Wikimedia UK is supporting the annual Wiki Loves Monuments contest again
this year, and I am looking for 20-25 volunteers to help review and
filter the entries.
The contest finishes at the end of September, with reviewing and judging
taking place immediately after that. We normally have several rounds of
reviewing during October, enabling us to reduce the expected 10,000+
entries down to a long list of a few hundred from which the winners are
selected by our panel of judges.
You'd need to be able to commit to a minimum of 5-8 hours online
reviewing, spread out over the month of October. As reviewing is done
online, volunteers can be based anywhere in the world and you don't need
to have any UK connections. We’re not looking for expert photographers,
but you should have a basic ability to be able to distinguish a good
photograph from a poor or mediocre one. Training in the online reviewing
software is available.
If you are able to help, or if you'd like more information, please let
WLM-UK lead volunteer
Recently, I noticed that Commons has a template allowing anything
published in the Marshall Islands to be included on Wikipedia, since
they have no domestic copyright law.
Upon seeing this, I planned on going to a local library, getting copies
of books and newspapers printed in the Marshall Islands, and then
scanning and uploading them to Commons or Wikisource.
However, upon further investigation, I realised that the
interpretatioin of Commons is not, to my understanding, correct.
The reason I say this is that the United States (and indeed, Berne
Convention countries in general) extend protection based on citizenship
and place of usual residence.
So if a dual Marshallese-United States citizen (for example) publishes
something in the Marshall Islands, it can't be hosted on servers in the
United States, despite its place of publication.
Fortunately, there do not seem to be many Marshallese files uploaded to
Commons yet, so even if many have to be removed, the loss will not be
Normally I would just be bold and make a change to the template, but
given the wide-reaching implications, I thought that it would be worth