Help us turn the pins green! [International map]

This post applies to the Monumental map – ie to the campaigns in countries that use the Monumental map based on Wikidata.

Help WLM contestants get the feedback they are looking for – turn the pins on the map from red to green.

On the map, monuments that aren’t yet on Wikidata show as a red pin. You can help those pins turn green as contestants upload pictures of ‘missing’ monuments. It doesn’t happen automatically, as manual checking is needed to make sure the image uploaded is actually suitable to be used as the primary Wikidata illustration.

To help, login to Magnus Manske’s newly-updated Wikidata File Candidates tool and make sure that the COMMONS and ON WIKIDATA options are selected.

Type in the Commons category you want to check, eg Images from Wiki Loves Monuments 2018 United Kingdom. Use the cog button to show/hide options, and the refresh button beneath to run the query.

If there are any candidate images to be added to Wikidata, they’ll appear in a list. On the left are Wikidata items and on the right are the potential candidates. First, make sure the correct WD item has been matched by the tool. If not, remove the line item by clicking the red button on the left.

Then, to add a new primary WD click on ‘Image’. You should normally select only a single best and most representative picture, but you can select several if really essential. If there is a good representative internal shot, add that as well using the ‘Image of Interior’ option from the Photo button.

Click on the red cross on the left to tell the tool that you won’t be using the other images of that monument (this prevents those images being re-displayed to you later). If there is no suitable representative image at all, ignore the suggestions and just click the red cross.

Sometimes the WD item already has one or more images, in which case they will appear under a horizontal red line in the left column. That may be because the WD item has been changed since the tool did its last data-collection run, or because the existing image is, for example, an internal shot and the tool is presenting possible options for an additional representative image.

Once you’ve added one or more images to WD, the corresponding pin on the map will change from red to green within a few minutes.

Many thanks to  Magnus for this wonderful tool!

2 thoughts on “Help us turn the pins green! [International map]”

  1. Hello,
    I am just working on WLM-DE (Germany). Well, I got Email from WLM-UK to load up photos of UK monuments. I remembered of one of my impressiveholidays there and had a look at the map ( We resided near the St Michaels Church in Newquay, too. Just clicked on the red (!) needle on the churches place in map. Choose the photo file from my concerning holiday folder – upload – licence – categories – chosed and Hmmmm, found a category which ist already filled with photo files of the object.
    I don’t know why they were not used or recognized as existing, maybe they have got no Wikidata item number.
    So please leave me alone until you have checked if photos of an object are really needed or not. Its very disappointing spending much time for realizing the object is already catched by someone. I know, more is better, but that is not what I want, if I Click on a red pin.

    1. Sorry for your disappointment, Tommes. We’ve tried to be clear on our website that a red pin on the map means that the building is missing an image *on Wikidata*. As you’ve found, sometimes Commons may hold non Wikidata-linked pictures of the same building. Making the link to Wikidata for old Commons images can be extraordinarily difficult, as the vast majority of such images have no official registration number that can be used for linking, and more often than not the Commons title doesn’t match the title on the official listing particulars. Volunteer editors are putting a lot of effort to make the matches manually or semi-manually (I’ve done several thousand myself over the last few weeks), but with 600,000 or so official listings in the UK it is a huge task. We’re grateful for your photos anyway; fresh images of listed building are needed even where Commons may have others.

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