UNESCO Challenge/Log

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  • 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)Reply[reply]
  • 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)Reply[reply]
  • 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)Reply[reply]
John Cummings (talk) 17:14, 24 April 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • 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)Reply[reply]
  • 28 April: We are very please to announce that UNESCO have made their World Heritage site descriptions in English, French, Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Spanish available under CC-BY-SA, meaning they can be copied into Wikipedia. You can find out how to add open license text to English Wikipedia here. --John Cummings (talk) 14:37, 28 April 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • 29 April: If I counted correctly we now have contributions in 20 different languages! Also, we have the main page of the UNESCO Challenge translated into 12 languages. Is it to much to hope for even more of both? John Andersson (WMSE) (talk) 18:59, 29 April 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • 1 May: Editors from Malayalam Wikipedia joins into the competition. 5 editors started.Ranjithsiji (talk) 12:01, 1 May 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • 2 May: After have been out on a GLAM conference, I finally caught up with the book prizes. Already 28 participants will receive books, fantastic! If I missed contributions you think make you eligible for one, please ping me! Ainali (talk) 11:17, 2 May 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • 4 May: With two weeks left we have 79 registered participants, out of these 62 persons have added their work so far. Just a note of caution, please make sure to pick the images you add carefully, and always add image captions. If your contributions are not kept in the article that you edited (at the end of the Challenge), the points claimed will be invalid. John Andersson (WMSE) (talk) 11:52, 4 May 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

  • 7 May: We now have 85 participants with 11 days remaining. Is it possible to reach the magical 100? BONUS POINTS: If you convince an experienced editor (100+ edits) to join the Challenge - you will get half of the point they get for their first contribution (but only the first!). Make sure to get your wiki friends involved! (E.g. if they get 100 p for their first article you can claim 50 p yourself). The bonus points can be claimed from the 8 May 2017. John Andersson (WMSE) (talk) 20:01, 7 May 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • 9 May: In total the 85 participants has currently registered contributions in 896 articles or Wikidata objects. John Andersson (WMSE) (talk) 04:29, 9 May 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • 12 May: We now have new contributions in Ukrainan, Turkish and Esperanto! We are totaling contributions in 25 27 28 different languages (Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Burmese, Catalan, Danish, Dutch, English, Esperanto, Euskara, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Latvian, Lingala, Lombard, Malayalam, Norwegian (bokmål), Odia, Portuguese, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian). Also, we now have 88 participants, out of which 35 will receive a book about Swedish World Heritage sites. You still have 6 days to claim yours! For information how, see UNESCO Challenge/Prizes. John Andersson (WMSE) (talk) 09:10, 12 May 2017 (UTC) edited 13:45, 12 May 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • 18 May: Wow! It has been a pleasure to see the massive amount of great work produced this month! The coming days will have a close look at the top contributors' points and identify the winners. Please let us know if any of your articles are in the process of becoming Good or Featured, so that we know if we need to wait with the announcement. We will also collect some data about the Challenge. Currently I am planing to compile numbers for the following: (1) Amount of signed up participants; (2) Amount of active contributors; (3) Amount of bytes added; (4) Amount of images from UNESCO, GAR and DechArc that have been used; (5) Amount of languages with contributions. Anything else we should look into? Finally, I would like to tell you about our next Challenge that we are working on: the Connected Open Heritage Challenge. It is still a work in progress, but the plan is that it will take place the 1-31 July. I hope to see you there! PS. Before that you might like to contribute to Wikimedia CEE Spring 2017, which lasts until 31 May. John Andersson (WMSE) (talk) 16:26, 18 May 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • 25 May: Just a quick update: we are compiling the numbers (but it is a lot of contributions, so it takes a bit of time!) and we will go through the contributions from the top-10 participants in the beginning of next week. After that we will announce the winners both here and on their talk pages. John Andersson (WMSE) (talk) 06:24, 25 May 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Compiling the numbers
  1. 96 registered participants in the Challenge. Out of them, 79 made a registered contribution!
  2. 30 languages had articles improved. (Albanian, Arabic, Armenian, Bengali, Bulgarian, Burmese, Catalan, Danish, Dutch, English, Esperanto, Euskara, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Latvian, Lingala, Lombard, Malayalam, Norwegian (bokmål), Odia, Portuguese, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian)
  3. 1,729 A4 pages with text were created about the World Heritage sites (based on a calculation of 4,000 bytes per A4, single space). This exclude bytes from contributions just consisting of added images or to Wikidata. In total 6,917,069 bytes of text!
  4. The Swedish World Heritage sites had information added in 24 languages. 103 articles were created about them and 35 existing articles were improved. 40 participants will receive a book for their contributions.
  5. 326 images uploaded as part of the Connected Open Heritage project were added to articles (287 images from UNESCO, 27 images from DecArch, and 12 images from GAR).
  6. The main page was fully or partly translated into 15 languages.


The winners of the main prizes in the Challenge are:

Congratulations to all of you!

  • 21 June 2017: We had some delays with sending out some of the prizes, as we were out of pencils. We have now received them and the prizes will be sent out this week. Sorry for the delay. John Andersson (WMSE) (talk) 12:32, 21 June 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]