Wikimedia chapters/Reports/Wikimedia Nederland/201402

This is the chapter report for Wikimedia Nederland for February 2014

COMMUNITY: supporting and mobilising volunteers and editorsEdit

  • Education Extension.

The Wikipedia Education Extension has been installed on the Dutch language Wikipedia. This extension facilitates courses ranging from a single day to several months and gives trainers/teachers insight in the activities of students of these courses. The extension will be used for GLAM activities that involve training and might be used for projects with educational institutions.

  • European Parliament in the picture

WMNL supported a member of the community to take part in a drive to make portrait photographs of Members of the European Parliament. Following the photo-drive, a project was started to provide articles on all MEP's on the Dutch language Wikipedia. This resulted in 179 new articles.

  • Female artists on Wikipedia

A group of Wikipedians organised a writing event on female artists on February 1; this event was supported by WMNL. The event led to an article in a national newspaper.

  • Meeting of OTRS group

The group of volunteers dealing with requests and questions for NL-Wikipedia OTRS met at the WMNL office to exchange ideas and experiences. They also gave a refresher course in working with OTRS for some of the other volunteers present at the office.

WORK: content, collaboration and activity developmentEdit

  • WWII.

Preparations have begun for the WWII project. Goals of this project are:

  1. To motivate people to share their knowledge about WWII by writing articles or by uploading images.
  2. Contact GLAMs for contentdonations and organise activities.
  3. Cooperate with other Wikimedia chapters to stimulate exchange of information between the different language versions of wikipedia.

As a first activity, April will be focussed on motivating people to contribute images of all the war monuments in the Netherlands. This will not be a photo competition in view of the sensitive nature of topic. WMNL is cooperating with the Nationaal Comité 4 en 5 mei, the organisation in charge of official remembrance ceremonies.

  • GLAM activities.

Several GLAM partners were visited to discuss new plans for activities in 2014. Plans are being worked out with Teylers Museum, Amsterdam Museum, Rijksmuseum, Museum Catharijneconvent, Universiteitsmuseum Utrecht and Centraal Museum. The activities discussed are increasingly tuned to the workflow of GLAMs: a content donation when a new exhibition opens, followed by an edit-a-thon or Wikipedia course at the GLAM to write articles and put the donated content to use.

  • Wiki loves Earth.

WMNL has started work on Wiki Loves Earth: a project to put Dutch nature in the spotlight on Wikipedia and on Wikimedia Commons with text, images and sound. The formula for this contest is derived from Wiki Loves Monuments, which WMNL has organised from 2010 to 2013. Wiki Loves Earth was first organised by Wikimedia Ukraine. Several countries will participate in 2014. WMNL is cooperating with the Dutch association of National Parks.

  • Education Program.

A kick-off meeting for an education program was held on the 1st of February for community members, staff and board. As a result, WMNL developed and has put out a call for tender for proposals to investigate the feasibility and potential of cooperation with educational institutions in the Netherlands. A decision on which proposal best meets the requirements of WMNL will be made in March. Several other chapters have set up programs with universities and other educational institutions.

  • Wikipedians in Residence.

WMNL initiated a meeting between the managers of the Wikipedians in Residence on the 19th of February to discuss lessons learned and cooperation. The 6 Wikipedians in Residence in the Netherlands had a meeting on the 24th of Februari. The notes of this meeting are public (Dutch).


  • Media.

A full overview of media coverage can be found here.

  • Newsletter.

The WMNL newsletter of February was sent out to the subscribers.


  • Meeting of executive directors

WMNL director Sandra Rientjes attended a meeting of Executive Directors of Wikimedia Chapters in Berlin on February 3 and 4. Focus of the meeting was on sharing experiences in programme development, FDC process, management and governance.

  • International meetings: Program Evaluation

Sebastiaan ter Burg attended the Program Evaluation hangout, it can be viewed here.

  • Preparation Wikimedia Conference Berlin

Board members Ad Huikeshoven and Ziko van Dijk attended online meetings for the preparation of the conference in Berlin, April 2014.


  • The board had a skype meeting on February 7.


  • Wikidata/dbpedia workshop
  • GLAMwiki Toolset workshop at the Amsterdam Museum on April 3
  • General Assembly on March 29. Important topics: election of new Board members, official approval Annual Report 2013.