Wikimedia chapters/Reports/Wikimedia Nederland/201110

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

Cultural heritage

After ending Wiki Loves Monuments, it was decided to keep the local campaign upload tools live on Wikimedia Commons for all participating countries. Hopefully this will lead to more donations of cultural heritage photos during the rest of the year.

The results of Wiki Loves Monuments 2011 are still being analyzed, but in early November it was clear that a huge spike in new user edits was visible on Wikimedia Commons for the month of September, thanks to the Europe-wide Wiki Loves Monuments contest. For the Netherlands, 60% of the monuments on the Rijksmonuments lists in the Wikimedia Commons database have now got at least one photograph on Wikimedia Commons that can be used in Wikipedia articles. It is not yet known what the actual usage in articles is (number of links from registered monument photos to Wikipedia articles).

Conferences etc.

At the general assembly of October 22nd, the budget for 2012 has been accepted by the members. Cyriel came into the board replacing Austin. Three motions were passed, two of which affect the budget and if the Grant cannot be changed, then the decision was made to commit funds from the reserves to cover the difference. The first motion was passed to research the need for a separate Grant agreement and a Fundraising agreement, whilst researching the steps needed to become a "payment processor" again. A motion was passed to allocate 5,000 euro's for consulting a lawyer before signing international agreements that involve international law (this was regarding the signing of the previously mentioned agreements in October). A motion was passed to allocate 10,000 euro for publicity regarding Wikipedia, WMNL and the possibilities available for donating to Wikimedia Nederland.

Press and outreach

There was a lot of press coverage in the Netherlands about the Wiki Loves Monuments results.

There was also a lot of press coverage about the Wikistrike in Italy (Telegraph & NRC among others). Our member Lodewijk Gelauff was interviewed by BRN radio:

We issued Nieuwsletter #12.