[Wiki Loves Monuments] Call for suggestions for the international jury

Lodewijk lodewijk at effeietsanders.org
Thu Aug 18 10:10:42 UTC 2016

Hey John,

2016-08-18 12:02 GMT+02:00 john cummings <mrjohncummings at gmail.com>:

> Hi Lodewijk
> Some questions:
>    1. What is the time period for judging? I assume October some time?
> October is the time period for the national organisers. The plan is to
have judging take place 'over a period of 3 weeks in November'.

>    1. Based on previous experience how many hours work do you think the
>    juror would need to take part? It would be very useful when asking people
>    to give them an estimate of the number of hours you are asking them to work
>    on this.
> It's reviewing 200-500 photos over three rounds in a rating system. It
highly depends on the person how much time they would spend on it, but I
would be surprised if they would spend more than 8-10 hours on it. It also
includes a little reading up, explaining and discussing the edge cases.

>    1. Is an international jury member required to put a rating and
>    comment by all the 300-500 images or could they for instance add a rating
>    to their favorite 50 images?
> There is a three round system. First they are asked to rate all pictures,
1-5 stars. Then we allow jury members to 'veto' an image (say it's
unworthy) and if a few members agree, we remove it from the selection. Then
we have a bit of discussions about the top-40/50, and from that top
selection, they are asked to rank their favorite 25 and add a comment.

>    1. I know that WLM held the Guinness World Record for largest
>    photography competition in the world, is this still true? This would be a
>    helpful fact to bring up when encouraging people to be judges.
> Yes, it is still recognised
as the world's largest photography contest by GWR.

Hope that clarifies!


> Thanks very much
> John
> On 18 August 2016 at 11:18, Lodewijk <lodewijk at effeietsanders.org> wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> Like every year, we need to put together a good jury for Wiki Loves
>> Monuments 2016. It is a complicated and delicate process to come to a
>> balanced jury, and I would like to outline the criteria here, and to ask
>> for your input. I have agreed to take the lead on this process - but would
>> definitely welcome your input, and help.
>> As in the past years, I think it is important to aim once again for a
>> jury that as a whole is neutral and balanced in many ways. This means
>> ideally:
>> * A mix of photography experts, heritage experts and Wikimedia experts
>> (aiming at a total size of 7-9)
>> * Geographically balanced so that no two jury members come from the same
>> country.
>> * Balance in many other ways imaginable (while at the same time, one can
>> never assure a balance in all aspects)
>> * The international jury members do not serve on a national jury for WLM
>> At the same time, there are some practical considerations:
>> * Jury members must be able to write and read English
>> * They must have the time to commit to judge 200-500 photos in three
>> rounds over a period of 3 weeks in November
>> * While jury members can participate in a local competition, their
>> photos cannot participate in the international finale
>> * Jury members should not participate in any national jury for 2016
>> (previous years is OK)
>> * It would be helpful if the juror would be willing to share their real
>> name for the jury report.
>> * Jury work is in a volunteer capacity.
>> Do you know someone who would make a good juror, please contact me
>> privately with the suggestion. At least let me know who the juror is, how I
>> could contact him/her and why they would make a good jurymember (and
>> whether you have reason to believe they would accept the nomination, if
>> asked).
>> I will do my best to put together once again a qualified and diverse jury,
>> with your help!
>> Thank you in advance!
>> Best,
>> Lodewijk
>> (international jury coordinator, WLM 2016)
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