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German Federal Archives provides Wikipedia with 100 000 images

17 December, 2008

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The German Federal Archives has donated almost 100 000 images to the Wikimedia Commons, as part of a cooperation between Wikimedia Germany and the Federal Archive. These images are mostly related to the history of Germany (including the Weimar Republic, the German colonial era, the Third Reich and Germany after reunification).

All the images are licensed Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 Germany License (CC-BY-SA). Wikimedia Germany and the Federal Archive have signed a cooperation agreement that, among other things, asserts that the Federal Archive owns sufficient rights to be able to grant this kind of license.

This is estimated to be the largest donation ever received by Wikimedia Commons, that is today a database of over 3 million media files.

The other part of the cooperation is a tool for linking people from a list compiled by the Federal Archive to the German Wikipedia Persondata and to the person authority file of the German National Library (something German Wikipedia has already been doing since 2005).

Angelika Menne-Haritz, vice-president of the Federal Archives in Berlin said that the public had a right to access the photos and the deal with Wikipedia would facilitate public access to the material.

Commons:Bundesarchiv (4.12.2008)

Interview: Cooperation between BundesArchive and Wikimedia (only in German, 4.12.2008)

Wikipedia Receives German Pictorial History (6.12.2008),,3851534,00.html



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