Wikimedia chapters/Reports/Wikimedia Nederland/201104

This is the chapter report for Wikimedia Nederland for April 2011.

Wiki Loves Monuments

In April some progress has been made in finding good partners for the Dutch edition of Wiki Loves Monuments. Also the first meeting of all volunteers (in the Wikimedia Nederland Office) took place to coordinate things. Lodewijk visited the Portuguese chapter to give a workshop on Wiki Loves Monuments and help brainstorm on how to organize it most effectively.

General assembly

On April 2nd, a General assembly elected a new board (see in English [1]). Lodewijk Gelauff, Jose Spierts and Marianne Korpershoek left the board. Marco Swart, Paul Becherer, Maarten Brinkerink and Siebrand Mazeland remained on the board, while Ziko van Dijk, Jane Darnell and Austin Hair joined. On April 7th, the new board elected Ziko van Dijk the new president.

The General assembly also commemorated the 5th anniversary of the Dutch chapter with a cake. There was also a discussion about work groups. Consequently, those were arranged newly.

Cultural heritage partners

According to a press release of Nationaal Archief and Spaarnestad Photo, the photographs released in September 2010 are often viewed on Wikimedia projects. Those are ca. 1000 photographs of Dutch contemporary history. Wikipedia articles with these photographs have been viewed nearly two million times in August-December 2010. On average, a photograph on Wikipedia has been viewed 500 times more often than on the page of the original database. See

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One of the rooms of Wikimedia Nederland in Utrecht (July 2011, with board member Jane Darnell)

Since April 1st the Dutch chapter has dedicated office space at Mariaplaats 3 in Utrecht: two rooms, and we can use a conference room for our board meetings.

Since April 16th the Dutch chapter has its first professional staff. Former board member Marjon Bakker works part time and occupies the office usually two days a week. She is hired as a freelance for six months. Her tasks are to accompany the further professionalization, to build up the office and support the communication of the chapter.

Conferences etc.

Lodewijk presented Wikipedia/Wikimedia on "Demystifying Digital", organized by Hill & Knowlton in Schiphol/Amsterdam Airport.

Ad Huikeshoven initiated the plannings for a new Wikimedia Conferentie Nederland, a group met on April 6th in Utrecht. The last regular WCN happened in 2008. 2010 saw at least a mini conference where amongst other things we presented the winners of Wiki Loves Monuments. The 2011 edition is scheduled for November 5th.

Wikipedia Ten in Dutch (WPNL10) is an event to celebrate ten years of Wikipedia in Dutch. Ciell took the lead, and together with Ziko she visited some locations in Den Bosch. This southern city has been chosen in order not to be always in Holland/Utrecht and to move towards Flemish Wikipedians. The event will happen on June 18th, a Saturday. The real birthday is Sunday.

Press attention summary

The chapter sent out a press release on the occasion of the first ten million files on Wikimedia Commons. Some minor professional magazines and one larger Belgian online newspaper reported.


  • 13-15 May: International Wiki Loves Monuments meeting in Berlin
  • June 18th: 10 years Dutch Wikipedia, celebrated in Den Bosch
  • September: Wiki Loves Monuments Europe
  • 5 November: Wikimedia Conferentie Nederland 2011