The Wikimedia Commons and Free Education

The Wikimedia Commons and Free Education

Sunday, July 24 at 11:00 am

2 West 64th Street

Jon Leichty, Ethical NYC Member

At the New York Society for Ethical Culture

Free and open to the public

The Wikimedia Commons is an online repository of educational media, containing more than 31 million files (pictures, video, sound, and so on), that are available to be copied and used with few restrictions.  A companion project to Wikipedia, the information in the Commons is created, provided, and maintained largely by volunteers.  This talk will introduce the Commons and describe the ongoing work of making the collection more widely accessible.

Jon Liechty has been playing music for NYSEC since 2000.  He has been volunteering on Wikimedia projects since 2007; in addition to describing and categorizing media for the Wikimedia Commons, he translates articles for the Esperanto Wikipedia and contributes to a number of other Wikipedias.