Wikimedia Conference 2012/Documentation/Day 2/WLM
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- Wiki loves monuments calendar 2012 is distributed
- 2011 - World record for most photos submitted in a month (Details?)
- 2012 - started organising in Dec '11
- 25 countries participating (no antarctic rep)
- 300k - 500k photos expected.
- Federative process
- Has to be done by local people!
- Team can assist with technical things
- 5 basic recommendations, but can add local rules to cover local situations.
- Small budget for a grant programme.
- Add incentives to get better pictures.
- Talk to other countries!
- See the FAQ and the Who's who page.
- Documentation will be on Commons
- Has to be done by local people!
- Pictures have to be self-taken
- Has to be uploaded in September
- Default license must be CC-BY-SA-3.0
- Pictures have to be identified by locally determined identifier. The database should be able to do geolocation based on this, and a bot geotags them.
- Participants must have their email identified.
- Technical quality
- Originality and Wow! factor
- Usefulness for Wikipedia (advised)
- Still a question of taste
- Have a diverse jury
- Have it ready one month ahead
- e.g. 2 photographers, 2 heritage specialists, 3 WIkimedians & a facilitator.
- Lock them in a room, set a deadline, provide cookies and coffee and medical help (very advised) - not too much alcohol though.
- Can also have public voting on the wiki if you want.
- Gather at least 3 people
- Get your local chapter to support you
- Divide the tasks (NB, if you try to do all the work yourself, it won't work!)
- Watch the timeline: which tasks by when? Registering domain, getting a jury, etc. (start early)
- Build a portal on your local Wikipedia in your local language
- Create a Wikimedia Commons page
- Subscribe to the international mailing list.
- Be bold in contacting partners!
- Make it easy
- Make it fun
- Make it local (e.g. by having a monument list which is so extensive that people in all places can participate)
- Help Wikipedia (this way they will keep participating even if they know that they can't win)
- Give quick and visible results (e.g. seeing their photo on Wikipedia - this is an honour to many people!)
- Write to them, call them, meet them!
- Make use of the name Wikipedia
- Three main types:
- Government institutions
- Publicity partners
- Use European Heritage Days to promote WLM
- National heritage days: usually monuments open their doors for the public
- including geo-tagging? most pictures in WLM are geo-tagged already
- Heritage days are really good for "wiki takes" days - because monuments open their doors.
- Pictures that already exist aren't a problem: you can often take a better one.
- How to inform winners? Was previously a problem, but they will have a better handle on the timeline now.
- Had a pro photographer on the panel of judges in France, also had a prizegiving in a great venue in Cluny. Has been a great PR opportunity.
- need to sort out sponsoring opportunities: clashes between competing brands is a risk, but the international sponsorship will take a long time, so don't wait for it. If local chapter can help with international sponsorship, great.
- Have to be clear that it's not going to become the Sony competition with a Wikipedia logo. * risk of becoming a war of logos. Must also not tarnish the Wikipedia brand or sell ourselves out.
- geo-tagging is not required but makes it much more interesting for the participants. Monuments can be shown on a map etc.
- Open Street Map: difficult to get a cooperation, but it's worth trying.
- some official source has to determine whether a monument is worth documenting, i.e. if it is part of the national/cultural heritage
- Partnership with other social media, e.g. facebook? This is difficult because we don't have contacts with them at the moment.
- Verification of whether the picture is of the monument itself? Always an issue in WM Commons, but in this case, if you see a picture and it doesn't match the description of the monument as per its ID number, that will clearly disqualify it.
- What are the "nice to have" vs "must do" parts? There are only a few people in some chapters, and it's a lot of work. Only 3 people from Polish chapter did WLM, but they got about 50 volunteers.
- Must-have are list and jury
- Sign up for the Wikimania DC event to make sure that it happens!