Alex Wang | 31 Jul 23:26 2015

WMF Grants for Wiki Loves Monuments

Hi All!

If you need financial support for your local Wiki Loves Monuments contest for prizes, events, etc., you can apply for a Project & Event Grant

Please see our Program Resources for Photo Events for suggested goals, metrics, and sample proposals and reports.  

Grant proposals for Wiki Loves Monuments support should be submitted as soon as possible, but no later than August 17th. This year, we hope to avoid the large numbers of grant requests received after the contest start date. 

Please email me with any questions. 



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Magnus Manske | 27 Jul 11:26 2015


Hi all,

I just subscribed to this list, after it was mentioned to me. I'd like to give a brief overview of what I can offer in terms of WLM and Wikidata. I skimmed the July mailing list archive about Wikidata, but please forgive me if I repeat something already said.

Last year, I wrote the official WLM tool for the UK. As part of that exercise, I also created Wikidata items for all grade I and II* monuments in the UK on Wikidata.

As a "side effect", I also created a tool to browse any monument with an ID number on Wikidata:

I do not consider this "production grade" at the moment, but it could be seen as a prototype. And while it currently requires a country-specific property (or multiple), it could be extended to also use anything with P1435 ("heritage status") within a country. That would abolish the need for unique, stable IDs, though it will make management of these objects a little harder of Wikidata.

As for syncing with Wikipedia(s), I can offer a list-generating and -updating bot already in in production on English Wikipedia and Wikidata, as described here:

This could be used as an automated to-do-list (e.g. a list of all monuments in Lower Saxony without an image on Wikidata), or a total overview of these items (with image where available). This will require an image to be set in the Wikidata item, and it will only show one image, so it might not be suited as a show-the-latest-image-of-X, and it will not search Commons on its own.

For synchronizing a list of monuments with Wikidata, I can offer my trusty mix'n'match tool:

I can upload any list that consists of names and IDs (which can be fake), optionally a brief description and a URL (pointing to an external catalog). The tool offers various ways to match entries to existing Wikidata items, or declare entries as "not on Wikidata yet", so they can be batch-created.

To find existing images for monuments, I can offer WD-FIST:

For a set of items, it can scan Wikipedia (and other projects) for images, and present them for one-click addition to Wikidata. It can even do Commons free text search, though there tend to be quite a few false positives. At the very least, this could be a "from home" activity for WLM enthusiasts.

A missing piece in this "ecosystem" appears to be a Commons-scanning bot that looks at recent WLM uploads, and recognizes IDs of monuments, or maybe just names, and generates a list of suggested matches between Commons and Wikidata (and, optionally, Wikipedia). Such a bot could surely be arranged, given detailed enough specifications.

While I can not promise to devote as much time as last year on this, I'll help where I can. One point I would like to emphasize is that, whatever we come up with, I would like it to be generic enough to work for all, or at least most, sets of monuments, or even beyond that; every set of items with coordinates and/or "in admin unit" property should work out-of-the-box, and some parts (e.g. WD-FIST, Listeria) already work fine for biographies, taxons, etc.

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Nicolas VIGNERON | 26 Jul 19:28 2015

A clear example

Mio italiano non è molto bene...but I think it's an authorization about

I see absolutely no problem for this church to be in Wikidata; in fact, it is already : with multiple properties (and many more esay to add).
The P1435 could be a bit tricky but nothing impossible.

I don't see any problem.

Cdlt, ~nicolas
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Jane Darnell | 26 Jul 08:42 2015

Moving monuments database to Wikidata

Hi all,
I guess everyoe knows by now that the erfgoedbot will no longer work. Meanwhile, we should be migrating the entire infrastructure to Wikidata to enable the next generation of tooling. So for example, if your country has legislation regarding the protection of industrial monuments, then I expect that all large industrial complexes (such as the first airport, or the first steam-powered mill complex, or something like that) should reflect this infrastructure. So such wikipedia articles should be labelled " instance of"  <the name of your identifier used in WLM>. This identifier of the form " German industrial heritage site", aka "Industriedenkmal"  should be a subclass of Industrial Heritage Site, because it is not equivalent to industrial heritage sites anywhere else in the world. I see that this is not reflected yet in Q1569871

I didn't see this discussion anywhere and I tried to get this infrastructure started before the birth of Wikidata, but we really should finish the job now.
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Mohammed Bachounda | 2 Jul 20:39 2015

1. Re: Meeting in Mexico City (Edward Galvez)

best appointment to meet and discuss

I intend to come to mexico hoping to meet you all
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Leader Wikimedia Algérie UG

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Ilario Valdelli | 1 Jul 15:23 2015

Meeting in Mexico City

Dear all,
is there a plan to meet somewhere in Mexico City?

WLM should start in September and the time seems to me really short.

There are several technical problems but the best is to check how many problems there are and if they can be solved.


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Jane Darnell | 30 Jun 08:39 2015

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Does this article exist in your language?

Ole that is wonderful - it's short but enough I think.

On Mon, Jun 29, 2015 at 1:07 PM, Ole Palnatoke Andersen <> wrote:
And now Danish. Somewhat abridged from the Swedish version.

On Mon, Jun 29, 2015 at 10:25 AM, Nicu Buculei <> wrote:
> On Mon, Jun 29, 2015 at 4:25 AM, Romaine Wiki <> wrote:
>> Hello all,
>> Great news! In the mean while on 3 different Wikipedias an article has been
>> written about Freedom of Panorama: Croatian, Lithuanian and Esperanto.
> There is also
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Maarten Dammers | 28 Jun 12:40 2015

Pulled the plug on ErfgoedBot


I've been running ErfgoedBot [1] since the start of Wiki Loves 
Monuments. ErfgoedBot still runs on old pywikibot compat code that will 
break soon [2]. I could invest time in updating the bot and I have been 
considering doing that for quite some time, but I realized I just don't 
have the motivation for it. Commons has become a toxic place dominated 
by a small group of very vocal users. These users don't seem to accept 
that Russavia is banned and to try to turn everything into "Commons 
community" vs "WMF" battle. I don't identify with that and I don't feel 
like investing time in a project where this behaviour is acceptable.



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Romaine Wiki | 27 Jun 11:38 2015

Does this article exist in your language?

Hi all,

Does your language Wikipedia have an article about Freedom of Panorama?

This public right is often not as such recognised, also often unknown or considered naturally, but enables mankind in many countries to freely publicize pictures of modern buildings and public art.

I think it would be good if Wikipedia has an article in many many languages about this public right, so that the public can be informed about this subject.

Does your language Wikipedia cover this topic?

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David Narvaez | 14 Jun 03:50 2015

Individual Engagement Grant for Updating the WLM Jury Tool

Hi all,

(CCing some jury tool users outside of the WLM realm)

I am drafting an IEG to get funding to work on the jury tool in the
next couple of months:

I would appreciate if past/present/future users of the tool could
review the grant and give some feedback and/or endorse it.


David E. Narvaez

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Francesca Lissoni | 27 May 12:02 2015

Information on selection methods

Hello everyone,
I'm new in this mailing list. I'm Francesca, staff member of Wikimedia 
Italy since 2013, I probably met some of you in Berlin at the Wikimedia 

I worked on the past two editions of Wiki Loves Monuments Italy together 
with the project manager Emma Tracanella and WMIT staff.
The organization of WLM Italy 2015 has now started and we are facing a 
small challenge that I would like to share with you here, hoping someone 
can help us.

We are trying to figure out which is the best process to make a first 
selection of pictures uploaded for the contest and if there's a tool 
available to support this work. We are wondering what are the methods 
used by other organizations.
In order not to overload our volunteers, we would like to speed up and 
ease the process so that everyone won't have to go through all the 
images. We were thinking of a tool with "yes/no/not sure" bottons or a 
system that allows people to vote. The point would be to leave out the 
pictures with a certain level of "no" or otherwhise to promote only 
those having a certain number of "yes".

Suggestions or advice coming from your experience would be very welcome. :)

Thank you very much,

Francesca Lissoni						
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