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Wikimedia Commons
Central filled red circle, surrounded by a blue circular outline with a gap an an arrow leading up, plus seven smaller arrows pointing inward to the red circle. Below are the words "WIKIMEDIA COMMONS".
Screenshot of Wikimedia Commons Main Page, featuring a Picture of the Day for 2006-06-05.
URL commons.wikimedia.org
Commercial? No
Type of site Media repository
Registration Optional (required for uploading images)
Owner Wikimedia Foundation
Created by Wikimedia community
Launched September 7, 2004

The Wikimedia Commons (also called "Wikicommons", "the Commons" or just "Commons") is a repository of free content images, sound and other multimedia files. Like Wikipedia, it is a project of the Wikimedia Foundation. It provides a common resource repository to all the various Wikimedia sister projects in any language.

The files uploaded to the Commons repository can be used like locally uploaded files on all other projects on the Wikimedia servers in all languages, including Wikipedia, Wikibooks, Wikisource and Wikinews, or downloaded for offsite use, as all of the content is either in the public domain or released under free licenses such as the GNU Free Documentation License.


[edit] What is the Commons?

Main article: Commons:Welcome

Wikimedia Commons is a media repository that is created and maintained by volunteers. Its name, "Wikimedia Commons," is derived from that of the umbrella project "Wikimedia," which manages all Wikimedia projects, and from the plural noun "commons," as its contents are shared across all Wikimedia projects. It provides a central repository for freely licensed photographs, diagrams, animations, music, spoken text, video clips, and media of all sorts that are useful for any Wikimedia project.

For a tutorial on contributing to Wikimedia Commons, see Contributing your own work.

[edit] Embedding Commons' media in Wikipedia articles

Main article: Commons:Commons:First steps/Reuse section Embedding Commons' media in Wikimedia projects

An appropriate media file for use in a Wikipedia article may be available on the Commons. These can be found by using the search engine Mayflower.

To embed a Wikimedia Commons image or video file in Wikipedia, just include it in the same way as if it were to be stored locally.

To include an image in a page, use for example a link in the form (standard usage shown):

[[Image:file.jpg|thumb|alt=alt text|caption]]

See WP:ALT and WP:CAPTION for what should go into alt text and caption, respectively.

Further details can be found at Help:Visual file markup.

To include a sound you can choose between two possibilities if the {{Audio}} template is present in your local wiki (otherwise you can use the first method):

[[Media:file.ogg|descriptive text]]
{{Audio|Filename-without-namespace|descriptive text}}

Further details can be found at Help:Sound file markup.

[edit] Example of a gallery

If you would like to display a gallery of photos, you can follow this example code to produce one:

| [[Image:Philipp Veit 008.jpg|thumb|upright|alt=Robed woman, seated, with sword on her lap|Philipp Veit, ''Germania'', 1834–36]]
| [[Image:Image_Germania_(painting).jpg|thumb|upright|alt=Robed woman, standing, holding a sword|Philipp Veit, ''Germania'', 1848]]
| [[Image:Niederwald memorial 2.JPG|thumb|upright|alt=Monument of robed woman, standing, holding a crown in one hand and a partly sheathed sword in another|Johannes Schilling, ''Germania'', 1871–83.]]
Robed woman, seated, with sword on her lap
Philipp Veit, Germania, 1834–36
Robed woman, standing, holding a sword
Philipp Veit, Germania, 1848
Monument of robed woman, standing, holding a crown in one hand and a partly sheathed sword in another
Johannes Schilling, Germania, 1871–83.

[edit] Categorization

Please do not categorize Commons files on Wikipedia but rather help commons by categorizing them there.

[edit] How to move an image from Wikipedia to Wikimedia Commons

See Wikipedia:Moving images to the Commons and Why move images to the commons?

[edit] Differences between Wikipedia and Commons

[edit] Article-to-article linking between Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons

Wikimedia sister projects lists templates that are designed to provide article-to-article linking between Wikipedia and its Wikimedia sister projects. It also provides links to pages concerning moving articles between projects.

[edit] See also

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