is Instagram compatible with Creative Commons?
Can I upload *my* Instagram pics on Commons (so could it be used for WLM)?
Please consider that I'm not suggesting Instagram pics are good for WLM
(they are filtered and all, probably not very suitable for illustrating
monuments on Wikipedia)
but is a legal matter.
This is a quite early stage idea, so please don't shout me down for not
having specifics yet :)
Looking back at the past few years of Wiki Loves Monuments, Wiki Loves
Earth and now also Wiki Loves Africa (all built upon the same philosophy
it stroke me that there is so much being learned in different countries,
but that we are not always effectively sharing that among ourselves. Even
if we share, it doesn't seem that the best practices make it actually to
the implementation - I think there's room for improvement here, and that
this could increase the outcomes (in many different ways) and reduce the
costs (especially in volunteer organizing time).
In the first year that we organized the competition on a global scale, we
had a very effective meeting (May 2011
with a bunch of people from countries that indicated they wanted to
organize WLM later that year. Although much was to be improved, it helped
to build an effective network of people helping each other to organize
effective competitions - sharing skills, tools and inspiration. The
discussions there were in my opinion a major component in the success of
the competitions in 2011 and 2012 (in 2012 we also had a shorter meeting in
At the same time we have seen the many challenges to get together an
effective international team. While I want to applaud the wonderful work
done by volunteers nationally and internationally, I had the impression
that both at Wiki Loves Earth and later at Wiki Loves Monuments, a better
international coordination could have helped the competition.
I would like you to ponder a bit with me, and think whether it would be
useful to organize again a training meeting for a variety of organizers
around the world, where skills and experiences can be transferred, best
practices can be shared, the network of organizers internationally can be
strengthened and the international coordination can be given a push in the
First of all, please think whether this would be a good idea, and if so
what should be the goals, realistic outcomes and what kind of organizers
should be joining definitely. After that, we can draft up the budget, the
pro's and con's and consider whether this would be a wise investment of our
time and money. Don't worry just yet if it is realistic to request the
money etc - that is a separate discussion.
My initial attitude is positive yet somewhat critical (I know it's going to
be expensive, but I think if there is enough support, it could be worth it)
and I very much look forward to your thoughts. Your input would be highly
valued on this page
Looking forward to your very valuable thoughts,
PS: I am very happy to help organize such a training to help future
competitions, but please don't think I will join the international team
again :) Just want to be realistic.
We're sending out a call for new Grant Advisory Committee (GAC) members!
The GAC are community volunteers who are explicitly invited to review
and evaluate grant proposals made in the Wikimedia Foundation Project and
Event Grants Program, and offer advice to both grant applicants and the
We review a large number of WLM and other Wiki Loves proposals each year.
It would be great to have more experts in this area on the committee!
Read all about it on the Candidates page. The deadline for signing up
for this round is December 30, 2014, so be sure to step forward before
then. New members will be inducted by the middle of January 2015.
Please help this message reach as many people as possible, by relaying it
to appropriate lists and village pumps.
And many thanks to our current and former GAC members!
 _everyone_ is implicitly invited!
Project & Event Grants
Wikimedia Foundation <http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Home>
As you can see below, the Wikimedia Foundation is looking for a new board
member. Maybe it would be wise to also look in the cultural heritage world
for suitable candidates - a world also with many volunteers!
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Date: Sun, Nov 16, 2014 at 12:09 AM
Subject: [Wikimedia Announcements] Your support is wanted: The WMF Board of
Trustees is looking for a new Board member
The Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees is currently looking for an
additional appointed trustee to fill the seat currently held by Bishakha
Datta, who has announced that she plans to step down at the end of her term
in December 2014. The Board Governance Committee is leading the search to
fill the position on behalf of the Board. Please spread the word to those
you would like to see on the Board!
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To find out more about the responsibilities and workings of the Board you
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We are seeking a trustee who is a leader in their field and who is
committed to Wikimedia's values. We are also particularly looking for
someone with technical experience, who can bring expertise with strategic
development and technical organizations to the Board. As always, the Board
values diversity in its members.
Appointments are for a two-year term and involve 3-4 in-person meetings
throughout the year, at least two in San Francisco, as well as online work
and participation in a Board committee.
If you would like to suggest a name or nominate someone, please contact
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In the past weeks, the jury has judged the photos and has came to their
conclusion. Out of the more than 2500 uploaded photos, the ten best photos
have been selected. The uploaders of these ten photos will receive a prize
at 26 November 2014. We also give away some extra prizes.
The prize giving ceremony will take place on 26 November 2014 at the Royal
Institute for Cultural Heritage in Brussels and starts at 19:00. The doors
will open at 18:30. Afterwards the host of the venue will offer us a snack
and a drink and we have the opportunity to talk with each other.
More information can be found at our website and on the wiki of Wikimedia
Please inform us before 26 November at wmbe(a)wikimedia.org if you will be
See you at the prize ceremony!
On behalf of the team of Wiki Loves Monuments in Belgium and Luxembourg,
Website Wiki Loves Monuments: http://www.wikilovesmonuments.be
Other activities in Belgium: https://be.wikimedia.org/wiki/Meetings
Hello. I'm glad to announce the results of Wiki Loves Monuments Spain 2014. We have received 23,595 pictures from 525 participants. This is out 4th year and we arrived to 100,000 pictures.
You can see the ten finalist that will participate in the international contest and the winners of two special prizes (best picture of Paradores, our partner, and the best picture of St. James's Way in Aragon, by Asociación de Amigos del Camino de Santiago de Jaca). You can also enjoy the best 103 pictures. There was also a prize for the participant who uploaded pictures of more different monuments. He was Enfo, with 691 monuments, and he was the winner also last year.
All of them are on Wikimedia Commons:
We wrote a blog post:
and we are sharing this in social networks. You can spread the word if you want. Tomorrow we will send our press release.
Santiago NavarroWikimedia España
We are pleased to announce the UK winners of the Wiki Loves Monuments contest 2014.
The ten winning images can be seen here: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wiki_Loves_Monuments_2014_winners#United…
Particular congratulations must go to the photographer who entered under the alias ‘Fuzzypiggy', who managed to sweep the board with first, second and third prizes.
In addition to the top 10 images, two images were awarded special prizes for pictures of a building on one of the official UK ‘At Risk’ registers.
Particular thanks are due to Wikimedia UK, English Heritage and The Royal Photographic Society (our partners in running the contest), to our judges James Davies (EH), Roy Robertson (RPS) and David Iliff (Wikimedia Commons), to Magnus Manske for programming, and to the volunteers who helped organise the contest and pre-screen the images. Of course the greatest thanks must go to the photographers who uploaded images under a free licence to Wikimedia Commons where they are available for anyone to use without charge.
Congratulations to all,