2023:Program/Community Initiatives/DFRJXB-Further gamification of photo contests – the example of bike quests in Moldova

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Title: Further gamification of photo contests – the example of bike quests in Moldova



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Room: Room 326

Start time: Thu, 17 Aug 2023 14:45:00 +0800

End time: Thu, 17 Aug 2023 14:55:00 +0800

Type: Lightning talk

Track: Community Initiatives

Submission state: confirmed

Duration: 10 minutes

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Presentation language: en

Abstract & description[edit source]

Abstract[edit source]

They’ll go on their bikes anyway – gamify their rides and get Commons photos!

Description[edit source]

During Wiki Loves Monuments 2022 in Moldova, a novel idea came about: “What if we send people on their bicycles to discover and take photos of cultural heritage sites by themselves?”. Gamified activities, inspired by the “quest” format, can be tweaked in a million of ways (how flexible, how competitive, etc.), and can in the end provide Commons illustrations of underrepresented landmarks.

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Qn. How does your session relate to the event themes: Diversity, Collaboration Future?

Established photo contests like Wiki Loves Monuments (WLM) already have a gamified structure, by providing various incentives to motivate participants to contribute as much as possible.

To increase diversity and collaboration, further gamification is always a good idea – especially when it works :)

During the 2022 iteration of WLM in Moldova, a “sub-project” was tried out: bike quest. It ensures increase of diversity of both participants and content. More to the point: 1. Participants. More often than not, bicycle and alternative transportation users don’t really have any connection to the Wikimedia world. By reaching out to them with gamified projects like the bike quest we can bring diversity and open new fronts of collaboration. 2. Content. Some monuments / places are outright boring. Located off-the-beaten-path, few people visit them, except those that may have relatives there. Encouraging people to take these routes and take photos along the road ensures some level of visibility to regions that may otherwise keep waiting for their illustrations to show up on Commons.

Qn. What is the experience level needed for the audience for your session?

Everyone can participate in this session

Qn. What is the most appropriate format for this session?

  • Tick Onsite in Singapore
  • Empty Remote online participation, livestreamed
  • Empty Remote from a satellite event
  • Empty Hybrid with some participants in Singapore and others dialing in remotely
  • Empty Pre-recorded and available on demand