Welcome to the Wikipedia writing challenge around the UNESCO World Heritage sites! This first year we put an extra focus on sites that are in danger.
What: This is a public writing competition around the UNESCO World Heritage sites. The goal of this first edition is to create articles and add images to improve Wikipedia's coverage of the sites into as many languages as possible, especially about the ones that are in danger. The winners will receive great prizes (still to be finalized).
When: The writing challenge will run from 00:01 18 April until 23:59 18 May 2017 (CETUTC+01:00). Tuesday 18 April is the World Heritage Day.
How: The contest is simple in structure, based on a KISS point system: You get points while improving articles, with the goal for each participant to gain as many points as possible.
Who: Everybody can help in any language to collaborate on writing and/or translating articles related to UNESCO's World Heritage sites. Any Wikipedian with a named account (on any wiki) can participate. To participate you just need to sign up on the Participants section.
Why: The contest is organized by UNESCO, Wikimedia Sverige and the Swedish National Heritage Board as part of the project Connected Open Heritage. The World Heritage sites show some of the most interesting and important places in the world and having them described in Wikipedia articles is important to ensure that people find out about them. As part of the preparations for the contest UNESCO has released a wonderful set of images on Wikimedia Commons that we hope will come in handy to illustrate the sites.
18 April: What a start! Only 16 hours into the Challenge and we already have 22 participants and more than 33,000 bytes added. Welcome to all of you!
Hopefully the rest of the UNESCO images will be upload shortly. Until then, perhaps you can find some nice images from Syria to include in articles? Wikimedia Sverige and Wikimedia Italia worked together to upload many images from Palmyra and other World Heritage Sites in Syria through a partnership with two Italian GLAMs. You can find the images from GAR here and from DecARC here. John Andersson (WMSE) (talk) 14:48, 18 April 2017 (UTC)
19 April: UNESCO have released over 1,400 images today to Wikimedia Commons which you can find here, including a category of images from Nubian Monuments from Abu Simbel to Philae here. John Cummings (talk) 20:05, 19 April 2017 (UTC)
21 April: We now have 58 participants. Out of them 36 participants have already registered points here. That's awesome!
Please help spread the word to your communities to get even more people to help out. John Andersson (WMSE) (talk) 16:59, 21 April 2017 (UTC)
24 April: We have created categories for the images of World Heritage sites made available by Associazione DecArch and Gruppo Archeologico Romano as part of the Connected Open Heritage Project, you are warmly encouraged to use them as part of the competition:
25 April: One week has passed, and we now have 66 participants writing in 24 language, and who have contributed with more than one million bytes. Way to go! Keep up the good work! Eric Luth (WMSE) (talk) 11:56, 25 April 2017 (UTC)