We are less than 2 months away from the start of Wiki Loves Monuments
2017 and we figured we should start our (hopefully) weekly updates to
this list. The goal of these updates are to let you know what the
international team  is busy with, share with you things you should
be aware of if you are organizing Wiki Loves Monuments, provide an
opportunity for you to ask questions or provide feedback/comments, and
more. This first update will be long, because we haven't talked for a
long time. We expect the next ones to be shorter.
== Is your country participating or are you tempted? ==
You are not alone! 30 countries have signed up to participate so far.
5 are on the likely list. This is a great start. Here is what we need
* If your country is undecided, make sure you're listed in our maybe
list.  Also, tell us what we can do to help you turn Likely to
* If your country will participate, make sure it's listed in the
participating list.  This information is crucial for us and the
sooner we know it, the better.
* If your country will participate, make sure we have the contact
information of your team's point of contact. This is going to be one
of your team members who will have the most back-and-forth with the
* If you are a local organizer, we would love it if you list your team
. A few countries have already started using that space. As a
global project, the more ways we can create interfaces to be aware of,
in contact with, and visible to each other, the better. Add your name
if you are an organizer for your country, and if you like, add a photo
== Montage ==
The team behind Montage  is actively working on the next version of
the software which will bring better user workflow and some of the
most wanted features to you. If you want to propose features or
comment on the current ones the team is working on, check out the
issues on Github: https://github.com/hatnote/montage/issues
to those of you who are already working with us to improve the tool.
== Monumental ==
Many of you have heard about Monumental . It's the tool that is
going to help the discovery of the monuments and the data associated
with them for both reading/learning as well as editing. The team is
working on the next release of Monumental that is expected to go out
== Wikimania ==
Wikimania is around the corner and a good part of the international
team will be there. We would love to see you, chat with you, answer
your questions, and more. Here are at least two opportunities:
* We will be around during the hackathon days. Come hack with us if
that's your thing! :)
* We have a dedicated session for you, too:
Sign up and come see us and have some of your questions answered!
== New opportunities in the international team ==
With this email, we are officially starting two searches for positions
in the international team:
* We are looking to add one more person to the international team to
help us with the tasks associated with the jury coordination at the
international level. The responsibilities of the jury coordinator
include: putting together a jury for the international team, setting
up the jury process for the international team, coordinating the work
of the international team's jury, and more. :) If you are a good
communicator, you can deliver on time, you know when to poke who to
make sure the work gets done, know how to bring in new and old jurors
to the international jury process and are interested, please ping me
off-list. We would like to close this search in the next 2-3 weeks
though we will not rush through this step if we don't find the right
candidate in this time.
* And, we are looking for someone who can help us with communications.
By communications we mean any or all of the work associated with:
social media announcements/activity, blog posts, working with
Wikimedia Foundation's communications team for the announcement of the
results, etc. We can define the scope of the work with you if you're
interested to contribute. We are looking for a good communicator,
someone ideally with substantial experience with Wikimedia community,
reliable, and fun to work with. :) If you are interested, please ping
Questions, comments? We are here for you. :) Otherwise, please enjoy
the coming weeks and do let us know if we can help you with something.
Happy Wiki Loves Monuments 2017!
Lily, on behalf of Wiki Loves Monuments international team