Grants:APG/Proposals/2020-2021 round 1/Wikimedia Nederland/Impact report form

Purpose of the report


This form is for organizations receiving Annual Plan Grants to report on their results to date. For progress reports, the time period for this report will the first 6 months of each grant (e.g. 1 January - 30 June of the current year). For impact reports, the time period for this report will be the full 12 months of this grant, including the period already reported on in the progress report (e.g. 1 January - 31 December of the current year). This form includes four sections, addressing global metrics, program stories, financial information, and compliance. Please contact APG/FDC staff if you have questions about this form, or concerns submitting it by the deadline. After submitting the form, organizations will also meet with APG staff to discuss their progress.

Metrics and results overview - all programs


An overview


Our annual plan 2021 was developed in September 2020, when it was still unclear if and how the pandemic would continue in 2021. We made a decision to develop a ‘normal’ work plan, even including Wikimania scholarships! We realised full well that the chances were high that we would not be able to implement it to the letter, and we had a ‘plan b’.

In the end, the WMNL office remained closed during 2021 (except for a few wonderful weeks in May-June) and we were able to organise only one in-person event, in September.

Being limited to virtual events impacted our ability to do outreach, and to work on recruiting new editors. Plans for a Wikipedia week of events in June when the Dutch language Wikipedia turned 20, had to be postponed. There also was no Techstorm in 2021. The development of a new area of work focussing on the Sustainable Development Goals had to be postponed. Overall, our operational capacity was reduced by the fact that the office was understaffed because if illness and a vacancy; for most of the year we were at 80% of our normal staff capacity..

However, work continued. We were able to get a lot done, in cooperation with the community and our partners:  

  • we ran a successful series of online masterclasses on sharing knowledge about colonial heritage, with 50% of participants based in Surinam or the Dutch Caribbean (funded by the GO - fonds)
  • great progress was made in the technical updating of Papiamentu Wikipedia (Papiamentu is an official language in the Dutch Caribbean),
  • we developed a new Friendly Space Policy for all our events and platforms, based on the Universal Code of Conduct,
  • we put down the foundation for direct partnerships between Dutch GLAMs and Wikimedia Indonesia,
  • the three-year project Media art on Wikipedia was launched in September to make media art from Dutch collections more accessible to the public. WMNL partners with the LIMA insitute and several Dutch museums and universities
  • we built  a GLAM knowledge platform which will allow staff from heritage and education institutions to develop Wikimedia-activities with only minimal support from WMNL (funded by NDE - Digital Heritage Network)
  • we organised a successful online WikiCon
  • we modernised our website and ran our first pilotproject to increase funding from local donors.

There was even cause for celebration:although we could not celebrate the Wikipedia birthdays as we would have liked, they helped us generate good media coverage including full-page articles in national newspapers.  And at Wikimania, Dutch Wikimedian Lodewijk Gelauff received the first Wikimedia lifetime achievement award for his meritorious contributions such as the Wikimedia project Wiki Loves Monuments.



In the 2021 annual plan, Wikimedia Nederland set itself quantitative goals for Wikimedia projects. In terms of added or improved content, the results are well above expectations. In this second corona year, the results of recruiting new editors again fell short of expectations, as did those for retaining new editors. It confirms once again that face-to-face is more effective, when it comes to guiding people in their first steps in the wiki world.

Metric Achieved outcome Explanation
1. number of total participants 1063 no in person events - we are also beginning to notice Zoom fatigue
2. number of newly registered users 62 recruiting new editors is turning out to be difficult without in-person contact
3. number of content pages created or improved, across all Wikimedia projects 3,306,075 This huge number is mainly a result of the work done on providing Papiamentu translations for labels in Wikidata. In addition, a community volunteer is doing mass uploads from imagelibrary of our partner KITLV (Royal Ethnographical Institute)
4. content added in Wikipedia en Wikisource in other languages than Dutch 1273 The work done on adding Papiamentu labels to Wikidata can also be seen as contributing to this metric
5. editor retention 5 This number is low as we are not recruiting that many new editors at the moment

Detailed breakdown of results

participants new users new content other languages editor


gender gap 132 7 2013 0 2
netherlands and the world 183 25 3091041 151 0
Sustainable development goals - - - - -
community 176 4 17 35 3
free content 62 1 4623 0 0
glam 408 6 208359 1087 0
education 20 19 22 0 0
outreach 82 - - - -
total 1063 62 3306075 1273 5
planned for 2021 2,300 295 50,000 4,500 40

How our work programme is structured: target groups and thematic priorities


WMNL's work is divided into three core programmes, each targeting a specific stakeholder group:

  • Community: working with the Wikimedia-communities,
  • Free Knowledge: working with our partners from the GLAM and education sectors
  • Outreach: the general public and policy makers.

Across all programmes, we focus on three thematic priorities. These provide a focus for content donations by partners, and for activities aimed at editor recruitment and retention. Also, it enables us to target specific ‘gaps’ in the Wikimedia projects and Wikimedia communities.

  • Gender: Women and LGBT+
  • Netherlands and the world: decolonising knowledge
  • New: Sustainable development goals.

We started working with thematic priorities a couple of years ago. We have found that it is a great tool for aligning with the Movement Strategy 2030, especially ‘Safety and Inclusion” and “Topics for impact”.

Wikimedia Nederland and the Movement Strategy 2030


WMNL started aligning its work to the Strategic Direction as soon as it was published. We are now finetuning this alignment to match the strategic recommendations, with a focus on ‘safety and inclusion’, ‘coordinate across stakeholders’, and ‘knowledge for impact’. In the table below you can see how the activities reported here related to the strategic recommendations.

During the course of 2021, we worked on developing the Wikimedia Nederland multiyear strategy 2022-2024, which will formalise and reinforce our orientation towards the Movement Strategy 2030.

Movement Strategy recommendations WMNL activity
  • Increase the Sustainability of Our Movement

Lobby and support FKAGEU

  • Improve User Experience
  • Provide for Safety and Inclusion
Netherlands and the World

Gender gap


Implementing UCoC

  • Ensure Equity in Decision-making
  • Coordinate Across Stakeholders

Knowledge platform

  • Invest in Skills and Leadership Development
  • Manage internal knowledge
Knowledge platform
  • Identify Topics for Impact
Sustainable Development Goals

Netherlands and the World

Gender gap


  • Innovate in Free Knowledge
  • Evaluate, Iterate, and Adapt

Theme 1 - Gender: women and LGBT+


The aim is to enrich the Wikimedia projects with knowledge by, for and about women and LGBT+ people,  in order to reduce the unequal (re) presentation of content on Wikiprojects, and to increase diversity in the community of contributors. Our main partners are Atria, the Institute on gender equality and women's history, and IHLIA, the international LGBTI heritage archives, both based in Amsterdam. WMNL cooperates with, and supports, the Gender Gap working group.

WikiFridays:  writing events for women and LGBT+ community


Before the pandemic, our partners IHLIA and Atria each hosted writing events that provide safe and friendly environments for women and members of the LGBT+ community to get acquainted with Wikipedia and work on articles. Because of COVID these events were moved online. For practical reasons, the events were merged. This works, but everyone is longing for the moment they can come together in the libraries. Also:  women’s issues and LGBT+ issues, and the groups of people interested in them, overlap but are not identical.

LGBTI+: Increasing understanding and improving content


When a well-known Dutch musician came out as an intersex person, changes made to their Wikipedia-article by editors and ‘passers-by’ lead to a sometimes acrimonious discussion on the article’s talk page and in the NLWP Village Pump. This occasionally indicated a lack of understanding of, and empathy for, issues related to gender-identity.

WMNL is now in contact with a senior lecturer on this topic at the University of Amsterdam. We are exploring several options:  (1) integrating Wikipedia editing in a university course at the University of Amsterdam to improve content and (2) a trainee working for WMNL and IHLIA to provide background materials and sources for editors in the Wikimedia projects.


During the WikiConNL in November, we already invited an expert with lived experience on the topic to give a presentation for Wikimedians. We used a similar approach two years ago, when we asked experts on privacy law to provide their opinion on how the community should deal with biographical data on living people on Wikipedia and Wikidata. This worked well.

Other activities:

  • Wiki-gap. We participated in the international WikiGap Challenge, promoted by the Swedish Embassy in the Netherlands. 64 articles on women or women-related topics were added to Wikipedia.
  • International Women’s Day. On March 6, we organised an online event to celebrate International Women’s Day. It was a combined event in the framework of the Gender Gap and Wiki goes Caribbean programmes, with participants from the Caribbean and European parts of the Kingdom of the Netherlands logging in. (You can find more info on the project page)
  • Women mathematicians. The Dutch section of European Women in Mathematics approached us for help in setting up a series of writing events to add information on female mathematicians to Wikipedia. An experienced Wikipedian (herself a physicist) was willing to give them guidance and support their events.   

Theme 2 - Decolonising knowledge: the Netherlands and the World


The Netherlands and the World  theme wants to contribute to the diversity of Wikimedia projects by making available knowledge and collections in the Netherlands that are particularly relevant to other parts of the world. Often these relate to the Dutch history of colonialism and trade. In addition, we encourage groups in the Netherlands with a recent or historical migration background to become active within the Wikimedia projects. The sub-project Wiki goe Caribbean aims to expand and improve the information about Surinam and the Dutch Caribbean  (the islands Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Sint Maarten, Sint Eustacius and Saba) on the Wikimedia projects.

Our main partners are: the Museum for World Cultures, UNESCO Nederland, Leiden University - department for Asia-studies, National Archives, Institute for Sound and Vision, University of Curacao, Bibliotheca Nacional di Aruba, Wikimedia Indonesia

Wiki goes Caribbean online events


The two-monthly Wiki goes Caribbean meetings continued on Zoom, attracting participants from the Dutch Caribbean as well as the Netherlands.

In 2021, in collaboration with the National Archives and the Dutch-Caribbean Bookclub, we organized online WGC writing meetings to describe, improve, expand and update the knowledge about the Caribbean part of the Kingdom on Wikipedia in Dutch, English, Spanish or Papiamentu. And by adding images and data to Wikimedia Commons and Wikidata respectively. Themes covered during the meetings were lnternational Women's Day, music in the Caribbean, and Dutch-Antillean prime ministers. The writing meetings had a total of 117 participants.

We have found that editor recruitment is difficult in a virtual setting. It really helps if you can sit down next to someone and point to things on their screen.

We have decided that we will continue the meetings either as Zoom events, or as hybrid events, once the pandemic is over to facilitate involvement from people based in the Caribbean.

Papiamentu Wikipedia ready for business (and Wikidata too)


Papiamentu is an official language on the Dutch Caribbean islands Aruba, Curacao and Bonaire.  The language is an integral part of Dutch Caribbean culture and history.

There is a Papiamentu Wikipedia, but is has been in need of TLC for some time, especially concerning software, tools and coding. Our partners the University of Curaçao and the National Library of Aruba are keen to further develop the content of the Papiamentu Wikipedia. At their request, and in consultation with the one active admin, Netherlands/Dutch Caribbean Wikimedians set up a joint working group. Since November 2020 they have:

  • mapped and largely revised the category tree (the keywords assigned to each article)
    Participants in the master classes Share your data on colonial heritage
  • translated the software so that new parts of the interface are available in Papiamentu
  • recruited new admins
  • provided Papiamentu translations for Wikidata, making it easier to use.

Next steps will be to start adding to free knowledge in Papiamentu: recruiting editors, translating content and improving illustrations.

Our goal is to help create a viable and self-supporting community for the Papiamentu WP.  We are aware that ultimately it is undesirable that WMNL and/or the community of NLWP are too closely involved.

There's more information in this blog.



Wikipedia Pages Wanting Photos (WPWP) is an annual campaign where Wikipedians around the world add photos to Wikipedia articles that are missing photos. The Wiki goes Caribbean working group took the initiative to organize WPWP for the Netherlands. Together with the Papiamentu community, images from Wiki Loves Monuments in Aruba and the Dutch Caribbean were highlighted in this context.

Share your Data on colonial heritage


Two years ago Wikimedia Nederland organized “Share your Data” (Deel je Data) for the first time: a series of masterclasses for staff of heritage institutions on all aspects of sharing knowledge and collections with the Wikimedia projects.  

With financial support of the GO-fund we organized 'Shared history: on wiki': a series of online Share your Data masterclasses focused on colonial history. The target audience were people who - as part of their work or studies - manage knowledge and (cultural) heritage about the history of Surinam and the Dutch Caribbean, or about the interaction between these regions and the European part of the Netherlands.

The training consisted of four master classes and a concluding practical day ('mini-hackathon') where what was learned was put into practice. During the training, participants actively shared knowledge and heritage on Wikimedia projects. They were introduced to the international Wikimedia movement and got an understanding of the workflow and structure of Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons, Wikidata and Wikisource, relevant copyright and privacy rules, tools for content upload and data enrichment. Special attention was paid to specific challenges regarding the respectful sharing of knowledge on sensitive topics such as colonialism and slavery. For this part of the programme, we cooperated with our friends of Whose Knowledge?

Partnership with Wikimedia Indonesia


We have been collaborating with our Wikimedia Indonesia colleagues for several years, e.g. around the Ki Hadjar Dewantara collection and during History Month 2020. (see our blog post)

This year we expended this collaboration. On 22 May, WMNL Board Member Lizzy Jongma and Director Sandra Rientjes were guests on the Wikimedia Indonesia talk show to discuss the benefits of collaboration between heritage institutions and the Wikimedia projects.

On 25 May, Wikimedia Indonesia staff members met with a number of Dutch museums, libraries and archives -all GLAM-partners of WMNL- during a Zoom meeting. These institutions manage historical collections that are very interesting for Indonesian Wikimedians. Wikimedia Indonesia will work directly with these institutions to identify relevant context from their collections, and will not have to rely on mediation by Wikimedia Nederlands. The Dutch GLAM institutions are also keen to intensify cooperation with WMID. Decolonization of collections is a priority for almost all of them. We are expecting the first content donations in Q3 and Q4. (Sneak preview: one of our GLAM partners is now - March 2022 - looking for funding to hire a Wikmedian in Residence especially focussed on Indonesian heritage.)

Next year, we plan to hold a working event for Dutch and Indonesian Wikimedians, working with donated content, adding structured data, improving meta data etc.

Donation Africa collections


The library of the African Studies Centre Leiden has been uploading Africa photographs to Wikipedia's image bank since 2012. With the 2021 uploads, the ASCL collection on Wikimedia Commons contained over 4,000 images. The collection includes images from a variety of countries including Morocco, Cameroon, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Senegal and Guinea-Bissau.

Theme 3 - Sustainable Development Goals


Our plans to start a program focussing on knowledge related to the Sustainable Development Goals had to be postponed. This was partly because of the COVID restrictions:  we find that recruiting new editors and new partners is not very successful if in-person meetings are impossible. The other reason was the fact that the office was understaffed during the first six months of 2021. We hope to start work on this in 2022.

Programme Community


Community events

New Year's Event 2021

We had planned to splash out on our traditional New Year’s event, and link it to Wikipedia’s 20th birthday on January 15. Unfortunately, by January the Netherlands were in deep lock down.  We had an online event, sent the participants a snack-parcel and some celebratory goodies by post, and managed to have a good time. 55 wikimedians (members and non-members) attended.  

The annual Wiki-uilen (Wiki-owls) were awarded to individuals, groups and projects that had stood out during 2020.  And the winners of the annual 2020 writing competition were announced, with prizes going to  Baltimore (Maryland), Bloemdieren and Indische Instelling. There's more info in the jury report (Dutch). Wikipedia veterans Ellywa en HenkvanDeelen looked back at 20 years of Wikipedia.

Plans for a Wikipedia celebration week in June, with the WikiConNL, a tech-event and a Wikimeet/barbecue, had to be postponed at the last minute because of the reintroduction of restrictions.

Drinks at the wikimeet following the General Assembly in September- the only in-person gathering in 2021

Following the General Assembly on September 25 we organised a wikimeet and barbecue, which was attended by 23 community members. The Assembly and Wikimeet turned out to be the only in person meetings of 2021. By October, infection levels were on the rise again.

There were three online WikiSaturdays with the following themes: Lockdown Challenge, International Women's Day and Free Knowledge - also for children. We have decided to discontinue WikiSaturdays as regular events, as attendance was falling even before the lockdowns started. The office will opened on Saturdays 'on demand' for thematic events or working sessions.

Scholarships and small grants


No Wikimedia meetings were organized or international travel undertaken in 2021 due to the pandemic. We gave out no scholarships

From the small grants scheme, several requests were approved, including requests for the purchase of prizes linked to the 2021 Writing Competition and the #100wikiwomen challenge 2021-2022. In addition, several volunteers applied for the individual improvement of articles on Wikipedia: an application to participate in the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) and request for the purchase of a book worth 99 euro to improve the article Equipment of an ambulance.

From the Universal Code of Conduct to a WMNL Friendly Space Policy


For all meetings organised by Wikimedia Nederland, the Friendly Space Policy (BVR), applies.  The last revision of the WMNL Friendly Space Policy was in 2017. Since then, the wiki-world has not stood still. Online meetings have become more important and there is increasing value placed on providing a safe environment for a diverse group of participants. This is reflected, among other things, in the creation of the Universal Code of Conduct

Celebrating 20 years of Wikipedia

In consultation with WMNL members and the wider Wikimedia community, WMNL has started updating and improving its Friendly Space Policy . To do this, we set up a working group of community members, a board member and the ED. Alignment with the Universal Code of Conduct is a starting point, the challenge being that the UCoC implicitly focuses on the online projects, while most of the interaction in a WMNL framework is either in person, or via mail, chat etc. Another challenging issue is how to deal with conflicts that originate on Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons or another project, and ‘migrate’ to WMNL events or platforms.

In 2020, we already had a first exploratory discussion on the WMNL Wiki. In 2021, we set up a working group, consisting of  three Wikimedians, a board member and the ED of WMNL to draft a  new Friendly Space Policy.  In June, we published a first draft for feedback from the community. A final draft was presented at the WMNL general assembly in September. The next step will be to develop guidelines on implementation and enforcement. Because the office was understaffed due to illness in Q4, that had to be postponed until 2022.

Programme Free Knowledge


GLAM: working with libraries, archives and museums


GLAM knowledge platform


Wikimedia Nederland developed an online knowledge platform. The aim of the platform is to provide online guidance and tools for staff of Dutch heritage organisations on Wikimedia. The number of heritage institutions approaching WMNL for support has been growing steadily in recent years. However, our capacity for support remains limited. That is why we set up a knowledge platform with documentation, manuals, tools and instructional videos that allows heritage organisations to contribute to the Wikimedia projects independently. Staff members can learn at their own pace, with minimal help from Wikimedia Nederland - or completely independently - how to make their collections and knowledge available through the Wikimedia projects and how to collaborate optimally with the voluntary community. The platform could be developed thanks to financial support from the Digital Heritage Network.

It was 'officially launched' during the New Year's Reception in January 2022. In 2022, we plan to cooperate with the DEN (Digital Heritage Network) to introduce the platform to relevant stakeholders.

Media Art on Wikipedia


The three-year project Media Art on Wikipedia started on 15 March this year and is a cooperation between LIMA, Wikimedia Nederland, Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, government organisations focusing on digital heritage, and various universities. The project aims to increase the online findability and accessibility of media art. This happens by means of a link between Wikipedia and - the online catalogue in which the media art collections of various national museums and institutions are disclosed. The data of the artists on are included in Wikidata, Wikimedia Commons and Wikipedia. Two Wikimedians in Residence, Hanno Lans and Stella van Ginkel,were appointed to join the project team. In 2022, already three writing events took place where students added content to Wikipedia.

Photograph by Joop Elsinga, donated by the Alkmaar archives

Wikimedia Nederland supported LIMA in designing the project and finding funding. WMNL is also a member of the project's steering committee. More information in this blog (in Dutch)

OCLC : working with libraries


In March and April 2021, OCLC and Wikimedia Nederland held five webinars that looked at Wikimedia in libraries from different perspectives. After a general introduction to Wikimedia, there were presentations on Wikimedia in public libraries and in collection-based libraries. Some of WMNL’s library-partners shared their experiences: the National Library, Maastricht University Library, the library of Africa Study Centre. In addition, OCLC Research presented how it offers support to the Wikimedia community. A total of 177 participants registered for one or more sessions. The webinars can be viewed at the OCLC website.

The cooperation with OCLC will continue in 2022, when we hope to be able to organise activities and pilots 'on site'.

Content donations highlights

  • Utrecht Archive donates maps and prints. The Utrecht Archive donated 800 historic maps and prints to Wikimedia Commons. You can find the maps here.
  • Alkmaar Archive donates Elsinga photos. The professional photographer Joop Elsinga made thousands of photographs in and around the city of Alkmaar. They were donated to Wikimedia Commons by the Alkmaar Archive. Volunteers started preparing this collection for upload to Commons during the Techstorm in 2019 but it turned out to be more complicated than expected. With some help from WMNL the collection finally made it to Commons in May 2021. Link to the collection of donated images.

Overview of all content donated to Wikimedia Commons by/from the collections of WMNL partners in 2021

Afrika Studie Centrum 1742
Regionaal Archief Alkmaar 15980
Utrechts archief 14325
KITLV 172337
KB 1992
NA 1046
Biblioteca Nacional Aruba 152
Nationaal Museum van Wereldculturen 421
Universiteit Maastricht 44
Collectie Geerling Stadsfotografie 584
Total 208,623

Writing event


Improving content on the Limes, the northern border of the Roman empire. The Roman Limes was the northern border of the Roman empire, which ran across what is now the Netherlands. (There used to be a Roman fortress in the centre of Utrecht, no more than 200 metres from the site of the WMNL office.) The Limes was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site this year. In cooperation with heritage organisation Romeinse Limes, we organised two writing events. Some 24 articles were added or improved. See the project page on NLWP.

Education: working with universities and colleges


Maastricht University: making special Collections visible and findable in Wikidata


The library of the University of Maastricht is using Wikidata to improve digital access to their Special Collections. During 2021, a Wikimedian in Residence helped the University Library to develop expertise in the field of linked open data and making Special Collections items usable. The University Library want to use Wikidata to offer their collection data linked, open and enriched. This way, larger and often unexpected target groups can discover them. In the meantime, the university continues to integrate Wikipedia writing in its courses. More information about how Maastricht University integrates with the Wikimedia projects in its classes.

Utrecht University: research project on bias in Open Data.


Wikimedia Nederland supported the Utrecht University Data School in submitting a (successful) grant application for a project focusing on discovering bias in open datasets, such as WikiData. We also brought the researchers in contact with the WM Deutschland WikiData team.

Leiden University: developing a manual on how to integrate Wikipedia in curricula


For the past two years, WMNL supported Dr Tsolin Nalbantian, lecturer at Leiden University, in integrating Wikipedia-writing in her classes on conflict dynamics in the Middle East. Dr Nalbantian found this way of working so inspiring that she applied for -and received- a Comenius teaching grant to develop a manual and modules on how to integrate Wikipedia into curricula. More information.

Historic map of Utrecht, donated by the Utrecht archives

ITV: A twist to the translation programme


Wikimedia Nederland has a long-standing partnership with ITV - College for translators and interpreters. At the request of Dutch Wikipedians, ITV interns translate English, German, Italian, French, Spanish or Russian Wikipedia articles into Dutch. Now, for the first time, we will also translate 'the other way around'. An ITV intern will be translating articles from the Dutch Wikipedia into Italian, at the request of Italian Wikipedians. We do this in cooperation with our colleagues from Wikimedia Italia.



The Dutch Copyright Act was recently amended. This was done in response to the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market that was adopted by the European Parliament in 2020. Because some of the proposed changes may have a major negative impact on the sharing of free knowledge and collections of Dutch heritage institutions in Wiki projects, the Wikimedia DSM Working Group has defined a position paper. This position paper was sent to the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OC&W) as they will soon be holding stakeholder discussions with "market parties" on how the European Copyright Directive will be implemented in Dutch law. The letter, the position paper and more information can be found on the association wiki.

Letter of support for Wikimedia Foundation


On September 23, 2020, member states of the United Nations World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) postponed a decision on the admission of the Wikimedia Foundation as an observer, due to objections from China. In early 2021, Wikimedia Nederland, together with other Wikimedia chapters, sent a letter to the European Union calling on it to show support for the Wikimedia Foundation and to take steps to facilitate the admission of the Wikimedia Foundation.

Programme Outreach


Media coverage


In the Netherlands, we celebrated WP20 twice: on January 15  (‘the’ birthday) and on June 19 (the 20th birthday of the Dutch language Wikipedia).  In January, we issued a press release and got quite a lot of media-coverage on the day (until the Dutch government resigned at 14:00 pm).

In June, there were no political events interfering with our media coverage: national tv and radio picked up the 20th birthday of the Dutch language Wikipedia, as did three national newspapers (two of which had full-page articles about Wikipedia at 20). Coverage was positive and sympathetic. (List of media coverage.)

The Gendergap project was in the news on 12 April with an article in national newspaper NRC Handelsblad entitled "Wikipedia presents a picture distorted by men", which was based on interviews with Laura Hendricx (Wikimedian), Dr Kaouthar Darmoni (director of the knowledge institute for emancipation and women's history Atria), Annika Markovic (Swedish ambassador to the Netherlands) and Denise Jansen (project leader, Wikimedia Nederland).

The fact that Wikimedian Lodewijk Gelauff received international recognition for his pioneering work on Wikipedia did not go unnoticed. He is the first person to receive a Wikimedia lifetime achievement award. The award was for his outstanding contributions to Wikipedia and to free access to knowledge in general. He was interviewed by newspapers and radio-programmes.

In October 2021, Museumpeil, the journal for museum professionals in Flanders and the Netherlands, published the article "A global museum audience: Wikipedia" by WMNL project leader Michelle van Lanschot about the possibilities of collaboration with Wikimedia. Using practical examples, it explained that both large and small museums can reach new audiences via Wikimedia platforms such as Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons and Wikidata.

The LIMA Media Art on Wikipedia project (see above) also made headlines. Het Parool newspaper published the article 'The battle for a place on Wikipedia' on December 4.

New website


We redesigned the WMNL website, making it more suited for donor recruitment,  more user-friendly, and more aimed at motivating individuals and organisations to become active. We involved the community and representatives of our partners in desigining the website, which really helped us develop a quality site.


Biyanto Rebin from Wikimedia Indonesia presenting during WikiConNL

We had hoped to organise our annual conference WikiConNL in June, to coincide with the 20th birthday of the Dutch language Wikipedia.  Because of the pandemic, we had to postpone. 

On Saturday, November 13, over eighty people participated online in the annual WikiconNL conference. Volunteers showed how they edit Wikipedia, often with a new angle: a focus on images, maps, or articles written partly with a script based on Wikidata. Partners from the cultural sector, such as The New Institute and Naturalis, elaborated on the use of Wikimedia projects for Linked Open Data. THe WikiCon had an international flavour, with speakers joining from the USA, UK and Indonesia.

The conference addressed challenges related to more diverse content: how can Wikimedia projects better describe the reality of intersex people, what bias can be discovered through research in Wikidata, and how can the Sustainable Development Goals be properly embedded on Wikipedia as well. The conference was closed by the administrator of the Instagram account Depths of Wikipedia. Recordings. Slides and screenshots from the conference can be found on Wikimedia Commons.



Plans for another Wiki Techstorm (tech events aimed at sharing knowledge about coding and tech, organised in 2018 and 2019) covering the three themes Gender, Netherlands and the World & SDG had to be postponed. The volunteer organisers and WMNL agreed that it would not be possible to hold an event such as this in a virtual environment. We will postpone it until 2022. 

Newsletter and blogs


We published six issues of our newsletter. We also published eight blogposts highlighting the Papiamentu Wikipedia, Wikimedia Indonesia's WikiSejarah (WikiHistory) project, Royal Library masterpieces, writing for Wikipedia, the Wikipedia Writing Competition and the lifetime achievement award for Lodewijk Gelauff. The writers come from the Wikimedia movement, the network of collaborative partners and beyond.

WMNL communication and social media 2021 2020
Newsletters published 10 10
Blogposts published 8 7
Followers on Linkedin 320 216
Followers on Twitter 3460 3.358
Followers on Facebook 665 729
Newsletter recipients 1950 1.747

Governance and organisation

Heleen Ririassa joined the WMNL board in April

Pilot project fundraising


In 2020, WMF gave us an extra grant to develop a strategy for donor recruitment. With the help of two consultancy firms, we analysed the different optons for donor recruitment and determined that we would focus on social media approaches. We conducted a pilot donation campaign in April and May in which individuals were called upon via social media to become donors. This was linked to 'The Big Wikipedia Survey 2021', which asked people about their use of and appreciation for Wikipedia and then offered the possibility to make a donation. The aim was to investigate which groups werre most willing to become donors, and whether a survey via social media was an appropriate tool for fundraising.

There was a lot of appreciation for Wikipedia and the willingness to donate was especially high among men, in the age groups 35-44 and 65+,  and among people living in the Dutch biblebelt or major cities that did not have a university.

However, the high willingness to donate was only meagerly converted into donations. We lost many people in the transition from one digital environment to another ( from survey to website to donation platform). We will run a follow-up campaign in 2022, where we want to address these problems.

Board and general assembly


The spring general assembly took place on April 17, via zoom. The members gave their approval to the annual report and the auditor's report. Four Board Members were re-elected: Jan-Bart de Vreede, Bart Nieuwenhuis, Justus de Bruijn and Lizzy Jongma. One new member was elected: Heleen Ririassa. She brings expertise on marketing and strategic communication in the non-profit sector.

The autumn assembly was on September 25, it was the only in-person event of 2021. The members approved the annual plan and budget for 2022, discussed the revised Friendly Space Policy and the WMNL multi-year strategy, which reinforced our orientation towards the Movement Strategy 2030 recommendations.

International affairs


WMNL's chair (Jan-Bart de Vreede) and ED (Sandra Rientjes) were frequently involved in international consultations and initiatives.

Office staff


On November 1, project coordinator Denise Jansen left Wikimedia Nederland for a new professional challenge. She had been part of the team since October 1, 2012.

Revenues received during this six-month period


Table 2 Please report all spending in the currency of your grant unless US$ is requested.

  • Please also include any in-kind contributions or resources that you have received in this revenues table. This might include donated office space, services, prizes, food, etc. If you are to provide a monetary equivalent (e.g. $500 for food from Organization X for service Y), please include it in this table. Otherwise, please highlight the contribution, as well as the name of the partner, in the notes section.
Revenue source Currency Anticipated Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Cumulative Anticipated ($US)* Cumulative ($US)* Explanation of variances from plan
Annual Plan Grant Euro 352,000 246,500 105,500 352,000 416,131 416,134
Donations Euro 30,000 16,679 20,776 37,445 35,466 44,267
Membership fees Euro 5,000 3,581 521 4,102 5,458 4,849
Grants and sponsorships Euro 21,500 7,900 7,900 25,417 9,339 The amount received is the funding for developing the knowledge platform. This was received in Q1. In addition, we have €29,000 in designated reserves for work on the website, pilot fundraising and masterclasses on colonial heritage. The grants were received in 2020; the work continued into 2021.
Euro 408,500 274,660 126,787 401,447 482,472 474,591

* Provide estimates in US Dollars

Spending during this six-month period


Table 3 Please report all spending in the currency of your grant unless US$ is requested.

(The "budgeted" amount is the total planned for the year as submitted in your proposal form or your revised plan, and the "cumulative" column refers to the total spent to date this year. The "percentage spent to date" is the ratio of the cumulative amount spent over the budgeted amount.)
Expense Currency Budgeted Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Cumulative Budgeted ($US)* Cumulative ($US)* Percentage spent to date Explanation of variances from plan
Programme Community Euro 39,000 6,822 5,700 12,522 46,105 14,803 32 Underspend because we had no costs for Wikimania and Hackathon scholarships. Costs expected Q3-4 for editor survey. This was originally planned for 2022, but we will take it up now as this activity can be done regardless of the COVID situation
Programme Free Content Euro 16,500 3,910 11,020 14,930 19,506 17,649 90
Programme Outreach Euro 37,000 14,265 3282 17,547 43,741 20,743 47 major expenses Q3-4 for WikiConNL
Operations Euro 51,050 40,381 53,067 93,448 60,351 110,467 79 This category includes costs related to the new website and the pilotproject fundraising, which overran from 2020
Staff Euro 265,000 143,223 138,823 282,046 313,280 334,412 106
TOTAL Euro 408,500 208,602 211,892 420,493 482,925 497,073 103

* Provide estimates in US Dollars



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