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Hello, Mapmarks!

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").

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.

CategorizationBot (talk) 11:01, 10 July 2011 (UTC)

Wiki Loves Monuments 2011 has finishedEdit

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Dear Mapmarks,

Thank you for contributing to Wiki Loves Monuments and sharing your pictures with the whole world. You are very welcome to keep uploading images, even though you can't win prizes any longer. To get started on editing relevant Wikipedia articles, click here for more information and help.
You can find all uploaded pictures in our central media collection Wikimedia Commons. Many photos are already used in Wikipedia. The contest was very successful with more than 165,000 images submitted throughout Europe. To make future contests even more successful, we would like to invite you to share your experiences with us in this survey.

Kind regards,

the Wiki Loves Monuments team
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Autopatrol givenEdit

Hello. I just wanted to let you know that I have granted autopatrol rights to your account; the reason for this is that I believe you are sufficiently trustworthy and experienced to have your contributions automatically sighted. This has no effect on your editing, it is simply intended to help users watching Recent changes or Recent uploads to find unproductive edits amidst the productive ones like yours. In addition, you can now share images from Flickr using the UploadWizard, batch-upload up to 500 files with UploadWizard instead of 50, move up to 32 pages per minute instead of 8, and upload freely licensed audio files in the MP3 format. Thank you. INeverCry 22:48, 1 October 2012 (UTC)

Dankeschön, Thank You :) -- Mapmarks (talk) 22:52, 1 October 2012 (UTC)

Alte NazikartenEdit

Guten Abend. Ich wollte auf ein Problem hinweisen, alle diese Karten fangen mit "B / Bundesarchiv Bild" somit landen sie bei der Kategorisierung automatisch ganz vorne. Für bestimmte Kategoriegruppen wie z.B : "Category:Aerial photographs of Pomeranian Voivodeship" oder "Category:Aerial photographs of West Pomeranian Voivodeship" oder "category:Beispielhafter Ort in Polen" (wie z.B. "Category:Krynica Morska") landen die als "B" ganz vorne bei der Auflistung und das ist eben nicht in Ordnung. Bei den polnischen Orten bemühen wir uns seit Jahren ganz vorne folgende Medien zuplatzieren: Wappen, Flagge, Polish pronunciation, Aktuelle Karte/Stadtplan. Im Endergebnis bei der Editierung sollte das ferige Produkt so aussehen wie hier "category:Puck". Deswegen benutzen wir in diesem Fall sowas wie das: "Beispielhafter Ort in Polen| Coat of arms", "Beispielhafter Ort in Polen| Flag", "Beispielhafter Ort in Polen| Polish pronunciation", "Beispielhafter Ort in Polen| Aktuelle Karte/Stadtplan". Die zugeordneten alten Karten aus der Nazizeit sollten ganz am Ende der relevanten für Polen Kategorien landen, und deswegen habe ich bei "Krynica Morska" und anderen Orten das "Z" am Ende gesetzt. Das selbe Problem tritt bei den Kategorien "Category:Aerial photographs of Pomeranian Voivodeship", "Category:Aerial photographs of West Pomeranian Voivodeship" und anderen Woiwodschaften da benutzen wir das Muster "Spitzenqualität ganz vorne" und sonst alphabethisch ... und hier ist eben der Hund begraben alle diese Medien fangen mit "Bundesarchiv Bild" und deswegen habe ich die mit "Beispielhafter Bundesarchiv Bild|z" ans Ende relevanten für Polen Kategorie geschickt. Die Qualität und Auflösung der "Bundesarchiv Bild - karten" ist sehr schlecht und lässt sehr viel zu wünschen deswegen sollten Sie das Verständniss haben das diese Medien in den relevanten für Polen Kategorien automatisch die "B - nach Alphabet Position" nicht annehmen sollten. Manche Kategorien der polnichen Orte besitzen bereits Unterkategorie "History of beispielhafter Ort in Polen" in diesem Fall ordne ich die "Bundesarchiv Bild" dahin. Zu der Kategorie "Luftbildplanwerk des Deutschen Reiches (Poland)" äussere ich mich nicht, da sie ausserhalb meines Interessengebiets liegt. Gruß 19:08, 20 October 2012 (UTC)

Hallo, ich verstehe Deine Motivation, die Nazi-Sachen ans Ende zu stellen, sehe aber im Falle der Kategorien keinen Nutzen sondern im Gegenteil eine Erschwernis der Arbeit bei commons in dem „Sortieren“ der Dateien. Kategorien sind keine Galerien. Kategorien sollen das Auffinden von Medien vereinfachen, nicht eine bestimmte persönliche Sortierreihenfolge darstellen.
Deswegen habe ich gestern aber nicht revertiert, der Grund war, daß Du den Archiv-Text verändert hast. Für Wiki-Kommentar steht eine extra Zeile zur Verfügung. Es geht auch hier ums Wiederfinden der Dateien, nicht um persönliche Ansichten. Schöne Grüße -- Mapmarks (talk) 22:03, 20 October 2012 (UTC)

Picture of the Year voting round 1 openEdit

Dear Wikimedians,

Wikimedia Commons is happy to announce that the 2012 Picture of the Year competition is now open. We're interested in your opinion as to which images qualify to be the Picture of the Year for 2012. Voting is open to established Wikimedia users who meet the following criteria:

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  3. Users must vote with an account meeting the above requirements either on Commons or another SUL-related Wikimedia project (for other Wikimedia projects, the account must be attached to the user's Commons account through SUL).

Hundreds of images that have been rated Featured Pictures by the international Wikimedia Commons community in the past year are all entered in this competition. From professional animal and plant shots to breathtaking panoramas and skylines, restorations of historically relevant images, images portraying the world's best architecture, maps, emblems, diagrams created with the most modern technology, and impressive human portraits, Commons features pictures of all flavors.

For your convenience, we have sorted the images into topic categories. Two rounds of voting will be held: In the first round, you can vote for as many images as you like. The first round category winners and the top ten overall will then make it to the final. In the final round, when a limited number of images are left, you must decide on the one image that you want to become the Picture of the Year.

To see the candidate images just go to the POTY 2012 page on Wikimedia Commons

Wikimedia Commons celebrates our featured images of 2012 with this contest. Your votes decide the Picture of the Year, so remember to vote in the first round by January 30, 2013.

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Destroying categorizationsEdit

Your edit deleted the existing categories. Please restore them and find out why Hotcat is replacing instead of augmenting categories. Thank you. Strebe (talk) 06:31, 5 February 2013 (UTC)

Hello Strebe, this was not a mistake, I did it by intention. The file is now in the new Category:Maps with Stab-Werner projection which is a subset of Category:Maps with equal-area projection. The other one, Category:Images of map projections, does not fit for the file’s content in my opinion, for it is a map, not an image of a projection. So I don’t see an error. Please explain further what detail You meant. Greetings -- Mapmarks (talk) 14:19, 5 February 2013 (UTC)
What is your distinction between an image of a map projection and a map, and why? That image was created specifically to illustrate the Wikipedia article on the Werner projection. It is one of about 75 images created in a uniform way specifically to illustrate Wikipedias articles on diverse map projections, both singly and in the List of map projections article. It has no labels. What is the benefit to being highly conservative in classification? Strebe (talk) 16:42, 6 February 2013 (UTC)
Hey Strebe, the title “images of map projections” suggests for me, that this category is provided for images that show how certain projections are made – but maps are the resulting images of their projections, that is indeed a difference. It is not necessary to explain why a precise categorization is helpful and wanted. Maps are images, but not every image is a (cartographic) map.
I like this set of world maps with different projections and in similar design. I think they are good work and of great value for every wiki – and of course should be placed in a category together. So the title was irritating for me. It would be nice to have a short explaining text at the top of the category page with a sample map-image from the set. The same here and there, nice work but misleading category names without explanation. Thanks for Your notice, regards -- Mapmarks (talk) 02:19, 7 February 2013 (UTC)
The purpose of categories is to help people find things. Your definition of an image of a map projection is not the one most people use. Therefore your definition is unhelpful. If you have Commons look up images of map projections, you will discover that the common theme amongst them is that they show large enough regions of the earth to usefully portray characteristics of a map projection, and they have no labels for place names. If you want a category for “Images of map projection construction” then by all means make one, but if you imagine that your definition of images of map projections is normal, then I have no idea what you would make of this whole book on map projections with images that are not of map projections, by your definition.
I am happy you like the images and happy you think they should have their own category, but that does not preclude putting them in other categories as well—as you have done with other categories of the images, of course, and for which I thank you. The important thing is that people can find them. Categorizations so restrictive that people can’t find what they’re looking for don’t achieve that. Strebe (talk) 06:49, 7 February 2013 (UTC)
Hello. First, I did not make a definition, I wrote about the impression the title made on me. Second, I did not say that I want to establish a category like the one proposed by You. Third, the quoted publication is named An Album of Map Projections instead of An Album of Images of Map Projections. For the rest I agree with You and in fact You were faster than me yesterday in adding the category to the Werner-file. Thank You -- Mapmarks (talk) 01:00, 8 February 2013 (UTC)

New pics in Category:Gares de MarseilleEdit


You recently put a dozen of pics named "File:Flickr - IngolfBLN - Marseille - Gare de Blancarde (nn).jpg" into category:Gares de Marseille. OK, but a sub-category:Gare de Marseille-Blancarde exists and is more appropriate. So, as you seem how to use cat-a-lot (I don't), would you transfer all of them (and only them) into the relevant category? Thanks very much. - Fr.Latreille (talk) 14:37, 8 May 2013 (UTC)

That was a couple of days ago. I must have missed the sub-category. Thank you for reporting, Fr.Latreille. -- Mapmarks (talk) 11:15, 9 May 2013 (UTC)

Allies vs. AxisEdit

Just a question: I sent author affirm email to about your concerns. So my question is who will clear those images warnings that you raised ?

— Preceding unsigned comment added by Isparetime (talk • contribs) 2013‎-05-24 00:53 (UTC)
Thank you for asking. Please see Commons:OTRS for details. At first you can replace the no-license templates on the file description pages with Template:OP typing {{subst:OP}}. --Mapmarks (talk) 09:07, 24 May 2013 (UTC)

Picture of the Year 2013 R1 AnnouncementEdit

Round 1 of Picture of the Year 2013 is open!Edit

2012 Picture of the Year: A pair of European Bee-eaters in Ariège, France.

Dear Wikimedians,

Wikimedia Commons is happy to announce that the 2013 Picture of the Year competition is now open. This year will be the eighth edition of the annual Wikimedia Commons photo competition, which recognizes exceptional contributions by users on Wikimedia Commons. Wikimedia users are invited to vote for their favorite images featured on Commons during the last year (2013) to produce a single Picture of the Year.

Hundreds of images that have been rated Featured Pictures by the international Wikimedia Commons community in the past year are all entered in this competition. These images include professional animal and plant shots, breathtaking panoramas and skylines, restorations of historical images, photographs portraying the world's best architecture, impressive human portraits, and so much more.

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Wiki Loves Monuments 2014 startet in KürzeEdit

Hallo Mapmarks,

in Kürze ist es wieder soweit. Der nun schon traditionelle Fotowettbewerb Wiki Loves Monuments wird im September zum vierten Mal stattfinden. In ähnlicher Form hatte unlängst der Wettbewerb "Wiki Loves Earth" eine erfolgreiche Premiere. Zu allen bisherigen vier Wettbewerben haben seit 2011 gut 3000 unterschiedliche Teilnehmer (User) ihren Beitrag geleistet. Du warst dabei, und bist auch herzlich eingeladen, am bevorstehenden WLM-Wettbewerb wieder dabei zu sein.

Allein in Deutschland wurden in den letzten drei Jahren im Rahmen von WLM rund 100.000 Fotos zu den insgesamt ca. 850.000 Kulturdenkmalen bundesweit hochgeladen. Jährlich haben sich mehrere Hundert Wiki-Fotographen daran beteiligt. Auch im kommenden Denkmalmonat wird dies gewiss wieder der Fall sein. Der Tag des offenen Denkmals am 14. September bietet bundesweit vielfältige Möglichkeiten, Denkmale nicht nur von außen, sondern auch von innen zu fotografieren. Denkmallisten sind dabei ein wichtiger Orientierungspunkt und zugleich auch Ziel der Einbindung der Fotos. Auch in diesem Jahr sind wieder neue Denkmallisten hinzugekommen, die hilfreich bei der Planung von individuellen oder Gruppen-Fototouren sind und auf eine Bebilderung warten, wie z.B. zu Görlitz oder Zittau. Unter den Landeshauptstädten fehlt nur noch Stuttgart. Aber auch hier ist Licht in Sicht.

In der Mitte Deutschlands hat die Denkmallandschaft der thüringischen Landeshauptstadt Erfurt nun das Licht der Wikipedia-Welt entdeckt. Mehr als 50 Tabellen enthalten 3.700 Denkmale. Allein die wunderschön restaurierte Altstadt umfasst 1.800 Denkmale. Eine von WMDE geförderte WLM-Fototour nach Erfurt am Wochenende vom 29. – 31. August lädt herzlich ein, diese einzigartige Kulturlandschaft zu dokumentieren. Mehr Informationen findest Du auf der Projektseite.

Wir freuen uns auf Deine weiteren Beiträge für Wikimedia-Projekte.

Viel Spaß beim größten Fotowettbewerb der Wiki(m/p)edia wünscht Dir das Orga-Team.

( Bernd Gross, 16. August 2014)

Der WLM-Countdown hat begonnenEdit

Hallo Mapmarks,

nun ist es wieder soweit. Vom 1. bis zum 30. September findet zum fünften Mal der internationale Wettbewerb Wiki Loves Monuments statt. Im Mittelpunkt steht bekanntlich das Fotografieren von Kulturdenkmalen. Du hast an einem der letzten Fotowettbewerbe teilgenommen und wir freuen uns auf weitere Bildbeiträge von Dir.

Viele interessante Motive, nicht nur Burgen und Schlösser, sondern auch Fachwerkhäuser, Brücken und Brunnen, technische und Industriedenkmale und vieles mehr gibt es noch zu fotografieren, damit sie in der Wikipedia dokumentiert werden können. Nützliche Tipps findest du auf unserer WLM-Projektseite. Du kannst gerne individuell Fototouren durchführen oder aber Dich auch Gruppentouren anschließen. Besonders freuen wir uns auf Fotos, die Lücken in den Denkmallisten der Wikipedia ausfüllen.

Darüber hinaus kannst Du auch an der Arbeit der Jury teilnehmen, die Mitte Oktober die Fotos bewerten und die Gewinner ermitteln wird. Bis zum 15. August kannst du hier Deine Bewerbung einreichen.

Viel Erfolg und Spaß beim größten Fotowettbewerb der Wiki(m/p)edia in den bevorstehenden Wettbewerbswochen wünscht Dir das Orga-Team. Wir freuen uns auf Deine Fotos.

( Bernd Gross, 6. August 2015)

Vectorial Sawley mapEdit

Hello Mapmarks, I saw your amazing work on vectorizing the Sawley Map. Did you use the notes I added to File:Imago Mundi de Honorius of Autum (editado por Henry of Mainz) 1190.PNG or is it as completely independent work ? GAllegre (talk) 16:55, 29 February 2016 (UTC)

Hello GAllegre, thank you for writing. It was about 3 years ago when started working on the Sawley map. My attempt was to write an article for German WP about it. Therefore I wanted an image for referencing all those place names and other items, so I redraw the map in Inkscape. Unfortunately I didn’t made it so far, at least the SVG files were sleeping in my drawer since then. So when I saw your edits last weekend, I remembered the map and I decided to share the drawing. I’m interested in comparing your results later. You might be interested in some literature I have used:
best regards --Mapmarks (talk) 18:28, 29 February 2016 (UTC)
In fact, I find that your deciphering of map labels is more accurate than mine, and I have fixed and updated my notes thanks to your works. I wonder how much time it took to you?
BTW, a fellow contributor, Poulpy, used his bot to translate my notes into Wikidata statements (P180 depicts). Maybe it could be useful for you : it's the Sawley Map entry on Wikidata.
I also used some piece of litterature to help my work, which was
  • Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography (1854) William Smith, LLD, Ed. [1]
  • Cosmographie d'Ethicus [2]
  • (and also the Beavan & Phillott book you just mentionned)
GAllegre (talk) 22:42, 29 February 2016 (UTC)
It’s good to hear that my work was useful for your. Yes, it took some time … I’m still looking for that mysterious river in Spain. Thanks for sharing your knowledge :) --Mapmarks (talk) 20:31, 1 March 2016 (UTC)
BTW, have you ever done an equivalent work on another map? I was considering working on the Hereford map File:Hereford-Karte.jpg but it is a much more heavy work! GAllegre (talk) 13:20, 4 March 2016 (UTC)
No, that was the first time I traced such an old map. For my work on the Sawley map I compared it with the Hereford map. I downloaded the Facsimile made by Havergal, found at Nat. Libr. of Australia. That image is about 8800×10200 px, so I didn’t upload it yet. It would be nice to have a vector version of the original. Of course, I think it would be about ten times of work than with the Sawley map. Anyway please do so if you want, I would appreciate it. Unfortunately I don’t have the time and can’t do it myself. Greetings --Mapmarks (talk) 23:27, 5 March 2016 (UTC)
You can find the facsimile now here: File:Hereford map facsimile by Havergal 1872.jpg --Mapmarks (talk) 00:49, 6 March 2016 (UTC)
That's a great source! Thanks. GAllegre (talk) 21:43, 15 March 2016 (UTC)

Category:Maps with unidentified projectionEdit

Incnis Mrsi (talk) 20:01, 8 January 2018 (UTC)

File:Meyers b11 s0476a.jpgEdit

I noticed today that you'd reverted the changes made to File:Meyers b11 s0476a.jpg. Assuming that your reason for reverting was the substantive changes made by 일성강 ("fixed Ainu on Hokkaido") I have repeated my edit, straightening the map and removing the crease, but with the original colours. I hope this meets with your approval. If you'd like me to make any edits feel free to drop a request on my talk page on the English Wikipedia. nagualdesign 21:04, 17 January 2018 (UTC)

ANSWER>>> Maps from Meyers LexiconEdit

HI Mapmarks,

SOURCE: INTERNET ARCHIVE >> Meyers historischer handatlas : mit 62 hauptkarten, vielen nebenkarten, einem geschichtsabriss in tabellarischer form und 10 registerblattern. Steps:

1) Full screen view; 2) Max zoom in; 3) Download image; 4) Upload image to WikiCommons.

Your message: Hi FDRMRZUSA,

noticed you uploaded new versions of the following files recently:

Thank you for uploading. Unfortunately it seems that they are from a different source than the old versions, though the differences seem very few. The files with names like “Meyers b… s… jpg” belong to a project on German Wikisource, where they are used for proofreading. So we need exactly the right edition and year of publication. Therefore I would like you to upload those maps with a different name please.


Hallo Mapmarks,
als Nachtrag zur Änderung Deiner Dateien (Allgemeine Bauzeitung), hier ein Hinweis, wenn Du wieder einmal etwas von den ANNO-Seiten hochladen willst: Auf jeder dieser Seiten gibt es ganz rechts oben sechs rötliche Symbole: i | PDF | 90° | ORIG | TEXT | < (so ähnlich halt)
Wenn Du das dritte Symbol von rechts „ORIG“ anklickst, erhälst Du die Seite im Originalformat und kannst so höhere Auflösungen erreichen. („TEXT“ ist ein mehr oder weniger gut funktionierendes Hilfsmittel für die Transkription der Frakturschrift.) Also, nichts für ungut, und – niemand arbeitet fehlerfrei – danke für die PD-Korrektur, mfG Walter Anton (talk) 23:13, 11 June 2018 (UTC)

Danke für die Hinweise und frohes Schaffen --Mapmarks (talk) 23:54, 11 June 2018 (UTC)
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