Created by five former Apple employees, Fotonaut’s Fotopedia is a much more photographic way to get educated about the world around you, and Fotopedia Reporter was their way of letting anyone contribute to the archive. Be it an encyclopedia entry about The Brooklyn Color Run or a photo essay on slaves in the Antilles, you can showcase your photojournalistic skills by telling whatever story strikes you.
But those stories don’t always strike you at home when you have easy access to Fotopedia Reporter on the Web, so the Fotonaut folks have decided to make it easier on you by releasing a companion iPad app. Read more…
If you’re interested in donating your images to the public at large, Wikimedia Commons just made it that much easier. For a while now, their online media archive has brought together a huge library of free-to-use content under one roof; and because images uploaded to Commons must be licensed as public domain, GFDL, CC attribution, or CC attribution/share alike, everything is free to use and/or share.
Now Commons is releasing a new app (formerly only available in beta) that will allow users to upload photos to the Commons archive right from their phone and, it’s their hope, encourage more people to contribute “high quality educational photos.” Read more…
If you had to select one photograph to best represent the entire human race, which photograph would you choose? That’s a question encyclopedia editors must answer, and one that the Wikipedia community had to as well. The photograph above is what they have settled on (as of May 2013) for their article on “Human”.
It’s a portrait of a couple from northern Thailand’s Akha people group, indigenous hill tribe. The husband is carrying the stem of a banana-plant that will be fed to their family’s pigs.
If you’re looking for a photographic adventure, check out Wikipedia Takes the City or Wikimedia Photo Scavenger Hunts for an event near you.
These are one day scavenger hunts conducted in particular cities that offer fun and competition for photographers while providing photographs for Wikipedia articles that lack them.
The first such event was Wikipedia Takes Manhattan, which was coordinated by Columbia University and New York University students. The event had a target list of 188 locations, of which 92 were successfully captured and added to Wikipedia.
Wikipedia Takes Philadelphia will be going on this Sunday (April 11, 2010). Check out the contest page here.
All Wikipedians and non-Wikipedians are invited to participate in team of up to three (no special knowledge is required at all, just a digital camera and a love of the city) [...] There will be prizes for the team who takes the most targets.
If you’d like to participate in one of these hunts, you could try to start one for whatever city you’re living in!