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Picture Contributions to Wikipedia

Benazir Bhutto's photo on the Wikipedia
Benazir Bhutto’s photo on the Wikipedia

I have been a contributor to the Wikipedia for a while and made what are hopefully significant contributions. You can read more on my User page on that site. Though I am basically what I have often called “a text kinda guy”, along the way I have also contributed some graphics to that database, and one thing I realized recently is that the “official” picture of Benazir Bhutto (at right), the one that is often used in articles about her on the Wikipedia, Wikinews, and other sites that draw their content from those two and the Wikimedia database.

Hussain Haqqani's photo on the Wikipedia
Hussain Haqqani’s photo on the Wikipedia

I recently realized that the article on Hussain Haqqani, the journalist, scholar, and then-Ambassador-Designate of Pakistan to the US did not have a picture on it. I tried to get one myself during the recent annual convention of the Organization of Pakistani Enterpreneurs (OPEN) in Silicon Valley, but–being that “text kinda guy”–wasn’t able to. However, a young and dynamic lady, Zainab Jeewanjee, has stepped in as a life saver and I just also contributed a picture she sent me (at left) to the Wikipedia, and which now appears in the article on him.

3 Comments

  1. David Gerard wrote:

    Nice one!

    We should basically have pictures on Commons of every current politician everywhere. It’s a disgrace when we don’t. It’s easier for the US since Federal government works including official portraits are public domain, but we’re missing an appalling number of these too.

    Saturday, August 2, 2008 at 3:48 am | Permalink
  2. بھائی آئ فقیر
    فیض کا وہ سمندر جس کا دوسرا نام انٹرنیٹ ہے، آپ جیسے دانا افراد کے نذرانوں سے ہی موج زن ہے۔
    محبت
    سمندطور

    Saturday, August 2, 2008 at 11:45 am | Permalink
  3. Zainab Jeewanjee wrote:

    Glad the picture worked out! I was worried the cropping would compromise his image but it looks really good. Major kudos also for being proactive and taking the initiative to get a pic up.

    Friday, August 8, 2008 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

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