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Vote for the Picture of the Year on Wikimedia Commons

This post was written by Wikimedia UK volunteer Livia Morarasu It’s that time of the year! The voting for the annual Wikimedia Commons Picture of the Year Contest is now open and there is plenty to marvel at. Last year a total of 981 pictures  were promoted to ‘featured picture’ status in categories ranging from plants and… read more »

Wellcome Library grateful for Wikimedia UK support

Wikimedia UK received a very encouraging email this morning which highlights the nature of the work of our movement. In a collaboration between the Wellcome Library, Wikimedia UK and Wikimedia volunteers, around 100,000 images from their collection have been uploaded to Wikimedia Commons. The message, from Phoebe Harkins of the Wellcome Trust, said: “The Wellcome… read more »

The winners of Wiki Loves Monuments 2014 in the UK

Have you seen the UK winners of the 2014 Wiki Loves Monuments competition? Wiki Loves Monuments is the global photography contest and the objective is to collect high quality photographs of some of the world’s most important historic sites. In the UK, this means listed buildings and scheduled monuments so there are possible subjects all over… read more »

Castles in the digital age

When you spend time on one of the busiest websites in the world it’s amazing what patterns emerge. A few weeks ago I was leafing through a borrowed copy of The Historian. It had been passed on to me because there was a piece about castles. As I leafed through its immaculately presented pages I… read more »

Falling to pieces: Wikipedia and history

This post was written by Richard Nevell, Assistant Office Manager Ruins are fascinating. From the columns of ancient Greece to the shattered remains of Coventry Cathedral, they evoke all sorts of emotions. Wonder, incredulity, nostalgia, reverence. During the 18th and 19th centuries they helped inspire romanticism. There’s an exhibition about them at the Tate: Ruin… read more »

What happens when you release photos on Wikimedia Commons?

This post was written by Mike Peel I started making my photographs available on Wikimedia Commons under a Creative Commons licence in 2006. Since then, I have uploaded over 3,500 photos to Commons, and I plan to upload many thousands more in the future. The main reason I started to upload my photos was to illustrate… read more »

World Book and Copyright Day: Why copyright laws in Europe need revising

This post was written by Emily Sorensen, Wikimedia UK volunteer, writing in her personal capacity. We live in a unified Europe (i.e. EU) that is part of a global economy. We do business with organisations, companies, and people from all over the world. We use Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and many other social media which connect people… read more »

Vote for your picture of the year…

This post was written by Stuart Prior, Wikimania Liaison Once again, it’s time for Wikimedia Commons’ Picture of the Year. This really does showcase the quality of photographers we have out there contributing to the community, and there’s a lovely diversity in the work displayed. Not to forgot those adding illustrations, maps and diagrams (I… read more »

Stephen Fry records his voice for Wikipedia

Stephen Fry wears many hats – wit, television presenter, actor, writer and geek. He now has a new hat to wear: Wikipedia contributor. Stephen was recently approached by Wikipedia editor Andy Mabbett (User:Pigsonthewing), who founded the Wikipedia voice intro project (WikiVIP). Although in New York at the time, Stephen willingly obliged and recorded a sample of… read more »

Announcing the winners of the Wiki Loves Monuments photo contest in the UK

Wikimedia UK is delighted to announce the UK winners of the 2013 Wiki Loves Monuments competition. Wiki Loves Monuments is the world’s largest photography contest. The objective is to collect high quality photographs of some of the world’s most important buildings – in the UK, this means Grade I and Grade II* listed buildings. Over… read more »

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