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Wiki Loves Monuments international team/2015 coordination
Wiki Loves Monuments 2015: coordination at international level to help national groups to organize their local contests
targetCommons and Wikipedias in several languages
strategic priority(major) Increasing quality, increasing participation, increasing content, helping and supporting local communities
start date01 October
start year2015
end date03 January 31 January
end year2016
budget (USD)9,000 USD
grant typeGroup
non-profit statusNo
contact(s)User:Ilario• Romaine
organization• Wiki Loves Monuments international team


Project goal
Supporting local teams in their local efforts to run the Wiki Loves Monuments competition and holding an international competition between all participant countries.
In addition the international team will help local communities in several technical aspects, mainly before the start, and will invite several local communities to host this contest at the national level.

More specifically:

  • Providing local organizers with the support that they need to organize the national Wiki Loves Monuments competitions in their countries, including the technical infrastructure (templates, upload campaigns, etc.) for uploading images;
  • Providing an international layer for Wiki Loves Monuments 2015, including organizing the international photo competition and an international contest;
  • Providing and/or helping with the provision of a central infrastructure that can support and coordinate the national competitions;
  • Providing a central help-desk to help the local teams to solve their technical issues;
  • Creating and maintaining helpful documentation for multiple target groups, including national organizers and participants;
  • Selecting the international jury and supporting the jury to select the international winners.

It's important to stress that the international team doesn't develop tools but its important task is to coordinate the recover of old tools and the communication to other communities. Also in this case the role is mainly of communication and coordination.



General Coordination
  • Update the international rules
  • Update the documentation of best practices
  • Prepare communication material such as press releases that can be used and/or built upon by national organizations
  • Monitor statistics
  • Set up clear timeline
Project Management
  • Report on the use of budget at the end of the program
  • Maintain communication with relevant staff at Wikimedia Foundation
  • Collect measures and data to be reported at the end of the program
Technical coordination
  • Helping the setup and maintenance of the technical infrastructure for uploading
  • Helping the setup and maintenance of the centralnotice
  • Guide the creation and the use of the monitoring tools
  • Help to recover tools and to communicate the use to the local communities
  • Maintain the website
  • Set up a smooth technical guideline for technical aspects
  • Helping the setup of a jury tool
  • Update with the necessary information
  • Update social media channels
  • Dissemination of the results of the international jury
  • Maintain communication with international partners (if applicable)
Following & helping national organizations
  • Give specific suggestions and support to national organizers (mostly online)
  • Collect & answer questions of the national teams
  • Crisis management for national contests
Set up & run the international contest
  • Set up jury processes
  • Find suitable jury members for the international jury
  • Collect results of national competitions
  • Support the jury in their process
  • Provide & distribute international prizes, awards and diplomas
Follow up
  • Build a permanent team to manage WLM at international level in future
  • Define the competencies of this team in order to reduce risks (connected with the undefined timeline to set a new team every year)
  • Plan a better management of the centralnotice used by WLM to avoid overlapping with those of other projects/programs/teams


Target readership[edit]

The target of the international team are the local teams because the project is basically a project of coordination and support of the local teams in order to help them to start the contest and to finalize the results.
In addition another target are the developers of tools, within the community, and in this case the international community guides to identify and to recover all tools necessary to the local communities.
The secondary target are the professional photographers through the international selection of the best photos.

Fit with strategy[edit]

What crucial thing will the project try to change or benefit in the Wikimedia movement? Please select the Wikimedia strategic priority(ies) that your project most directly aims to impact and explain how your project fits. Most projects fit all strategic priorities. However, we would like project managers to focus their efforts on impacting 1–2 strategic priorities. Examples of strategic priorities can be found here.

Increasing quality
  • The aim of this grant is mainly for helping local teams to build a common pattern and a common knowledge to be used for their own photo contests;
  • The general coordination is focused to create a bigger impact and to support local teams for a better and effective local organization;
  • The international prizes and the connected deadline will motivate the local teams to finalize their own national contests;
  • The international competition incentivizes participants to submit high quality photos;
  • The general rules defined by the international team will drive local teams to select better photos respecting higher standards.
Increasing participation
  • The setup of the campaigns will invite and will help people to experiment the upload in Commons;
  • The internal contest will motivate people to contribute to Wikimedia projects and help people to experiment the upload in Commons;
Increasing reach
  • The communication and the setup of the central notice will help local communities to reach more people within a specific target otherwise hard to be involved without a competition (i.e.professional photographers);
  • The communication and the setup of the central notice will inform readers that local communities are actively supporting and appreciating their own national heritage;
  • Several countries are working to introduce open licenses in the local legal system and the setup of an international and high-impact event can help them in their own mission.

Measures of success[edit]

Please provide a list of both quantitative and qualitative criteria that will be used to determine how successful the project is. You will need to report on the success of the project according to these measures after the project is completed. See the PEG program resources for suggested measures of success.

The success of this project is measured principally by two measures:

  • first, more quantitative to define whether Wiki Loves Monuments Competition as a whole was successful.
  • second, more qualitative to define whether the International Team was useful for the local teams.

Measures of success for WLM[edit]

  • 39 countries participating in the contest in 2015
  • 80% of the countries will start in time
  • 80% of countries will communicate the winners in time
  • All technical aspects which are necessary for the start will be set before 1st September
  • The international team will monitor that the main tools for the event will be ready (stats tool, monument database & erfgoedbot, and the jurytool)

As said the tools are crucial for the local teams but are developed by volunteers. In this case the international team can assure only the support and the assistance to recover or to migrate them. For instance Erfgoedbot has been dismissed in the past but a process of migration and recovering has been set.

Measures of success for the international team[edit]

  • A survey is executed among organizers (before the mid of 2016):
    • Indicating that they are satisfied with the international team
    • Indicating that they are satisfied with the technical framework provided
    • Indicating that they are satisfied with the documentation available
    • Defining the points to be improved
  • The international finale is successfully completed
  • The prizes are handed out before April 2016, with an exception for travel related prizes
  • At least 90% of the participating countries submitted nominees to the finale
  • The winners of the international finale are successfully processed.
  • A better documentation is available for the all important parts of organizing a Wiki Loves Monuments.

Organizational aspects[edit]

The international team will start to define roles and responsibilities and to discuss a permanent team in order to manage better the organizational aspects for the following contests and to have clear responsibilities.

Note: In addition to your project-specific measures of success, you will also be asked to report on some global metrics at the end of your final report. Please keep this in mind as you plan, and we'll support you as you begin your project.

Resources and risks[edit]


The most important resource of this project are the consolidated processes used in the past. A lot of material and tools need only to be updated or migrated but the international team should have in charge the verification that all of them are up and running.
Another important resource is the experience built in the past which can help to solve risks and potential delays.


The project itself doesn't have big risks except the organizational one and the lack of coordination among several local teams.
The WLM at the international level is an important point for the success of WLM because local teams don't have sufficient skills/rights to setup some technical aspects like the centralnotice or the upload campaigns.
Nevertheless the creation of an international team may be a hard process and can take long time with the consequence to reduce frequently the availability of time and the efficiency of the action taken by the international team.
The biggest risk is the dissolution of an international team at the end of the event a big effort next year to setup a new one.


Please provide a detailed breakdown of project expenses according to the instructions here. See Budget Guidelines.

Grantees are subject to line-item scrutiny of expenses. Changes to the approved budget beyond 10% in any category must be approved in advance.

Project budget table
Budget Item Budget requested Remarks
Prizes 5,000 $ Some prizes include a flight to Wikimania 2016
Gift 1,000 $ Some gift for jury members/volunteers
Professional support 1,000 $ Payment for arising needs of technical support, servers, domain renewal, apps, etc.
Emergency costs 2,000 $ Small emergency fund to help local teams in case of emergency. Will be returned if unneeded.
TOTAL expenses 9,000 $



The prizes for the jury will be assigned to the first three winners with this option:

  • Coupon of an airline company (1.000 USD)
  • Coupon to buy photo equipment (1.000 USD)
  • Bank transfer (1.000 USD)
  • only the first two winners will have the option a scholarship of 3 days in Wikimania 2016 (up to 2,000 USD)

The remaining funds will be redistributed among the photos ranked until the 10th position in sequence with this options:

  • Coupon of an airline company (500 USD)
  • Coupon to buy photo equipment (500 USD)
  • Bank transfer (500 USD)

It means that if there is an unsold of 1.000 USD, the 4th and the 5th ranked photos will receive a prize.

In case the three winners will accept the vouchers, only 3.000 USD will be assigned to the first three places and there will be a small fund of 2000 CHF to be divided among the remaining 4 places.

The winners will have a limited time to answer and to accept the prizes, if this deadline will expire, the prizes will be distributed to other ranked photos until the 10th place.


The gift it's a material/equipment for jury members with a value lesser than 100 USD per member. If we will have 10 jury members, the funds will be full used to finance these gifts.

The remaining funds (if any) will be used to give a small present to the volunteers who helped the international team (it could be a t-shirt or an e-book) with a value lesser than 50 USD per person.

Emergency costs[edit]

The emergency costs will support local teams not in time to submit grant requests, naturally the support may be limited and can cover only few items.

Total cost of project
Total amount requested from the Project and Event Grants program
Additional sources of revenue that may fund part of this project, and amounts funded

Non-financial requirements[edit]

See a description of non-financial assistance available. Please inform the Wikimedia Foundation (WMF) of any requests for non-financial assistance now.

Requests for non-financial assistance, if any
Besides existing arrangements (such as support in getting trademark agreements in place for local organizers where appropriate, support in getting the technical infrastructure secured by 1 September and some support in placing blog posts/press releases etc.) there are no non-financial requirements from the Foundation. If any come up at a later stage, we will discuss what is possible with the appropriate staff members.
There will be a need, like last years, to use the CentralNotice again.
Some assistance with running helpful statistics would be very welcome.


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  1. Steinsplitter (talk) 13:36, 27 August 2015 (UTC)
  2. Saqib (talk) 13:42, 27 August 2015 (UTC)
  3. This proposal is vital for related national projects in many countries around the world. For many of us including Thailand, WLM is the flagship activity of the local Wikimedia movement. Taweethaも (talk) 13:46, 27 August 2015 (UTC)
  4. B. Jankuloski (talk) 13:50, 27 August 2015 (UTC)
  5. Sameichel (talk) 13:52, 27 August 2015 (UTC)
  6. The international nature of the contest and the possibility to get prizes on the international level is an additional motivation for the participants. Alexander (talk) 13:53, 27 August 2015 (UTC)
  7. Geichel (talk) 13:55, 27 August 2015 (UTC) The International team has already shown a great effort in preparing the 2015 competition. They're enabling a very smooth contest, thus far. The project, in my opinion, is already achieving the goals listed above.
  8. Ammarah Khalid (talk) Indeed! Wiki Loves Monuments International Team is doing a Fantastic job in helping all other countries. It would really add value if both appreciation and recognition would be on international level as it will help in putting a pinch of "Gamification" to this awesome contest by adding both Intrinsic motivation (Win the Competition) as well as extrinsic motivation (Prize / Tangible Gain) Which would help the over goal i.e. the more people (and specially youth) Participate the more they will contribute towards helping Wiki. 14:00, 27 August 2015 (UTC)
  9. Jan Ainali (WMSE) (talk) 14:33, 27 August 2015 (UTC) We are arranging a local contest in Sweden and having an international version that is fully functioning will help us a lot.
  10. Yann (talk) 15:13, 27 August 2015 (UTC)
  11. ProtoplasmaKid (WM-MX) (talk) 15:15, 27 August 2015 (UTC)
  12. Aubrey (talk) 15:34, 27 August 2015 (UTC)
  13. Didi43 talk 16.50, 27 August 2015 (UTC)
  14. Emnamizouni (User talk:Emnamizouni) 17:49, 27 August 2015 (UTC) The International Team is doing a great job in supporting local communities to organise the contest and to reach their target. I do really support them to get this grant that I aim to find a Tunisian picture wins a price. fingers crossed!
  15. Poco a poco (talk) 16:59, 27 August 2015 (UTC) Definitely! Having the international contest as second round of the national contest adds value and is an impulse for all national contest, you have my full support! Poco a poco (talk) 16:59, 27 August 2015 (UTC)
  16. Discott (talk) 17:19, 27 August 2015 (UTC)
  17. Moumou82 (talk) 20:40, 27 August 2015 (UTC)
  18. Touzrimounir (talk) 21:19, 27 August 2015 (UTC)
  19. Beko (talk) 21:35, 27 August 2015 (UTC)
  20. Leeturtle (talk) 12:17, 29 August 2015 (UTC). Keep up the great job! Thanks for supporting the local teams in general and the Albanian team specifically.
  21. Rodrigo Padula (talk) 22:07, 27 August 2015 (UTC) The international round is very important for local promotion of the contest and all international support for the local teams is always welcome!
  22. Dr Bug (Vladimir V. Medeyko) 00:59, 28 August 2015 (UTC) I think that good international prizes are good to attach more participants. And I trust the international team and their experience.
  23. --Pedro J Pacheco (talk) 07:05, 28 August 2015 (UTC) My support. This contest, in local and international versions, are not only a way to get files in the media. It is a huge way of promotion of Wikimedia. I can be a sample of this. Last year, a finalist of International Contest. Now a member of Wikimedia in my country. My congrats to the international team.
  24. Interfase (talk) 07:45, 28 August 2015 (UTC). I'd like to support International Team. This year I organised WLM contest in Azerbaijan third time. I hope this project will help to increase the interest and care of the large amount of cultural heritage in Azerbaijan. Interfase (talk) 07:45, 28 August 2015 (UTC)
  25. Cristian Cenci (WMI) (talk) 08:50, 28 August 2015 (UTC)
  26. Mohamed Ouda (talk) 10:44, 28 August 2015 (UTC)
  27. Rodelar (talk) 11:04, 28 August 2015 (UTC) I strongly support this grant.
  28. Millars (talk) 17:16, 28 August 2015 (UTC) Without an international contest, the impact or the local ones could be lower and we have seen that WLM has had a great success these years.
  29. Wiki Loves Monuments is one of the most successful projects ever done to support Commons and Wikipedia. The work of the international team has an important role in making this happen. - Laurentius (talk) 17:31, 28 August 2015 (UTC)
  30. There are different levels of experience in the countries all over the world, participating in WLM. Due to the capacity of the world wide movement the wikimedians in their regional organizations are not left alone. Their questions can be answered by the international team, advice will be given and common tools are used. All the efforts are concentrated in a short period of time. International prizes do not only reward the photographer, but motivate the organizing teams. --Regiomontanus (talk) 21:51, 28 August 2015 (UTC)
  31. --sefer azeri (talk) 21:51, 30 August 2015 (UTC)
  32. WLM is an important project, and getting international coordination and prizes would definitely make it a greater and a more impactful contest worldwide — NickK (talk) 20:28, 29 August 2015 (UTC)
  33. Mohammed Bachounda (talk) 10:21, 30 August 2015 (UTC) i think since wlm the quality of images are very high quality
  34. The international contest proved every year an important incentive for people to participate at national level in WLM. I hope this is approved in due time, so participant can learn about it. --Nicubunu (talk) 13:40, 30 August 2015 (UTC)
  35. Indeedous (talk) 16:15, 30 August 2015 (UTC)
  36. LilyOfTheWest (talk) 18:15, 30 August 2015 (UTC)
  37. Voll (talk) 18:58, 30 August 2015 (UTC)
  38. Kadellar (talk) 12:39, 31 August 2015 (UTC)
  39. // Martin Kraft (talk) 14:47, 29 September 2015 (UTC)
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