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Welcome to the Add An Image Tour edit


Welcome to Wikidata! This tour will take you through the steps for adding an image to a Wikidata item. Adding an image to a Wikidata item is important because it lets people know what the subject looks like and makes it easier to use the image in Wikipedia articles and any other websites which use Wikidata content.

If there are any terms in this tour you would like a definition for please see the Wikidata:Glossary

Please note that the page in the background is only a replica of a real page — you can think of it as a sandbox for you to play in and try new things. Your changes won't appear on Wikidata so there's no need to worry while making edits in this space. Let's get started!

Find an image for the item edit

Images used on Wikidata items, Wikipedia articles and other Wikimedia sites are stored on Wikimedia Commons. You can find suitable images on Commons by:

  • Using the search bar in the top right hand side of every page on Wikimedia Commons.
  • Use the Commons Simple Media Reuse Guide.

Note: If you cannot find an image for the item on Wikimedia Commons you can upload images you own the copyright of, for more information see Commons:First steps.

Reminder: An item refers to a page in Wikidata about a real-world object, concept or something else, it includes information about the topic and has a unique identity. If you'd like to know more about items please take the Items Tour.

Adding an image to Wikidata edit

In this example we are going find and add an image for National Museum of Anthropology (Q524249): national museum of Mexico. We will add this image: File:Musee National Anthropologie-Entree.jpg


Add a statement edit

All Wikidata item pages have a statements section which can include any number of rows containing different things—words, numbers, even image files. This may look complicated but it's fairly straightforward. Let's take a closer look at one of these rows now.

We add an image to an item by adding a statement about it. To start adding a statement click on the + add statement button

Reminder: A statement is a piece of data about an item, recorded on the item's page. A statement consists of a claim If you'd like to learn more about statements please take the Statements Tour (add link).

Add the Image property edit

In the box type start typing and click the option for:

image (image of relevant illustration of the subject; if available, also use more specific properties (sample: coat of arms image, locator map, flag image, signature image, logo image, collage image))

Reminder: A property describes the data value of a statement and can be thought of as a category of data, for example "color" for the data value "blue". Properties, when paired with values, form a statement in Wikidata. Properties are also used in qualifiers. Properties have their own pages on Wikidata and are connected to items, resulting in a linked data structure. If you'd like to know more about items please take the Properties Tour (coming soon).

Add the filename of the image edit

In this box add the the name of the file on Wikimedia Commons, in this case:

File:Musee National Anthropologie-Entree.jpg

Publish edit

The final thing to do is to publish this information to Wikidata, to do this simply click ✓ publish.

Other kinds of image edit

As well as image (P18) there are other properties that use images including:

  • image of interior (image of the inside of an architectural structure, vehicle or other enclosed space)
  • logo image (graphic mark or emblem commonly used by commercial enterprises, organizations and products)
  • image of frontside (image of obverse (front side) of this 2D object)
  • image of backside (image of the reverse side of this "2D" object)

You can search a full list of all properties available at Wikidata:List of properties.

Congratulations! edit


Congratulations! You've completed the Add an Image Tour.

You can now add administrative territories to Wikidata items to make them more useful for everyone.

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