Europeana Fashion edit-a-thon; Wiki Loves Monuments
Decorative motif, mittens and cravat in silk Chantilly bobbin lace, 1850-1910. MoMu - Fashion Museum Province of Antwerp, www.momu.be. Photo by Hugo Maertens, Bruges
Europeana Fashion edit-a-thon MoMu
On Monday 23 September an edit-a-thon was held in the Belgian city Antwerp as cooperation between Fashion Museum Antwerp, Wikimedia Belgium (in founding process) and Wikimedia Netherlands. About 25 participants listened to a presentation about the museum, followed by a presentation about Wikipedia and Wikimedia, and started with editing and writing about Belgian fashion. In between writing sessions the participants had a tour through the museum and were informed about the collection and exhibition of the Belgian fashion.
The edit-a-thon was organized as part of Europeana Fashion and also other organisations were involved. The museum uploaded also images of pieces, see the category on Commons.
Images of the edit-a-thon can be found here on Commons.
Wiki Loves Monuments
Waterhuis aan de Bierkant in Ghent
On 7 September there was a Wiki Loves Monuments Kick-off meeting and final statutes discussion at the Sint-Gorikshallen / Halles Saint-Géry.
On 28 September 2013 there was a Wiki Loves Monuments Upload marathon at Waterhuis aan de Bierkant in Ghent + a founding meeting.
For Belgium there were 3210 photos uploaded by 121 participants for a total of more than 13 GB.
There was one participant that uploaded 700 photos.
On the 28th of September there were 422 uploads.
Aerial pictures of Versailles; In Brief
Aerial pictures of Versailles
In the past year, some photographers from Wikimédia France had worked with the association ToucanWings who promotes aerial photography using UAV. This summer, as part of its partnership with the chapter (see previous TMIG coverage), the Palace of Versailles keenly agreed to three photo sessions above the palace and the park. More than 150 photographs have been uploaded on Wikimedia Commons.
Parterre de Lantone and the main building of the Palace
Temple de l'Amour in the Petit Trianon garden
Grand Trianon, viewed from the garden
ToucanWing's quadrirotor UAV in Versailles
- Study days in the West
Benoît (User:Trizek) presented the work of the chapter and the GLAM projects at two occasions : in Granville, for a study day of the network of museums in Lower Normandy ; and in Nantes for a study day on the engagement of GLAM visitors.
- National archives
As a result of our partnership with the National archives, GLAM volunteers have uploaded 42 media from the Archives and worked on the metadata of thoses files.
- Presentation of the partnership on Commons
In September the serie of workshops with Centre Pompidou has started.
- See the program of the workshops on our blog post (fr)
Reaching out for new partners
Think global act local
In September a new flyer on GLAM activities was published and sent out to 7000 members of Wikimedia Deutschland. The aim is to motivate our supporters to become ambassadors for Free Knowledge in that GLAM-Institution they are already active in. Read more on the initiative. The flyer was inspired by one made by Lori Phillips while she was working as a Wikipedian in Residence at the Children's Museum in Indianapolis, USA, in 2011. We hope to gather new personal contacts to GLAM-institutions and to find more people willing to forward the message of Free Knowledge.
November 1 and 2 GLAM on Tour stops in Görlitz
November 28 and 29 GLAM Conference "Shaping Access" in Berlin
Wiki Loves Monuments in India
Wiki Loves Monuments Photo Walks
- A photo-walk was arranged to cover Tipu Sultan's Fort and Palace in Bangalore on September 29th, 2013 in collaboration with the Bangalore Photo Walk group. User:Omshivaprakash led the photo walk and gave an introduction to WLM and the Creative Commons.
- A photo-walk was arranged in Srirangapatna, Mysore on September 29th, 2013. Kiran Ravikumar led the team.
Italian Wikipedia takes libraries
Folliowing the meetings in July 2013, the collaboration with the National Central Library of Florence (BNCF) went on during summer.
At the moment, the efforts are focused on the BNCF Thesaurus: the synchronization of links between Italian Wikipedia and the BNCF Thesaurus now counts 7,548 links in main space. The links were later uploaded on Wikidata, and are now recalled from there by Template:Thesaurus BNCF.
In the next months, will be implemented two more steps:
- granting a feedback towards BNCF, in order to correct several wrong connections between Thesaurus entries and Italian Wikipedia articles;
- extending the coverage of the Thesaurus entries (at the moment only 14,000 entries have a link to Wikipedia, on a total database of more than 40,000 entries).
WMI, BNCF and Italian library association (AIB) have also organised two meetings:
A partnership agreement for the following 3 years, to develop and support further projects, is also about to be signed betwen Wikimedia Italia and BNCF.
Wiki Loves Monuments 2013; edit-a-thon in La Merced historical neighborhood
Wiki Loves Monuments 2013
Second photowalk in Mexico City
Final pic of the photo walk in Guadalajara.
During the talk of Claudio Briones in Telmex Hub.
Wiki Loves Monuments México ended with a total of 6,479 images contributed by almost 629 male and female photographers, competing with images showing a great panoramic view of the national monuments. In addition to the experience in the contest, this represented several achievements for Wikimedia México:
The WLM experience
- The contest represented an additional experience through the organization of workshops (one of them sponsored by Fundación Pedro Meyer) and seven photowalks (two of them in Mexico City, four in the city of Puebla, one in the city of Guadalajara). About 150 participants attended these tours. In Mexico City, several attendants asked to participate during 2014 in addition to WLM, which will be organized.
- See also: "A monumental saturday in Puebla", about one of the several photowalks in Puebla in the Wikimedia Blog.
Reflecting the phenomenon
- In order to make reflections about free culture in Mexico, WLM invited on September 21 six activists and researchers of free culture and the architectural heritage to a panel: Enrique César, Ulises Kentros, Alan Lazalde, Mayra Mendoza, Irene Soria and Eneas de Troya. This panel was organized at UNAM's Chopo University Museum. A general status of free culture in Mexico was raised, the concept of monument was questioned, and notions such as virtual monument on the web were even included. Other reflections were made about the value of sharing the artistic work and how it is possible to generate profitability and digital altruism models by means of free licenses such as Creative Commons. The need was established to continue these reflections during 2014.
Press conference about the launching of Wiki Loves Monuments in Mexico.
- Mexico was one of the countries about which the highest number of mentions were made in the media, including one during two minutes at the morning news program which is the most viewed in the country (as well as the most read blog in the country).
- August 26th, 2013 - Reactor 105.7 FM - Interview of Iván Martínez by Ana Francisco Vega in La enredadera, aired on national radio.
- August 27th, 2013 - Primero Noticias, morning news of Televisa - Primero Futuro con Daniela Escalante del 27 de agosto, aired on national TV.
- August 28th, 2013 - Esmas.com - ¡Join us at Wiki Loves Monuments 2013!
- August 28th, 2013 - ForoTV - Fractal August 28 2013, aired on Mexico City TV.
- August 28th, 2014 - Canal 22, night news Second edition of Wiki Loves Monuments 2013 in Mexico , aired on national TV.
- August 29th, 2013 - Alt Foto - Wiki Loves Monuments, Wikimedia 2013 contest
- August 29th, 2013 - RadioEspectáculo.net - Participate at Wiki Loves Monuments 2013!
- August 29th, 2013 - Isopixel.net - Mexico Wiki Loves Monuments 2013, the photograph contest
- September 3th, 2013 - Ibero 90.9 fm - Interview to Carmen Alcázar by Agustín Peña in Sonic Boom 90.9, aired on radio.
- September 2th, 2013 - Sopitas.com - México Wiki Loves Monuments 2013 contest
- September 2th, 2013 - Chilanga Banda - Wiki Loves Monuments 2013
- September 2th, 2013 - TravelbyMexico.com - Participate with your photographic camera at Wiki Loves Monuments México
- September 4th, 2013 - EnteraTech - WikiLovesMonuments is on. Join us!
- September 9th, 2013 - BlogVecindad - Wiki Loves Monuments 2013 – México
- September 19th, 2013 - Xataka - Photograph tours will be made in Puebla and Guadalajara for WLM 2013
- September 24th, 2013 - Fractal ForoTV - Interview to Iván Martínez by Ingrid Barrera about the last days of the contest, aired on Mexico City TV.
- September 24th, 2013 - Esmas.com - Wiki Loves Monuments is about to end
- September 25th, 2013 - CB Televisión - Interview to Carmen Alcázar by Francisco Fortuño about the last days of the contest (aired on TV).
- September 30th, 2013 Interview to Iván Martínez by Ingrid Barrera about the final of the contest, aired on Mexico City TV.
- Without date - Encapsulados.tv - Wiki Loves Monuments México
- Without date - Poblanos.mx - Wiki Loves Monuments, first photograph tour in the city of Puebla
- For this issue of the contest, the communities of Mexico City, Puebla and Guadalajara are bigger, including new male and female volunteers, who will
User:Correogsk giving an introductory talk in the edit-a-thon
Edit-a-thon "firstname.lastname@example.org: Construcción Colectiva del Wiki del Centro Cultural Casa Talavera/Collective construction of Cultural Center Casa Talavera's wiki" (jointly organized by Wikimedia México (Gustavo Sandoval) and the Autonomous University of Mexico City's Cultural Center Casa Talavera, located within la Merced neighborhood (Historical Center, Mexico City) (included: edit-a-thon, photograph rally to contribute images to both Casa Talavera's archives and to WLM, as well as the celebration of the worldwide Software Freedom Day): it was a very interesting meeting where photographers, Wikipedians, artists working at Casa Talavera and other people interested in the administration of web pages and web radio broadcast were working together to create Centro Cultural Casa Talavera's Wikipedia article, as well as many other articles about la Merced neighborhood, a very ancient area in Mexico City where many types of commercial activities exist over 700 years ago. Also, many photographs were taken about these activities. Deep reflections were made about copyright and copyleft during the session, considering the difficulties faced by photographers during both this specific session and WLM in general to obtain images of historical monuments.
Wiki Loves Monuments; ECNC photo competition; Europeana Fashion Edit-a-thon Antwerp; Fourth Dutch Wikipedian in Residence; Wiki loves libraries workshop; 10 years of CC licenses
Wiki Loves Monuments The Netherlands 2013
Since this summer I helped to organise the Dutch edition of Wiki Loves Monuments. This year there was special attention for Municipal Monuments. In the Netherlands next to National Monuments, every municipality can indicate which buildings, statues, bridges in their municipality are monuments. There doesn't excist a National database of these monuments, so we thought collecting this data would be an interesting project for this years Wiki Loves Monuments. This project took us many calls and e-mails to the more than 400 municipalities in The Netherlands to get the lists with Municipal Monuments. We created a page with all those lists, so participants could see which monuments are participating. Now the contest has ended, we hope many new free fotos of these monuments are uploaded to Wiki Commons. To promote participation there have been Wiki Takes in Groningen, Nijmegen, The Hague and at Kasteel de Haar. Special attention this year was there for The Hague, where the Peace Palace celebrates its 100 year anniversary. Participants could follow a photography workshop and a guided tour through the city. On the 12th of October there will be a special Edit-a-thon in The Hague, to create new articles about monuments.
ECNC Photo competition
Although ECNC can not be considered as a GLAM, the photo competition that runs until the 15th of October can be interesting to GLAM's. The idea of the competition came from ECNC and volunteers of Wikimedia Nederland supported it by setting up the upload wizard. One of the goals for Wikimedia Nederland to support this competition is to see if and how we can support initiatives by other organisations that lead to more content on commons and/or other Wikimedia projects.
Europeana Fashion edit-a-thon at the MoMu Fashion Museum in Antwerp 10
Fashion edit-a-thon Antwerp
The MoMu fashion museum hosted an Europeana Fashion Edit-a-thon in Antwerp. Around 25 participants worked on articles and a special tour through the museum was given.
The Tropenmuseum is looking for the fourth Dutch Wikipedian in Residence (job description in Dutch) for their project about expeditions.
A partly filled in form of the brainstorm session with libraries organised by BiSC Utrecht and Wikimedia Nederland.
Wiki loves libraries workshop
BiSC Utrecht, the service organisation for libraries in the province of Utrecht, and Wikimedia Nederland organised a workshop for libraries. The goal of the workshop was to generate ideas for cooperation. The workshop was inspired by the earlier Wiki Loves Bieb project.
Seminar De Toekomst van Open (9947133064)
10 years Creative Commons
Wikimedia Nederland attended the celebration of 10 years of Creative Commons in the Netherlands. The future of the licenses and their use was being discussed at the event.
Amical projects: Catalan Culture; Wiki Loves Monuments
Amical projects: Catalan Culture
- Current Wikipedians-in-Residence led by Amical Wikimedia: User:ESM at Museu d'Art Jaume Morera, Galazan at Museu d'Història de Catalunya, Mariona Aragay at Museu de la Música de Barcelona, Glòria Guirao at Fundació Suñol and David Parreño Mont at Network of Public Libraries of the Government of Catalonia.
- September 3rd. Meeting with the cultural dept of the Town council of Barcelona.
- September 9th. Meeting with Catalan Women Institute (Institut Català de la Dona) for drafting our 2014 partenrship program.
- September 10th. Promotional video recording for our project WikiLoves Libraries. (presenting it on the Basque Country in October)
- September 16th. Wikimedia Commons 4h course to Barcelona Town Council Museum Proffessional. 7 attendees.
- September 16th. Meeting with Barcelona Town Council members: Drafting a WikiLovesMonuments exhibit in Barcelona.
- September 18th. GLAMWiki introduction to the Fundació Bosch i Cardellach in Sabadell.
- September 19th. Follow up meeting with leaders librarians of the Wiki Loves Biblioteques CAT (Wiki Loves Catalan Libraries) project.
- September 26th. Meeting with Victor Balaguer Museum. Looking for a Wikipedian in Residence and a Content Donation. Agreement done.
- September 26th. Wiki Loves Libraries meeting. Agreement for new Wikipedian in Residence. Will be user:Davidpar.
Wiki Loves Monuments
- September, 15th. Andorran Photowalk
- September, 21th. Wiki Takes Mollerussa, driven by the Mascançà Research Center
- September, 24th. Wiki Takes Olesa, driven by Santa Oliva Library.
- September, 28th. Wiki Takes Sant Feliu de Guíxols, driven by Sant Feliu de Guíxols Library.
- September, 28th. Photowalk in Vila-real.
Sign language and case studies
Case study report about edit-a-thons
A case study report about three of the edit-a-thons organized as part of the Europeana Awareness project was produced in cooperation with Europeana Foundation. The idea is that the report should give GLAM staff a few concrete examples and give them a better understanding of the possible outcomes so that more GLAMs within the Europeana network will start to contact their national chapter and co-organize edit-a-thons. You can read a blog post about it or have a look at the full report here.
Sign language films on Commons
Apelsin (orange) in Swedish sign language
After about a year of talking about it, discussing licenses, thinking about use and other issues, we are now in the final stages of a content donation of about 150 000 films of sign language divided over 16 different languages. The organization Spread the sign has, and are continuously, filming signs that they use for an online dictionary. As they also want to raise awareness of sign languages and make the films more used and useful they have decided to release the films under CC-BY-SA and are currently working on an upload bot to get the work done.
So far the Swedish Wiktionary community are talking about how to use the films on sv.wiktionary. All ideas about how to use the films are welcome on the cooperation page or within the different communities.
We participated in #Hack4DK, a Danish heritage hackathon taking place in the National Museum of Denmark. The event looked at new ways of using open cultural data such as images, maps, aerial photos, listed buildings, films and artworks. We worked on connecting our database of public art to a similar Danish dataset  but there were also various other projects involving wiki(p|m)edia. You can see all of the projects at .
New cooperation with Botanical Garden; History of Alps update; OpenGLAM workshop at OKCon
History of Alps
The project is still uploading the first three journals of the International Society for Alpine History in Wikisource:
The community of Wikisource is working to proofread them.
In the meantime we received the material of Domenico Rudatis (1898 - 1994), one of the first alpinists, to be uploaded in Commons and Wikisource.
Botanical Garden and Museum in Lausanne
- This month Wikimedia CH signed a new partnership with a science GLAM in Switzerland, this time in Lausanne. The partnership includes the providing of a camera based system for the digitization of herbarium specimen (dried pressed plants). But this is only a part of the collaboration. The main result of the partnership will be presented in spring 2014 with the inauguration of a specific audio guide tour for blind or visually impaired visitors of the botanical garden. During the preparation of this tour, the Museum and Wikimedia CH will prepare audio descriptions of selected plants, based on the introductions to Wikipedia articles or completely new texts. The tour will also be improved by the usage of Kiwix-serve to display Wikipedia articles directly on tablets.
OpenGLAM at the Open Knowledge Conference in Geneva
One of the first events to take place at this year’s Open Knowledge Conference in Geneva was an OpenGLAM Workshop for Swiss cultural institutions and the wider open culture and heritage community that provided an opportunity to exchange experiences and best practices and to develop an action plan for rolling out OpenGLAM activity in Switzerland.
Representatives from the Swiss Federal Archives, the Swiss National Library, and other GLAMs from several European countries gathered alongside directors of digitisation and restoration companies, members of opendata.ch, CreativeCommons Switzerland, and Swiss Wikipedians.
The following topic areas received the most attention during the discussions:
- How to reach broader community engagement?
- Legal and technical standards
- Collaboration with Wikipedia/Wikimedia
- Sharing of documents, arguments and statistics at an international level
- How to get the opening-up of collections recognized by the GLAM community / the funding bodies?
- Importance of realizing quick wins!
With regard to OpenGLAM in Switzerland, the setup of an OpenGLAM working group was proposed that would bring together representatives of NGOs, GLAMs, research institutions and other interested parties that actively work together to promote the OpenGLAM principles in Switzerland.
Later at the same conference, the Open Knowledge Foundation's OpenGLAM Principles were for the first time presented to a larger audience:
- Release digital information about the artefacts (metadata) into the public domain using an appropriate legal tool […]
- Keep digital representations of works for which copyright has expired (public domain) in the public domain by not adding new rights to them.
- When publishing data make an explicit and robust statement of your wishes and expectations with respect to reuse and repurposing […]
- When publishing data use open file formats which are machine‐readable.
- Opportunities to engage audiences in novel ways on the web should be pursued.
A full version of the OpenGLAM Principles is available on the Open Knowledge Foundation's website. Additional information with regard to the workshop can be found on the OpenGLAM Blog (including the various presentation slides).
The Morning After the Month Before
Kirkstall Abbey - a photo from WLM in the UK
September 2013 will always be the month the UK took part in Wiki Loves Monuments for the first time. We missed out in 2012, and planning began in January this year because we didn’t want the same to happen again. It has been a long process, but now the dust is settling and we can look back at WLM in the UK.
The first few minutes of 1 September were nervous. Would everything work? Would we have long to wait for our first upload? What did the month ahead hold? I nearly wore out the F5 looking for that first image, but only had to wait a few minutes. Thirty days later we had 11,995 photos from 573 people.
Both of those numbers are encouraging. The sheer number of photos meant the UK was the eighth biggest contributor to the global competition, but if anything those 573 people are more encouraging. Looking at the names of people who took part, there is a mix of old and new faces, and lots of people who have never edited before.
Buildings are the stage on which history happens, and WLM was a chance for people to engage with history as well as Wikimedia. And it worked. The fact nearly 600 people got involved speaks for itself, and several people have been in touch with the office saying how much they enjoyed the competition and adding something to Wikipedia. Some people wanted to know more about how it all works. It got people interested.
The competition is over as far as submissions is concerned, but now the judging stage starts. Volunteers have been integral to getting the infrastructure in place for WLM to work, and now they are helping by whittling down 11,995 photographs to around 1,000 for the final judging panel. The volunteer community have been outstanding. There are too many names to list here, but their efforts were invaluable and I owe them thanks.
As October wears on, keep an eye out for those listed buildings. Commons always needs good pictures, so don’t put away the camera just yet. The winners will be announced in early November, so watch this space.
Wikipedia at the Metropolitan New York Library Council in New York
Growing New York GLAM Activity
New York has been bustling with GLAM activity in the months of August and September.
On September 18th, Dorothy Howard, Wikipedian in Residence at the Metropolitan New York Library Council, hosted a workshop at METRO headquarters titled “Wikipedia for Libraries, Archives, and Museums,” with the help of several members of Wikimedia NYC. The workshop was attended by about 25 librarians, archivists, and museums professionals from institutions including the Frick Collection, New York Botanic Garden, New York Public Library, Queens Library, the Brooklyn Public Library, the American Museum of Natural History, and the Metropolitan Museum. The aim was to introduce the GLAM-Wiki program to New York librarians and archivists, do a basic training, and get institutional professionals thinking about Wikipedia projects.
Wikipedia Weekend at the Brooklyn Public Library Central Library
The workshop was the third training Dorothy has organized for the Metropolitan New York Library Council so far. Dorothy’s Residency is consortium-based, and so her position is prominently focused on providing resources and trainings for librarians, archivists, and museum professionals to help them establish Wikipedia projects. She has held meetings with nine METRO member institutions to introduce GLAM-Wiki and Open-GLAM, and also helped organized “Wikipedia Takes Brooklyn", a Wiki Photo-Hunt and Edit-a-Thon at Brooklyn Public Library Central Library Info Commons in September.
On the agenda next are Edit-a-Thons at the New York Public Library Jefferson Market Library in Greenwich Village, and at Queens Library Central, as well as more staff trainings at New York libraries and at METRO, and a lecture on Wikipedia for the Rutgers University MLIS Program.
Dorothy is documenting the project on the METRO GLAM page.
The world's largest photography contest has struck again, but missed many countries
Wiki Loves Monuments' goal is to enrich Wikipedia and her sister projects with photos and articles about the worldwide cultural heritage. Volunteers from 52 areas and countries organized this year the fourth edition of this event. Thanks to all their work we managed to have more than 370,000 photos uploaded by participants. This number of uploads is higher than the 2012 edition and is a new record. The 2012 edition is recognized by the Guinness Book of Records.
- Random selection of photos
Discovery Hut or Scott's Hut built (Antarctica)
The Reunification Monument (Cameroon)
Chyasaldewal (Krishna Temple) (Nepal)
Cathedral Church of the Holy Trinity (United Kingdom)
Results in numbers
In 2013 11,942 participants uploaded in 52 countries/areas more than 370,000 photos as part of Wiki Loves Monuments 2013. All together with the previous editions Wiki Loves Monuments made people upload more than 900,000 photos of monuments.
Statistics for each country:
- Algeria: 1046 images by 48 participants
- Andorra: 1064 images by 11 participants
- Antarctica: 22 images by 4 participants
- Argentina: 4104 images by 151 participants
- Armenia: 23923 images by 176 participants
- Aruba: 258 images by 30 participants
- Austria: 11157 images by 190 participants
- Azerbaijan: 490 images by 24 participants
- Belgium: 3202 images by 121 participants
- Bolivia: 2380 images by 156 participants
- Cameroon: 655 images by 28 participants
- Canada: 2555 images by 226 participants
- Chile: 4049 images by 154 participants
- China: 2880 images by 214 participants
- Colombia: 1251 images by 82 participants
- Czech Republic: 6427 images by 167 participants
- Egypt: 599 images by 101 participants
- El Salvador: 1117 images by 123 participants
- Estonia: 1583 images by 67 participants
- France: 21207 images by 642 participants
- Germany: 35590 images by 555 participants
- Hong Kong: 477 images by 48 participants
- Hungary: 3217 images by 137 participants
- India: 11718 images by 1485 participants
- Israel: 4730 images by 177 participants
- Italy: 8083 images by 528 participants
- Jordan: 1377 images by 56 participants
- Luxembourg: 252 images by 12 participants
- Mexico: 6794 images by 629 participants
- Nepal: 2621 images by 84 participants
- Netherlands: 7103 images by 166 participants
- Norway: 2493 images by 46 participants
- Panama: 1880 images by 113 participants
- Philippines: 6052 images by 92 participants
- Poland: 47976 images by 562 participants
- Romania: 4978 images by 123 participants
- Russia: 18833 images by 912 participants
- Serbia: 2691 images by 99 participants
- Slovakia: 2731 images by 76 participants
- South Africa: 6421 images by 89 participants
- Spain: 23126 images by 400 participants
- Sweden: 4037 images by 109 participants
- Switzerland: 3985 images by 192 participants
- Syria: 1494 images by 63 participants
- Taiwan: 2839 images by 151 participants
- Thailand: 1762 images by 181 participants
- Tunisia: 1555 images by 65 participants
- Ukraine: 35666 images by 604 participants
- United Kingdom: 12001 images by 573 participants
- United States: 10189 images by 872 participants
- Uruguay: 7615 images by 502 participants
- Venezuela: 836 images by 64 participants
Results in statistics
Missing countries / half the world
Map of the 52 participating countries in Wiki Loves Monuments 2013
The Global North (in green) and the Global South (in grey).
In the 2013 edition of Wiki Loves Monuments 52 countries and areas participated in Wiki Loves Monuments. Large parts on the map are coloured red, but also large parts are white. The world has 195 international recognized independent states, but has also many dependent territories. Only less than a quarter of these countries and territories participated in Wiki Loves Monuments.
- The largest area that isn't covered is Africa. In a few countries Wiki Loves Monuments has been organized, but in most of them we have do not have any lists of cultural monuments on Wikipedia and no participation in the contest. Only in 7 of the 54 independent states Wiki Loves Monuments has been organized and we miss much of the African cultural heritage.
- With the 2013 edition the first Arab states discovered Wiki Loves Monuments and made their first steps in the contest. Only in 5 of the 22 states of that region Wiki Loves Monuments has been organized. But the interest in the contest is growing in the Arab world thanks to the first pioneers in 2013 who bridged the cultural gap.
- In 2013 the area of the Caucasus two of three countries started with Wiki Loves Monuments, including the area of Nagorno-Karabakh. Only Georgia did not participate.
- In Central Asia there is no participation at all and we do little know about their cultural heritage.
- In other parts of Asia the participation is fragile. Several countries indicated the wish to participate, but only a part of them were ready to do so. Especially the countries of southeast Asia are missing, while they do have a rich cultural history which deserves more attention.
- In Oceania none of the 14 countries and 13 territories participated (besides Hawaii as part of the United States contest). The whole cultural heritage of the island nations are missing.
- Besides the three largest countries, almost all the countries of North America (including the Caribbean region) are missing with their cultural heritage. From the 23 countries and more than 14 dependencies and other territories in North America, only 6 participated: Aruba, Canada, El Salvador, Mexico, Panama and the United States. The rich cultural heritage of this area asks to be mapped.
- In South America the participation began in 2012 with 3 countries and grew in 2013 to 6 participating countries out of the 12 countries and 3 dependencies on the continent. We also explored in 2013 Antarctica and the Falkland Islands. What do we know about the cultural heritage of Brazil and French Guiana?
- In Europe most countries have participated in Wiki Loves Monuments. The most empty part of this continent is in the southeastern part with the Balkans, Cyprus and Turkey. Other countries that are missing are Moldova, Lithuania, Latvia, Finland, Iceland, Ireland and most of the small states: Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City and Malta. Another point of attention are the areas of Greenland, Gibraltar, Guernsey, Jersey, Isle of Man, the Faroe Islands and the Åland Islands.
- Around the world are a lot of other islands and dependencies with a small cultural heritage we have almost no knowledge of.
In the first four editions of Wiki Loves Monuments we focussed on the participation of those countries who were able to organize a local contest with lists of monuments, a jury and prizes. In all those countries all the volunteers did a great job and did a lot of work to make this event happen. But I think our responsibility goes beyond only the area where we live. The Wikimedia movement should focus in the coming years on all those other countries around the world to enable them to participate in one of the most simple way of participation (with uploading pictures). We should reach out to those who have more difficulties in participating and making it easier for them to join the world's movement of expansion of free knowledge.
The judges of each country have until the end of the month October the time to select the 10 winning photos. In most countries a prize giving ceremony will be held where the winners get their prizes. In November the international jury will select out of those 520 photos the best 10 photos of Wiki Loves Monuments 2013.
As the 2013 contest broke the record of the 2012 edition in number of photos, the international team will submit the new record to the Guinness Book of Records.
In the rest of the year we work on writing articles about these monuments and translating existing lists of monuments to especially Spanish and/or English to enable the rest of the world to learn about these hidden heritage. Also we need to create new lists of monuments for other countries to get a better view on the world's heritage.
Already several users/teams indicated their interest to participate in a next edition of Wiki Loves Monuments. Users can already start with preparing Wiki Loves Monuments by searching for lists of monuments in undiscovered countries and/or contacting the local institutions who are responsible for keeping a list of their cultural heritage. The users from already participating countries can help the Global South otherwise only half the world is covered. The Wikimedia movement should actively support projects like Wiki Loves Monuments in participating, so that the world's cultural heritage fully gets covered and participation is enhanced.
About Global South
Thanks, OKCon, featured content, stats and a final
Drama-based education. A token of appreciation for all those who have contributed to uploads by the Open Access Media Importer, e.g. by fixing conversion or thumbnail errors, adding descriptions or refining the categorization.
From September 16-18, the Open Knowledge Conference 2013 (OKCon) took place in Geneva, Switzerland, featuring talks, sessions, demos and workshops around all things Open. This included a workshop on OpenGLAM (see Switzerland report) and several on open science, one of which was dedicated to editing the English Wikipedia's entry on the topic as well as its French counterpart.
In early October, GLAMorous reported for the Commons category Open access (publishing) that it had 21396 files, of which 5769 are used a total of 65068 times across 297 Wikimedia projects.
For this category, the latest BaGLAMa stats are available for August and indicate 30,606,315 views of 56,439 mainspace pages that were using materials from the category across 207 Wikimedia projects. About half of these views are due to files that have been featured as Open Access File of the Day, and a bit under 10% due to files uploaded by the Open Access Media Importer.
Open Access Media Importer
The following represents a selection of the 446 files files that have been uploaded by the Open Access Media Importer this month, bringing the total to over 14,000. If you can think of wiki pages where these files could be useful, please put them in there or let us know. On October 1, the bot has been named one of six finalists in the Accelerating Science Awards Program. More on that will follow in the October report.
Open Access File of the Day
The following files have been featured as Open Access File of the Day this month:
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