[Wiki Loves Monuments] Increasing participation in WLM
galaver at gmail.com
Thu Mar 20 19:37:49 UTC 2014
I want to share some ideas about activities. In Mexico we organize a more
comprehensive program for 2013 in three cities of the country with a lot of
attendance . We wanted to give an aditional experience among the contest
for the people who want increase their personal knowledge about the main
themes of the contest: photography and heritage. All the photowalks had, in
advance, two workshops about basic concepts of photo and composition .
An in the tour, we have the participation of historians and professional
photographers  who given "live" advices to the tourers for get the best
shoot fixing the more commons mistakes: backlighting, composition,
saturation, etc .
Another activity was a panel of discussion about heritage, Creative Commons
and Wiki Loves Monuments with the participation of free culture activists
and photography experts. It was so interesting and in fact, the time was
not sufficient for discuss a very broad amount of related terms. All this
activities had too much attendance. In fact, for the tours, is strongly
reccomended have small groups of people.
If someone want advices about this kind of events, we will very happy to
2014-03-20 8:32 GMT-06:00 <vacio at riseup.net>:
> 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
> > WLM participants. The proposed session at Wikimania on "What can we learn
> > from the WLM participants' survey"
> > <
> > be a great place to discuss this issue, but please also feel free to
> > 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
> > there!
> > One idea that some grantees have been implementing is to organize *photo
> > expeditions* to places that are under-represented. These photo
> > 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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