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Wikimedia Commons is a database of 1,635,963 freely reusable media files to which anyone can contribute.


  • Links: Commons, Wiki-Atlas
  • Languages: very multilingual; dozens of languages
  • Size: 1.5M images, audio files, videos, and other items

OLPC contributions


  • Formats materials are currently in : Ogg Vorbis and Theora
  • Scripting (any scripting needed to convert it from current packaging) : pulling metadata from media description pages (via db queries or screenscraping)

Curator Info

Groups: Many (see caetgories below)

Group coordinators: Peter Kaufman (video)

Curators: Commons Atlas, more.

Allottable size: 10M


Scope all educational / informational subjects

Completeness great, with some hotspots based around major free collections (science, nature)

Multilingualism excellent, names/categories/descriptions tend to be english, with many in dozens more

Quality excellent; includes adult material

Freeness all free for reuse; largely pd, cc-by, cc-by-sa.

Comments, Tags, and Ratings

XO - smaller materials with links to higher-res materials.
School library -  

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