[Wiki Loves Monuments] 2013 - wanted: volunteers for the coordinating team

Jason Spriggs jason at jasonspriggs.com
Thu Oct 11 23:17:05 UTC 2012

I believe I'd be game for being apart of the team.


On Thu, Oct 11, 2012 at 4:24 PM, rupert THURNER <rupert.thurner at gmail.com>wrote:

> I d really appreciate if somebody from Africa would like to help with
> organizing wlm. Wlm and wiki takes whatever are imo some of the best suited
> methods to expand contributorship.
> Rupert
> Am 11.10.2012 21:51 schrieb "Lodewijk" <lodewijk at effeietsanders.org>:
>>  Hi Nkansah,
>> thanks for your mail! For the coordinating team it is mostly important to
>> have a good mix of people who have time, commitment and experience. There
>> is no need that everyone has technical skills, but it would be very helpful
>> if some have. There is no official age limitation, it is more important how
>> mature one behaves (please note that this is basically a working group, and
>> not so much a formal board function).
>> There is not much software 'behind WLM' so there is in that respect not
>> much training. There is of course a lot of documentation, but mostly it is
>> (I'm afraid) a self-learning process.
>> Last year we ran the coordination with four very active people. This was
>> sometimes on the low side.
>> There is no formal geographical limitation - although being from a
>> country that successfully organized Wiki Loves Monuments - and that could
>> organize it again without your continued support would definitely be a big
>> advantage. I would really be sad if you joining the international
>> coordination team would for example mean that the activities in Ghana would
>> be decreased significantly.
>> Best,
>> Lodewijk
>> El jueves, 11 de octubre de 2012, Nkansah Rexford escribió:
>>> Hi,
>>> My questions:
>>>    1. To be a part of the organizing team, do I need any technical
>>>    and/or programming skills (e.g PHP, SQL etc)?
>>>    2. Any age limitation?
>>>    3. Will newbie volunteers be trained to use the
>>>    software infrastructure behind WLM, or they'll have to figure our stuffs
>>>    based on their experience?
>>>    4. How many volunteers do you need (or how many volunteers will you
>>>    recommend to run WLM 2013 successfully)?
>>>    5. Any geographical limitation?
>>> I guess thats all I wish to ask for now.
>>> However, I'm willing to volunteer. I'm from Ghana.
>>> Rexford
>>> On Thursday, October 11, 2012, Lodewijk wrote:
>>>> Hi all,
>>>> 2012 has been the second year that we have an international Wiki Loves
>>>> Monuments competition, and it is quite a ride! While we're not finished yet
>>>> with this years competition, it is probably good to look forward to 2013. A
>>>> number of countries have indicated they would love to join next year. Some
>>>> who have already participated this year, some who will be joining for the
>>>> first time. Some who participated this year, but not to the extent they
>>>> would have liked to.
>>>> But for a smooth organization, we will need a dedicated volunteer team
>>>> for the international coordination. This year the team consisted from
>>>> Maarten (Multichill), Elke (Elya), Tomasz (Odder) and myself with the
>>>> valuable support of Barbara who was working from the Wikimedia Deutschland
>>>> office. At least a few of this team have indicated that they are unlikely
>>>> to help coordinate to the same level as this year.
>>>> Lets put it bluntly: without coordinating team, there will be no
>>>> international competition for Wiki Loves Monuments in 2013. So the question
>>>> is... are there any volunteers?
>>>> Maybe you wonder what this coordinating is all about. Most of it is
>>>> stuff that others will never see. Talking with network partners, keeping
>>>> track of status and documentation, a whole bunch of technical stuff in
>>>> tool- and database maintenance and also a lot of knowledge transfer to
>>>> local teams (chats, meetings, workshops). The time it costs can vary
>>>> widely, but should not be underestimated (I think a few hundred hours is on
>>>> the lower side). Of course the more skills and people, the less work per
>>>> person.
>>>> Would you be interested? Just drop me a note or ask some questions on
>>>> this list, in a chat or somewhere else. We don't need to make this decision
>>>> right now - but if we want another WLM international - we will need to get
>>>> started with budget requests pretty soon thanks to the more complicated
>>>> budget allocation rules we're facing. I'm happy to help get that done - but
>>>> only if I'm confident that there will be a great team once again :)
>>>> I'm looking forward to any questions or emails on this topic.
>>>> Best,
>>>> Lodewijk (not on behalf of anyone)
>>> --
>>> +Nyarko Rexford <https://plus.google.com/u/0/107174506890941499078>
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