NARA plant Upload sämtlicher digitalen Sammlungen auf die Wikimedia Commons

Das sind doch mal interessante Nachrichten: Die US National Archives and Record Administration – also das Nationalarchiv der USA – will alle ihre bestehenden digitalen Sammlungen auch auf die Wikimedia Commons hochladen:

The Open Government Plan lays out what NARA wants to accomplish in the next two years; but as a general plan it suffers from a lack of specifics. The Signpost contacted McDevitt-Parks to learn what the inclusion of Wikipedia in this plan will mean for the site.

He told us that there is no quantitative target for a total number of image uploads, because NARA plans to upload all of its holdings[dubiousdiscuss] to Commons. „The records we have uploaded so far contain some of the most high-value holdings (e.g. Ansel Adams, Mathew Brady, war posters)“, he said. „However, we are not limiting ourselves to particular collections. Our approach has always been simply to upload as much as possible … to make them as widely accessible to the public as possible.“ To accomplish this, volunteers are working with NARA on a new upload script to port images to Commons; the work in progress is posted on Github. At NARA itself, an API is in development that will make it easier to extract the metadata of the images. Given these efforts, McDevitt-Parks says that they will „allow us to more easily upload all of our existing digitized holdings to Wikimedia Commons and similar third-party platforms, and also that in the future upload to platforms like Commons will be the end of all digitization. Looking at it this way, I would say that in a way all of our digitization efforts are also for upload to Wikimedia Commons.“

Bislang sind bereits 100.000 Bilder zur Verfügung gestellt worden. Das deutsche Bundesarchiv beendete hingegen seine Kooperation mit der Wikipedia.

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