With most of the usability issues ironed out the last two weeks with
the countries that were testing the tool, I have been preparing for
deployment for the rest of the countries. Unfortunately, due to
persona issues I won't have much time to take care of each
installation and configuration as I planned (at least for a couple of
weeks), so what I did is roll out all of the installations at
At the moment no tool (except for those that were testing it these
weeks) have users, so the first thing I'll ask every coordinator in
every country listed at
ist to register in your own tool using the following URL
I'll take care of promoting the first user registered in every tool as
admin of the tool in around 24 hours, which will let that user
configure the tool. For countries that are going to test this only,
and expect to use the tool on October, feel free to configure it for
testing purposes since the tool can be reset.
One unimplemented feature that came as a suggestion from Michael Maggs
(and was something Lodewijk suggested on our original conversation
too) is not to decide the number of rounds upfront, but rather have a
way to start a round when needed. I didn't find the time to implement
this feature, yet the tool is able to feedback from its own output so
if your country does not know exactly how many rounds you will need,
just configure the tool for one round, and you'll be able to export
all images that meet some criteria, I'll reset the tool, and you can
use that output for another round.
All questions to my e-mail to keep the mailing list clear, please.
David E. Narvaez
Today it is the last day of the Wiki Loves Monuments 2013 competition in all countries (besides one). At the end of the day the upload campaigns close themselves automatically depending on the local time zone. (The upload must be finished before the end time.) The Central Notice will be taken down in the 30 minutes before the end of the competition in that country.
The time schedule is at: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Wiki_Loves_Monuments_2013/Upload…
== Deadline top 10 / jury ==
Please keep all in mind that we prefer to receive the 10 winning photos of each country on 24 October! In case of delay we must have received the ten winning photos before 31 October.
If you wish to keep the 10 winning photos secret until a press release, or prize giving ceremony, etc, please send the ten winning photos to the international team with the date of when they will be published.
We will keep a public table of who notified us with the ten winning photos at: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Wiki_Loves_Monuments_2013/Winners
Thanks everyone for the great work so far!
With all these new photos we now have a better coverage of the world's cultural heritage!
If you'd like to have the Jury Tool translated to your local language
just let me know via private e-mail and I'll send you a text file
(actually an XML file) where you can replace all of the english
phrases for phrases in your local language. Once I get that file back,
I'll update your tool with the correct language.
Please specify what's the language code of your local language if you
know it (I could still look it up if you don't).
David E. Narvaez
Today, I have transferred the documentation of the Wiki Loves Monuments Future Workshop (Wikimania 2013, Hong Kong) to the WLM portal:
Given the results of the workshop and the feedbacks received from the participants so far, it seems that we are heading for three international photo contests next year:
- Wiki Loves Monuments
- Wiki Loves Earth
- Wiki Loves Public Art
There was also a fourth proposal, "WikiRIC - Requested Image Competition" that was very highly rated by the workshop participants. - I think it would be great to see also a pilot project implementing this idea during next year. To my knowledge, no project group has formed yet. Those who signaled their interest are therefore warmly invited to coordinate the formation of a project team! (let me know if you need the contacts of the people that were interested to help implementing this approach!)
Suggestions for the next steps:
I think it would be great if for each contest a core group for 2014 would form that:
- sets up an international project page for 2014, so interested countries can sign up
- sets up a mailing list for the coordination of the contest (in case this hasn't happened yet)
- follows up on the evaluation of this year's contests and starts working on the improvements for next year (some improvements might concern the institutional setup, so it would be wise to start early)
Furthermore, I would suggest, that the coordinators of the three thematic contests get together (online), to discuss:
- when which contest is going to take place in 2014 (this year we had an overlap between WLPA and WLE, which is probably not ideal)
- how to tackle the technical issues in 2014 (there are many potential synergies, and there is also a lot of room for improvement)
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Is there anyone on this list with Meta access who can update the global banner text in the UK for me? I emailed Romaine yesterday, but he seems not to be around, and I'd really like this to be done today so that entrants can take full advantage of the final weekend.
New text for the UK English banner:
Your Photos are Making History on Wikipedia. Thank you!
The Wiki Loves Monuments contest closes on Monday 30th. Now is your last chance to enter.
New text for the UK Welsh banner:
Mae eich lluniau'n creu hanes ar Wicipedia! Diolch yn fawr!
Mae Cystadleuaeth Rijksmonument yn dod i ben ddiwedd y mis hwn. Dyma'ch cynnig olaf i uwchlwytho llun neu ddau
I too have noticed a drop off in photos submitted in the last few days.
It's fairly important to determine what caused the drop off if we can. It
might be something totally outside of our control, e.g. the situation in
Syria, but might be something like a change in banner display, which we do
have some control over. Did the drop happen in most countries? We don't
have full control over all Wikimedia banners - we do have to share the
space with others, but perhaps they might be willing to delay some of their
displays if we ask nicely.
I do agree that changing the banner from time-to-time can help. I don't
agree that a banner of ""Participate in the world's largest photo-contest
and help Wikipedia," would help any. The imperative verb "Participate" is
very weak, and is not natural to American English speakers. It suggests a
high school home economics teacher telling us that we have to bring cookies
to the annual bake-off. Something more active is definitely needed,
something along the line (but not exactly) of a high school football coach
saying "Go out there and kick some butt!" That would definitely get some
attention as a banner, but not the exact type of attention we want. A
teaser ad might work however, e.g. "About your photos on Wikipedia ....
(smaller type) upload them to Wiki Loves Monuments"
"Snap" might be a verb we want to use. It gives an idea of the action that
we want people to take (snap a snapshot), unlike "participate." So perhaps
"Snap a historic site, Wiki Loves Monuments" It could wake people up. Or
maybe "Snap a snapshot for Wikipedia". As a noun "It's a snap, Wiki Loves
I don't think these ideas are good enough yet for an actual banner, but I
think that folks should brain-storm this and come up with new ideas.
Straight informative banners can sound bureaucratic or just boring.
Different languages or dialects should be considered separately, as
translations are really tricky, e.g. "It's a snap" might mean something
entirely different in British English
(If you requested something in the list and I haven't answer, your
answer may be here)
Quick e-mail to report that a lot of features have gone into the
installation of the Jury Tool between yesterday and today so if you
haven't tried the tool since yesterday, you should check it out. New
* Ability to create a new round at any time. Just navigate, as an admin, to
* Better feedback on how to configure jurors for the invitational rounds
* Better feedback when providing the category name to load
* Layout changes (I added my credits too, should add a donations link ;))
* Bug fixes
There are other features on the works, mostly dealing with later
phases of the many-rounds review process, but the tool is more or less
stabilizing for many of the use cases needed for the first round of
Thanks to all of the people testing right now and are providing feedback.
David E. Narvaez
Hi, as you may know Europeana has been sponsoring special categories within
Wiki Loves Monuments competitions since 2011, and have also run the pilot
project Wikipedia Loves Public Art. Europeana is now interested in
harvesting from Wikimedia Commons to Europeana the images resulting from
those projects, that this means the imported images will be displayed as
items in the portal and in API-responses. A thumbnail (max 200 px width)
will be created and cached by Europeana but any larger image displayed or
linked to will be a link/hotlink. But one doubt has been raised:
Europeana metadata is CC-O Licencsed but...what about Wikimedia Commons
metadata? Images can be licensed separately (CC-BY-SA, CC-BY, PD...): does
the related metada keeps the same license for the metadata or the metadata
is considered CC-O ? Most of the metadata related with these WLM pic is
referred to public heritage lists information.
Following http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Welcome remains unclear
if Europeana needs to ask each individual Wikimedia Commons user before
doing the harvesting.
Which would be the easiest way of doing it? What do you think about it?
Looking forward to your considerations.
Some participants upload only one photo. Some of them don't know they can
upload a lot of pictures.
I think we can send them a message to be sure they know this rule (I have
already did it for Cameroon).
We can find these participants with emijrp's tool: