If there is sufficient interest from the community, I will propose a workshop on the WLM participants' survey and the insights we can gather from it.
I think it is important that as many people involved in the organization of WLM 2012 and WLM 2013 as possible take part in the workshop, so we can get some collective sense making going.
So please sign up on the proposal page if you are interested:
It would certainly also be possible to present the results from the organizers' survey during the same workshop (possibly asking for a bit more time). Please let me know if that would be an option.
Concerning the participants' survey in 2014, we discussed with John Andersson about having one survey for all photo contests during this year.
Please let me know what you think. - Whether a participants' survey will be carried out this year at all, will probably also depend on the interest among WLM organizers. It's a lot of work; so I would suggest doing it only if there is a concrete demand for it. Any feedback is appreciated.
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I recently joined the Wikimedia Foundation as Program Officer for the Project
and Event Grants Program
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:PEG>(PEG). One of my main
duties is to review grant proposals and reports. Many
PEG grantees participate in WLM and I have noticed a trend in their
reporting on WLM activities -- there is a decrease in volunteer
participants year-on-year and a desire to strategize on how to address this
It would be great to start a discussion around new strategies for engaging
WLM participants. The proposed session at Wikimania on "What can we learn
from the WLM participants' survey"
be a great place to discuss this issue, but please also feel free to share
ideas on this email thread. If there is a better place to have this
conversation - perhaps on the WLM 2014 page -- please feel free to move it
One idea that some grantees have been implementing is to organize *photo
expeditions* to places that are under-represented. These photo expeditions
have two benefits -- (1) they allow people to travel to places they may not
normally have the chance to visit due to transportation issues and (2) they
travel to places where monuments have not been photographed. They also
Another interesting strategy is to introduce *photography workshops*.
Skills training can definitely be appealing to participants and will
increase the quality of photos on wiki projects. We are encouraging
grantees who have organized photography workshops to share their materials.
Excited to hear your ideas!
Project & Event Grants
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