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Group: Annotation
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Status: in use

For links to images or other media found on Wikimedia Commons.

Link to the (highest-level applicable) object-specific category where available, otherwise, a specific image or 3D model. Do not link to more generic categories such as "churches in Birmingham".

e.g. use:

wikimedia_commons=Category:St Paul, Birmingham

or for an element without its own Commons category (like node 1675253168)

wikimedia_commons=File:Bicycle crossing, Poland, Kraków, Josepha Conrada.JPG


Where possible, you may also add a wikidata=* tag. See Wikidata's notability guidelines. Anything having a Commons category (not just a file) satisfies the notability criteria and is allowed to have a Wikidata entry. A Wikidata entity would contain a statement about an image, 3D model, Commons category, or Commons gallery being associated with the entity.

Adding wikimedia_commons=* to an object that has wikidata=* can be considered redundant because Wikidata itself often links to Wikimedia Commons. The vast majority of less experienced (newbies and occasional) users however is way more likely to understand the concept and importance of Wikimedia Commons than Wikidata though and that's why it can be considered good to add both. Even for experienced users, the human-readable value of wikimedia_commons=* is easier to interpret.

Use cases

This can be useful for giving armchair mappers (some of which may be experienced validators) a better chance at understanding the object (a museum, unique house, bridge or memorial for example or even long distance cycle routes e.g. relation 162016) and eventually complement or correct tags. Especially useful when the object doesn't also have wikipedia, wikidata or website tags or other easily available sources.

Note that these tags are not just intended for internal use! Linked content should therefore be suitable to be shown to end users.


How to add a Key:wikimedia_commons to OSM (Ogg Video; NL audio; EN subtitles, on Wikimedia Commons)


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