Wikimedia CEE Meeting 2019/Programme/Submissions/We Photograph Czechia: 10 years of experience

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We Photograph Czechia: 10 years of experience

Type of submission (lecture, panel, workshop, lightning talk, roundtable, poster)


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Aktron (talk) 09:27, 9 September 2019 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Aktron (talk) 09:27, 9 September 2019 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Wikimedia Czech Republic

  • Community Engagement, Technology
Abstract (up to 100 words)

Back in 2009 the Wikimedia Czech Republic has initiated the Photo of Czech Municipalities Grant. Since then we were able to support individual volunteer photographers through various programs and grants. As of 2019, more than 80 % of the Czech Republic has been photographed. But how our original approach has changed in the last ten years? And how it will change in the world of Structured Commons, Wikidata and mobile internet? Where do we want to go and what is our vision?

How will this session be beneficial for the communities in the region of Central and Eastern Europe?

Communities can benefit from the WMCZ's experience and adapt to it. Examples will be shown.

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  1. HoMen (talk) 16:05, 6 October 2019 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  2. Alensha (talk) 07:07, 11 October 2019 (UTC)Reply[reply]


  • This project started in 2007 and since they changed the way of doing activities. He is going to talk about technological changes and how they affected their project.
  • Linear growth they want to avoid. They want to use the knowledge and experience to accelerate growth.
  • At first, the project was simple, everybody was said what to photograph and where, and those pictures were uploaded on Commons. Everything was done manually.
  • Czech Municipalities Photo Grant (2009-2018)- They started using tools that helped them visualize what and where they did.
  • Some work was done manually and they could repay costs to people from chapter who did these photographs.
  • 2018/19- We Photograph Czechia was a step further. This project was on WikiData. Planning what will be photographed was easy at first, but it became more difficult because of all of the articles and things that should be seen, and that most of them were already documented. Our approach was: Create wikidata items: Cultural monuments, public buildings, nature monuments, streets, infrastructure. And when you put these on Wikidata we could visualize it. We could automize the list of objects.
  • Lots of works are now automated and it is supported by the chapter.
  • 2019- The final step - The mobile app.
  • GLAM cooperation can help you to get the data.
  • In the future (now) no one will have to have a camera, because everybody has it on their phone, wiki data will plan for you and all uploads are done on the streets.
  • Q1: Does this app provides alternative text on photos as well?
    • Jan: We need to simplify the app. When somebody takes a picture, it should write a description of it. And description can be prefilled from Wikidata by recognizing the object.
  • Q2: Today, Wikidata is not the only place where structured data goes. Whatever you do data has to be there as well. How well are you doing with gathering coordinates? From my experience, for monuments, for example, we can get addresses easily, but coordinates not so? I am also not clear if the app is the Commons app or are you planning to develop another one? And do you plan to include a Trip generator in that? There is a nearby app but I am not very satisfied with that.
    • Jan: The trip generator belongs to these things: promote them and initiate it. This would be good advice to think about it.
  • Q3: How much is it related to Wikipedia? These red dots on maps are not related to any Wikipedia article.
    • Jan: You are absolutely right. This depends on an item that is photographed. For example, for all the cultural or nature monuments there are articles, but it not the case for infrastructure or streets.