[Wiki Loves Monuments] Increasing participation in WLM

vacio at riseup.net vacio at riseup.net
Thu Mar 20 14:32:17 UTC 2014

Hi, I want to share a little bit about our experience.

We organized a number of photowalks during September 2013 (usually in the
weekends). I think the good thing about this photowalks was:

* Involved local people, which means the photowalks helped to reach 
geographic locations where there were no Wikimedians (currently the
overwhelming majority of active Wikipedia editors in Armenia are from the

* Locals can more easily find and identify monuments.

* We found that many people have no writing skills/interests, but are
willing to contribute to Wikipedia. They learnt that they can do so by
making photographs

* After the upload workshops. For 80% of the participants, this was the
first time they contributed to a Wikimedia project.

After the contest, we found that 14% of this participants continued to
edit Wikipedia.

We also found that it would be a good idea to:

* Organize more than 1 workshop in a location, at least 2 (in fact, any
Wikimedia program we have done until now in Armenia, has proved, that it
is much more effective if you meet the same group of people at least

* Organize a workshop on basic photography skills. This will help to avoid
the flow of large number of low quality images.


> Hi All,
> I recently joined the Wikimedia Foundation as Program Officer for the
> Project
> and Event Grants Program
> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:PEG>(PEG). One of my main
> duties is to review grant proposals and reports. Many
> PEG grantees participate in WLM and I have noticed a trend in their
> reporting on WLM activities -- there is a decrease in volunteer
> participants year-on-year and a desire to strategize on how to address
> this
> issue.
> It would be great to start a discussion around new strategies for engaging
> WLM participants. The proposed session at Wikimania on "What can we learn
> from the WLM participants' survey"
> <https://wikimania2014.wikimedia.org/wiki/Submissions/What_can_we_learn_from_the_Wiki_Loves_Monuments_participants%27_survey%3F>will
> be a great place to discuss this issue, but please also feel free to share
> ideas on this email thread. If there is a better place to have this
> conversation - perhaps on the WLM 2014 page -- please feel free to move it
> there!
> One idea that some grantees have been implementing is to organize *photo
> expeditions* to places that are under-represented. These photo expeditions
> have two benefits -- (1) they allow people to travel to places they may
> not
> normally have the chance to visit due to transportation issues and (2)
> they
> travel to places where monuments have not been photographed. They also
> promote community!
> Another interesting strategy is to introduce *photography workshops*.
> Skills training can definitely be appealing to participants and will
> increase the quality of photos on wiki projects. We are encouraging
> grantees who have organized photography workshops to share their
> materials.
> Excited to hear your ideas!
> Thanks,
> Alex
> --
> Alex Wang
> Program Officer
> Project & Event Grants
> Wikimedia Foundation <http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Home>
> +1 415-839-6885
> Skype: alexvwang
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