Friday, September 14, 2012
You Can Power Wikipedia!
The indispensable online reference site Wikipedia has set the goal this September of collecting user contributed photos of every site on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. You can see the entire list via this interactive map.
Make your contributions by creating a Wikipedia account and reviewing the list of locations in your community without active entries on Wikipedia for targets. You can upload your photos via the location listings from the interactive map. Assigning a Creative Commons license of CC0 will keep your image in the public domain.
The top ten photos from U.S. contributors will win prizes and the chance to compete in the International Best Picture Competition. More importantly, your contributions will help in the effort to call attention to the collage of 80,000+ "districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects deemed worthy of preservation" in the U.S.
Hit the streets as part of an organized meet-up (like the one in Atlanta at noon on September 15) or have the fun of hunting down and exploring unlisted place with family and friends. My crew will be cruising for Carnegie Libraries. Happy hunting!