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By Jan eissfeldt, Tony1, and Dank
An entry in the 2012 Wiki Loves Monuments competition: the ruins and the palace of Merkenstein at Gainfarn in Lower Austria. The palace is thought to have been constructed in the 12th century; in 1683 it was occupied by Ottoman troops and destroyed. Beethoven dedicated two songs to the ruin.

WLM reaches halfway point

The world's largest photo competition, Wiki Loves Monuments (WLM), is entering its final two weeks. The month-long event, of Dutch origin, is being held globally for the first time after the success of its European-level predecessor last year. During September 2011 more than 5000 volunteers from 18 countries took part and uploaded 168,208 free images (finalists and winners). This year, volunteers and chapters from 35 countries around the world have organised the event. The best photographs will be determined by juries at the national and finally the global level.

This submission from Estonia is one of four WLM-2012 photos that are already featured on Commons.
The Cathedral of Peter and Paul in the great Russian city of St Petersburg. This building, in the neo-Byzantine style, was designed by Nikolay Syltanov, the informal leader of the Russian Revival, and was built in 1894–1905 by Vasily Kosyakov
This WLM-photo of Fort Metal Cross in Ghana has already been used in the related German Wikipedia article.
The ruins of the abbatial church of a former Cistercian abbey that was destroyed in 1794, Gozée, Belgium
Part of the ceiling of the Museum of the Colegiate of Santa María la Mayor, Calatayud, Spain

Halfway through September, Spain leads the field by uploads, with more than 23,500 files submitted. Poland, with nearly 18,000 uploads, has overtaken Germany with around 16,000 submissions, and France, with 13,000. The Czech Republic and Ukraine (both around 7000), India (8000), and the US (9000) are heading the broader field.

The competition, which is advertised in banners on every WMF site accessed in participating countries, is designed to appeal to the broader readership as well as Wikimedia volunteers. People from countries that do not take part can participate if they submit photos of monuments in countries that are playing a role in this year's competition.

FDC members announced

On September 15, the membership of the volunteer-run Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC) was announced. The seven volunteers will look at applications by Wikimedia organisations, chapters, and the WMF itself (the "entities"), to recommend how $11.4M of donors' funds should be distributed.

The FDC is the key component of Wikimedia's shift to a grant-making finance model, aimed at lifting transparency and accountability. To date, only six Wikimedia organisations, including the WMF itself, meet the transparency requirements for previous fiscal years and are eligible to apply for FDC funding of their operations; a further 12 chapters may gain eligibility if they act before the end of this month. The entities' applications for funding will be reviewed openly on Meta, and the community will be able to take part in the proceedings. The seven voting committee members will bring a wide range of experience and qualifications:

The WMF board will be represented on the FDC by two non-voting members: expert trustee Jan-Bart de Vreede, from the Netherlands, and chapter-selected trustee Patricio Lorente of Argentina. In case of complaints by participating organisations about the FDC process or results, the two trustee members will liaise with the ombudsperson in looking at the dispute. Susana Morais, an industrial designer from Portugal who has worked in communications, will be the ombudsperson. She will be responsible for supporting complaints investigations and will publish an annual report to the board that documents and summarises complaints.

The durations of members' terms are not yet clear. In mid-2013, the community will elect two additional members in conjunction with the upcoming WMF community-trustee elections. Committee and community alike can review applications for FDC funding from October 1 (master timeline).

These appointments to the FDC give it a wide range of language abilities: native-speaking ability in English, Swedish, Telugu, Bangla, Ukrainian, Dutch, Spanish, and Polish; full professional proficiency in Russian and Norwegian, professional working proficiency in Hindi and Danish, limited working proficiency in German, Tamil, and Malayalam, and elementary proficiency in French. Susana Morais, the ombudsperson, is a native-speaker of Portuguese, has professional working proficiency in English and German, and limited working proficiency in Spanish and Mandarin.

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According to Wikimedia UK is not presently eligible for FDC funding. Yet the article says, "Mike Peel is a former chair and the current secretary of the UK chapter. He has a PhD in astrophysics and is a postdoctoral researcher at Jodrell Bank in the UK. He is the only voting committee member to hold office in an entity that is potentially eligible to apply for FDC funds." Does this "potentially" wording reflect that WMUK may acquire eligibility next month? And what about Anders Wennersten, who is described as being on the election committee of the Swedish chapter, which is already eligible for funds? JN466 17:38, 18 September 2012 (UTC)[reply]

The table that you link to say WMUK will be eligible if they submit their "Financial report 2011" which might have been approved at their recent meeting. As far as the Swedish Chapter, likely they don't consider being a member of the election committee the same as being an "officer" which is often used quite narrowly. Smallbones(smalltalk) 18:15, 18 September 2012 (UTC)[reply]
thanks Jayen, excellent catch. i indeed originally worded "relevant office" but the specification seems to have got lost in copyeditorial transit (background: i looked at the swedish chapter's rules over the weekend and their nomcom doesn't seem to interact with potential FDC issues). i put it back in, regards --Jan eissfeldt (talk) 18:31, 18 September 2012 (UTC)[reply]


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