Photos: The artsy side of the wiki world
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Wikimania 2006, the second annual international Wikimedia conference, kicks off Friday in Cambridge, Mass. Jimmy Wales, the founder of the Wikipedia Project, will be a keynote speaker.
As part of the conference, the Wikimania Awards will call out the best video, audio, image and textual material contributed to various Wikimedia projects. This gallery takes a look at some of the nominees for the best original image categories. Anything created after August 8, 2005–including images taken on the way to, or at the conference–is eligible to win.
Nominated in the category of nature photography, this picture from the Wikimedia Commons shows the Vaalankurkku railway bridge in Finland. It was taken by Teemu Vehkaoja with a Nikon D50 on the morning of March 13, 2006. The misting waterway is the Oulujoki River.
Chris Howells took this picture of Antony Gormley’s “Another Place,” a series of 100 human sculptures placed to look out upon the ocean. The exhibit, currently in Liverpool, England, will move to New York in November.
“A petrified log in Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona, U.S.A.” taken by Wikipedia contributor “Moondigger,” who does not offer his real name in his profile. The photo was a featured “picture of the day” on the Wikimedia Commons home page July 21.
“Australian War Memorial, Canberra” was taken with a Canon 20D.rnThe sky was completely replaced via digital editing, according to the photographer, a high-school student from Victoria, Australia. He goes by Fir0002 on Wikipedia.
Wikimania Awards are also rewarded to those who create original art for entries. This map of China’s Han Dynasty in the second century was nominated in the category of best maps and diagrams. Creator Yeu Ninje notes in her entry that she included both the original border of the Han dynasty and the border of territories claimed today by the People’s Republic of China.
The political commentary Ninje incorporated into her work is an example of so-called citizen journalism, a school of reporting on the world that’s burgeoning in the Wikipedia era. As part of the Wikimania 2006 program, a Citizen Journalism event will take place August 7.
This diagram, also nominated in the category of maps and diagrams, shows the basic morphology of a worker ant. Mariana Ruiz Villarreal of Germany created it.
This photo of two North American river otters (Lontrarncanadensis) was taken by Dmitry Azovtsev. It is part of Wikimedia Commons, a repository for free-use media intended as a resource for authors of Wikipedia entries.
Nominated in the category of maps and diagrams, this chart of leaf morphology characteristics was created on January 2006 by a Wikipedia contributor who goes by the alias “Debivort.” It was made for use with thernWikipedia entry for “Leaf.”