January 18, 2022

Wikimedia Commons Now Home to More than 27 Million Media Files, All of Them Free to Reuse and Share

While Wikipedia gets a lot of attention we think it’s important not to forget that another (of many) Wikimedia Foundation projects, Wikimedia Commons, is doing superb work in providing access to imagery and other multimedia material that are freely available to share and reuse.

Wikimedia Commons is now home to more than 27 million media files. At the time we’re posting this item the total listed is of 27,159,271. On August 12, 2014, the total number of files available was 22,372,960 and five years ago (August 12, 2010) 7,150,247 were available.

In a new blog post, Wikimedia Commons volunteer, Ashley Van Haeften does a great job of pointing to a few of the larger and/or more interesting collections of imagery on Wikimedia Commons.

Van Haeften discusses:

  • Los Angeles County Museum of Public Art
    25,000 high resolution photographs of museum artwork.
  • LGBT Free Media Collective
    ” LGBT Free Media Collective was to encourage more uploads of LGBT-related free media of historic and cultural interest, as LGBT culture is under-represented on Wikimedia Commons; there are few archives of photographs with expired copyright that are relevant.”
  • Wellcome Library
    100,000 high resolution images relating to medical history.
  • Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA)
    “Over 10,000 photographs have been released on Wikimedia Commons.”
  • Historic American Buildings Survey
    “300,000 photographs were uploaded, along with their map coordinates.”

Van Haeften concludes her blog post with links about the Wikimedia Commons API, how to upload material using the “bulk uploader,” and more.

Read the Complete Blog Post

Direct to Wikimedia Commons

See Also: Browse the Latest Items Uploaded to Wikimedia Commons

See Also: Review Wikimedia Commons Policy

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.