Here is some information about the announcement of the results.
The announcement will be done on December 14. The exact time of it is
to be determined in the next hours, but it's most likely going to be
in early afternoon UTC.
Our Twitter and Instagram accounts will start a countdown some time
early morning in UTC (this can be middle of the night in Europe). As
soon as the first one goes out, we will notify you here. Follow us in
social media if that's your thing:
We are working with partners to make sure that the impact of the blog
post and social media coverage gets amplified through their help.
Please make sure you engage your local partners, no matter what we do
in the international team, we can't have the impact that 50+ local
organizers can have through their connections. :)
There will be a blog post on wikilovesmonuments.org and
blog.wikimedia.org. This will go live as soon as the winner is
announced in Twitter and Instagram.
There is a tentative plan to have a banner on Wikimedia projects,
similar to the one we had last year, that would indicate the results
are announced and would send the users to one of the blog posts.
It's fair to say that we're all quite excited and we all wish we had 1
more month ahead of us. ;) Things are very tight on our end but we are
doing all we can (with the help of partners, WMF, etc.) to prepare for
a good announcement day.
Comments and questions are welcome, though I will be a bit slow to
respond (but others may jump in).
We owe you a proper email with some more info, but until then:
Lodewijk, Mohammad, and I are in Wikimedia Foundation's office and we
will be presenting Wiki Loves Monuments from the perspective of the
international team in today's Monthly Metrics . It was suggested
that we focus on the "why" of Wiki Loves Monuments, so we're going to
mostly focus on that message. :)
You can watch the streaming at:
You can engage with us and the rest of the attendees (virtual or
in-person) at: IRC channel #wikimedia-office on freenode.
Here in the international team we've been quite busy in the past month with
the international jury process, getting all the stats for the 2017 contest,
and also the preparation for the announcement of the international results
and all the work that needs to be done before and after the announcement.
Here is an update and what to expect in the coming couple of weeks.
==Announcing the international results==
Things are moving according to plans at the international jury level. We
expect the jury to finish their work in the next couple of days and we will
spend the rest of our time between then and the announcement to do final
checks and balances on the photos, prepare the jury report, ... We are
aiming to announce the international results in the week of December 11,
and most probably towards the end of that week. We will let you know once
the date is finalized.
Announcing the international results means that we should work a bit harder
to see if we can get some media attention to Wiki Loves Monuments, this is
especially a nice opportunity to bring attention to the work of the local
organizers and the photographers involved. We will be finalizing our media
and social media plans in the coming week. This means preparing blog
post(s) and also working with WMF to see if they can help us with pitching
the blog post for more media coverage. Local organizers may hear from us,
too, as has been the tradition. :)
==Social media activity==
Our Twitter account will be active as usual during the announcement time.
We have not finalized the plan for announcing the results on Twitter, but
we may try to do the count down there, similar to the past couple of years.
On the social media front, we also were convinced by User:M.hekmat, cc-ed,
that we really need an Instagram account. ;) So here we are:
https://www.instagram.com/wikilovesmonuments/ Mohammad is in fact in charge
of our Instagram activities. The plan is to build the account and create a
strong follower base for the account in the coming months and have the
account ready for more major activities in 2018. M.hekmat will share some
of his plans for the account with all of you once the excitement of the
next few weeks is behind us. In the mean time, if you have an Instagram
account and you're up for following the international account, please do
Questions and comments are welcome.
I wanted to let you know that on behalf on the WLM international team, I
submitted to the community wishlist  the project: “An organizer
dashboard for multimedia contribution drives”.
This idea started at the team offsite meeting of last year. I hope you find
it interesting too. :) Feel free to comment, whether to support it or to
raise potential problems with the idea as currently framed.
There was something I would like to clarify to you, local organizers. In
this project proposal, I outline issues that we identified as being common
in WLM (and similar competitions) − but that does not mean they happen all
the time, everywhere :)
So for example, when I write that « monitoring the large volumes of
contributions may often fall back on the shoulders of Wikimedia Commons
editors » − I know for a fact that many many local organizer teams do an
amazing job checking every single upload − but I mean that there is nothing
that makes it really easy for them to do it.
Same, when I write that « it may take months before participants hear back
from the organizers » − I know that some organisers make a point to follow
up with every uploader − but that then again, there is no easy way of doing
The dashboard idea is to provide an easy, obvious and scalable way of
performing actions that many local organizer teams have solved at the local