Creating Commons: Photographing our cultural heritage!

In CommonsFest, we acknowledge the value of the largest free encyclopedia in the world, as well as the fact that this value is given by its users, since they are the ones who contribute all the content that exists in it and keeps developing dynamically.

In an attempt to further contribute to the Greek Wikipedia, our next pre-festival action will be a Photo Sprint for capturing monuments in the city of Heraklion, this Sunday, March 9th.

The schedule will be the following:

  • 9:30 we meet for a morning coffee in the collaborative Cafe Ortakia, where the final list of the photo-targets for each photographer will be finalized.
  • 10:00 the sprint for our talented photographers begins!
  • 13:30 we return to Ortakia with our photos, where we will have a training for getting to know the interface of Wikipedia, as well as the Creative Commons licenses.
  • 16:00 the training is complete and the farewell will be putting our ideas for the next photo sprint on the table!
  • The next day, Wikipedia will be enriched with data, we’ll be enriched with experiences and the world will be enriched with knowledge 🙂

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Wikipedia (Listeni/ˌwɪkɨˈpdi.ə/ or Listeni/ˌwɪkiˈpdi.ə/ WIK-i-PEE-dee-ə) is a multilingual, web-based, free-content encyclopedia project operated by the Wikimedia Foundation and based on an openly editable model. The name “Wikipedia” is a portmanteau of the words wiki (a technology for creating collaborative websites, from the Hawaiian word wiki, meaning “quick”) and encyclopedia. Wikipedia’s articles provide links to guide the user to related pages with additional information.

Wikipedia is written collaboratively by largely anonymous Internet volunteers who write without pay. Anyone with Internet access can write and make changes to Wikipedia articles, except in limited cases where editing is restricted to prevent disruption or vandalism. Users can contribute anonymously, under a pseudonym, or, if they choose to, with their real identity.

The fundamental principles by which Wikipedia operates are the five pillars. The Wikipedia community has developed many policies and guidelines to improve the encyclopedia; however, it is not a formal requirement to be familiar with them before contributing.