Community Wishlist Survey 2017/Programs and events/An organizer dashboard for multimedia contribution drives

An organizer dashboard for multimedia contribution drivesEdit

  • Problem: Contribution drives, such as Wiki Loves X contests(Monuments, Earth,…), Science Photo Competition, WikiVacations, WikiDaheim and beyond are common activities on Wikimedia Commons, successful in bringing new content and contributors. In the past 7 years, Wiki Loves Monuments alone has contributed 2 million files and attracted 54K participants that never edited before (source). In 2017, 75% of the total participants were first time contributors to Wikimedia Commons.

While such campaigns are successful in attracting newcomers and contributions to Wikimedia projects, they are far from being optimized from the participants, organizers, and Wikimedia Commons editors perspective.

As a Wiki Loves Monument participant, you upload a photo to Wikimedia Commons to participate in a contest but there is usually months before you hear back from the organizers (both at the local and international level), if at all. You usually do not know what stage of the contest your photo is in or if there are any issues with your photo submission (watermarks, licensing issues, etc.). You usually hear back from the organizers if your photo gets selected or if your photo is nominated for deletion (or is already deleted).
From an organizer perspective, there is no central and user-friendly place that you can go to to be able to monitor your campaign. Photos submitted to your campaign may get deleted and you may be notified only when a sad participant contacts you. There is no easy way for you to find photos with watermark, licensing issues, photos nominated for deletion, etc. This means that in a resource constrained environment, organizers generally do not spend a lot of time hand-holding newcomers to learn how to improve their photos or correct for mistakes.
Commons editors
In the absence of an easier way for Organizers to monitor their campaigns, the task of monitoring the large volumes of contributions may often falls back on the shoulders of Wikimedia Commons editors. Automatizing and providing local organizers with the resources they need can help this group to have less burden on this front and focus their valuable time in other areas that require their attention.

Although there are many curation tools on Wikimedia Commons, none exists that help to monitor and manage the campaigns mentioned above.

  • Who would benefit:

Contribution drives such as Wiki Loves X contests and beyond can benefit from such a system. For each of such contribution drives, one or more of the following groups can benefit from such a dashboard:

  • The local organizers, since a good supporting tool would help them have a better hold of their campaign.
  • The Commons community, who would spend less cycles on processing content since it would be managed by local organizers
  • The good faith newcomers, who would have a better experience in the contest
  • Proposed solution:

We imagine a monitoring tool (aka “dashboard”) to help local organizers more efficiently monitor their campaigns. Such a tool would flag problematic cases (files with unclear license, no author, ...) early on for local organizers' review, and notifies them of events on Commons (nomination, deletion). Ideally, such a tool will be integrated with the jury tool used heavily by the contribution drives, Montage.

Features could include:

  • Notify the uploader and the local organizer of potential issues with an upload
  • Flag to local organizers problematic/suspicious/tricky images early on, so that they can review/fix it.

(eg, an image without license ; resolution too low ; copyright in the EXIF != username ; no metadata at all ; present on other websites [via reverse image search])

  • Flag to local organizers images from the competition nominated for deletion (so that they can help sort the situation out − either fix it, or intermediate between community and uploader.)
  • More comments: This was originally elaborated up by the Wiki Loves Monuments international team. More examples and user stories can be found in the documentation.
  • Phabricator tickets:


This proposal makes a lot of sense.

I could imagine extending Programs & Events Dashboard to work for this, but it'd be a fair amount of effort since the multimedia-tracking capabilities of it are very rudimentary right now (and I'm not sure how tough it would be to integrate with the Montage app). I'm not sure that would be the easiest solution, but maybe? Probably easier than writing a new dashboard tool from scratch. I'd be interested in stealing design ideas for handling multimedia projects on P&E / Wiki Education Dashboard, if this gets taken up. :-) --Sage (Wiki Ed) (talk) 21:18, 22 November 2017 (UTC)