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Part 1: Requirements
- It should be YOUR art and not a derivative of someone else’s.
- The work should be hosted somewhere else (Flickr or Internet Archive are good options that support Creative Commons licenses) and must distinguish that it is licensed freely:
- Select either a Creative Commons Attribution or Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license
- If you choose to host the work on your own site (MySpace, etc.) please use the CC license selector to generate the proper XHTML and badge.
- Art should be in the highest resolution possible (300dpi, 3,00px on the horizontal edge) in JPEG or PNG form.
- You will need to register for a Wikimedia Commons Account if you don’t already have one.
Part 2: Filling out the Upload Form and Sending the file to WMC
- Things you can fill out yourself:
- Title of Your Work
- Destination filename:
- Choose a descriptive filename for your upload. A good example is “Temptation of Saint Anthony central panel by Bosch.jpeg”
- You should put your username in here, you can display it however you like by putting text after the | E.g. [[user:14tc|One for the Commons]] will be displayed as “One for the Commons” instead of our username 14tc.
- Date Created
- A concise description
- This is mandatory, so don’t forget it! Write a bit about the work and make sure you choose the right language if you’re changing it from English.
- Here’s how to fill out these sections:
- Original Source
- Write “Own work by uploader” if that text isn’t already there.
- Additional Info
- Write “One for the Commons Upload” here
- Choose a license you are comfortable with (the GFDL is essentially though not fully compatible with Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike)
- Add “One for the Commons” as a category so that we can organize our uploads
- There are many categories on Wikimedia Commons, try typing something like “Art” and you’ll see an autocomplete feature. Please place your work in at least a couple of categories.
- Other versions
- Leave this blank unless you are uploading a different version of a file that is already on WMC.
- This is where you would place a link to your Flickr photo or your website demonstrating that the work is licensed in a particular way. Remember, Wikipedia takes sourcing very seriously and you should make it as clear as possible that you have the right to upload this work to WMC.
- Original Source
Part 3: Notification
- Make sure to let us know that you’ve done this by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with a link to the Wikimedia Commons URL and your information.
- Also consider visiting pages on Wikipedia that might use your photo and letting editors know that there is an image in WMC that might be useful to them.