FW: [Wikimedia-l] +28K images freed from Israel archives and uploaded to commons

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It is a great pleasure for me to let you all know that wikimedia Israel had developed a web scraper that crawled in various archives in Israel and uploaded more than 28K free images to commons.

The tool (https://github.com/wmil-1946/wikiscraper) was developed to crawl the web site (list below) and clean them, remove water marks, etc.

Only images taken before 1946 were uploaded, as per the law in Israel and United states.

Many volunteers had joined the effort by categorizing, linking and using the images once uploaded.

It even got coverage on Israeli media (here (https://www.calcalist.co.il/internet/articles/0,7340,L-3749654,00.html))

Commons categories containing the files:
[1 (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Files_from_JNF_uploaded_by_Wikimedia_Israel) 2 (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Files_from_ISA_uploaded_by_Wikimedia_Israel) 3 (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Files_from_Moshe_Sharett_Archive_uploaded_by_Wikimedia_Israel) 4 (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Files_from_Palmah_Archive_uploaded_by_Wikimedia_Israel) 5 (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Files_from_GPO_uploaded_by_Wikimedia_Israel)]

Thanks to all the people involved in this gigantic effort and enjoy using historical images from the holy land! :)

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