If you haven't seen, the web version now included a slideshow of selected
images from Wikimedia Commons


On Mon, Oct 17, 2011 at 11:23 AM, CherianTinu Abraham <tinucher...@gmail.com
> wrote:

> *DNA : Want to display your photos? Donate them to Wikipedia*
> http://epaper.dnaindia.com/epaperpdf/17102011/16main%20edition-pg8-0.pdf
> http://www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/report_want-to-display-your-photos-donate-them-to-wikipedia_1599817
> *Kannan Shanmugam's grandfather was the first man to set up a photo studio
> in south Kerala at Kollam, giving the locals one of their first tastes of
> technology.Around 100 years later, Kannan is hoping to continue his legacy
> in a way that could be just as revolutionary in today's world — the act of
> giving something away, for free.*
> *
> *
> *Kannan is an active contributor to Wikimedia Commons, an online
> repository of free-use images, sound and other media files primarily used to
> supplement other Wikimedia projects, Wikipedia being the most popular.*
> *
> *
> *The project, which began in 2006 and to which anybody can contribute, has
> amassed over 11 million media files in five years. *
> *With the fast-growing interest in Indian topics on English Wikipedia and
> 20 Indian language Wikipedias already in existence, there is a dire need for
> images from India. In the run-up to WikiConference 2011 to be held in
> Mumbai in November, the India Loves Wikipedia initiative has been launched
> to encourage people to donate their photos for India-related articles.*
> *
> *
> *Kannan has been one of the biggest contributors in the initiative which
> has amassed 3,359 photos, but feels it is difficult convincing professional
> photographers to contribute their photos.*
> *
> *
> *"Photography equipment is costly. You don't get any returns from
> uploading images on Commons. Only those who share this idea of free
> information are willing to do it," said Kannan, a former press photographer.
> *
> *
> *
> *Tinu Cherian, executive committee member of the Wikimedia India Chapter,
> agreed. "Releasing images for free use isn't a popular concept in India. And
> once your image is in the public domain, you are allowing people to use,
> share, alter the images (provided it is attributed) for both free and
> commercial purposes."*
> *However, Wikimedians (contributors to Wikimedia projects) insist you
> don't have to be a professional to submit your images.*
> *
> *
> *Vaishak Kallore from Kannur in Kerala believes it is amateur
> photographers in remote villages and towns in India who can be the most
> useful and generous contributors. "Professionals might not see it worth
> their while to take photos of seemingly mundane things. But there is a
> desperate need for such images to substantiate and inspire articles on
> India."*
> *
> *
> *From images of panoramas tostructures on the verge of extinction, almost
> nothing lies beyond the scope of Commons. *
> *And being a free repository, the images can be picked up for use by news
> publications, portals and blogs. However, Kannan said, Indian media
> companies often tend to use these images without giving credit to the
> photographers. "There is a need for greater awareness about free licensing.
> If there is proper attribution, more people will be encouraged to donate
> their photos."*
> *
> *
> *Explaining how government bodies in the US, especially NASA, release
> images into the public domain (including Commons) for free public education
> and use, Cherian said: "The biggest goldmine for Commons from India is
> actually the government. We haven't approached them officially yet, but we
> should be lobbying with them to come up with a similar policy." Want to
> donate your photos to Wikipedia? Visit www.commons.wikimedia.org*
> Regards
> Tinu Cherian
> http://wiki.wikimedia.in/In_the_news
> *
> *
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