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29 May 19:30

Go fuck yourself, "I Fucking Love Science"

by jwz
Bianca Bueno


Motherfuckers hotlinked an image from my blog and DDoSsed my server today. They may fucking love science but they fucking hate the web.

Because, you know, apparently even after getting their own TV show, paying for their own image hosting is too onerous. Or just tooooo haaaaaaarrrrrd.

Also, may I direct your attention to:

02 Nov 04:12

Why Halloween Sucks

by Doug

Why Halloween Sucks

Just kidding, I love Halloween. :)

I’ll announce the winners for the Halloween contest later today!

28 Oct 23:54


24 Oct 02:26

Swedish Museums freely sharing images from their collections

by John Andersson
Bianca Bueno

Cool :)

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Porträtt, Rudolf II som Vertumnus. Guiseppe Arcimboldo – Skoklosters slott – 87582

(This is a post by Karin Nilsson and Fredrik Andersson of  The Royal Armoury, Skokloster Castle and The Hallwyl museum in Sweden to announce the release of images in their collections and the addition of many of them to Wikimedia Commons.)

Today, the 23rd of October, The Royal Armoury, Skokloster Castle and the Hallwyl museum together with Wikimedia Sweden announced the release of more than 12,000 images. At the beginning of this year, the three Swedish museums The Royal Armoury, Skokloster Castle and the Hallwyl Museum (which together constitute a National Agency, accountable to the Ministry of Culture) took an important step toward increased openness when we released our high resolution, digital image archives to the public on the museum’s own website. In October we started uploading images to Wikimedia Commons. In this first stage about 19,000 images were uploaded, 7,000 of which are negative files. The number is expected to increase as the digitization proceeds.

The images have been produced over a long period of time and were created for documenting the collections and planning exhibitions as well as for publications and marketing purposes. The original formats range from digitized glass negatives (with their negative file) to completely new images.

We see this contribution as beneficial in several ways:

  • We increase the reach of our images nationally as well as internationally, when publishing our images on a platform which is used by many millions of people every day.
  • Information about the museums’ collections and images is enriched when we use the possibilities of creating links between images, people and historic events on both Wikimedia Commons and Wikipedia.
  • Anybody can edit information and contribute to a fuller and better context to the images.

Aftonklänning. Foto till boken: Ett sekel av dräkt och mode ur de Hallwylska samlingarna - Hallwylska museet - 89365

This contribution is the largest release from a Swedish museum to Wikimedia Commons and one of the largest worldwide. But more important than the number of images is the way they are put in context. The information about the images comes from a large-scale export from the collection database of the museums and many come with ample information about owners, artists and connected historical events, exhibitions or publications, which has been linked to Wikipedia articles.

The images are either in the Public Domain due to their age or freely licensed.

  • Images taken by the museums’ own photographers, from the 1990’s onwards are licensed under CC-BY-SA 3.0.
  • CC0 is used when the museums own the copyright but refrain from claiming it, i.e. for digitized glass negatives.
  • Public Domain is used where copyright has expired, or when images depict art that is Public Domain.

The project has been made possible by financing from Vinnova, supporting Open Data, and by extensive help from André Costa at Wikimedia Sweden.

Karin Nilsson, head of the department of digital resources, and Fredrik Andersson, digital coordinator, The Royal Armoury, Skokloster Castle and The Hallwyl museum.


Svenska museer tillgängliggör bilder

Gustav IIIs maskeraddräkt – Livrustkammaren – 24373

I början av året tog de tre museerna Livrustkammaren, Skoklosters Slott och Hallwylska museet ett viktigt steg mot ökad öppenhet när vi öppnade vårt högupplösta, digitala bildarkiv för allmänheten på vår egen webbplats. I oktober påbörjade vi dessutom en uppladdning av bilder till Wikimedia Commons. Än så länge är det ungefär 19 000 bilder som har laddats upp, varav 7000 st är negativ av skannade glasnegativ. Antalet bilder kommer dock att öka allt eftersom digitaliseringsprocessen framskrider.

Bildsamlingen, som har skapats under många år, innehåller såväl dokumentation av samlingar och utställningar som bilder som tagits för marknadsföring och publikationer. Bland det som tillgängliggörs nu finns hela spektrat från digitaliserade glasnegativ till nytagna, digitalt födda fotografier.

Tillgängliggörandet har flera fördelar:

  • Vi ökar användbarheten för våra bilder både i Sverige och internationellt genom att göra dom tillgängliga på en plattform som används av miljoner människor varje dag.
  • Informationen om museernas bilder och samlingar berikas genom möjligheten att skapa nya länkar mellan bilder, personer och historiska händelser på både Wikimedia Commons och Wikipedia.
  • Alla kan redigera informationen och bidra till att förstärka kopplingar och förbättra information om bilderna.
Hjälm - Livrustkammaren - 77131

Det här tillgängliggörandet är det största från ett svenskt museum till Wikimedia Commons, och ett av de största även i resten av världen. Men viktigare än antalet bilder är den rika kontext som finns kring många av bilderna. Information från museernas samlingsdatabas har exporterats, och många bilder har rik information om ägare, konstnärer, användning och koppling till historiska händelser, utställningar och publikationer vilka även har länkats till Wikipediaartiklar.

Bilderna är antingen Public Domain på grund av ålder eller har en fri licens.

  • Bilder tagna av museernas egna fotografer efter 1990 är licensierade enligt CC-BY-SA 3.0.
  • CC-0 används när museerna äger upphovsrätten men avsäger sig den, till exempel för digitaliserade glasnegativ.
  • Public Domain används när upphovsrätten slocknat, eller för avbildningar av konstverk som är i Public Domain.

Det här projektet har möjliggjorts genom finansiering från Vinnova, som ett stöd till öppna data, och med omfattande hjälp från André Costa på Wikimedia Sverige.

Karin Nilsson, enhetschef och Fredrik Andersson, digital samordnare vid Livrustkammaren och Skoklosters slott med Stiftelsen Hallwylska museet

26 Sep 06:02

Privacy Opinions

I'm the Philosopher until someone hands me a burrito.
04 Sep 04:43

The Art of Conversation 8 – 10

by Doug

The Art of Conversation 8 - 10

Earlier lessons: 1 – 5, 6, 7

22 Aug 03:14

Preferred Chat System

If you call my regular number, it just goes to my pager.
29 Jul 01:47

Bear in Mind

Bear in Mind
29 Jul 01:44

Quadrin 26/07/2013 - Níquel Náusea (Fernando Gonsales)

by quadrin

Níquel Náusea Fernando Gonsales
29 Jul 01:42

Quadrin 24/07/2013 - Níquel Náusea (Fernando Gonsales)

by quadrin

Níquel Náusea Fernando Gonsales
29 Jul 01:40

Quadrin 21/07/2013 - Piratas Do Tietê (Larte)

by quadrin

Piratas Do Tietê Larte
29 Jul 01:39

Quadrin 13/07/2013 - Níquel Náusea (Fernando Gonsales)

by quadrin

Níquel Náusea Fernando Gonsales
03 Jul 16:35


'I'm here to return what Prometheus stole.' would be a good thing to say if you were a fighter pilot in a Michael Bay movie where for some reason the world's militaries had to team up to defeat every god from human mythology, and you'd just broken through the perimeter and gotten a missile lock on Mount Olympus.
02 Jul 03:11

Quadrin 17/06/2013 - Níquel Náusea (Fernando Gonsales)

by quadrin

Níquel Náusea Fernando Gonsales
01 Jul 18:04

Canadian Copyright Collection from the British Library on Wikimedia Commons

by Philip Hatfield
Bianca Bueno


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The dancing pavilion at the Boblo Island Amusement Park, Ontario (1914). Financed by Henry Ford, this was the world’s second largest dance hall at the time, holding up to 5,000 dancers. The music was provided by one of the world’s largest orchestrions (pictured on the right): a 16 foot tall, 14 foot wide, self-playing orchestra with 419 pipes and percussion section.

July 1st is Canada Day, and Wikimedia UK and the British Library are today announcing the release of 2,000 historic photographs of Canada.

Since September 2012, we’ve been working to digitise a collection of historic Canadian photographs and release them onto Wikimedia Commons and into the public domain. The collection itself was acquired between 1895 and 1924 and consists of photographs supplied to support copyright deposits by Canadian photographers between those years. This came about through an arcane piece of colonial law, known snappily as the Colonial Copyright Law, which sought to extend British copyright protection across the empire, while also ensuring the collection of published material from these same areas. In practice, the law was a failure; only a few territories ratified it and even fewer actually deposited materials. Until 1925, however, Canada did implement the law and the Ministry of Agriculture effectively administrated the collection of copyright deposits. A copy of every item was sent to Ottawa and to London, where it was archived by the British Museum and then neglected for decades.

Materials collected from Canada included printed books, sheet music, maps and, of course, photographs. While the photographs were seen as trivial and undervalued at the time, what can now be perceived through the collection is a broad and human view of Canada at a crucial point in its history; a thirty year period when the Confederation developed politically, economically and socially, while garnering an international reputation. The collection itself provides views on this changing nation, from Vancouver to Halifax, with many unknown camera workers alongside well-known figures such as Frank Micklethwaite or William Notman.

All of this combines to create a strange mix of photographic subjects. Photographs of soldiers leaving for World War I are filed alongside images of cute kittens and men wrestling bears; trains are depicted steaming across the nation while boats continue to ply the water-ways; major cities are shown rapidly growing, while new settlements make their first marks in the dirt; and Eastern European immigrants rub shoulders with the First Nations.

Since today (Monday) marks the 146th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation, it seemed an appropriate time to note the upload of the collection to Wikimedia Commons. There are currently just over 2,000 photographs uploaded, each with a duplicate full-resolution TIFF copy, with more to come in the following weeks. All the images are in the public domain, and are freely available for use and reuse – please, enjoy!

You can see more details on the collection on Wikimedia Commons.

Philip Hatfield (Curator, Canadian Collections, British Library) and Andrew Gray (former Wikipedian in Residence, British Library) Funding for the project was given by Wikimedia UK and by the British Library Eccles Centre for American Studies.

  • Aeroplane Picture of 1000 Islands No 1500 (HS85-10-38114).jpg
  • The Honourable Sir Wilfrid Laurier Photo A (HS85-10-16871).jpg
  • The farewell (HS85-10-30885).jpg
  • Cree Indian (HS85-10-13885) edit.jpg


Collection Canada Copyright de la British Library

Le pavillon de la danse au Boblo Island Amusement Park en Ontario (1914). Financé par Henry Ford, ce fut la deuxième plus grande salle de danse au monde, pouvant accueillir jusqu’à 5 000 danseurs. Un orchestrion, l’un des plus grands au monde (à droite à l’étage supérieur), diffusait de la musique. L’appareil, à lecture automatique avec 419 tuyaux et une section de percussion, mesurait 4,8 mètres de haut et 4,2 mètres de large !

Le 1er juillet est la fête du Canada. Wikimedia UK et la British Library profitent de ce moment de célébrations pour annoncer la mise en ligne de 2 000 photographies historiques du Canada.

Depuis septembre 2012, nous avons numérisé une collection de photographies historiques canadiennes afin de les mettre dans le domaine public sur Wikimedia Commons. La collection, acquise entre 1895 et 1924, se compose d’oeuvres transmises aux dépôts de droits d’auteur par les photographes canadiens de cette époque. En effet, une loi coloniale archaïque, connue sous « Droit d’auteur colonial », tentait d’étendre la protection du droit d’auteur britannique à travers l’Empire, tout en assurant la collecte des documents publiés dans ses colonies. En pratique, la loi fut un échec — seuls quelques territoires ratifièrent la loi et encore moins obligèrent le dépôt de matériel. Mais jusqu’en 1925, le Canada appliqua la loi et le ministère de l’Agriculture a efficacement géré les dépôts. Une copie de chaque item fut envoyé à Ottawa et à Londres, où ils furent archivés par le British Museum, mais négligés par la suite durant des décennies.

Le matériel en provenance du Canada comprenait des livres imprimés, des partitions musicales, des cartes géographiques et bien sûr, des photographies. Alors qu’elles étaient considérées à l’époque comme insignifiantes et sous-évaluées, on perçoit désormais, à travers la collection, une vision plus large et humaine du Canada à un moment crucial de son histoire : une période de trente ans lorsque la confédération se développait politiquement, économiquement et socialement, tout en profitant d’une réputation internationale. La collection offre des clichés sur cette nation en mutation, de Vancouver à Halifax, où des photographes inconnus côtoient des figures réputées telles que F. W. Micklethwaite et William Notman.

Tout cela contribue à créer un étrange mélange de sujets photographiques. Des photos de soldats en partance pour le front lors de la Première Guerre mondiale sont déposées aux côtés d’images de mignons chatons, ou encore d’hommes qui se battent contre des ours ; des trains à vapeur sont représentés à travers le pays et des bateaux sillonnent les voies maritimes, les grandes villes sont représentées dans une croissance exponentielle tandis que de nouvelles colonies font leurs premières marques sur la terre vierge, et les immigrés d’Europe orientale côtoient les membres des Premières nations.

Aujourd’hui lundi, le 146e anniversaire de la Confédération canadienne, est un moment opportun pour souligner le téléversement de la collection dans Wikimedia Commons. Elle comprend plus de 2 000 photographies, chacune en pleine résolution au format TIFF, et encore plus s’ajouteront dans les semaines à venir. Toutes ces photographies sont dans le domaine public, et sont librement réutilisables — n’hésitez pas à en profiter !

Pour plus de détails sur cette collection, consultez Commons:British Library/Picturing Canada.

Philip Hatfield (conservateur, collections canadiennes, British Library) et Andrew Gray (ancien wikipédien en résidence, British Library). Traduction: Benoit Rochon Le projet a été financé par Wikimedia UK et par le Centre Eccles des études américaines.