thanks a lot for the update! I'd be happy to share some thoughts in Berlin,
but as indicated before - if it would be helpful to have me or Maarten
attend a workshop/meeting in Portugal, just let us know. Wikimedia Nederland
has some available budget to cover for those travel costs. If you have
specific questions already, don't hesitate to ask them! (ideally in a
I think Maarten was planning on starting a seperate thread on the database
side of things, so I'll leave the comments there to him. Adding information
to commons is of course always a good idea!
2011/3/5 Nuno Tavares <nuno.tavares(a)wikimedia.pt>
It's funny I get this message today, as I subscribed yesterday. I was
looking to exchange some thoughts here with you all, but also
personally, in Berlin, with WM.NL and the adhering chapters. We would
appreciate some guidance in getting volunteers involved. We also have no
idea of the required budget for this.
As for the status of Portugal, we are already moving on to partnerships
and sponsorship. We had the lists from Wikipedia incorporated into an
internal database, and we have already a website for surfing through
this information. This information is a bit outdated (it was "crawled"
from the former official institution in 2006 - IPPAR - and sent to
WP.PT), and we are trying to get and updated version, and also to fill
in the geo coordinates - this might imply merging 2 different systems
together or, in the worst case, manual intervention.
This weekend I had planned to cross information with Commons, just to
give an idea of how many images there are already, and also to have a
better overview of this initiave outcomes. I think it would also be
possible having a weight-criteria for determining winners - like give
some extra points to images for objects that had none, etc.. what do you
I can remember there is an issue regarding wikilovesmonuments.tld: we
decided to postpone it for a later stage. For now we have a running
website within our own domain.
By the way, if any chapter needs help building the database, I might be
of some assistance. Our was effectively built from the wikipedia
structured lists (which was the first stage of the process).
Imagine um mundo onde é dada a qualquer pessoa a possibilidade de ter livre
acesso ao somatório de todo o conhecimento humano. É isso o que estamos a
Participe também: http://www.wikimedia.pt
Sáb, 2011-03-05 às 16:20 +0100, Lodewijk escreveu:
The proposal for Wiki Loves Monuments Europe is around for a while
now, and we're getting somewhere! On  you can find that there are
currently 10 (!) countries interested in participating. This report is
to help you get an idea of what is going on, where we are and where we
are going. Any additional information about your countries situation
would be extremely helpful.
The following countries have indicated that they want to participate
in this project:
Estonia - Finland - France - Germany - Netherlands - Poland - Portugal
- Spain - Sweden - Switzerland
Additionally, there are a few countries interested and people are
working on letting them participate, including:
Andorra - Austria - Belgium - Denmark - Liechtenstein - Luxembourg -
Ukraine - United Kingdom
Currently most chapters are working on laying contacts and getting a
structure off the ground. I have already participated a brainstorm
session in Cologne, and will give a lecture/workshop on WLM in
Wroclaw, Poland and Maarten will give a workshop in Berlin, both later
this month. Do you need some help in getting your thoughts together?
Would you like us to participate in a brainstorm session/workshop?
Please let us know very soon, and we can probably organize something.
In May we intend to organize a meeting in Berlin for representatives
from all organizations participating in this European contest. We are
still looking for funding to be able to fly in people that cannot
afford it themselves (please poke me if your chapter can help with
that), and Wikimedia Deutschland has generously offered to host us in
They will organize there a developers meeting, and that would be an
excellent synergy for us since we could perhaps persuade some people
there to write tools useful for WLM! I would like some input from you
on this meeting, but more information about that in a seperate email.
Short summaries as I am aware (happy to be corrected and see
additional information) about the participating countries:
* Estonia - Decided recently to participate. Need some thinking about
the Freedom of Panorama, but 5 volunteers are enthusiast. Status of
lists and contacts unknown.
* Finland - Have the data available for the 2000-3000 monuments, no
* France - started off as one of the first countries with some 43000
monuments. There is a structure for the lists, all lists are not there
yet. Chapter is supportive (?)
* Germany - Problematic with their 700.000 monuments and no central
authority registering them. Volunteers are working to get the data bit
by bit, and might take quite some effort. Project set up, seems to be
moving. Chapter is organizing workshops to get volunteers involved.
* Netherlands - structure and lists is already there from last year.
Many monuments have already photos, work for NL starts later this
* Poland - Chapter is enthusiast, need to get more volunteers. Some
60000 monuments, and there is some list structure. Unclear how much
work to be done.
* Portugal - the 4000-5000 monuments are already structured in lists
on the wiki.
* Spain - volunteers from both Wikimedia España and Associació Amical
Viquipèdia are involved in organizing the list structures in several
language Wikipedia's about Spain and Andorra. (13000 monuments)
* Sweden - situation unclear.
* Switzerland - 8300 monuments, available in structured lists.
I realize this probably contains errors, so please correct me!
Unfortunately Italy will not participate because of issues with
Italian copyright law regarding cultural heritage :(
Looking forward to keep working on this and your replies (short
reports on how things are going in your country and what problems you
face would be welcome!)
Lodewijk and Maarten
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