Just as last year, we will set up an uploadwizard for each country.
At the moment we are testing a new uploadwizard and we will start to set up all uploadwizards for all the countries starting on 1 August.
In the month August I will request all teams in the various countries for translations of messages used in the uploadwizard.
(also reminder: please all subscribe to the wlm-announce mailing list!
(summary: please suggest good international jury members. Deadline is 2
weeks from now.)
Like last year, I would like to use our collective network to find a very
good jury for Wiki Loves Monuments international! Please let us know if you
know someone who would be likely to agree to be part of the international
What are we looking for:
* A full jury of 7-9 people
* Ideally: at least 3 active Wikimedians, 2 professional photographers and
2 heritage experts. Combinations of these categories are most welcomed.
* Geographically diverse (especially keeping in mind the diversity in
different types of monuments on different continents that participate)
* All international jury members should /not/ be a member of a national jury
* Available in November for jury duty
* On a volunteer basis
What should they expect:
* up to 10 images per country will be nominated, which means an expected
250-500 nominated pictures for the jury to judge.
* Each juror will select independently a small number of pictures (in the
range of 10) from this initial pool. These pictures continue to the second
round. Each juror will select a ranked list from this second round pool,
and distribute points. In case of an ex aequo result in the top-25, the
point distribution or a shootout-vote might occur. Jurors are expected to
give some reasoning why they make a choice, so that a joint jury report can
be produced by the jury moderator.
* The jurors are expected to deliver these judgings timely within the
mutually agreed upon timeline as will be communicated in September/October.
* The names of the jury members will be published on the contest website(s)
and in the final jury report. There is no further compensation.
* There will be no physical meeting, and unless the jury decides otherwise,
there will be no other meetings either - all communication will happen via
email or other online platforms (i.e. the jury tool)
* There is no particular technical expertise required to participate in the
jury. I would expect 15-25 hours of time investment per jury member between
mid October and mid December (mostly in November).
Most likely, we will make sure there is a non-voting jury moderator.
However, if someone would really like to volunteer for that role (most of
the work will be mid-September through mid-December), that would be very
welcome. To be a moderator, you will have to be skilled in Wiki editing,
communication and moderation (making sure discussions happen and end in
time with a satisfying outcome). The work includes making sure all national
juries submit their nominations in time, that the nominations are
summarized effectively for the international jury members, that the votes
of the international jury members are collected and tallied and that
discussion around image qualities take place. Also, the moderator is
responsible for putting together the jury report based on the jury
decisions. The moderator should not be partial of course.
Anyway, especially for jury members I sincerely look forward to your
suggestions! We still have some suggestions from last year, but don't be
afraid to repeat them. You can send them on-list at wikilovesmonuments at
lists.wikimedia.org or privately to me. I will then collect them, discuss
the list with the international team (privately), and make a proposal
internally. I will approach the candidates if they would be willing to
serve as a jury member. My initial deadline for making jury suggestions is
2 weeks from now.
We are still finding juries and sponsors for Wiki Loves Monuments in
Thailand. I had contacted several people and wrote a formal letter to
the Thai Fine Art Department. They are yet to reply to us. Do you
have any words of advice or some easy sponsors that we can approach?
The next stage is to prepare an advertising campaign. I see two separate tasks:
1. Designing a promotional materials. Do you have examples or
templates in GIMP/photoshop format for us to use as a guide?
2. Distributing the materials online and offline.
* Online: A number of our volunteers are very experienced with
fighting SEO/spam on Thai Wikipedia. I think we will be able to put
the skills to a good use in a opposite direction.
* Offline: I have lists of name and address all schools in Thailand.
The cost of sending (printing+postage) of promotional materials
could be as little as $1 (can be as cheap as $0.3 but you get black
and white rather than colour) per school. We see school students
as an important target group and physical mail to school as a very
effective means of communication. We will need some funding for
this. Is there a grant available for this purpose?
As soon as I get jury and award sorted out, I will launch the
campaign. Hopefully, it could be done by early next month.
The timeline on Commons for Wiki Loves Monuments have an activity about work on a pre-announcement to be sent to all Village Pumps (with due time Maj 23).
Does anyone know - has any common pre-announcement for all participating countries been finalized and if so where can I find it?
Project Coordinator Wiki Loves Monuments, Wikimedia Sweden
in 2011 and 2012 we contacted the winners with a private wikimail. I recently had the honor to do this for an other competition (WikiLovesPublicArt in Austria) and had to find out that there is a new spam-protection on commons that only allows to send 5 mails and than my user was blocked to send wikimails for hours. Since (at least in Austria) we also had prices for more than the top 10, it would take weeks to contact them all. I think we need an alternative way to contact the winners or a way to send more wikimails - which in my eyes is the best way to contact users that are new to commons and don't look at their discussion page...
this is just a short update about what is going in Germany.
The structure of heritage institutions is a little bit complicated in
Germany as they are organized on state level (which more than often
delegated it on regional level) and a lot of private organizations take
care about cultural heritage. (The most prominent one might be Deutsche
Stiftung Denkmalschutz.) Nonetheless, there is a heritage project in
de-Wikipedia since at least 2010, which focused on Wiki Loves Monuments
over the past years. Where available a lot of heritage registers
(Denkmallisten) are covered and Wikipedia is most likely the richest
source for German heritage registers on the internet.
Photos from German cultural heritage monuments entered Wiki Loves
Monuments in 2011 and 2012, so we can access a lot of infrastructure
from previous years. Unlike other countries, Wiki Loves Monuments is
very community-driven in Germany and the local chapter, Wikimedia
Deutschland, is only supporting on demand. (With a community skeptical
in general about any contribution by the chapter, which has a touch on
content, this might be quite natural.) So, organizing Wiki Loves
Monuments 2013 in Germany works pretty much the Wikipedia way. A little
chaotic, but full of creativity. (-;
Preparations started late this year. At the moment we are about to
organize a jury. We are still in need for awards, partners and sponsors.
The plan to not become one more player in the field of cultural
heritage, but to get in contact with major organizations and
institutions, did not work out — again. The website
http://wikilovesmonuments.de is not yet updated. And that is just to
mention a few points that need attention. But after last years
experiences, I am confident that on the 1st of September everything
So the bottom line is: Germany will participate in Wiki Loves Monuments
For any questions, see
Comments in English are welcome.