Submissions/Image by Wikipedia

From Wikimania 2014 • London, United Kingdom

This is an accepted submission for Wikimania 2014.

Submission no. 8510
Title of the submission
Image by Wikipedia
Type of submission (discussion, hot seat, panel, presentation, tutorial, workshop)
Author of the submission
Jonas Öberg
E-mail address
Country of origin
Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)
Commons Machinery, Shuttleworth Foundation, Free Software Foundation Europe
Personal homepage or blog
Abstract (at least 300 words to describe your proposal)

Imagine if you could go anywhere online and see the license and credit of any image you so choose. With the click of a button, you could see who created an image, where it's been published before, what license terms are associated with it, where you can find other copies or mashups of it, and where you can buy a signed print from the creator.

Providing proper attribution for images is the key to making that happen. Unfortunately, it's not unusual for images and other material from Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons to find their way into newspapers or other publications with less than stellar attributions. "Image by Wikipedia" or just "Image from Internet" is a common attribution to find. Creative Commons and other open licenses have made it simple to license images for everyone's free use, but using images licensed in such a way requires proper attribution and this has proven to be quite difficult.

In this session, we invite participants to a discussion about the relevance of attribution, the possibilities that proper attributions offers, and how contributors to Wikipedia (and Wikipedia itself!) want to be attributed when images and other materials are re-used. The session will also give examples of how the world would look if we could automate the process of attribution, demonstrate some of the tools that already exist for automatic attribution (as well as the limitations of current technologies) and lay out how Wikipedia could help people move from "Image by Wikipedia" to something more relevant.

GLAM, Technology, Interface & Infrastructure
Length of session (if other than 30 minutes, specify how long)
30 minutes
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