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UG LV/WLM Latvia 2016
Organizing Wiki Loves Monuments competition in Latvia. Additionally pilot project for local microgrants program.
targetLatvian Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons
start dateSeptember 1
end dateMarch 1
budget (local currency)1530 EUR
budget (USD)1737 USD
grant typegroup
non-profit statusno
contact(s)• martinsb(_AT_)gmail.comVoll
organization (if applicable)Wikimedians of Latvia User Group
website (if applicable)http://wikilovesmonuments.lv

Please see the sample Contest application before drafting your application.

Project Goals

Wiki Loves Monuments Latvia 2016
  • Increasing number of freely licensed images of Latvian cultural monuments;
  • Raising awareness of cultural heritage through the photographs uploaded during the competition;
  • Improving the quality of the content on Wikimedia projects by providing images to the articles;
  • Creating and improving existing articles in Wikipedia by providing pictures;
  • Raising awareness of free licences among photographers in Latvia;
  • Recruiting new contributors to Wikimedia Commons;
  • Increasing local media coverage about Wikimedia projects.
Microgrants pilot project
  • Increase participation of existing community members in offline activities or more active involvement;
  • Support users who create quality content for Latvian Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons;
  • Promote the act of donating to WMF by showing how funds are used locally.

Project Plan




Tell us how you'll carry out your project. Be sure to answer the following questions:

Wiki Loves Monuments Latvia 2016

1. What content will the contest focus on, and why is it important to your community?

The contest will focus on pictures of cultural heritage in Latvia. We have made available a list of cultural monuments online based on official monument lists by state agency. The list contains over 7000 different monuments.
2. How will you let people know about the contest? The most important way to advertise the contest will be site notice banner arranged by the international team. We will communicate through our social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook) which have limited reach. We will post announcements in local photo and tourism related forums and sites.

We will also write a post to be shared (targeted to Latvia and Latvian language users) on official Wikimedia Facebook account.
3. How will you judge the contest and award prizes?

The jury will consist of 4-5 people from mixed backgrounds and will judge photos in several rounds, using proven jury tools provided by Wikimedia community and used also in other countries. We will try to include photography and heritage expert, as well as a wikimedian.
4. For photo contests, what is the strategy to get images used on projects?

The lists of monuments contain links to already existing articles on the topic. The community will be encouraged to create articles about the missing topics. Social media will be used to promote quality images without an article on the topic.
5. Is there anything else you want to tell us about this project?

The project will go on even if not funded. We have already prepared all information pages for the contest and posted first announcements.

Time plan for activities:

  1. Before September: Preparing announcement texts, promoting contest through social media, sending announcements to some media.
  2. September: Running the competition, posting updates to social media, pre-selection for the jury. Publicly announced photo expedition to less covered region.
  3. October: Jury work, deciding local winners. 10 best photos will be submitted to the international contest.
  4. Start of November: Printing best photos. Awards ceremony for local winners. Follow-up announcements in media which posted our press releases.
  5. November: Evaluating the project and compiling the report. Showcasing best work in social media and printed copies offline.
Microgrants pilot project

This project is submitted together with WLM project to simplify banking and administration.

A microgrants system will be set up with initial funds. Users will be able to request funds for covering travel expenses, entry tickets to museums or events, necessary books or online database access. Interested people will have to present action plan, the community will accept or reject it by voting and commenting. Proposed projects should present clear goals like articles created or objects photographed. Money will be paid only after set goal is reached. Reporting will be done in Latvian Wikipedia project pages.

Funds are planned for a 6 month period. At the end of this period there will be a summary compiled for reporting.



How will you know if the project is successful and you've met your goals? Please include the following targets and feel free to add more:

Measures of success for WLM
  1. 2000 photos uploaded to Wikimedia Commons
  2. 50 participants uploading a photo
  3. 25 newly registered participants
  4. 10% distinct photos used in Wikipedia articles
  5. mentions in 5 different web sites

WLM 2015 results for comparison:

  • 66 uploaders
  • 3537 images
  • 793 total images used
  • 687 distinct images used (19.42% of all images of category, as of 17 August 2016)
  • External statistics:
Measures of success for microgrant program
  • 10 microgrant projects submitted and accepted
  • 5 distinct users completing a project



What resources do you have? Include information on who is organizing the project, what they will do, and if you will receive support from anywhere else (in-kind donations or additional funding).



What resources do you need? For your funding request, list bullet points for each expense and include a total amount.


Item Cost (EUR)
Wiki Loves Monuments 2016
Awards for participants 600
Gifts for jury members 80
WLM photo expedition 50
Venue for awards ceremony & snacks 100
Traveling or shipping expenses for people who are not living in the capital 50
Printing 10 best pictures for an exhibition 150
Miscellaneous 100
Microgrants pilot project
Funds for microgrants 400
Total 1530



Community members are encouraged to endorse your project request here!

Papuass and Voll participated actively in the organisation of this year's CEE Spring and Papuass organised this year's Europeana Art History Challenge in Latvia. They have the experience to make the project successful with the limited funds they are requesting. I believe that they will beat the goals they've set. --Lord Bumbury (talk) 10:48, 22 August 2016 (UTC)