Hi you all,
With less than 2 weeks to the end of the contest for the majority of the
participating countries, we in the international team want to make sure
that you are set or actively working on finalizing your local jury.
In order for us to get a sense of where you are in this process and figure
out where we can lend a hand, we have prepared a survey that we ask all
participating countries to fill out. Before clicking on the survey link:
please note that the survey is created in Google Forms. If you have
concerns about using this third party service, please email me off-list and
I'll send you the survey questions in pdf. Otherwise, please participate in
the survey here
Please respond to this survey by 2016-09-23 . Thank you! :)
Leila, on behalf of the WLM international team
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While checking WLM submissions from KR, EA Gu (CC'ed) has found some submissions were first uploaded to external sites (ie. Flickr) and then submitted to WLM.
Since this is the first WLM in KR, we don't have a case to use as a precedent, so any advice or opinion is welcome here.
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We have a severe problem with some of the photos uploaded during Russian
WLM. As some of you may know, Russia has Freedom of Panorama (FOP) for
architecture, but not for sculptures. Therefore, photos of recent
(post-WWII) sculptures are not eligible for Commons, although they are
OK for Russian Wikipedia and Wikivoyage where they are stored under fair
use. From technical point of view, it is difficult to separate no-FOP
monuments from the rest of the monuments, because Commons follows a very
strict policy about no-FOP images. For example, they consider a small
sculpture on a building (which is part of an architectural monument) as
a separate object that is not covered by FOP. This has been a matter of
debate and contention for long time, because the majority of
Russian-speaking users tend to go for a softer interpretation and treat
such things as architecture (i.e., eligible for Commons), while the
minority of Russian-speaking users sitting on Commons is generally
hostile to other Russian-speaking projects and tries to create us as
many problems as possible.
Last year we found a reasonable procedure that was agreed upon by
several Commons admins. Out of 23700 photos uploaded in Russian WLM
2015, about 1900 photos were identified as "no-FOP". We reviewed these
images, linked many of them in other projects, and eventually
transferred 1280 images to other Russian-speaking projects under fair
use. Subsequently, nobody bothered to delete these photos from Commons,
one year passed, and of course no legal problems appeared, but from our
side we did everything we could do and we spent an enormous amount of
time on doing this.
The only request from our side was that no WLM photos are deleted before
October 31, 2015, because image transfer is a slow process and it should
be done carefully. Last year several Commons admins supported this
strategy and closed the most outrageous deletion request:
which was submitted by a guy previously expelled from Russian Wikipedia.
He wanted to delete about 200 photos all at the same time, and he tried
to covertly delete some photos of 18th-century monuments as being "not
covered by FOP in Russia"...
So this year a similar story happens again:
Another user - now the one who published defamatory articles about
Russian WLM organizers last year - accuses us in severe copyright
violations and writes nonsense that we have not done anything about
no-FOP photos from 2015. You can check my response to him in the same
thread, where I write explicitly how images were sorted and transferred.
Once again, we spent days and hours of our time on doing this.
What we need now is the general support of the community against such
freaks and assholes who spoil our life and try to undermine the WLM
process. The strategy of the Russian team is that all cultural heritage
monuments are important for the project. We do not encourage people to
upload "no-FOP" photos, but of course people upload them, and our goal
is to use these images in the best possible way. Last year we did a lot
of work to achieve this goal, and we are ready to do the same this year
unless all relevant photos are deleted from Commons immediately, as some
of the Commons users suggest. If this happens, I am afraid that WLM will
not make any sense for us, at least not on Commons.
Sorry for the long e-mail, and I am looking forward to your support.
As mentioned UNESCO is going to be promoting WLM throughout September with
a new post each day featuring a different country, we will be sharing them
in 5 of the 6 UN languages (all except Chinese). I hope that this can help
WLM reach a wider audience with more people taking part.
We would really appreciate your help by resharing the posts in the most
suitable language for your country each day, you can get a full list of all
the UNESCO social media accounts here.
We will be producing posts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (English
only). We are promoting Wiki Loves Monuments as part of our Unite4Heritage
We don't have a full list of countries we will feature yet as we are
waiting for some image permissions but we will try and cover as many
regions as possible.
Please let me know if you have any questions
On 6 September 2016 at 12:47, ido ivri <idoivri(a)gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi All,
> UNESCO is promoting the Wiki Loves Monuments this year with one post per
> day across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram in English, French and Spanish.
> The promotion will help drive traffic (and hopefully participants).
> As part of the promotion, they will be featuring photos from previous WLM
> competitions, from countries which are taking part this year.
> This first photograph is from The Islamic Republic of Iran:
> The promotion is under their #Unite4Heritage initiative to raise awareness
> to the preservation of cultural heritage across the globe.
> A big thanks to John Cummings for making this great thing possible!
> Ido on behalf of the International WLM Team
I have a question regarding eligibility of photos - we are receiving many
photos (mostly from one user) for monuments that are on our list, but are
not uploaded through the WLM wizard. I suspect that this user is uploading
them to participate in WLM but is used to uploading pictures in a certain
manner and is unwilling to deviate from this.
Are these photos still eligible, or are they to be ignored for the purpose
of the contest?
Thanks for your help!
I updated the Central Notice banner for Brazilian portuguese, including info regarding the prizes.
Someone can help us, updating the current banner to the new version added to the commons central notice page?
Coordenador de Projetos
Grupo Wikimedia Brasileiro de Educação e Pesquisa
We’d like to share some more information about the jury tool options
available to you during this year’s Wiki Loves Monuments contest.
The national competitions typically set up their own jury process. If the
number of pictures submitted to a local contest is small (less than 500)
you could probably go through your jury process manually, but especially if
you have more pictures, some jury tool would be helpful. While all existing
tools have proven useful for several countries over several years, the
international team would like to particularly draw your attention on two
tools, that will be given a certain level of support from the international
team: Montage (currently being developed) and the WLX tool (commonly used
in the past WLM contest as well as WLE).
Normally, this jury process starts only after the end of the contest in
each country (September 30th in the majority of participating countries) to
give every photo an equal opportunity. However, we understand that some
countries with a particularly large number of submissions prefer to start
the jury process already in September - while the contest is taking place
in their country. If you are the jury coordinator for one of these
countries, we recommend that you use the WLX tool (contact Ilya cc-ed to
request an instance to be set up for your country), or reach out to one of
the developers for the other jury tools listed here
<https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Jury_tools> to ask for help
with early launch of your jury process.
For all other countries: We recommend that you wait until September 24 to
make a decision about which jury tool to use. This timeline will allow the
tool developers for at least two tools that are actively being
developed/improved, Montage and WLX, to bring the tools to their latest
stage (resolving as many bugs as possible, improving the UI, etc.). It will
also allow you to review demos of these tools and make a decision about
which tool you want to proceed with.
If you have any questions about the jury tools, please don’t hesitate to
reach out to us.
Leila, on behalf of the WLM international team
PS: If you didn’t start with putting together your jury, now is a good
time! Please reach out to me if you have any question about this.
To the majority of our local organizers: Congratulations for launching the
WLM campaign in your country! You have now officially made it to the second
day of the contest. :) So far, we have received more than 5500 uploads from
415 uploaders, and almost half of the uploaders have registered for an
account after the competition has started. This is very nice! Although not
all of these newly registered uploaders are necessarily newcomers, quite a
few of them may well be! :)
Since few people have asked this in the past 24 hours: There are many
tools, services, and tricks you can use/do to monitor your campaign. Here
are two of them:
* If you are interested to watch the stream of recent changes in your
campaign, you can check it by going to
where Country is the name of the country you're interested in. (For
example, for Georgia, you can go to https://commons.wikimedia
* If you are interested in some overall and country-specific statistics,
you can use https://tools.wmflabs.org/wikiloves/monuments or https://tools.
* And while you're monitoring your contest and uploaded photos, if you see
there are pictures that have missing categories or don't have all the right
categories, please add those. Adding the right categories can help with the
discovery of these images later on.
If you have any questions, please use this guide
to learn where to ask your question. If your question is urgent, please
reach out to Romaine or myself on Google Chat/Hangout or freenode IRC
Good luck! :)
Leila, on behalf of the WLM international team