Alex Wang | 18 Mar 00:33 2014
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Increasing participation in WLM

Hi All,

I recently joined the Wikimedia Foundation as Program Officer for the Project and Event Grants Program (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 issue.

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" will 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 there!

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 promote community!

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!

Thanks,

Alex

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Federico Leva (Nemo | 7 Mar 11:20 2014
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Another graph of WLM impact

In case you didn't yet, check Erik's very nice 
<http://infodisiac.com/blog/2014/03/wikimedia-editor-trends-broken-down-by-project/>.
Nothing new but

<http://infodisiac.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/UniqueActiveEditorsOnLargestNonWikipedias.png> 
is quite pretty. Huge WLM peaks in Commons, less so in 2013 (but still 
much more than in 2011).

Nemo

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Estermann Beat | 27 Feb 16:30 2014
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WLM 2013 Participants' Survey - first analyses available

Dear all,

 

I have published today a first set of analyses from the WLM 2013 participant’s survey:

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Wiki_Loves_Monuments_2013/Participants%27_Survey#Survey_Results

 

-       The first file contains frequency analyses and basic statistics for the entire sample

-       A second, rather big file (600+ pages) contains the same analyses detailed per country (for countries with at least 10 respondents)

-       The third file contains some summary statistics from the contacts data file (which is separate from the other data file)

 

Earlier this week, I have communicated the participants’ contact data to the local organizers of WLM 2013 as well as to the local chapters. Most notably, we were able to identify ca. 500 contest participants who indicated that they would be interested in helping with the organization of this year’s contest(s). Therefore, if you are planning to organize a photo contest in your country, I warmly recommend you to get the contact data from last year’s organizers or from your chapter and try to get those people on board. – In order to get an overview of the contact data that is available for your country, please have a look at the third file with the summary statistics of the contacts data file.

 

Next steps:

 

I have drafted an analysis plan that indicates how we may proceed in order to get more out of the survey: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1VuDuu0kZ8TxQljaiB2jq0iZ-9wHPYfdd2lwkS9LlFj0/edit

 

Feel free to comment it. Right now, I don’t really know who is going to do all these analyses as they are quite time-consuming and the time I can put in this is rather limited. I have talked to the WMF program evaluation team, but so far they don’t seem to be eager to analyze the data, although it seems to me that the insights that can be gained from the survey would be complementary to what they have already done: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Programs:Evaluation_portal/Library/WLM

 

Therefore, if any of you feels like doing a part of the analyses sketched out in the analysis plan, please get in touch with me so we can split up the tasks.

 

And don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions regarding the survey or the results.

 

Kind regards,

Beat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cristian Consonni | 25 Feb 23:16 2014
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Fwd: Please fill in the WLM 2013 Organiser Survey

Dear all,

we would like to hear your feedback about Wiki Loves Monuments in
2013, both for the nationals and the international contests.

Please fill in this survey:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1ImVkvA6_3MxxYGtuvsZBZY2c_KIxHfJoaBM1slcLLBU/viewform

Thanks a lot for your help and time.

Cristian
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Vacio | 22 Feb 12:54 2014
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Re: 2014 contest

Hi guys,

Here in Armenia we have at 2 people who are willing to join the international team (including myself).
We really are interested to have a WLM contest this year as well.

I think it's still not too late to form an international team. I suggest that whoever is interested to join the new international team or support it registers here on this page. Once we know who's in the team we'll make a schedule and timeline.

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Wiki_Loves_Monuments_2014/International_Team

Cheers,
Vacio

On 02/21/2014 11:41 PM, Lodewijk wrote:
Hi all,

that is indeed a good point - it is great that everyone is so enthusiastic and want to run either or even both contests, but without an international team, there will not be an international competition, or even a good infrastructure :) 

So far, I heard that Cristian willing to join an international team only - and Romaine and Ilya to support parts of the infrastructure (resp. erfgoedbot and templates). Anyone else? 

Best,
Lodewijk


2014-02-21 20:28 GMT+01:00 Teele Vaalma <teele.vaalma-Re5JQEeQqe8AvxtiuMwx3w@public.gmane.org>:
Wikimedia Estonia has budgeted for both WLM 2014 and WLE 2014 and is planning to hold both contests: WLE in April-May and WLM in September. WLE is new and exciting and we have already started preparing it. In our WLM contest we have seen less and less photos submitted each year, but we are not giving up yet and will now try to focus on these monuments which don't have any photos in Commons yet and improving the quality of submissions.

I too am very thankful to the international team of WLM who has supported the contest in previous years and I am really hoping that the international round is somehow still going to take place this year.


2014-02-20 23:04 GMT+02:00 Alhen ałħen <alhen.wiki-Re5JQEeQqe8AvxtiuMwx3w@public.gmane.org>:

The community in Bolivia has also showed interest since we just held our first version last year.

On Feb 20, 2014 4:53 PM, "Santiago Navarro Sanz" <wikimillars-PkbjNfxxIARBDgjK7y7TUQ@public.gmane.org> wrote:
Great news Romaine. And thanks a lot.

Santi

> Date: Thu, 20 Feb 2014 10:55:46 -0800
> From: romaine_wiki <at> yahoo.com
> To: wikilovesmonuments-RusutVdil2icGmH+5r0DM0B+6BGkLq7r@public.gmane.org
> Subject: Re: [Wiki Loves Monuments] 2014 contest
>
> Hello Santi,
>
> I am willing to provide the on-wiki technical support for WLM in September (concerning upload wizard and central notice).
>
> Romaine
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>
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> On Sat, 1/11/14, Santiago Navarro Sanz <wikimillars <at> hotmail.com> wrote:
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> Subject: Re: [Wiki Loves Monuments] 2014 contest
> To: "Wiki Loves Monuments" <wikilovesmonuments-RusutVdil2icGmH+5r0DM0B+6BGkLq7r@public.gmane.org>
> Date: Saturday, January 11, 2014, 7:43 PM
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>
> I have the same question. I think that
> are still enough countries interested in a new edition.
> Wikimedia Spain will be one of them. Is there anyone
> interested?
>
> regards
>
> Santi Navarro
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> From:
> emijrp-Re5JQEeQqe8@public.gmane.orgm
> Date: Sat, 11 Jan 2014 20:13:36 +0100
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> Subject: [Wiki Loves Monuments] 2014 contest
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> Hi all;
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> Will we see in 2014 a new edition of WLM? I don't
> see any coordination messages or pages in Commons.
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> Regards
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Itzik Edri | 8 Feb 22:35 2014
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WLM on Israeli TV (in English!)

From Channel i24news.. so it was on youtube all this time and we didn't noticed :) so you welcome to watch it


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Bachounda Mohammed | 6 Feb 15:28 2014
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Algeria (bachounda)

such last year algeria, are going to organizing for the second year; the most great contest on the world the WIKI LOVES MONUMENTS ; we are honored  to be present with you; we hope that will be better than last year

comme l'année dernière Algérie, vont organiser pour la deuxième année, le plus grand concours sur le monde du WIKI AIME MONUMENTS, nous sommes honorés d'être présent avec vous, nous espérons que ce sera mieux que l'année dernière


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Mircla Nava | 5 Feb 13:53 2014

Aruba

Hi,

 

Aruba is interested in participating for the second year with wiki loves monuments.

Last year it was organized by Stichting Monumentenfonds Aruba (Monuments Fund of Aruba)

And we would like to organize it again.

Kind Regards,

 

Mircla Nava

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Federico Leva (Nemo | 1 Feb 10:43 2014
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Add your pages to Meta's WLM category

Traditionally, coordination/information pages about WLM have been on 
Commons and chapter wikis, Meta only has an interwiki redirect.
	However on Meta a lot of information has accumulated in (parts of) 
various pages and is not very easy to find, so I've created a category: 
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Wiki_Loves_Monuments>. Pages 
relevant to a country only (usually chapter or grant reports) belong to 
the subcategory, with a sortkey like |FR-2011.
	Please add "your" pages too, or help sort the many pages mentioning WLM 
(I only did the first 80 or so): 
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=Special:Search&limit=500&offset=0&redirs=1&profile=default&search=%22Wiki+Loves+Monuments%22>.

Nemo

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Estermann Beat | 30 Jan 10:29 2014
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FW: [WikiLovesPublicArt] Wiki Loves Public Art 2014 postponed

fyi

 

From: wikilovespublicart-bounces <at> lists.wikimedia.org [mailto:wikilovespublicart-bounces-RusutVdil2icGmH+5r0DM0B+6BGkLq7r@public.gmane.org] On Behalf Of John Andersson
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Subject: [WikiLovesPublicArt] Wiki Loves Public Art 2014 postponed

 

Dear everybody,

 

During the last weeks there have been ongoing discussions within our chapter about Wiki Loves Public Art and our chapter's active involvement. We have been extremely happy and proud over what was achieved last year but still we have had to reconsider. Yesterday the team working on the international contest sadly took the decision that we will postpone the contest and review the possibility again next year. We have reached this conclusion as as there are a number of issues that have to be solved for the contest to make sense, and each of them are a potential show stopper:

 

  1. The once again ongoing discussions on Wikimedia Commons about PD images and URAA[1] and also images under Freedom of Panorama in the source country but not in the US[2] – we feel that it would be irresponsible to use movement resources in this way if the images might end up being deleted. If the Community isn’t convinced all photos might end up being deleted even if it is not necessary. We believe that these discussions need to be closer to a solution before we run this contest again;

  2. We lack strong international partners/sponsors this year which means that the value of these efforts decreases and the cost would increase. Europeana the other day informed us about their new focus areas for the year – where WLPA is not prioritized;

  3. The technical issues with Maarten Damers’ tools. As you might know Maarten recently informed the WLM team that he will not work on moving the tools to Labs, and therefor they might all stop working shortly when the Toolserver is killed. The Ukrainian Wiki Loves Earth team has said that they can take over the work with them, but this is still not solved as far as we know – and they might not have time to help with WLPA either. In our team we sadly don’t have the capacity to do this work.

 

Additionally, there are a few new legal developments in Sweden that we are currently dealing with. The chapter is currently involved in legal actions regarding publications of photos of works of art from Sweden, as there are some legal ambiguities in Swedish legislation. This severely limits what we could have done in Sweden during the contest, as we do not want to risk contest participants being dragged into the process. Thus meaning that there will be no national contest in Sweden.

 

Obviously you can still do a national contest if you so please, but as it seem now, Wikimedia Sverige will not take on the international coordination this year. I am really sorry for this as we all have spent time working on this and we have had great fun working with you all. We sincerely hope that we will be able to pick up the contest again in the future!

 

Any data already collected could still be used to generate lists on Wikipedia and we could help with that if needed. If you do plan to carry on, obviously we are still available for questions and consultation if needed.

 

On Commons and other places there have been many discussions on what we could do with photo contests in the future. This might be worth thinking a bit more about.[3]

 

Please let us know your thoughts.

 

Best,

 

John Andersson, on behalf of the international team

 

[1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikilegal/Use_of_Foreign_Works_Restored_under_the_URAA_on_Commons

[2] https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Requests_for_comment/Non-US_Freedom_of_Panorama_under_US_copyright_law

[3] https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Wiki_Loves_Monuments_2013/Future

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Lodewijk | 26 Jan 23:21 2014

Missing: prize winners. Please help (arab & chinese speakers)

Hi all,

in the past months I have attempted to contact all prize winners. I have still not been able to reach a few people - if you know them, or are able to contact them, please ask them to check their mailbox for my message, and also to check their spam folder. Please introduce me to them (and help with translations if they don't speak English). It would be a big waste if we can't give them the prize they deserved. 

I have been unable to contact the following people: 

* User:Martin_Kraft , active dewiki user. I have posted a notice on his talkpage too, hopefully that does the trick. Winner of the 5th place. 
* User:Jeff_chenqinyi , submtited a number of pictures to Wiki Loves Monuments, but didn't find any other activity. Winner of the 12th place.
* User:Anas Al Rifai , submitted five pictures to WLM. Did not activate email. Winner of the 16th place.
* User:JoTB , submitted tens of pictures to WLM, but no other activity found. Did not activate email. Winner of 1st place for the Special Award for Arab speaking countries.

Please help me get in touch with them soon! When they don't contact us soon (within a week from this email) the international team reserves the right to declare their prizes void, and either move them to the next winner, or to not expand them at all. 

I hope with your help, we can track these people down. 

Kind regards,

Lodewijk Gelauff


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