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Please see my user page on the English-language Wikipedia at geraldshields11 to contact me.


A Close up of Gerald Shields
(l to r) Professor Andrew Lih, Geraldshields11 (holding award), David Ferriero, and James Hare.

As of May 18, 2022, I am a member of the 2022 WikiMedia DC Board of Directors.

In 2019, I was nominated and a candidate for the Affiliate-selected Board seats and this is the preserved page from 2019. . One of the endorsers was AfroCROUD.

In the past, I was on the Town Council of the Town of Berwyn Heights.

I was the volunteer Wikimedia DC event promotion coordinator and have taken an active part in numerous Wiki events, such as being the photographer of the WikiConference 2014 in NYC, the 2016 North American Wiki Conference in San Diego, and other Wikimedia events.

I am a member of several Wiki Projects, such as The Wikipedia Library, Women's History, Taxation, and Open Knowledge Foundation. I created the article the Smithsonian Gardens on w:EN:Wikipedia and received an autographed book signed by the executives at the Smithsonian Gardens for my efforts. For the Wikimania 2014 event, I volunteered to be the official still photographer and a member of the Programme Committee, with James Forrester, Deror Lin, and Orsolya Virág Gyenes. For the 2014 Wiki Conference USA, I volunteered to be the official still photographer. For the North American WikiConference, I volunteered to be the official still photographer.

Since then, I have been involved with creating content to illustrate on Wikimedia Commons.

I was interviewed by the New York Times for my work with Wikipedia on feminism and on North Korea.

I edited a photography textbook, The Art and Craft of Digital Photography by Professor Kristi Eisenberg. The photography book focused on several types of subjects, such as landscape, portrait, and design. Professor Eisenberg autographed her book with a special dedication to me.

I am Geraldshields11, an EN Wikipedia editor since 2004, who has contributed photographs of notable monuments and notable people in Washington, DC, USA; Shenyang, China; and Dandong, China. Also, I have taken photographs of the waterfront of Sinuiju, North Korea on a quest to get a photograph of Ri Sol-ju.

I am a prolific but efficient user of Wikimedia Commons and my photographs are used across Wikis in different languages. One of my photographs is used across the same topic in 48 different languages. When I add a photograph to Wiki Commons, I added it with the realization that each photograph may only be seen by a small subset of people. But, if I can inspire at least one person into STEM or becoming a contributor, then "it is a far far better thing I do than ever before".

Some of my Wiki-inspired photographs have been used in the Business Insider magazine, US National Archives promotion material, London events, Wikimedia DC promotions on Twitter, Smithsonian Institute promotion material Secretary Presents E-book on Future of Museums near the end of the video, and events where “the Board wears nice clothing.” I worked at numerous GLAM projects as the photographer, as part of my volunteer duties at Wikimedia DC.

See the small sample photographic works, below, and various links for explanation.



Geraldshields11 archive

This user has contributed to Wikipedia to the Moon.

This user is a member of the Association of Eventualist Wikipedians.