National archive posting millions of photos to Wikipedia
- National archive posting millions of photos to Wikipedia
Published: 4 Dec 08 14:38 CET
The German National Archive announced on Thursday that some 100,000
digitalized historical photos were available for the internet
encyclopedia Wikipedia in a dual project that will eventually make
about 11 million photos available for public use.
"We decided on the cooperation because of the high hit rates that
Wikipedia gets. This way we can reach the public a lot better,"
archive deputy director B. Kuhl told The Local on Thursday. "It isn't
that the national archive is ever closed or anything, but people
would not normally think of us when they are looking for pictures."
The archive decided which photos to release first based on their
experience of the most popular requests and also worked with the
Federal Press Office on the project. Images include documentation of
the Holocaust, Weimar Republic era, public demonstrations and other
important events in contemporary history, Kuhl said.
"Everyone here is involved somehow, and it is a work in progress,"
she said. "We have some 11 million pictures and have about 150,000
together, so it's only a fraction at the moment."
The digital photos will be uploaded to Wikimedia Commons, where users
will then be able to attach them to corresponding entries on
"The cooperation shows how important Wikipedia has become," head of
Wikimedia Deutschland Sebastian Moleski told news agency DDP.
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