[Wiki Loves Monuments] Camera users - the Android app is for you!

Philip Chang pchang at wikimedia.org
Mon Sep 10 22:41:12 UTC 2012

Greetings WLM Members,

Version 1.2.3 of the WLM Android App is on Google
here <http://dumps.wikimedia.org/android/WLM-v1.2.3.apk>. We have made some
improvements and in particular, there is an important enhancement related
to camera photos.

Yes, camera photos. Please let me explain.

The app is a great way to find monuments, but many participants in WLM use
cameras to take the photos they will submit to the contest.

It is great to submit mobile photos to the contest as well, but cameras
generally offer better quality and control. So why not upload mobile photos
as placeholders, to make camera submissions easier?

The following blog post, which will be published tomorrow, explains how
this works.

Using the Wiki Loves Monuments App as a travel
Posted by Philip Chang <http://blog.wikimedia.org/author/pchang/> on
September 10th, 2012

The Wiki Loves Monuments Android
a great way to take photos and upload them to Wikimedia Commons during the
world’s largest photo
September. But what if you are shooting with a camera and don’t see
yourself taking too many photos with your mobile phone? You can now use the
app as a convenient travel log and make it much easier to organize your
photos when processing and uploading them at home.

Here’s how you use the app as a travel log. As you walk around finding
monuments nearby to shoot with your camera, use the app on your phone to
find the monuments and take a picture of them to upload, either on the road
or when you get home. Back on your computer, your uploaded mobile photos
will be a convenient record of all the monuments you visited, sitting on
Commons under “My uploads.”

As an added bonus, every mobile upload you add to Commons will include a
link to the Special Upload Wizard that automatically allows you to upload
and categorize more photos of that monument based on its campaign and
reference number. This is similar to clicking the “upload photo” button on
the monument lists in Wikipedia, but it is right there in your travel log.

A screenshot of the new travel log feature associated with WLM app photos
uploaded to Commons.

To see your travel log and use this feature, you must login at
commons.wikimedia.org <http://blog.wikimedia.org/commons.wikimedia.org> and
click on “My uploads” at the top. Click on the name of any uploaded photo
and the file page of that photo will open. Scroll down and below the
description you will see the link, “Upload more photos of this monument.”

The travel log can help you in two ways:

   1. you will see a sequential list of the monuments you visited, which
   helps in identifying the monuments taken on your camera
   2. you can submit the photos from your camera for each monument directly
   from the travel log

The latest app, version 1.2.3, has been published in the Google
and that version has this new feature. Please update the app if you
downloaded it before and do not have auto-updates turned on. If you have
good ideas about photo uploads in general, or improvements next year, feel
free to post feedback<http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wiki_Loves_Monuments_mobile_application/Feedback>
send email <mobile-feedback-l at lists.wikimedia.org>.

You may also download the app
or on the F-Droid

We appreciate your support. Happy uploading!

*Phil Chang, Product Manager, Mobile*

   - Copyright notes: "Upload more
    by Philinje <http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Philinje>,
under CC-BY-SA
   3.0 Unported <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/legalcode>,
   from Wikimedia Commons

Phil Inje Chang
Product Manager, Mobile
Wikimedia Foundation
415-812-0854 m
415-882-7982 x 6810
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