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Web address
Slogan The first collaborative photo encyclopedia
Type of site Photo/Encyclopedia
Registration optional
Available in English
Content license Creative Commons or All Rights Reserved
Owner Fotonauts, Inc.
Launched June 2009
Alexa rank positive decrease 23,811 (April 2014)[1]
Current status Active

Fotopedia is a photo encyclopedia that, as of August 2011, has generated more than 51,000 pages and linked to over 755,000 photos.

Fotopedia was launched in June 2009 by 5 former Apple employees: Jean-Marie Hullot, Bertrand Guiheneuf, Manuel Colom, Sébastien Maury and Olivier Gutknecht.[2]

Members can create photo-driven articles which include Wikipedia and Google Maps information.[3] They can add a limited number of photos per day resulting in a high quality selection of photos.[4] The range of topics varies widely from precise locations, music bands or species to countries and famous people.[5] As well as taking part in the encyclopedia, professional and amateur photographers on Fotopedia can create albums to display their works, use Wikipedia articles to add context and to advertise popular albums.[6] Fotopedia also has several social networking features, such as a profile page and ability to interact with other users and content.[4]

Fotopedia supports Creative Commons licenses, enabling photos to be reused throughout the encyclopedia.[7] Joi Ito, CEO of Creative Commons, is a board member.[6]


  1. ^ " Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  2. ^ "The Checklist". Le Monde (in French). 29 September 2009. 
  3. ^ Leena Rao (June 9, 2009). "Fotonauts Emerges From Its Cocoon As Interactive, Web-Based Fotopedia". Tech Crunch. 
  4. ^ a b Jennifer Van Grove. "Fotopedia: An Online Encyclopedia for Photos". Mashable. 
  5. ^ "Help - Fotopedia". Fotopedia. 
  6. ^ a b Stephanie Schlegel (June 9, 2009). "Fotopedia Launches the World's First Collaborative Photo Encyclopedia". Marketwire (Palo Alto). 
  7. ^ "Fotopedia Creates a Wikipedia-Inspired Online Photo Encyclopedia". LifeHacker. 

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