[Wiki Loves Monuments] Queries about WLM

Lodewijk lodewijk at effeietsanders.org
Mon May 9 20:54:36 UTC 2011

Hi Strainu,

thanks for your email! It sounds great, and it would definitely be possible.
It would be helpful to read some more background probably what Wiki Loves
Monuments is all about if you didn't do that yet (
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Wiki_Loves_Monuments_2011/Concept )
. Please realize that by far the most work is in the providing of good lists
of objects (this goes for any topic you choose for the contest).

In many other countries, we cooperate as well with cultural heritage
organizations - who can possibly help you with some raw data for these lists
and some announcements. If you want, we can try to put you in touch with a
relevant organization through our European partners - no guarantees on this
short notice, but we can try. Cooperating with a FLOSS NGO sounds like a
good way to get stuff started, just make sure it is also supported by
several volunteerd from the region. If you need to use Wikimedia/Wikipedia
trademarks (you probably will need to) we will help you get in touch with
the right people at the Wikimedia Foundation and help smoothen the process
to see if they would have any objection. Again no guarantees, but I have
good faith in that - the WMF is always supportive of this kind of

Please keep us updated, I'm very interested to hear more!



2011/5/9 Strainu <strainu10 at gmail.com>

> 2011/5/9 Maarten Dammers <maarten at mdammers.nl>:
> > Hi Strainu,
> Hi Maarten,
> >
> > Op 9 mei 2011 om 17:55 heeft Strainu <strainu10 at gmail.com> het
> > volgende geschreven:\
> >
> >> Hi guys,
> >>
> >> I have two questions regarding this contest:
> >>
> >> 1. Is a local chapter needed for organizing such a contest locally or
> >> could it be done otherwise?
> >
> > A group of active people is needed. These are often part of a chapter,
> > but a chapter is not an absolute requirement.
> As it happens, I found out about Wiki Loves Monuments while looking
> for subjects for a free image competition I recently imagined to
> provide more free images from Romania. Since an European competition
> would be (I hope) an additional selling point, I thought we might
> become part of it. The "organizing comitee" for this contest exists,
> however, since we don't a have a chapter, we are partnering with
> another NGO which advocates the use of FLOSS to attract sponsors and
> partners (that is, we were thinking of positioning the contest as a
> "free image competition", not a "wiki image competition").
> Before I go any further, I just wanna make sure that neither me nor
> the NGO will get in any trademark-related issues with the WMF. As far
> as I could see, the Wiki(m|p)edia trademarks are not used, so we
> should be safe, but I wanted a confirmation on that.
> >
> >
> >> 2. Is it still possible for a new country to register?
> >
> > Sure, you just have to work a bit faster to be ready in September ;-)
> > What country are you thinking about?
> I'm thinking about organizing the contest in Romania. The period we
> had initially planned was august-september, so it roughly matches your
> timeline.
> I'll talk with the rest of the people involved and we'll decide by the
> end of the week if we can match your timeline :)
> Thanks for your response,
>   Strainu
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