Simon Lyall, a NZ Wikipedia user, is working with others to improve NZ related articles.
One of their problems is they have very few photos of MPs, former and current. They don’t even have photos of John Key, Peter Dunne and Rodney Hide.
You see they need photos where the copyright holder will release them to Wikipedia under a license that can be used by Wikipedia and other projects. This includes permission for republication, distribution, derivative works and commercial use.
If any parliamentary people have photos they can release, can they contact Simon at simon at darkmere.gen.nz.
But the photos don’t have to be from the MPs themselves. Anyone who has taken a photo of an MP, owns the copyright and can licence it to Wikipedia.
For that matter, maybe a community minded newspaper could help out. The major dailies (or NZPA) must have stock photos they have taken of most MPs. Now sure media make money from licensing photos, but no one is ever going to want to pay for a head and shoulders photo of an MP, so why not help Wikipedia out (because I bet you all use it often) and see if you have photos they can use. Maybe not even current MPs, but ones of former MPs are also sought.Tags: Wikipedia