Participatory Culture – Wikimedia Commons

Wikimedia Commons is a media file repository in a public domain which consists of freely licensed educational materials such as images, sounds, video ectIt is accessible to everyone and even better it can be accessed in everyone language as well. User and/or consumers can submit their own files and licence them with CC (Creative Commons). Wikimedia Commons is used as a repository for various Wikipedia Foundation projects but there is no need to belong to these projects to use the files hosted in Wikimedia Commons. Repository is created an maintained by volunteers and it uses the same wiki-technology as Wikipedia so that users can edit it.

For my home work I was set a task to participate in UGC (User Generated Content). I have choose Wikimedia Commons to do this and Uploaded a a picture to the Image repository. In order to upload an image I had to create an account which was quite easy to do.

This is the image I have uploaded to Wikimedia Commons on how it looks like in the repository:



As You can see other user have an option to download the image, use the image on the web, use the image in Wikipedia Article and Email it. However I have put  Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license. Users that use my image are:

Free to

  • to share – to copy, distribute and transmit the work
  • to remix – to adapt the work

Under the following conditions:

  • attribution – You must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work).
  • share alike – If you alter, transform, or build upon this work, you may distribute the resulting work only under the same or similar license to this one.


This type of Creative Common licence gives me some of the control of the image that I uploaded to the repository. Since it is an image I thought it would be good to receive attribution for it. And under attribution condition users can share and remix my work.

In my opinion using UCG (User Generated Content) is a great way to collaborative and build fantastic thing with little capital required. The web have more that an billion users which means that collaboration can happen because of the invention of WEB 2.0 and UCG.




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