Wikimedia Belgium

Wikimedia Belgium is a national chapter that was legally founded on 27 September 2014.

Means of communication edit

Public chapter communications are centralized on be.wikimedia.org.

You can reach us by sending an e-mail to info wikimedia.be, board wikimedia.be, admin wikimedia.be.

We publish a newsletter to inform our members, volunteers on Wikipedia and sister projects, partner organisations and anyone else who is interested about activities and news related to Wikimedia in Belgium. The newsletters can be found at: Newsletters. There you also find instructions how to subscribe to the newsletter.

The mailing list is the best way to announce ideas and the progress of projects and activities. Subscribe or see list info. To send a message, send it to WikimediaBE-l lists.wikimedia.org. You can consult the archives on Archives.

We also use Twitter Wikimedia_BE, WikimediaBE_fr, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

Founding history edit

 
Assembly at the founding meeting of Wikimedia Belgium in the drawing rooms of the president of the Belgian Chamber of Representatives
 
Official group photo

The Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees has approved its recognition as a Wikimedia chapter on August 6, 2014. The first discussions started in 2005, and the active local team has been doing projects (the pilot program as described in the chapter creation guide) since that date. The most important yearly activity was the organisation of Wiki Loves Monuments Belgium & Luxembourg[1] in 2011, 2012 and 2013. Hundreds of volunteers participated in these events: either online, or during one of the real life events. We keep an overview with all relevant activities on our own website or here on meta in 'The Illustrated and Annoted Activity List of Wikimedia Belgium'.

These activities enabled the growth of the proposed chapter. This culminated in 2012 when the decision was taken to start the "chapter creation process". Statutes were made, people had the chance to show their support for the organisation, candidate founders and board members were sought, and the bank account was opened.

The application was filed with the AffCom in August 2013. The statutes were under review for several months, but end of 2013 the AffCom decided to put the application "on hold" for reasons outside of our reach (source).

Activities and community efforts are underway to discuss this with the AffCom and the WMF board itself. The chapter candidate founders sent an open letter to the WMF Board. They also increased their involvement in the community by planning Wikimedia events in the coming months.

As of June 2014, the AffCom was investigating our application. On 23 June 2014, the AffCom released a resolution to recognize Wikimedia Belgium as chapter. During Wikimania, the Board of Trustees recognized Wikimedia Belgium as a new chapter with a resolution.

On 27 September 2014 Wikimedia Belgium was officially founded.

Board edit

2023 board members
  • Chair: Geert Van Pamel - User:Geertivp - geert [at] wikimedia.be – Dutch, English, and French.
  • Projects: Dominque - User:LabDom - dominique [at] wikimedia.be – French, Dutch, and English.
  • Projects: Norbert - User:Norbert zeescouts - norbert [at] wikimedia.be – Dutch and English.
2022 board members
  • Chair: Geert Van Pamel - User:Geertivp - geert [at] wikimedia.be – Dutch, English, and French.
  • Projects: Dominque - User:LabDom - dominique [at] wikimedia.be – French, Dutch, and English.
  • Treasurer: Mike - User:Taketa - mike [at] wikimedia.be – Dutch and English.
  • GLAM and Public domain: Sam - User:Sam.Donvil - sam [at] wikimedia.be – Dutch and English.
2021 board members
  • Chair: Geert Van Pamel - User:Geertivp - geert [at] wikimedia.be – Dutch, English, and French.
  • Gender and Diversity: .Anja. - User:.Anja. - annejea [at] wikimedia.be – French and English.
  • Secretary: Mike - User:Taketa - mike [at] wikimedia.be – Dutch and English.
  • GLAM and Public domain: Sam - User:Sam.Donvil - sam [at] wikimedia.be – Dutch and English.
2020 board members
  • Chair: Geert Van Pamel - User:Geertivp - geert [at] wikimedia.be – Dutch, English, and French.
  • Gender and Diversity: .Anja. - User:.Anja. - annejea [at] wikimedia.be – French and English.
  • Projects and activities: Mike - User:Taketa - mike [at] wikimedia.be – Dutch and English.
2019 board members
  • Chair: Geert Van Pamel - User:Geertivp - geert [at] wikimedia.be – Dutch, English, and French.
  • Gender and Diversity: .Anja. - User:.Anja. - annejea [at] wikimedia.be – French and English.
  • Education and cultural knowledge Equity: Lionel Scheepmans - User:Lionel Scheepmans - lionel [at] wikimedia.be – French and English.
  • Projects and activities: Mike - User:Taketa - mike [at] wikimedia.be – Dutch and English.
2018 board members
  • Chair: Geert Van Pamel - User:Geertivp - geert [at] wikimedia.be – Dutch, English, and French.
  • Secretary & Member communication: Robin - User:SPQRobin - robin [at] wikimedia.be – Dutch, English, French, and German.
  • Treasurer & community initiatives: Romaine - User:Romaine - romaine [at] wikimedia.be – Dutch and English.
  • Institutions Liaison: Alberto - User:Afernand74 - alberto [at] wikimedia.be – Spanish, English, French, and Dutch.
  • .Anja. - User:.Anja. - annejea [at] wikimedia.be – French and English.
  • Lionel Scheepmans - User:Lionel Scheepmans - lionel [at] wikimedia.be – French and English.
2016-2017 board members
  • Chair: Geert Van Pamel - User:Geertivp - geert [at] wikimedia.be – Dutch, English, and French.
  • Secretary & Member communication: Robin - User:SPQRobin - robin [at] wikimedia.be – Dutch, English, French, and German.
  • Treasurer & community initiatives: Romaine - User:Romaine - romaine [at] wikimedia.be – Dutch and English.
  • Institutions Liaison: Alberto - User:Afernand74 - alberto [at] wikimedia.be – Spanish, English, French, and Dutch.
  • Gender and Diversity Liaison: Loraine - User:Lfurter - loraine [at] wikimedia.be – Dutch, English, and French.
Former
  • Treasurer: Derek V Giroulle - User:DerekvG - derek [at] wikimedia.be be – Dutch, English, and French.
2015 board members
  • Maarten - User:MADe - maarten [at] wikimedia.be – Dutch and English. Current function: Advisor to the Board
  • Antoine - User:M0tty - motteditfalisse [at] wikimedia.be – French. Current function: Advisor to the Board.
  • Dimi - User:Dimi_z - dimi [at] wikimedia.be – Bulgarian, German, English, and French. Current function: International Institutions Liaison, working on EU Affairs and public policy
  • Treasurer: Derek V Giroulle - User:DerekvG - derek [at] wikimedia.be be – Dutch, English, and French.
  • Secretary: Geert Van Pamel - User:Geertivp - geert.van.pamel [at] wikimedia.be – Dutch, English, and French.
  • Institutions Liaison: Alberto - User:Afernand74 - alberto [at] wikimedia.be – Spanish, English, French, and Dutch.
  • Community initiatives: Romaine - User:Romaine - romaine [at] wikimedia.be – Dutch and English.

Contact data edit

Wikimedia Belgium vzw/asbl
Enterprise number: BE 0563.775.480

Membership edit

Membership in Wikimedia Belgium is accessible to all natural persons, including those living outside Belgium. Membership is free for contributors to Wikimedia projects. For other members, an annual membership fee of € 20 is requested. The public can make a donation.

See: Become a member of Wikimedia Belgium

Reimbursements edit

Wikimedia Belgium supports Wikipedia volunteers and volunteers on sister projects via expense claims. For more information, see the page Reimbursements.

Related links edit

References edit