Submissions/Attribution Generator 2020

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This is a Completed submission for Wikimania 2017 ready to be reviewed by a member of the Programme Committee.

Submission no. 3018 Subject - TW
Title of the submission
Attribution Generator 2020
Type of submission (lecture, panel, tutorial/workshop, roundtable discussion, lightning talk, poster, birds of a feather discussion)
Roundtable Discussion, Workshop
Author of the submission
Katja Ullrich (WMDE), Adam Shorland (WMDE)
Language of presentation
E-mail address
Katja Ullrich (WMDE)
Country of origin
Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)
Wikimedia Deutschland
Personal homepage or blog,
Abstract (up to 300 words to describe your proposal)
In 2015 Wikimedia Germany released the beta version of the Attribution Generator - a tool to automatically detect all necessary license information for reusing Wikimedia Commons and Wikipedia pictures. With only a few clicks, it helps legal laypeople to follow the obligations of Creative Commons licenses by generating the appropriate license attribution for the pictures they want to reuse for their own purposes. After the tool had been translated into English in 2016 and is now available for English speaking users, we would like to further develop it in the coming years. In this session, we want to show you what the Attribution Generator does and how it works. We would also like to explore with you which features and functions you, the Wikimedia community and reusers of freely licensed pictures, would like for it to have in order to integrate it into your daily work in the Wikimedia projects and when spreading free knowledge. If you had three wishes, how would the Attribution Generator work in 2020? Do you dream of a Firefox add-on? Would you like to accumulate license notices? Or do we need structured data from Wikidata in Wikimedia Commons in order to correctly attribute pictures? Together with Adam Shorland from the engineering department at WMDE I would like to explore your ideas in small groups of 3-4 people. Each group will brainstorm their ideas, sketch them out and present them to the audience. After a quick round of discussions we will asses the ideas and realize a vision for the Attribution Generator in 2020.
What will attendees take away from this session?
Attendees will learn what the Attribution Generator is, how they can use it to generate reliable license notices for reusing pictures from Wikimedia Commons and Wikipedia, how the tool operates and what its limits are. Attendees can also learn how to translate the tool into their own language or how they can contribute to making the Attribution Generator known in their community. We will also explore how the Attribution Generator can be further developed. For those attendees with technical skills, they can learn how to contribute code and help develop the tool.
Theme of presentation
Legal & Free Culture, Technology, Interface & Infrastructure
For workshops and discussions, what level is the intended audience?
intermediate, advanced
Length of session (if other than 25 minutes, specify how long)
45-60 minutes
Will you attend Wikimania if your submission is not accepted?
Slides or further information (optional)
Special requests
Is this Submission a Draft or Final?

This is a Completed submission for Wikimania 2017 ready to be reviewed by a member of the Programme Committee.

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