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English: This project started at the end of September 2006. It aims at uploading pictures from http://www.picswiss.ch to Commons (GFDL licence)

ProjectEdit

Brief introductionEdit

The site Picswiss is one of the most complete source of pictures of Switzerland under a free-licence. The author of this site is Roland Zumbühl, he has an account on Commons and an account on de.wikipedia. He accepted to release his pictures in low resolution (72dpi, as available dirtectly on his site) under the GFDL licence, see authorization here in German: Commons:Picswiss/Permission. Only pictures by Roland Zumbühl may be uploaded. Note that there are some pictures from other authors on Picswiss.

With more than 13000 pictures, Picswiss proved to be very useful to illustrate articles related to Switzerland. Prior to this project, users imported images from Picswiss when a picture was needed. This project aims at covering the whole set of pictures available on Picswiss and uploading them on Commons for an easier and quicker use.

Technical explanationEdit

To upload pictures on Commons, one needed a way to extract pictures from Picswiss itself. A mirror of the site has been set up. The data are extracted from HTML using a C# tool specially developed for that purpose. There are some minor differences between the pages and the parsing method has to be refined from time to time, but it works quite well. The tool uploads the pictures on Commons, currently with the login User:Dake. I will release the code if someone is interested (it was quickly coded...hmm)

A template has also been created to enhance the original Picswiss template on Commons, see File:Picswiss ZG-04-53.jpg. For example:

{{Information Picswiss|description={{de|PHZ St. Michael in Zug}}|date=2005-06-18|flag=zg}}

One can easily use this template to tag a picture with the proper caption.

Important: By default, this template marks images tagged with it as eligible for relicensing. This is not correct for Picswiss images uploaded to Commons after 1 November 2008. When uploading any new images from Picswiss, remember to add the parameter "migration=not eligible"!

As Picswiss pages are in German, the automatically extracted comments are in German. Translations are welcome in the description pages.

Naming of the filesEdit

The files are named according to the scheme used on Picswiss. A "picswiss" prefix is appended to differentiate these files from the rest of the images on Commons.

Things to doEdit

The categorization of the pictures is (too) simple. It is currently based on the canton. People are invited to add more categories, add comments in various languages, etc.

ProgressEdit

The project is in its early days but many pictures have already been uploaded. Some stats will be available soon.

UploadedEdit

CantonSerieTotal
AG01108
AI01112
BE0140
BL01435
FR01210
FR01210
GL01172
JU0145
LU01289
NE01192
NW0159
OW0188
SG01120
SH0196
SO01125
SZ01197
TG0124
TI01172
UR01179
VS0140
ZG0185
ZH01110
SO0224
SZ0288
UR028
BS02112
VD02344
BS05394
VD0564
BL06155

MembersEdit