greetings from India.
Hope everything is working as per schedule. Just to let you all confirm
that we are participating this year. Though, we are gonna make the contest
very simple in India.
As of now, I just wanted to ask if there is any tool to start voting from
the very first day. It will be impossible for Jury to go through thousands
of images and hence we will be depending on the India community to vote for
top 100 or so which will be then sent to jury. *(Important and Urgent)*
1. Lists are prepared, thanks to Lodewijk :)
2. Media and Press releases is also taken care of now.
3. Upload Wizard is ready:
4. The city of Hyderabad is confirmed for organising Photowalk, after
amazed with WLM concept
5. Central notice should also work very best for India with minor
promotions work done
Do let us know your views, thanks and all the best to all :)
Thanks and regards,
as you know, we'll be using the CentralNotice system again this year
to call people to participate in the competition.
[For those of you that don't know the technical details of
CentralNotice: we'll be geolocating our banners to visitors and users
only from the participating countries (35/36 at the moment). The
banners will be displayed on all Wikimedia projects in the language of
the user (or rather his/her browser), and will direct them to an
external Wiki Loves Monuments website for their country (hence the
geolocation) -- for example, users from Argentina will receive a
banner in Spanish (mostly), linking to the Argentinian website:
Just like last year, we need a catchy phrase to interest people in the
contest. Due to a lack of better ideas ;-) the current slogan is the
last year's: "Wiki Loves Monuments: Photograph a monument, help
Wikipedia and win!". This slogan is translated into 17 of the 33
languages used in the participating countries; we still miss the
* American English -- not sure if the US guys are going to keep the
phrase "monument"? :-)
* Belarusian (both in the normative ortography and the Taraškievica);
* Hindi (not sure if it's going to be used in India?);
There are also several other languages or dialect/variants I might
have missed (Romantsh, Canadian English, Austrian German, Swiss High
German, German-formal address, and several languages used in South
Africa and India come to my mind first), so if you find one and can
translate into it, please do so!
The slogans can be find at
and that's where the translation should appear also. And let's set
23:59:59 (UTC) as the deadline, because we need to move the
translations onto Meta in time :-))
Tomasz W. Kozłowski
I am trying the upload wizard and I have a technical problem.
As soon i receive that an image with the same name already exists, I will
have a really nightmare.
Even if I try to change the name of the image, the uploadwizard continue
always to propose me the same error and the same indication that the image
already exists even if I have changed the name.
Is it normal?
Verein zur Förderung Freien Wissens
Association pour l’avancement des connaissances libre
Associazione per il sostegno alla conoscenza libera
Switzerland - 8008 Zürich
(I am starting a new thread to give proper answers and publicity to
questions asked by Strainu.)
thanks for the questions; though I have to admit I am a bit troubled
about them appearing so late into the preparations, I also find them
very valid and well-aimed. I might not know all the answers, so I will
be leaving some of the questions untouched--maybe somebody else could
join in and help explain the situation here.
# Do you offer any guarantees on the uptime or stress-performance of the system?
No. Just like the Wikimedia Foundation does not guarantee the uptime
of its wikis, we cannot guarantee that our server will survive the
amount of traffic it will receive in the weeks to come. We are,
however, going to do our best to make it happen: the server, I
believe, is well-configured and we're going to start the CentralNotice
campaign with a visibility of 10% to see how this would affect the
load on the server. If it's OK, we'll be rising the visibility
sequentially to the expected 50% or higher--this would mean that our
banners will be visible in one of every two hits for Wikimedia wikis
in the participating countries.
# Do you offer any way to import past data from Google Analytics?
We can only do as much as the software will allow. Fortunately, there
is a Python script which can be used to import Google Analytics data
into Piwik -- please see
more information about it.
# Is there any guarantee that you're following data protection rules
in the country where the server is installed?
The server is controlled by Wikimedia Nederland, though it is
physically located in Germany (at least that's what a WHOIS query for
126.96.36.199 tells me). I do not have enough information to answer
this question--if there are some German lawyers here, I would welcome
any additional comments on this subject.
# Does that law even allow private persons to access the data (that's
especially doubtful, as it is probably in the EU)?
Just as with the question immediately above, I cannot answer this.
Though it might probably be helpful to mention that at least one EU
country that I know of (that is Poland) does allow private persons to
access such data--although under special circumstances, of course.
# What happens to the piwik installation after the contest ends?
I have to say that we haven't been thinking about this yet, for the
obvious reason that the contest has not even started. I believe that
we'll create some anonymous statistics for use for the next year
edition, and then the installation (together with the data) will be
removed. (At least this sound quite reasonable to me.)
And to answer your last question (about us using GA last year), I
think that this is simply because of the progress we've made with Wiki
Loves Monuments since last year. We are now more knowledgeable about
the organisational things than last year, and there are more people to
focus even on such relatively unimportant issues like the usage of
Google Analytics. Additionaly, I have to admit that I am especially
interested in that because of my experience with setting up a campaign
for Wikimedia Polska earlier this year, when I have been told that the
WMF does not allow linking to GA-based websites for fundraising
And just to end this long e-mail, I'd like to make one this clear: not
setting up CentralNotice for Romania (and any other country) is out of
the question. If there will be no links in CentralNotice, this would
mean that the publicity for the contest would be much smaller, and
this would, in exchange, equal fewer pictures being uploaded--and this
is the last thing we would like to do.
Besides that, Wiki Loves Monuments is a federative contest, and we (by
"we" I mean the international team) can only advise you what to do and
what to avoid. In the end, the local organisers will be reponsible for
the contents of the linked websites, and also for the privacy and
security of their visitors' data.
Tomasz W. Kozłowski
Today I called the Dutch newsagency ANP, a important source for alle dutch
newspapers. Unfortunately they had no interest in Wiki Loves Monuments
despite the new app, the wonderful input of thousands of volunteers, the
worldwide scale of the project, the meaning of sharing knowlegde and images
form around the world.
I am wondering if it would be helpful if we could quote Jimmy Wales.
Sometimes the media get more alert when an important name is mentioned.
Maybe you've already considered this but maybe not.
In the Netherlands it's the third time Wiki loves Monuments takes place and
the journalists from ANP and some other newspapers tell me it is because of
the reptitious character of the event that they don't want to cover it in a
If you think it is a good idea to quote Jimmy Wales on the meaning and
impact of Wiki Loves Monuments, is it possible to let me know today and
send me a quote? As we are planning to sent out the press release on
thursday or not later than friday morning.
Hope to hear from you soon.Thanks a lot!
2012/8/29 Lodewijk <lodewijk(a)effeietsanders.org>
> Hi all,
> I would like to emphasize again that the press release will be sent out
> TODAY to our international channels. Feel free to do the same in your
> country. Tonight we will announce the international prizes of this year on
> our website wikilovesmonuments.org in more detail (you all know already
> that the main prize will be a trip to Hong Kong combined with Wikimania).
> Please send out your local press communication these days too - that will
> increase the chance of the highest impact. At the WMF they will work on
> getting this on the international news agencies which may or may not help
> you in your local work (depending on your local press culture).
> 2012/8/20 Barbara Fischer <barbara.fischer(a)wikimedia.de>
>> the start of our contest is getting closer. We can start the count down
>> in two days. But before please have a look on our project page. As
>> scheduled we have provided you a mold or advisory<http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Wiki_Loves_Monuments_2012/interna…>for your own press work in form of a press release. Please feel free to
>> alter it to your proper needs.
>> *Please* update if possible the table<http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Wiki_Loves_Monuments_2012/Media>with You own press contacts and press releases as soon as possible.
>> Thanks to many of You the *social media* part is pretty active both on
>> twitter and facebook. As it is a community project, social media will be
>> very important channel to outreach beyond our own boundaries. Who would
>> like to create an international Facebook page in Spanish on Wiki Loves
>> Monuments? (and maintain it). Would anyone be willing to run a Pinterest
>> and/or Instragram communication - we're not familiar enough with it to do
>> so.There will be no centralized Flickr upload - if you want to use
>> alternative upload channels you will have to do that on a national level.
>> *Please* send us Your blogpost to publish on the international site<http://www.wikilovesmonuments.org/>:
>> cool stories, experiences, lessons. You may start now. If every country
>> postes one blog, we will be able to cover the whole month of action. If You
>> like, You may send us your post and we will upload it for you.
>> Information on the international *partners* including their logos will
>> be ready this week for download and national adaption at Wikimedia
>> Commonns <http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Wiki_Loves_Monuments_2012/Sponsors>.
>> Please make sure that you list your national partners with logos. We could
>> subsequently upload them to the international website. We would appreciate,
>> if You like to add the international partners and sponsors to you national
>> sites to.
>> > the WLM app will be ready for use at 2012 - 09 - 01
>> > the central notice will be ready for use at 2012 - 09 - 01
>> I know you all work hard to update your national websites. Please let us
>> know when you achieved it.
>> thanks Barbara
>> Barbara Fischer
>> Kuratorin für Kulturpartnerschaften
>> Wikimedia Deutschland e.V. | NEU: Obentrautstr. 72 | 10963 Berlin
>> Tel. (030) 219 158 26-0
>> Wikimedia Deutschland - Gesellschaft zur Förderung Freien Wissens e.V.
>> Eingetragen im Vereinsregister des Amtsgerichts Berlin-Charlottenburg unter
>> der Nummer 23855 B. Als gemeinnützig anerkannt durch das Finanzamt für
>> Körperschaften I Berlin, Steuernummer 27/681/51985.
>> Wiki Loves Monuments mailing list
> Wiki Loves Monuments mailing list
I wanted to write a post on wikilovesmonuments.it telling how to use
the upload wizard, but obviously they are not yet available[*].
How can I do that? There's some test version I could use to get images
of the procedure and try the procedure itself?
[*] see for example:
the start of our contest is getting closer. We can start the count down in
two days. But before please have a look on our project page. As scheduled
we have provided you a mold or
your own press work in form of a press release. Please feel free to
alter it to your proper needs.
*Please* update if possible the
You own press contacts and press releases as soon as possible.
Thanks to many of You the *social media* part is pretty active both on
twitter and facebook. As it is a community project, social media will be
very important channel to outreach beyond our own boundaries. Who would
like to create an international Facebook page in Spanish on Wiki Loves
Monuments? (and maintain it). Would anyone be willing to run a Pinterest
and/or Instragram communication - we're not familiar enough with it to do
so.There will be no centralized Flickr upload - if you want to use
alternative upload channels you will have to do that on a national level.
*Please* send us Your blogpost to publish on the international
cool stories, experiences, lessons. You may start now. If every country
postes one blog, we will be able to cover the whole month of action. If You
like, You may send us your post and we will upload it for you.
Information on the international *partners* including their logos will be
ready this week for download and national adaption at Wikimedia
Please make sure that you list your national partners with logos. We could
subsequently upload them to the international website. We would appreciate,
if You like to add the international partners and sponsors to you national
> the WLM app will be ready for use at 2012 - 09 - 01
> the central notice will be ready for use at 2012 - 09 - 01
I know you all work hard to update your national websites. Please let us
know when you achieved it.
Kuratorin für Kulturpartnerschaften
Wikimedia Deutschland e.V. | NEU: Obentrautstr. 72 | 10963 Berlin
Tel. (030) 219 158 26-0
Wikimedia Deutschland - Gesellschaft zur Förderung Freien Wissens e.V.
Eingetragen im Vereinsregister des Amtsgerichts Berlin-Charlottenburg unter
der Nummer 23855 B. Als gemeinnützig anerkannt durch das Finanzamt für
Körperschaften I Berlin, Steuernummer 27/681/51985.
we are planning to give three prices – in amounts of NIS 5,000, 3,000
and 2,000 (approximately $1,200, 800 and 500), we are pleased to update
that one of our sponsors – the Israeli Internet Association has agreed
to give an additional price – in amount of NIS 2,000 (approximately
$500) to a picture voted upon and chosen by the general public (it may
be the picture chosen by our judges as one of the top three, or any
other picture). The said picture will be sent along also to the
international competition (i.e. the judges will choose nine pictures and
the public an additional one).
addition, our GLAM collaboration with the "Information Center for
Israeli Art" at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem has expanded - we're
happy to report that the museum will provideus with a list of public artworks to be photographed as part of the competition. These pictures are required for the Museum's database, and should, of course, be in Wiki Commons and Wikipedia as well (Israel has complete freedom of panorama, so it is allowed to photograph any
artwork permanently located in public areas). The museum will also
provide free tours for the public (the dates of which have yet to be
Furthermore, As part of our cooperation with the Society for Heritage Sites, the
society has agreed that information desks about the competition will be
placed in many of its museums throughout the country. The information
desks will include a banner, handouts explaining about the competition
(prepared by us), and handouts explaining about heritage sites in the
vicinity of the museums (prepared by the society).
The information desks will operate at the regular operation hours of the
museums, and alongside or as part of the museums regular information
desks – therefore no volunteers are needed on our part, as the regular
personal who man the info desks of the museum will be able to assist
attendees with questions. We will give one lecture for all the museums
personal at one place, prior to the competition, providing them with the information they may need.
This is a good tip for other countries – go to places with such information
desks and ask them to put banners and hand out flyers. It costs no money (except the printing of banners and flyers)
A list if the information desks may be found here: