German Federal Archives provides Wikipedia with 100 000 images

By EDRi · December 17, 2008

(Dieser Artikel ist auch in deutscher Sprache verfügbar)

The German Federal Archives has donated almost 100 000 images to the
Wikimedia Commons, as part of a cooperation between Wikimedia Germany and
the Federal Archive. These images are mostly related to the history of
Germany (including the Weimar Republic, the German colonial era, the Third
Reich and Germany after reunification).

All the images are licensed Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0
Germany License (CC-BY-SA). Wikimedia Germany and the Federal Archive have
signed a cooperation agreement that, among other things, asserts that the
Federal Archive owns sufficient rights to be able to grant this kind of

This is estimated to be the largest donation ever received by Wikimedia
Commons, that is today a database of over 3 million media files.

The other part of the cooperation is a tool for linking people from a list
compiled by the Federal Archive to the German Wikipedia Persondata and to
the person authority file of the German National Library (something German
Wikipedia has already been doing since 2005).

Angelika Menne-Haritz, vice-president of the Federal Archives in Berlin said
that the public had a right to access the photos and the deal with Wikipedia
would facilitate public access to the material.

Commons:Bundesarchiv (4.12.2008)

Interview: Cooperation between BundesArchive and Wikimedia (only in German,

Interview: Kooperation von Bundesarchiv und Wikimedia

Wikipedia Receives German Pictorial History (6.12.2008),,3851534,00.html