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User talk:Charles Matthews

Welcome to Wikimedia Commons, Charles Matthews!
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Tip: Categorizing imagesEdit

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Hello, Charles Matthews!

Tip: Add categories to your images

Thanks a lot for contributing to the Wikimedia Commons! Here's a tip to make your uploads more useful: Why not add some categories to describe them? This will help more people to find and use them.

Here's how:

1) If you're using the UploadWizard, you can add categories to each file when you describe it. Just click "more options" for the file and add the categories which make sense:


2) You can also pick the file from your list of uploads, edit the file description page, and manually add the category code at the end of the page.

[[Category:Category name]]

For example, if you are uploading a diagram showing the orbits of comets, you add the following code:

[[Category:Astronomical diagrams]]

This will make the diagram show up in the categories "Astronomical diagrams" and "Comets".

When picking categories, try to choose a specific category ("Astronomical diagrams") over a generic one ("Illustrations"). Pro-tip: The CommonSense tool can help you find the best category for your image.

Thanks again for your uploads! More information about categorization can be found in Commons:Categories, and don't hesitate to leave a note on the help desk.

BotMultichillT (talk) 05:41, 22 December 2008 (UTC)

File:At the Holy Well Topham.jpgEdit

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There seems to be a problem regarding the description and/or licensing of this particular file. It has been found that you've added in the image's description only a Template that's not a license and although it provides useful information about the image, it's not a valid license. Could you please resolve this problem, adding the license in the image linked above? You can edit the description page and change the text. Uploading a new version of the file does not change the description of the file. This page may give you more hints on which license to choose. Thank you.

This message was added automatically by Nikbot, if you need some help about it please read the text above again and follow the links in it, if you still need help ask at the ? Commons:Help desk in any language you like to use. --Nikbot 08:55, 23 March 2013 (UTC)

Copyright status: File:Archibald Bower Macardell.jpgEdit

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Thanks for uploading File:Archibald Bower Macardell.jpg. I notice that the file page either doesn't contain enough information about the license or it contains contradictory information about the license, so the copyright status is unclear.

If you created this file yourself, then you must provide a valid copyright tag. For example, you can tag it with {{self|GFDL|cc-by-sa-all}} to release it under the multi-license GFDL plus Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike All-version license or you can tag it with {{PD-self}} to release it into the public domain. (See Commons:Copyright tags for the full list of license tags that you can use.)

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Yours sincerely, Jarekt (talk) 18:46, 13 September 2013 (UTC)

Pictogram voting keep.svg Fixed --Jarekt (talk) 18:55, 13 September 2013 (UTC)

Mechanical Curator collectionEdit

Hi! As you might have found, you can find (most of) the books of London engravings included in the Mechanical Curator collection at Commons:British_Library/Mechanical_Curator_collection/Synoptic_index,_UK_and_Ireland#London

-- including what looks like two copies of Charles Frederick Partington's "National History and Views of London and its environs", one with 112 plates, the other with 162 plates (most of them multiple images). Plus also a copy of "The Castles and Convents of Norfolk", with apparently 69 images / 22 plates now appropriately listed under Norfolk.

It's certainly on my plan to start marching through and uploading these in bulk. I got a bit side-tracked by some high-quality colour highlights from the BL collections; and then also tidying up the organisation of many of the BL images we already have; and then sorting out some en-wiki articles (some of the DNB originated) relating to people associated with Matthew Paris which had got a bit confused, at least from the standpoint of current scholarship. But I very much have been meaning to get back to the MC collector.

At the moment, the way to attack these is book-by-book; the German user ‎Metilsteiner in particular has been doing some fantastic work.

Images can be uploaded most easily a book at a time using the Flickr2Commons script, which can pull out all of the images with a sysnum... tag corresponding to a particular book. The images need to be given meaningful file names by hand though.

Images should then have their detailes pushed through the Commons:British Library/Mechanical Curator collection/script, to fill out an {{Artwork}} description template, appropriate permissions template & also to defaultsort them into a sensible order. This can be reasonably quite efficiently with AWB, which saves having to repeatedly key all the fields which are the same throughout the book.

It's also useful to add a category for the book (I can't remember whether Flickr2Commons does this automatically). The {{BL1million bookcat}} template can then be used to tag the category as having come from a Mechanical Curator book, with a link-back to the images on Flickr. The category should also be linked to from the list of books by subject, using the {{HasBookCat}} template.

After that, it's just a question of adding the images individually to Commons categories and to wiki articles as appropriate -- though in many ways that is the most important step, as that is what will actually get the images found and used -- so it's crossed my mind to try to discourage people from uploading bookfuls of images, unless they know they are going to take the time to integrate them fully into the wiki in this way.

I had thought to maybe try to encourage people to each "Adopt a Book" at the wiki-meetup in London this Sunday. (Though perhaps with sets smaller than Partington's "Natural history and views", at least to start with). Which I may still try and do. But I'd hoped to have had a few more dry runs through the process myself first, and also tidy up some of what's already been uploaded not always quite so carefully.

Engravings, particularly topographical engravings, are something we really ought to have more systematic coverage of on Commons than we currently do. With luck, if people can start getting into uploading the Mechanical Curator images, we might start to get there. Though it would be nice if things like this could be fixed too. But let me know if you've got any good ideas for helping to encourage people to get involved and have a go. Jheald (talk) 19:48, 11 April 2014 (UTC)

Additional: "London Illustrated" is a good book. I know where the copy in UCL Library is shelved now, and photographed a handful of the listings for some sets I was already interested in. The real trouble though is finding good scans of the original engravings. The nice thing about the Mechanical Curator set is that the BL has made them available on the plate, often with the PDF available, if they can't be identified directly from the caption. It would be nice, ultimately, to have the whole of "Adams" uploaded to here; but the problem will be sourcing the images. Jheald (talk) 19:59, 11 April 2014 (UTC)
Thanks. I honestly have enough troubles of my own right now, without venturing into mass uploads; but I might trying something in collaboration. Britton's Picture of London (1826) would be of interest, given that File:Jewin Street (Old Jewry) Chapel.jpg is one I went and got from it. Anyway, that defines my interest a bit more narrowly. Charles Matthews (talk) 20:26, 11 April 2014 (UTC)

transfer Image from English WikipediaEdit

Hello my brother.Did you see that this picture is good to be a second copy of this? --ديفيد عادل وهبة خليل 2 (talk) 11:42, 23 July 2014 (UTC)

Thanks for the link. It isn't a high-quality image, however. Charles Matthews (talk) 12:25, 23 July 2014 (UTC)
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