Wikipedia articles aren't often illustrated with pictures, which makes it less informative. For ex. a lot of important places, leaders, athletes don't have their picture on Wikipedia articles, though they’re important for the reader. “As a picture is worth a thousand words” illustrating Wikipedia articles with images makes article more informative and reader-friendly. But it isn't easy to add images to every Wikipedia article, as things aren’t accessible and maybe it isn’t approachable, which creates an information gap in the content of Wikipedia articles. Being a volunteer from a small community and from a culturally diverse region, we faced the same challenge when many articles of my state aren’t illustrated with images. With few active editors, it isn’t possible to represent every part of the region, where we thought of larger content donors and we collaborated with the Government of Odisha to release its content under free license. Which resulted in Odisha being the first state in India to release its social media content under Creative Commons license.
This session will address the conference theme — Wikimedia, Free Knowledge and the Sustainable Development Goals — in the following manner:
At the end of the session, the following will have been achieved:
- Participants will be able to describe the benefits of using content donated by Government institutions in improving Wikimedia projects.
- Participants will be able to understand how to use and track the usage content donated by institutions and report back to the partners about the collaboration.
- Sailesh Patnaik (Saileshpat)
Each Space at Wikimania 2019 will have specific format requests. The program design prioritises submissions which are future-oriented and directly engage the audience. The format of this submission is a:
- Panel with audience Question & Answer session
The session will work best with these conditions:
Round table seating + Mics