2012 Picture of the Year: A pair of European Bee-eaters in Ariège, France.
Wikimedia Commons is happy to announce that the 2013 Picture of the Year competition is now open. This year will be the eighth edition of the annual Wikimedia Commons photo competition, which recognizes exceptional contributions by users on Wikimedia Commons. Wikimedia users are invited to vote for their favorite images featured on Commons during the last year (2013) to produce a single Picture of the Year.
Hundreds of images that have been rated Featured Pictures by the international Wikimedia Commons community in the past year are all entered in this competition. These images include professional animal and plant shots, breathtaking panoramas and skylines, restorations of historical images, photographs portraying the world's best architecture, impressive human portraits, and so much more.
For your convenience, we have sorted the images into topical categories. Two rounds of voting will be held: In the first round, you may vote for as many images as you like. The top 30 overall and the most popular image in each category will continue to the final. In the final round, you may vote for just one image to become the Picture of the Year.
With the deployment next Tuesday you will be able to edit all sitelinks at once as well as all fields of the "in other languages" box. This is an intermediate step towards the new user interface and will evolve further over the next weeks. You can see what is coming on Tuesday now already on test.wikidata.org.
WikiProject Names aims to improve name related data on Wikidata. Initial focus is on first names (given names). Half of items for first names still need cleaning up, but 15% of items for persons already have a given name defined.
www.wikilovesmonuments.org.uk appears to be down
Hi Michael, I just wanted to check the rules for submissions regarding Northern Ireland for some last-minute uploads for WLM but unfortunately www.wikilovesmonuments.org.uk appears to be down. Is there any hope to see it online before the deadline? Or is it possible to find the rules and eligibility criteria elsewhere? Thanks, AFBorchert (talk) 21:13, 29 September 2014 (UTC)
Oh dear, bad news and bad timing. I'll ask WMUYK's IT consultant to check what the problem is. I certainly hope it will be up again tomorrow. --MichaelMaggs (talk) 21:33, 29 September 2014 (UTC)
AFBorchert, I can confirm it is down just now. However, these links may help:
Hope that helps. -- Colin (talk) 21:47, 29 September 2014 (UTC)
Hi MichaelMaggs and Colin, thanks for your help. File:Drumnakill Church and Murlough Bay 2014 09 18.jpg is my first attempt to submit a photograph for WLM in Northern Ireland. Does this submission look ok or is anything missing? (Sorry, I do not use the upload wizard.) Thanks for any help. I intend to upload some additional photographs tomorrow short before the deadline hits. Thanks again, AFBorchert (talk) 22:05, 29 September 2014 (UTC)
Hi Andreas. No, it's not intentional, and scheduled monuments in NI are indeed eligible. I'm not quite sure what happened there, but for some reason - as I just found out last week - it appears that we have not extracted the data for the NI scheduled monuments lists into Wikidata and the WLM interactive map. So, as someone else recently pointed out, it's unfortunately not possible to use our map to search for and display NI scheduled monuments. This seems to have been an oversight, and I apologize for it. Hopefully we can get that fixed for next year, but fortunately as you aren't using the contest upload Wizard, the issue should not affect you directly. Your upload looks fine: it's entered into the contest as it's in the right category (Images from Wiki Loves Monuments 2014 in Northern Ireland) and links to the NI monument number. I do hope you'll have time to upload a few more before midnight tonight! --MichaelMaggs (talk) 11:33, 30 September 2014 (UTC)
I saw your post on the FPC page and I'd be happy to help. I think I do fulfill the requirements well enough, so please feel free to include me if my help is desired.
Best regards, --DXR (talk) 18:03, 30 September 2014 (UTC)
Yes please. Many thanks; will be in contact soon with more details. --MichaelMaggs (talk) 21:49, 30 September 2014 (UTC)
Great, just drop me a line when the time has come. --DXR (talk) 19:11, 1 October 2014 (UTC)
Spent the week with the WMF multimedia team and volunteers to get more clarity about structured data on Commons. We'll be asking for feedback on a lot of stuff over the next weeks. The main info hub is taking shape at Commons:Structured data.
More fixes for the switch to HHVM
Looked into possible performance improvements. Some of them will be taken into the next sprint.
Battled a handful of nasty issues on the live-site
Here's your quick overview of what has been happening around Wikidata over the last week.
Wikidata turned 2 on Wednesday! Have a look at the notes from the community and development team and add your note. Also don't forget to check out all the cool presents (a painting, speed improvements, a huge load of unconnected articles that you can help connect via the Wikidata Game, WikidataLDF, a recent changes visualisation)!
Continued work on LabelLookup and related code to further improve performance
Made it possible to show references in statements on property pages. (Remaining bugs before roll-out are issues with adding/editing/removing statements on property pages.)
Further improvements to sitelink editing (The edit toolbar now floats so it doesn't scroll out of the page on a long list of sitelinks. An empty row for adding a new sitelink is shown by default when editing to make this faster and take less scrolling.)
Further adapting of simple query code so we can get it to review at the Foundation again.