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WikiProject Images and Media

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Some Wikipedians have formed a project to maintain Wikipedia's images and other media files, as well as other pages related to them. This page and its subpages can be used to focus the effort of Wikipedians to further improve and maintain this important part of the project.

The scope of this project is to improve and maintain all images and media files (essentially, all pages in the "File" namespace), to keep Wikipedia's policies and guidelines related to such files clear and understandable, and to assist users who have questions about images or media and their use. For more information on WikiProjects, please see Wikipedia:WikiProjects and Wikipedia:WikiProject best practices.

You can join the project by adding your name to the participants list. If you'd like, you can also add a userbox to your user page indicating that you are a part of the project, by adding {{User WikiProject Images & Media}} to your userpage.

Wikipedia policies: Image use policy, Copyrights, OTRS, Non-free content criteria, Criteria for speedy deletion

Official guidelines: Manual of Style: Images, Public domain guideline, Non-U.S. copyright guideline, Non-free use rationale guideline

How to: ...find images to use, ...request images for articles, ...request copyright permission, ...request free media, ...create graphics and illustrations, ...improve image quality, ...create graphs for articles, ...delete images, ...move images to Wikimedia Commons

Related WikiProjects: Media Restoration, Graphic Lab, Maps, Spoken Wikipedia, Copyright Cleanup, Wiki Makes Video, WikiTV

External links: Free image resources, Public domain image resources, Cornell University's copyright factsheet, and "Duration of Copyright" and "International Copyright Relations" from the U.S. Copyright Office

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Here are some tasks you can do to improve image and media use on Wikipedia, and some tips on how best to do them.


Here are some events related to images and media. They may be of interest to members of this project.

[2 April 2014] Submissions for Wikimania 2014 are open for attendees to sign up at wm2014:Submissions. Related to media production:

[5 June 2010] Admins: Huge numbers of files have been moved to Commons recently, and more are likely in the near future. Please take a look at the following categories and help by deleting the (now-redundant) images:


Today's featured picture

Portrait of a Young Girl

Portrait of a Young Girl is a small oil painting on oak panel completed between 1465 and 1470 by Petrus Christus. Unlike in prior Early Netherlandish paintings, the sitter is placed in an airy, three-dimensional, realistic setting. This portrait, described by art historian Joel Upton as "a polished pearl, almost opalescent, lying on a cushion of black velvet", was influential in the decades after its completion.

Painting: Petrus Christus

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