Leo Zimmermann | 18 Jul 19:44 2014

Wikipedia Summer of Monuments: U.S.A. photo contest and upload drive

Dear Wiki Loves Monuments worldwide community,

We here in the United States have expanded the photo contest this year into a three-month "Summer of Monuments". Our special goal is outreach in the Southern U.S. states which currently have fewer historic places represented on Wikimedia Commons. There are some prizes for the best photographs, and for the institution that contributes the best collection.

Individual photographers from around the country are excited about Summer of Monuments and have already contributed several hundred photos. You can see many of them on Commons.

So far we've met with enthusiastic responses from libraries, archives, historical societies, and historical preservation groups in the South. We are waiting to see what kind of collections can actually be uploaded, and hoping that this project serves as a springboard for larger institutional donations.

We have a page on Wikimedia Commons which can also be accessed from SummerOfMonuments.org. Please let me know your thoughts, comments, concerns, questions, suggestions, or exclamations about the project.

All the best,

Leo Zimmermann
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Bachounda Mohammed | 16 Jul 01:35 2014
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WLM in UAE (Saqib Qayyum)

we are happy to help you
Wiki Loves Monuments 2014 algeria
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Saqib Qayyum | 14 Jul 19:36 2014
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WLM in UAE

Hi all, 

As some of you may have noticed that recently UAE entry was added on Commons WLM 2014 page . It was me who intending to do WLM in UAE. I was also in discussion with organiser of WLM Qatar over a collaboration . But after discussion with some Commons administrators, I've been told that there's no FOP in the UAE so I contacted Culture department of Dubai and they confirmed that many protected heritage sites of UAE do not permit taking photos at all.. The concerned person in Culture department have asked for meeting and said maybe they can release us a letter and lists of sites after which our WLM UAE participants  can be able to photograph some of important sites in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. and Culture dept also showed some good interest in WLM.. 

I'm in Pakistan right now but  will be in UAE next month for renewal of my residence visa. Hopefully will be able to get lists and everything else and then we can decided whether we want to do WLM in UAE or not..

If anyone else in interested to help me with WLM UAE. Can contact me so we keep in touch.

Until then WLM UAE is not confirmed..

Best
Saqib
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Benoit Rochon | 12 Jul 14:13 2014
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Map of Wiki Loves Monuments

Hello, 

I'm wondering how quick the WLM-Map is refreshing?
Also, where does the map harvest its data?

Btw, Canada is jumping in!

Best regards.

Benoit Rochon
Chargé de projet — Wikimédia Canada, chapitre national soutenant Wikipédia
Coordonnateur — WikiFranca, association des chapitres francophones de Wikimédia
3450, rue Saint-Denis, suite 180, Montréal (Québec)  H2X 3L3
1-800-249-1216
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Romaine Wiki | 11 Jul 08:33 2014
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Wiki Loves Monuments in Belgium and Luxembourg

Hello all,

We in Belgium have decided to organize Wiki Loves Monuments this year.
We are now working on the preparations with a working group.

Romaine
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Richard Nevell | 9 Jul 16:45 2014
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Semi-automated script for adding pictures to lists

Hi everyone,

User:Dudemanfellabra has written a semi-automated script to help with adding pictures to the lists on Wikipedia. It works by matching the monument ID on the picture to the one in the lists and checking if there are any gaps.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Dudemanfellabra/AddCommonsCatLinks.js

It allows you to view the picture before adding it. At the moment, the script is only on en.wikipedia.org but could in theory be adapted for other language Wikipedias.

As far as I can tell it works for
  • Antarctica
  • Aruba
  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • China
  • Ghana
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Isreal
  • Japan
  • Kenya
  • Nepal
  • Pakistan
  • Philippines
  • South Africa
  • Switzerland
  • UK
  • US

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Alex Wang | 7 Jul 18:44 2014
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Re: [WLM-UK] Building photography Learning Patterns

Hi Michael,

Thanks so much for adding these really useful learning patterns.

I've added them to the Project and Event grants page for photo event resources: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:PEG/Program_Resources/Photo_Events#Learning_Patterns

Cheers,

Alex


On Sat, Jul 5, 2014 at 1:07 PM, Eoin <eoin.houston-Re5JQEeQqe8AvxtiuMwx3w@public.gmane.org> wrote:
Hi Folks,

Sorry to miss meeting but I was volunteering on an island in the Highlands. Interesting work: I tried editing Learning Guide but struggled on mobile connection.

Michael, could you add 'Strive to get a contrasting background to accentuate your building'.


regards

Eoin





On Friday, 4 July 2014, Michael Maggs <Michael-vnJO+IzHYgBBDLzU/O5InQ@public.gmane.org> wrote:
> Hi all
> If anyone setting up a Wiki Loves Monuments competition wants some photography resources to link to, I’ve just added a couple of new Learning Patterns on Meta that may be especially useful for beginners:
> Photographing your local buildings
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Learning_patterns/Photographing_your_local_buildings
>
> Improving your building photography
>
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Learning_patterns/Improving_your_building_photography
> All the best
> Michael
>
>
>
>

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Michael Maggs | 4 Jul 13:26 2014

Building photography Learning Patterns

Hi all

If anyone setting up a Wiki Loves Monuments competition wants some photography resources to link to, I’ve just added a couple of new Learning Patterns on Meta that may be especially useful for beginners:

Photographing your local buildings


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Saqib Qayyum | 4 Jul 09:55 2014
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WMF blog post

Hi,

This is Saqib from Pakistan. WMF has wrote a blog post about us.


best,

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KaewWiki | 30 Jun 14:44 2014
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international team

Hi All,

I understand that Lodewijk has his expectation for the international
team.  People from the previous years have set the standard to be very
high.

Having said that we need to focus on the present.  Many countries are
organizing WLM.  What value can we add to their competition if we have
an international team?  What will be the cost associated with the
activities?

My opinion is that the minimal core tasks are:

1. Find an acceptable judging methods (including juries) to rank the
first 10 photos out of [number of countries] x 10. Make sure that
participating countries abide by the judging rules.

2. Procure and distribute awards.

3. (Not compulsory) Do some PR for WLM at the international level.
Collect statistics.  Help countries that may have technical/financial
difficulty.

I believe that it is doable by the countries participate in WLM 2014.
You may ask for volunteers, you may ask for one representative from
each country or you organize an election if too many people want to
involve.  But this has to be done now and conclude quickly...

What do you guys think?

Taweetham

On 30 June 2014 12:57, Lodewijk <lodewijk <at> effeietsanders.org> wrote:
> Hi Taweetham,
>
> There were indeed a few people that volunteered. However, after that nobody
> stood up and took responsibility to make things happen. Also, please note
> that in the past year the international team had 6 people and the feeling
> was there was too much work already.
>
> The tasks for an international team, to make an international competition
> possible, are quite wide. You will find an overview on
> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Wiki_Loves_Monuments_2013/Timeline
> (the lower part). Please note that this timeline starts in January/February.
> It is June now.
>
> I'm glad to hear that you feel that Romaine is doing a good job, but please
> note that what he's doing is normally not considered technical support. When
> we mention technical, it is usually referring to making sure the tools are
> up and running (the map tools, evaluation tools, websites, monuments
> database etc). Romaine is mostly making sure everybody has access to the
> upload forms and centralnotice - which is of critical importance too.
>
> If you set up an international competition, in my humble opinion you will
> have to make sure the quality is good. People have a set of expectations
> with an international competition, and while WLM has always been a bit
> messy, that should definitely include proper international prizes, a good
> and balanced jury, a proper jury report, some international coordination, a
> proper website and documentation. If you are confident you can manage that,
> please be my guest. But my request is to do it well, if you do it. Wiki
> Loves Monuments has a good name to uphold and if we want to use it again in
> the future as a major competition, a very messy last minute competition in
> the year before would not help.
>
> I'm sorry we didn't have this discussion half a year ago when the question
> was first raised - then there would have been plenty of time for a proper
> knowledge transfer and organization. Right now, I personally don't feel too
> confident about that.
>
> But like I said: if countries want to set up national competitions, great!
> As long as the technical infrastructure is there, that should be OK. If the
> infrastructure is actually there, I don't know to be honest :)
>
> I hope this elaborates a bit where my assumptions come from.
>
> Best,
> Lodewijk
>
>
> 2014-06-30 2:15 GMT+02:00 <KaewWiki <at> gmail.com>:
>
>> What kind of prize do we want?  My understanding is that prizes come
>> from other sponsors too.
>>
>> Monetary value of the prizes are not very high. I believe that we can
>> raise the fund for it.
>>
>> On 30 June 2014 07:09, Saqib Qayyum <saqib.qayyum <at> hotmail.com> wrote:
>> > The sad thing is that one major thing that won't be available this year
>> > is
>> > international prizes. Even if we get international team, I doubt they
>> > will
>> > apply for a grant from WMF and ask for prizes for international winners.
>> >
>> > In this case, I don't think we really need an international team..
>> > Romaine
>> > is doing good. He's providing good technical support.
>> >
>> > Saqib
>> >
>> >
>> >> From: KaewWiki <at> gmail.com
>> >> Date: Mon, 30 Jun 2014 06:47:36 +0700
>> >> To: wikilovesmonuments <at> lists.wikimedia.org
>> >> Subject: Re: [Wiki Loves Monuments] international website
>> >
>> >>
>> >> Hi All,
>> >>
>> >> My understanding is different. There are at least three people
>> >> volunteer to be on the international team. They have indicated their
>> >> intention on this mailing list:
>> >>
>> >> From: Bachounda Mohammed <bachounda <at> gmail.com>
>> >> To: wikilovesmonuments <at> lists.wikimedia.org
>> >> Subject: [Wiki Loves Monuments] 2014 international? (Bachounda
>> >> mophammed)
>> >> Date: Sun, 27 Apr 2014 21:55:48 +0100
>> >>
>> >> Subject: Re: [Wiki Loves Monuments] 2014 international?
>> >> From: KaewWiki <at> gmail.com
>> >> To: Wiki Loves Monuments Photograph Competition
>> >> <wikilovesmonuments <at> lists.wikimedia.org>
>> >> Date: Sun, 27 Apr 2014 21:58:25 +0700
>> >>
>> >> From: Vacio <vacio <at> riseup.net>
>> >> Subject: Re: [Wiki Loves Monuments] 2014 international?
>> >> To: wikilovesmonuments <at> lists.wikimedia.org
>> >> Date: Sun, 27 Apr 2014 08:20:07 -0400
>> >>
>> >> If we really need to have more volunteers for the international team,
>> >> I believe that we can do so. But the question is probably beyond
>> >> that:
>> >>
>> >> What do you expect to get from an international team?
>> >> Technical support?
>> >> Value-added to the competition?
>> >>
>> >> Best,
>> >> Taweethaă‚‚
>> >>
>> >>
>> >> On 30 June 2014 05:16, Lodewijk <lodewijk <at> effeietsanders.org> wrote:
>> >> > Hi all,
>> >> >
>> >> > I was approached about the international website, after Saqib's email
>> >> > about
>> >> > this.
>> >> >
>> >> > I see it this way: To the best of my knowledge, there is /no/
>> >> > international
>> >> > wiki loves monuments competition in 2014 - not enough people
>> >> > volunteered
>> >> > for
>> >> > an international team. At the same time, there are some /national/
>> >> > competitions that will be organized, but without a real international
>> >> > layer.
>> >> >
>> >> > This is no problem, as we discussed before the possibility to have
>> >> > Wiki
>> >> > Loves Monuments international in odd years (2013, 2015 etc) and Wiki
>> >> > Loves
>> >> > Earth international in even years (2014, 2016 etc).
>> >> >
>> >> > This has the implication that I will alter the website sometime soon
>> >> > to
>> >> > reflect this intention. I will remove the links to the national
>> >> > competitions
>> >> > from the sidebar to avoid outdated information. I will link to the
>> >> > commons
>> >> > page for more information about national competitions that may or may
>> >> > not
>> >> > happen in 2014.
>> >> >
>> >> > If my assumptions here are off the chart, then please speak up. If I
>> >> > totally
>> >> > missed an announcement, please let me know.
>> >> >
>> >> > Hope that helps and clarifies,
>> >> >
>> >> > Lodewijk
>> >> >
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Lodewijk | 30 Jun 00:16 2014

international website

Hi all,

I was approached about the international website, after Saqib's email about this. 

I see it this way: To the best of my knowledge, there is /no/ international wiki loves monuments competition in 2014 - not enough people volunteered for an international team. At the same time, there are some /national/ competitions that will be organized, but without a real international layer. 

This is no problem, as we discussed before the possibility to have Wiki Loves Monuments international in odd years (2013, 2015 etc) and Wiki Loves Earth international in even years (2014, 2016 etc). 

This has the implication that I will alter the website sometime soon to reflect this intention. I will remove the links to the national competitions from the sidebar to avoid outdated information. I will link to the commons page for more information about national competitions that may or may not happen in 2014. 

If my assumptions here are off the chart, then please speak up. If I totally missed an announcement, please let me know. 

Hope that helps and clarifies,

Lodewijk
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