Projekt:Europeana Awareness 2012/Wiki Loves Public Art

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If you have any suggestions how to make this into a great contest, if you are interested in helping us organizing it and have great fun doing it, or have something else you would like to share, please write and tell us on the talk page or send an email to john.andersson(at) and let us know what you are interested in contributing with! We are especially looking for national coordinators that can help us organize the volunteer efforts and the contacts with national GLAMs. Of course their is also a need for other types of involvements that might be less demanding. If you are interested in public art, enjoy organizing events, think that it is cool and interesting to work with projects that increases cooperation between the Chapters or would like to work towards GLAM in your country, well then this would be something for you! We encourage you to apply today.


Wiki Loves Public Art is a new concept, much inspired by the successful Wiki Loves monument in which people are invited to take pictures of pieces of public art. "Public art" refer to sculptures, mosaics, mural paintings, memorials and place specific installments that can be reached by the public. The artworks should have some form of a official unique ID (created by someone else than us; this is to avoid long discussions about the lists being original research and not possible to include on Wikipedia).

WLPA will be organized locally by Wikimedians that will work with both the Wikimedia Community but also initiate cooperations with the GLAM sector/authorities. The goal is that our partner will help us by releasing data that make it possible for us to create the lists with the objects that can be photographed as part of the contest (i.e. making databases with public artworks freely accessible).[1] [2] This make it possible to cross of objects that have been photographed. On top of making this very contest possible, the type of involvement that is needed from the authorities and GLAMs can have many valuable side effects, such as creating a foundation for further cooperation in other areas or just simply to plant the idea of open data within these institutions.

Hopefully we will have the possibility to use the judicial experts that are associated with the Europeana Awareness project to help us out when organizing the event and help us make rational decisions. A major challenge is to figure out what objects can be photographed and which ones cannot, and prepare the contest based on that to avoid copyright infringements.

Goals With the Project

We are hoping that this will be a pan-European, or even a global contest from the very start! As a first step the main focus is on coordinating the organization and work with the WLPA together with the Wikimedia Chapters in i France, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, UK and Sweden, as outlined in our Description of Work.[3] [4] [5] The project will be organized and lead by Wikimedia Sweden.[6] However, as we are dependent on the involvement of volunteers, it might turn out that some countries will join, while other decide not to currently participate.

Some Chapters that works in countries without or with limited Freedom of Panorama, such as Wikimedia France, have already pointed out the legal problem they face if, or hopefully when, they join the contest as many public artworks are rather new and many of the artist of public artworks have not been dead for 70 years. By organizing a smaller pilot contest in their countries, perhaps by focusing on older artworks or by limiting it to a smaller geographical area the concept can however be tried. The value is two folded with this approach: (1) some artworks can still be photographed, and if the national contest is clearly limited to these the participants should have no problems understanding what can and cannot be photographed (this might however take a larger effort from the organizers to sort out objects from the data set); and (2), perhaps even more important, this can increase the publics interest and understanding of the legal issue and perhaps in the end help to affect policy makers to change this limiting legislation.

Our goal is that the contest will be picked up both by the media and social media. Just like Wiki Loves Monuments this is an excellent chance to talk about Wiki(p|m)edia and our work and to reach new groups. The goal is to have 30 mentionings/dedicated articles or blog posts this first year, around 150 reports in both media and in for example blog posts in 2013 and 200 in 2014.[7]

For the second year (when most of the events will take place) the DoW state that we should have around 600 Wiki(p|m)edians involved and the third year around 1,200 Wiki(p|m)edians involved in our events (in total in both the GLAM events and the WLPA).[8]

As we belong to the content Gathering campaign we are, togheter with the other participating organizations, supposed to deliver, together with the other partners in Europeana Awareness, 20,000 new items than can also be uploaded to Europeana the first year, 40,000 items in 2013 and 80,000 items in 2014 (i.e. the project should ideally continue in 2014 to make this happen).[9]

The Contest

There will be a national and international contest.

Europeana will sponsor one of the prices for the international contest. We are currently looking into more possible prizes.

Ideas for different contests:

  • Best picture series.
  • Best artist series (e.g. best series of sculptures by Auguste Rodin).
  • Best close-up.
  • Best thematic picture (e.g. best statue or best modern).

The Juries

There will be a national and international jury.

The International Jury

The international jury will decide which of the national contributions that will win the international contest. The international jury should be formed by one member from each participating country. It is the national coordinator's job to identify a suitable jury member for the international jury. The jury should ideally consist of a mix professional photographers, Wikimedians or art experts. (The Wiki Loves Monuments team has organized it a bit differently, see Commons:Commons:Wiki Loves Monuments 2012/Documentation and we could possibly organize it that way as well if the national coordinators disagree on the proposed strategy outlined here).

The National Jury

The National Jury often consist of one convening jury moderator.

For example, the jury could be picked from:

  • Photo magazines (especially the ones that has a focus on amateurs).
  • From the strategic partner organizations.
  • From authors of art books.
  • From art professors.

Dissemination of Results

The pictures that are taken of the artworks will also be uploaded onto Europeana's portal (the more copies the better, right).[10] The Open Knowledge Foundation is working to create an app that will show different monuments in the direct proximity to the phone and existing pictures (so that it is possible to see if they are good or not) and they will hopefully be able to expand it also to Wiki Loves Public Art.[11]

How the work has progressed will be presented in the report D2.6 Europeana GLAM WIKI event plus report on Public Art project.


The necessary conditions for the project to be successful have to be identified by WMSE by the 9 Project month, i.e. September 2012. This will be done by talking to the people that have been working with Wiki Loves Monument to learn from their mistakes and successes, read their wiki pages and the emails on the email lists to avoid restarting old discussions. The actual contest will take place in May 2013.

For a more detailed timeline, please see the timeline on Wikimedia Commons.


  1. Page 16 in Part B (page number 65 in the document) in Annex I - "Description of Work".
  2. Page 51 in Part B (page number 100 in the document) in Annex I - "Description of Work".
  3. Page 16 in Part B (page number 65 in the document) in Annex I - "Description of Work".
  4. Page 24 in Part A (page number 24 in the document) in Annex I - "Description of Work".
  5. Page 51 in Part B (page number 100 in the document) in Annex I - "Description of Work".
  6. Page 52 in Part B (page number 101 in the document) in Annex I - "Description of Work".
  7. Page 63 in Part B (page number 112 in the document) in Annex I - "Description of Work".
  8. Page 63 in Part B (page number 112 in the document) in Annex I - "Description of Work".
  9. Page 63 in Part B (page number 112 in the document) in Annex I - "Description of Work".
  10. Page 51 in Part B (page number 100 in the document) in Annex I - "Description of Work".
  11. Phone call with Joris Pekel 7 June 2012, between 14.00-14.30.