The interior of a mill in Huaco, among the Argentine finalists.
The results of most of the national heats for Wiki Loves Monuments (WLM) have been published on Commons. WLM is the movement's international photographic competition, which was conducted throughout the month of September. A maximum of 10 images have been submitted by all but eight of the 34 participating countries, and the international jury for what is the largest competition of its type in the world is set to announce the global winner in four weeks' time.
In numerical terms, Poland submitted the highest number, with more than 51,000 files, over Spain, which could not hold its early lead, ending with 39,500. Germany came third with 34,000, and Ukraine fourth, with 33,000. France made the fifth place with 27,000. The US, with 22,000, fell short of the 50,000 Smallbones had hoped for in September, gaining sixth place.
Qualitatively, WLM 2012 has generated more than 1000 quality images on Commons so far. Eighteen photos have already been recognised as featured pictures and 15 as valued pictures. Nearly 2400 submissions are competing for the GLAM prize hosted by Europeana, the meta-aggregator and display space for European digitised works, funded by the European Commission.
The event appears to have succeeded resoundingly in the aim of attracting new editors. The WMF's new editor report stats show Commons jumping from about 1,100 to 4,800 new editors over the competition month, outflanking last year's European-wide competition (2,400 new editors). However, whether the flood of new editors translates into permanent contributors and how the new apps fit into the picture remain to be seen. Last year roughly 70% of the 5,000 participants made their first edit during the competition month and more than 90% of respondents in a subsequent survey said they would be likely to take part in another round.
The global jury is expected to announce its verdict at the end of November or in early December. All national finalists are displayed on Commons.
Wikivoyage launch: The beta-launch of Wikivoyage, Wikimedia's new travel guide project, is expected for the second week of November. The vote to select a new logo for the project on Meta is set to close on 15 November at 23:59 GMT. Meanwhile, the legal disputedrags on with the Wikimedia Foundation filing its opposition to the demurrer filed by Internet Brands .
WMF metrics meeting: The monthly metrics meeting of the Wikimedia Foundation, informing staff and community about the organisation's activities across the departments, has been held live on YouTube for the first time; the recorded session can be found on Commons. It includes an update from the Wikimedia Germany team that has been working on Wikidata. The WMF's written monthly report also has been published.
Chapters Association votes: On 30 October, the vote among chapter representatives whether to adopt a resolution accepting financial and organizational aid by Wikimedia Germany in finding a secretary-general, a role the German organisation's departing chairman applied for in July, ended with 5 ayes to 9 nays. The ongoing vote on office location, currently 6 ayes to 7 nays, will close on 5 November.
WMF board resolutions published: Resolutions approved by the WMF trustees during their meeting last month have been published and can be found on the foundation's wiki.
Editor survey launched: On 31 October, the annual WMF survey of Wikimedia editors has been launched. The design, largely resembling last year's survey to ensure comparability, can be discussed on the meta:feedback page on Meta.
German court rules on Wikipedia product placement: The Oberlandesgericht in Munich has ruled that companies using Wikipedia for product placement, which harms their competitors unfairly and by being non-transparent on their editorial conflict of interest, are violating German competition laws (§ 4 Nr. 3 UWG).
WMF tech department restructuring: The WMF's engineering and product department's structure is under review, with the aim of strengthening its focus on core activities. Erik Möller, the WMF's vice president in charge of the department, has started an open conversation on the issue by outlining a proposal to split the current department into two – one focusing on engineering and the other on products closer to the editing community.
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