SuSanA Flickr photo database reaches 10,000 photos! - And has been transferred also to Wikimedia Commons (Wikipedia)
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SuSanA Flickr photo database reaches 10,000 photos! - And has been transferred also to Wikimedia Commons (Wikipedia) 03 Apr 2014 15:28 #8093

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On March 26th, we celebrated a huge milestone on the SuSanA Flickr page: with the addition of a photo by Elisabeth von Münch, we reached 10,000 Flickr photos!

To everyone who has contributed photos to the SuSanA Flickr page, thank you for your contributions and we hope to see more contributions and discussion of the photos in the future!

See them all here grouped in albums and collections by themes and countries:
www.flickr.com/photos/gtzecosan/collections

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Recognized Flickr Contributors

At the start of 2014, we recognized Flickr contributors who have posted photos which have had the highest interaction on the SuSanA Flickr page, selected using Flickr’s ‘interestingness’ algorithm, which uses a combination of factors, including number of views, tags, and number of times favourited. We would thus like to recognize Heike Hoffmann, Ina Jurga, Nadira Khawaja, Yaniv Malz, Doreen Mbalo, Peter Morgan, Jacob Hasle Nielsen, and Emery Sindani for their photo contributions!

As a token of recognition and gratitude for these photo contributions, these contributors received a DefeatDD/ PATH 2014 “Oh the places we go” calendar which features a photo from another Flickr contributor, Stefanie Lorenz. Stefanie’s photo of a beer can toilet building in Botswana, which was featured as the August photo, was selected as part of a campaign headed by the SuSanA forum community manager, Elisabeth von Münch, to submit SuSanA Flickr photos in a challenge to get a photo in the toilet-themed calendar. The calendar can be found and downloaded in PDF form here: www.defeatdd.org/oh-the-places-we-go-calendar

SuSanA Flickr Photos around the Web!
With now over 10,000 photos, the SuSanA Flickr photos have been used for a variety of different reasons, including a blog, a TV program, and educational resources. Check out some of the places that SuSanA Flickr photos have been used!

- A promotional video for the Harvard Edx free online Global Health course
- A feature on dry toilets on the TV channel 'France 5'
- Blog gallery of the history of toilet benches, and benches in Mexico
- A dentistry-related open access learning resource from the University of Sheffield

Submitting SuSanA Flickr Photos
If you would like to submit a photo to Flickr, please see the instructions here:
www.susana.org/en/resources/library/details/2108
or send them to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Thank you again to all contributors to the SuSanA Flickr page!

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Re: SuSanA Flickr Gallery Reaches 10,000 Photos!! 07 Apr 2014 10:12 #8133

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I was very excited last week when we reached the milestone of 10,000 photos in the SuSanA photo database on flickr. And it is not just the quantity but also the quality that is impressive: all photos are carefully described and tagged, including the name of the photographer, date and location. These photos are widely found and used around the world, Roslyn has given some examples above where our photos have been used. We can also observe the statistics in the background with regards to click rates per photo - and they are very impressive!

The 8 people that were thanked here personally above have done really well in enriching this photos collection and they stand for all the others who have also provided photos. I haven't counted it but my guess is that about 100 person have sent in their photos in the past six years (we started this database in 2008). So thank you to you all and please keep the photos coming!

I thought it would be interesting to see what the "winning" photos were (based on the "interestingness ranking" which Flickr calculates based on click rates, comments, favourites and similar. Here they are:

First the ones showing good/innovative sanitation situations: (click on the photo to obtain more information about this photo)

From Nadira, Afghanistan:



From Peter, Zimbabwe:





From Heike, Peru:





From Emery: Kenya



And here the ones showing bad sanitation situations: (click on the photo to obtain more information about this photo)

From Yaniv, India:



From Ina, Uganda:



From Jacob, Bangladesh:



From Doreen, Kenya:



Thanks again to Heike, Ina, Nadira, Yaniv, Doreen, Peter, Jacob and Emery!

One thing we were discussing recently is why the "bad sanitation" photos usually come up so high in the statstics, and also whether it is morally OK to show such bad sanitation photos, particularly when people are clearly visible in them. Personally, I think it is OK, but only because we are doing it with a specific aim in mind: to alert people to these deplorable conditions and to encourage a change, and political and civil will to change something. (and of course no photographer should take such a photo against the will of a person depicted on the photo)

What is your opinion on this matter? Are we being sufficiently sensitive towards this issue?

Regards,
Elisabeth
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SuSanA Flickr photo database reaches 10,000 photos! - And has been transferred also to Wikimedia Commons (Wikipedia) 14 Aug 2015 15:39 #14501

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Dear all,

Remember this milestone from last year when we announced the 10,000th photo uploaded to our SuSanA flickr photo database?

Meanwhile we are at nearly 11,000 photos but even more excitingly, our photos have also become part of Wikipedia's "Wikimedia Commons" * . This means they are easily accessible to other Wikipedia editors looking for images to illustrate their articles. It means for me as well when I want to include an image in a Wikipedia article (say a constructed wetland image), which we had once uploaded to our flickr database, I can insert it into an article with 2-3 mouse clicks, it's very convenient and fast.

It also means that other people may "stumble" across our photos without even looking for them. Photos in Wikimedia Commons are also found via Google image searches.

All photos in Wikimedia Commons are under the licence CC-BY (open access).

How was this possible? There is a Wikipedia editor under the name of Fae (Ashley Van Haeften,
Wikimedia Commons volunteer) who has set up a little software routine (called a "bot" in Wikipedia) which transferred all the photos (including all their attributes, descriptions, hyperlinks etc. across). That's really awesome and I am very grateful to Fae for his work on this bot!

Fae wrote about his (volunteer) work here in a blog post recently:
blog.wikimedia.org/2015/08/10/sharing-a-million-photographs/

The title of his blog post is:
Sharing a million photographs

This is the first paragraph of the blog post:

Over the past three years, my volunteer time has been devoted to releasing free cultural and historical imagery on the Wikimedia Commons. My part-time hobby—relying on a cheap netbook and an old but trusty Macmini home desktop—has reached 1,000,000 diverse and high quality images for public reuse, carrying with it a massive long term educational impact. The milestone makes this a good moment to highlight a handful of interesting projects and gives an insight into the experience of being a Wikimedia Commons batch uploader, pointing to the methods used to help anyone interested in having a go.


And this is the paragraph where he explains our photos:

Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA)

This upload is still ongoing: it runs a couple of times a year on request as more photographs are published on SuSanA’s Flickr account. Over 10,000 photographs have been released on Wikimedia Commons, with over 200 volunteers helping to categorize them. This partnership is a good example of how Wikimedia volunteers can work to the benefit of unrelated organizations, NGOs (non-governmental organizations), charities etc. at zero-cost, increase the educational value of Wikimedia Commons, and help illustrate health related Wikipedia articles. SuSanA is a loose network or alliance of organizations active in the field of sustainable sanitation. The photographs are for example showing how to build low-cost hygienic and sustainable toilet facilities in developing countries, ensuring that some of the poorest people in the world are safer from disease, have access to unpolluted water and recycle their excreta to create more fertile soil for farming.


I simply love it when work that we as SuSanA have done, can easily be recycled into a wider sphere where more people have access to it and become aware of the sanitation crisis and possible sustainable solutions!

Therefore, please keep contributing photos to our flickr photo database, now it's even more worthwhile than before: **
www.flickr.com/photos/gtzecosan/collections

From there they will make their way into Wikimedia Commons. And from there - who knows - your photo might become famous by becoming part of a popular Wikipedia page!

Like the photo by Heike Hoffmann from Rotaria (Peru) which is used in the Wikipedia article on sanitation as the lead photo:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanitation

Shower, double-vault UDDT and urinal by SuSanA Secretariat, on Flickr

Thanks to all those who have shared their photos in this way, thanks to the secretariat of SuSanA for maintaining this flickr database and thanks to James and Fae for making the connection with Wikipedia!

Regards,
Elisabeth


* What exactly is Wikimedia Commons, I hear you ask?

It's the place where people can store images and videos. It's
"a database of 27,244,861 freely usable media files to which anyone can contribute" (yes, 27 million files!!)

Another explanation:
"Wikimedia Commons (or simply Commons) is an online repository of free-use images, sound, and other media files. It is a project of the Wikimedia Foundation."

For further information see: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Commons
Or:
commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page


** If you have sanitation-related photos to contribute to the collection please either send them to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or - if you have lots- request the login and password from the secretariat who can guide you on how to upload them yourself. Note that the photos must be completely open to share without any copyright restriction (this means licence type: CC-BY) and they should also have a title and description which is easy to set up in flickr. In fact, the more information is provided about a photo the more likely it is that someone else will find it useful and use it and therefore spread the information around.

The nice thing is also when other people use your photo, they must still acknowledge the source, i.e. mention your name if it was a photo that you took. - Obviously, the same thing applies the other way around, i.e. when you use a photo that you have downloaded from the flickr photo database you need to "give appropriate credit", i.e. name the photographer.
Dr. Elisabeth von Muench
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Community manager of this forum via SEI
(see: www.susana.org/en/resources/projects?search=SEI)
Wikipedian, co-founder of WikiProject Sanitation: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProject_Sanitation

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