Dear Wiki(p|m)edians, My name is John Andersson and I have been a volunteer on different Wikimedia projects for around six years now and an elected administrator on the Swedish language version for about five. Earlier this year I got hired by Wikimedia Sverige and I am now working at WMSE's office full time. A large part of my work is devoted to the coordination of the new international photo contest Wiki Loves Public Art that will take place in May 2013. The photo contest will focus on taking pictures of artworks in the public space (exactly what will be included will differ between the countries, just like what constitute monuments in Wiki Loves Monuments differs between the countries). There will be a small set of common rules for the entire contest, but just like with the Wiki Loves Monuments contest there will be national rules as well; and the idea is that we will have both national juries and an international jury.
This is just a brief background, but I am writing this to you with two things in mind: To ask you to consider becoming a National Coordinator and take a leading role in organizing the contest in your country. I believe that much of this work can, and should, be done in cooperation with the great volunteers that has previous experience from Wiki Loves Monuments and to make our job as easy as possible we should also take advantage of all of the great tools previously developed for Wiki Loves Monuments. I.e. we do not have to start completely from scratch! If you think that you got what it takes to make the contest happen, then please sign up on this list; andAs a lot of the Chapters now are planning for next year's activities and budget I kindly ask you to work for your Chapter to include Wiki Loves Public Art in next years budget and work plan, as this would help realising the contest also in your country. Please consider both of them. Sincerely, John - - - - John Andersson Wikimedia Sweden Event Manager Europeana Awareness Phone: +46(0)73-3965189 Email: john.anders...@wikimedia.se Skype: johnandersson86 Be sure to follow us on Twitter at @wikieuropeana Visit http://se.wikimedia.org/wiki/Projekt:Europeana_Awareness/English for more information about our project!
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