You 
have helped us create the largest, and almost certainly, the highest quality 
trove of entirely freely re-usable, education-oriented media files in history.

Jay Walsh
Head of Communications
+1 (415) 839 6885 x 6609, @jansonw

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