Flickr is one of the websites most used by Wikimedia Commons users to source openly licensed images. Since its launch in 2013, Flickr2Commons has been a popular tool used by Wikimedia Commons contributors to publish Flickr pictures into Wikimedia Commons. The Wikimedia Foundation is partnering with the Flickr Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization, to create an upgraded version of a beloved tool, Flickr2Commons and giving it a much-needed upgrade. Working title: Flickypedia.
This tool, originally built by Magnus Manske, allows users to easily upload single and multiple files from Flickr to Commons. We want to make sure that this new tool has
Authentication on Wikimedia Commons
Checking for Commons-appropriate licensing
Checking for duplicates
We're also hoping to be able to add a few new features, including more structured data, as we iterate over 2024. We will be looking at the other Flickr-connected tools in the Wikiverse which could use some attention. We've been in conversation with the community here since our initial announcement in early June and will continue the outreach as we work towards creating an alpha version of Flickypedia late in 2023.
Who We Are
The Flickr Foundation is an independently governed non-profit organization, established in 2022. We manage the Flickr Commons program on flickr.com and our mission is to help the images on Flickr be visible in 100 years. We're working with the Wikimedia Foundation's Culture & Heritage team and have started conversations with the Commons photographers user group with more to come in July and August. If you're reading this we'd like to hear from YOU.