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The Józef Burszta Digital Archives donation
Images from the Józef Burszta Digital Archives on Wikimedia Commons
Almost 8000 photographs from the Józef Burszta Digital Archives run by the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań have been uploaded to Wikimedia Commons.
In 2014 the Institute of Ethnology at Adam Mickiewicz University created an online database of its considerable archive of visual material, named after one of the researchers, prof. Józef Burszta - the Józef Burszta Digital Archives. The Institute's aim in creating the Józef Burszta Digital Archives was to encourage the reuse of ethnographic documentation created and gathered by scientists and researchers. The University staff have gone through a lengthy process of acquiring BY-SA license permissions from authors of all photographs. Images in the archive have been taken during ethnographic field work in Poland and abroad and document regional customs and dress, folklore festivals and events, everyday objects, artifacts, symbolic objects, crafts and architecture of rural areas.
The Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology at Adam Mickiewicz University have begun collaboration with Wikimedia Polska in January 2015. In March, the Adam Mickiewicz University signed OTRS permissions allowing the upload of photographs by all creators in the JBDA database to Wikimedia Commons. Upload began in May, using a dedicated script created by Yarl. Volunteers are currently working on categorising the files.
The JBD collection is a varied and interesting set of images and we hope it is going to be reused across many Wikimedia projects.