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Commons:Wiki Loves Monuments 2014 in Norway

Photo: Henny Stokseth
Photographing Norways cultural heritage

Wiki Loves Monuments ( is an annual international photography contest and crowdsourcing event in which participants photograph and upload images of historic monuments to Wikimedia Commons. These images are then available for free use on Wikipedia and beyond. More details can be found at Wiki Loves Monuments 2014. The competition takes place throughout September.

The Norwegian part of this year's contest will focus specifically on cultural heritage. There is no requirement for participants or volunteers to be from Norway. The Norwegian part of the competition is volunteer-led, with significant support from our local WMF chapter, Wikimedia Norge and Riksantikvaren (The Directorate for Cultural Heritage).

Have you taken heritages photos in Norway?Edit

There are three simple rules if you take part in Wiki Loves Monuments 2014 with images from Norway:

  1. Upload your image/s in a free license at Wikimedia Commons in September.
  2. The image might be taken at any time, but it has to be your own and must not have been uploaded to Commons before.
  3. The image has to portray a registered cultural heritage site in Norway.

At Norwegian (Bokmål) Wikipedia, there is a dedicated website to the competition.

About the contestEdit

Template:WLM-NO 2014 links Wiki Loves Monuments in Norway will follow the same rules as the international competition. Participants upload pictures taken by themselves of listed cultural heritage within Norway and Svalbard and upload them to Wikimedia Commons during the month of September under a free license. Uploaded photographs do not have to be taken during September 2014, but they must not have been uploaded to Wikimedia Commons before. Participants are free to take photographs of any eligible cultural heritage (a list will be provided), even if Commons already has one or more photographs, but of course a new angle or a new detail is more useful to the project than simply repeating what has been done before.

The list of cultural heritage eligible for the competition is largely based on the Kulturminnesøk database maintained by Riksantikvaren. And photographs have to be tagged with an Kulturminnesøk ID number unique for that listed cultural heritage site. Your photos will add to the collection in the relevant Commons category.

See the results at the page of the Norwegian jury, here.


For the Norwegian organizers, and remaining work to be done, see: Planning. You are heartedly welcome to add your name to the page if you want to help organizing photo safaris or other events for Wiki Loves Monuments 2014 in Norway.


Due time Task Importance Done by Status
January 2014
January 31 from this date you are invited to indicate that you're interested in organizing WLM in your country by sending an email to wikilovesmonuments   N/A
February 2014
February 1 contact local Wikipedians (if any) to start a heritage project on your local Wikipedia    N/A
February 5 analyse what information about the monuments is available in your country (e.g. full address, coordinates, unique identifiers etc.)      
February 15 start to identify and contact local partners  
February 15 start to identify and contact local volunteers for photo safaris  
February 15 start working on your official (external) website    N/A
February 18 add your country to the participating countries list and set up a page with general information about your local contest     
February 19 register your local wikilovesmonuments.TLD domain. Create a redirect to Wikimedia Commons if you have no content yet   
February 19 create your local OTRS queue and team  
February 20 (if needed) create a mailing list for your local Wiki Loves Monuments   N/A
February 21 start preparing a task management system, divide the work between the people  
February 22 contact your government or other responsible institution/organisation and ask for the lists of monuments     
February 25 Add your country to this list on Wikimedia Commons and create a page for it. Also, fill in the progress table for your country     
February 26 have all main organisers subscribed to the global mailing list      
February 28 (if needed) create a timeline for your local Wiki Loves Monuments; feel free to use this one as a base!    
March 2014
March 1 contact other partner organisations or institutions (cultural institutions, governmental offices in charge of heritage, etc.)   
March 2 start advertising the project in your local Wikimedia community (if exists)    
March 4 start a discussion on defining communication channels (including outside ones)    
March 15 Finalize the scope (what's included) for the contest      
March 21 have the list of monuments received from the government/other responsible institution     
March 25 create environment where people can report errors in the lists     
March 31 have a landing page ready at your local wikilovesmonuments.TLD page    N/A
April 2014
April 1 start looking for local sponsors to provide awards   
April 1 consider asking your local Ministry of Culture or other cultural heritage institution to formally support the contest in your country  
April 3 Create WLM 2013 statistic  
April 13 have the rules of the contest set up and posted to your project website     
April 30 have the official website up, running and shining     
May 2014
May 1 start thinking about some promotional materials and goodies to give to the participants (t-shirts, badges, ...)  
May 1 start organizing a local jury     Tor Arne
May 6 Create and run script to update BBR & FMIS lists
May 15 Check WLM on Labs   
May 15 set up category structure for your local monuments on Wikimedia Commons   
May 16 (if possible) start working on a local events programme  
May 30 have an OTRS queue set up with at least two-three people with access   
May 30 local sponsors should be ready & informed about the goings-on   
May 31 decide prices for the contest    27.mai
June 2014
June 10 have the pre-announcement posted to your local Village Pumps & specific users   
June 10 start processing already existing pictures on Wikimedia Commons    N/A
June 12 have the pre-announcement posted in local blogs on wikilovesmonuments.TLD and   
June 16 have your local jury fully formed     Tor Arne
June 19 have structured list templates finished   
June 19 have most of structured lists ready  
July 2014
August 2014
August 4 start preparing Commons infrastructure (UploadWizard) and CentralNotice in your language   
August 4 (if possible) improve Upload forms to get up-loaders more help to input applicable data   
August 11 Finalise local photo-safari and other events programme  
August 14 decide on "real life" meetings with volunteers   
August 16 decide if you want to hold an awards ceremony and (if agreed on) start preparations    
August 19 start working on an announcing press release   
August 19 have a announcement posted to local Village Pumps & specific users   
August 21 have a announcement posted in local bloggs on wikilovesmonuments.TLD and   
August 21 have the announcing press release ready and translated into your language; send it to the media!   
August 24 have all upload environment in your language tested    
August 24 monuments lists should be finished; WLM-database updated; finish processing already existing photos on Wikimedia Commons   
August 31 have UploadWizard and CentralNotice translated to your language and ready   
August 31 have all crucial infrastructure and pages on Wikimedia Commons as well as the tools translated into your language    
September 2014
September 1 start the contest!    
September 12 have the middle-of-the-contest press release ready and translated into your language; send it to the media!    
September 16 have a middle-of-the-contest announcement ready and posted on local Village Pumps and in blogg on wikilovesmonuments.TLD!   
September 25 start working on a final press release   
September 27 have judging criteria and tool ready for the jury   
September 30 finish the contest!    
October 2014
October 1 have the final press release ready and translated into your language; send it to the media!    
October 2 have a after-the-contest announcement ready and posted on local Village Pumps and in blogg on wikilovesmonuments.TLD!   
October 9 have the participants survey ready and translated into your language   
October 25 Collect prices from sponsors    
October 30 have your local winners informed about the results of the contest    
October 30 have a press release about the results of your local contest ready and sent out to the media    
October 30 have an announcement about the results of your local contest ready and posted on local Village Pumps and in bloggs on wikilovesmonuments.TLD &   
October 31 Hard deadline: have the final decision of the local jury; send your nominations to the international level    
November 2014
November 4 send thank-you letters or e-mails to the volunteers, partners and sponsors and invite them to your local awards ceremony   
November 11 start working on the evaluation of the project  
November 18 (if applicable) hold your local awards ceremony    
November 25 make sure all photos are in the lists and are properly categorised   
November 30 have the evaluation ready & posted to your local Wikipedia; translate at least the most important parts of it into English   
December 2014
December 1-31 get some rest! well done! :-)    

Continuous tasksEdit

There are, of course, some tasks that would need to be performed every now and then during the preparations for the contest and the contest itself. A short list of such tasks follows here; the most important ones have been marked with a yellow background:

Task Due time Done by
Central promotion February-June
driving the decision-making process February-November
motivating the organisers and the volunteers February-November
task and budget management February-November John
keeping the timeline up-to-date February-November
writing regular blog posts on the official website of your local project April-November
social media management April-November

# post regular updates on progress on your external website
# organise local meetups with a focus towards monuments and try to get press atenttion, especially in local media
# keep adding all new photos to the lists on your local Wikipedia


Previous WLMs in NorwayEdit