Wikipedia articles aren't often illustrated with pictures, which makes it less informative. For example, a lot of important places, leaders, athletes don't have their picture on Wikipedia articles, though they‰Ûªre important for the reader. ‰ÛÏAs a picture is worth a thousand words‰Û� illustrating Wikipedia articles with images makes an article more informative and reader-friendly. But it isn't easy to add images to every Wikipedia article, as things aren‰Ûªt accessible and maybe it isn‰Ûªt approachable, which creates an information gap in the content of Wikipedia articles. Being a volunteer from a small community and from a culturally diverse region, we faced the same challenge when many articles of my state aren‰Ûªt illustrated with images. With few active editors, it isn‰Ûªt possible to represent every part of the region, where we thought of larger content donors and we collaborated with the Government of Odisha to release its content under free license. Which resulted in Odisha being the first state in India to release its social media content under Creative Commons license. Also, this collaboration hasn't only helped us to represent content related to Odisha but many political leaders, bureaucrats from other states also received their first image. It removed all borders and helped in adding 315 images of athletes from 41 different countries, of which 64% of images are currently in use in Wikipedia projects. We received many journals related to Indigenous communities of Odisha and an entire collection of state published newsletters. Articles to which these images are used have received 2.8 million page views in last 7 months, which shows the importance of the images in those articles. In this presentation, I will share details of this collaboration, future plans, content usage and importance of such collaboration in Wikimedia movement.
Participants will be able to describe the benefits of using content donated by Government institutions in improving Wikimedia projects.
Participants will be able to understand how to use and track the content usage donated by institutions through GLAM tools and report back to the partners about the collaboration.