Wiki Loves Monuments

Wiki Loves Monuments Panoramap

on Sep 26, 2013

Bastien Guerry has developed a map tool to find monuments more easily, if they have coordinates available (this is not the case in all countries). In this blog post he introduces his tool and explains. (LG)

I know the Wiki Loves Monuments contest since its early days, and I have always been enthusiastic about it. It is a great way to ask yourself: “What can I do to share my interest for cultural heritage?” and to make a real difference by answering with content and tools, not just ideas.

This year, I developed a tool to explore the WLM database of all cultural heritage monuments:

By default, the website asks for your location and will display monuments around your area. Then you can browse the map and click on “->?<-” anytime to load new monuments from the database (this link is also accessible with the “?” access key.)

Blue markers indicate monuments with a picture, red markers those without a picture. Other areas are clusters for when there are too many monuments in this area: you can reveal each of them by clicking on the cluster.

The menu on the top left corner allows to display monuments from a specific country. In this case, monuments are not loaded directly from the WLM database, but from a faster local clone of it.

Last but not least, you can share links to countries or to specific monuments. For example, here is the link to display all monuments from Austria, and here is a link to the Triumphal Arch in Paris.


wlm_screenshot_2Building this tool was fun, thanks to all the feedback I got from the WLM team and occasional users. The code behind the website is free software, you can grab it and contribute to it on github.

— Blogpost by Bastien Guerry, an active Wikimedia volunteer and developer.


  • Lodewijk

    Lodewijk "Effeietsanders" Gelauff has been an active member of the Wikimedia community since 2005; over the years, he helped out as a steward and an administrator of several wikis as well as a board member of Wikimedia Nederland, member of the Chapters Committee and organiser of various internal Wikimedia activities. In 2010, he led Wiki Loves Monuments in the Netherlands together with Maarten, and was mainly responsible for the community-related part of the contest as well as for documentation, and internal and external communication. In 2011-2013, he was a member of the international organizing team. After that, he has remained involved as jury coordinator and advisor.