[Wiki Loves Monuments] Queries about WLM
effe iets anders
effeietsanders at gmail.com
Mon May 16 15:43:16 UTC 2011
thanks a lot for your mail, it sounds great that you are participating, and
the news was received well during our meeting in Berlin (by coincidence, we
had a WLM meeting in Berlin this weekend). Welcome Nicu to this mailing
Partnering with an existing Open Source group might indeed be a good idea to
handle some of the more practical stuff.
Am 13. Mai 2011 11:20:08 UTC+2 schrieb Strainu <strainu10 at gmail.com>:
> Hi guys,
> <snip great news>
> However, I still have some outstanding issues:
> - Romania does not have a freedom of panorama law, which means that
> some monuments will not be eligible for ditribution under a free
> license. How did other countries in the same situation handled this?
Unfortunately more countries are having this problem. Basically the lack of
Freedom of Panorama means that participants will not be able to submit
images of buildings which are still within copyright. This means you have to
create the list of all monuments, and find a way to figure out which are and
which are not in copyright. I am not even close to an expert on Romanian
copyright law, so this is something you should be working on probably. If
there is a way we can help, please let us know.
If this information is in the lists, we can tell participants they can only
submit photos of a certain subcategory of the monuments - the PD ones.
> - Lodewijk, you said that we'll probably need to use the WMF
> trademarks. Could you be more precise on what part of the contest are
> you referring to? Also, if you could put us in contact with the WMF,
> we would be most grateful.
I will contact the Wikimedia Foundation and ask what is the most practical
approach here. I know that there is at least one more country without
chapter that is considering to participate, so we might encounter this
You would need this trademark mainly to be able to tell people that they are
participating this contest to help Wikipedia - strictly speaking this would
not be necessary, but our experience is that it increases your odds quite a
> - regarding the Cultural Heritage Organization in Romania, I know
> about CIMEC , and I also found a contact person on the European
> Heritage Days page . Again, any help on this side would be much
Maarten Dammers is in contact with the Council of Europe and CARARE, and can
probably put you in contact with your national organization. Maarten, can
you please try to help them out?
I am looking forwards to any updates! If you need any further help or
advice, please let us know, we are happy to assist in any way possible.
With kind regards,
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> 2011/5/9 Lodewijk <lodewijk at effeietsanders.org>:
> > Hi Strainu,
> > thanks for your email! It sounds great, and it would definitely be
> > It would be helpful to read some more background probably what Wiki Loves
> > Monuments is all about if you didn't do that yet
> > (
> > . Please realize that by far the most work is in the providing of good
> > 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
> > and some announcements. If you want, we can try to put you in touch with
> > relevant organization through our European partners - no guarantees on
> > 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
> > 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
> > 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
> > initiatives.
> > Please keep us updated, I'm very interested to hear more!
> > Best,
> > Lodewijk
> > 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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