Wikimedia chapters/Reports/Wikimedia Nederland/201407

This is the chapter report for Wikimedia Nederland for July and August 2014

COMMUNITY: supporting and mobilising volunteers and editorsEdit

  • Wiki-Saturdays
Even during the summer holidays there were four Wiki-Saturdays. On July 19, two visiting Wikipedians from the USA and UK respectively found their way to the office to join Dutch Wikipedians.
  • Wikimedia Conference Nederland
A group of volunteers, board-members and staff are working hard to prepare the annual Wikimedia Nederland Conference. It will take place on November 1, in Utrecht.
On July 7, members of the community organised a Wiknic in Eindhoven. 16 Wikipedians/Wikimedians attended the event that was supported by WMNL.
  • WikiSunday: International Wikipedians meetup at Bonnefantenmuseum
15 Wikipedians from The Netherlands and Germany gathered at the Bonnefanten Museum in Maastricht This WikiSunday was organized by Wikimedia Netherlands to get users from Wikipedia become acquainted with the museum as the museum wants to start a collaboration with Wikipedia.

WORK: content, collaboration and activity developmentEdit

On November 29, WMNL will organise a writing event on World War II in the study room of NIOD, the leading institute on war-studies
  • World War II
Our partner NIOD (the Netherlands institute for war research) is going to release material. They hold the wartime archives of many organisations and groups. These archives come with a description of the history of these organisations in the war years, which are of encyclopedic value and could improve the quality of Wikipedia content on the history of World War II. In addition, they are planning to release some of their publications under CC-BY-SA, starting with a monograph on the history of the underground press. On November 29, NIOD will open its offices on a Saturday to give Wikipedians access to its library and experts for a writing event.
  • Project Nature
We are preparing for a writing event in cooperation with the natural history museum Naturalis on October 5, around the theme of nature in the Netherlands. This event is also the awards ceremony for Wiki Loves Earth NL 2014, where prize-winning pictures will be announced and prizes will be handed out to the winners of the Dutch competition. We are now also discussing cooperation with the KNNV (the Netherlands society for natural history). They have a very active and knowledgeable membership who we would like to interest in contributing to Wikipedia. Naturalis is also considering a content donation. Sebastiaan ter Burg gave a presentation at Naturalis about the possibilities, such as content donation strategies and promotional events after a donation in July.
  • Wiktionary: Hebrew en Yiddish words in use in Dutch
WMNL is cooperating with the Sofeer Foundation to integrate their dictionary of Hebrew en Yiddish words in use in the Dutch language into WikiWoordenboek (Nl Wiktionary). Nearly 3000 words have been uploaded by volunteer Romaine. The task is not yet finished: a list of names will also be uploaded, probably to Wikipedia. More information can be found on the projectpage.
  • Expedition Wikipedia: two content donations and one university course
Students of Maastricht University during an edit-a-thon in May. Stroopwafels provided energy for all.
Spinster, Wikipedian in Residence (WiR) for almost 10 Dutch universities' heritage collections, completed tee content donations for the Expedition Wikipedia project:
  1. More than 200 illustrations of historical travel books were donated to Wikimedia Commons by Maastricht University Library.
  2. More than 400 photographs of the 1899-1900 Siboga Expedition were donated to Wikimedia Commons by the Special Collections of the University of Amsterdam.
From May to early July, a group of 9 students from Maastricht University have written and improved almost 20 articles about historical travel books and their authors, on English Wikipedia and in other languages. More information is available on the course page on English-language Wikipedia. A similar course is in preparation for September-October at Utrecht University.
Liam Wyatt introduces himself over Skype. The Amsterdam Museum, Rijksmuseum, University Museum Utrecht, Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision and National Library were trained/guided in using the GLAMwiki Toolset.
  • GLAMwiki Toolset Workshop
5 GLAMs were trained in using the GLAMwiki Toolset during a workshop on the 28th of July. The workshop started with an introduction by Liam Wyatt, the GLAMwiki Toolset Coordinator at Europeana. The Amsterdam Museum, Rijksmuseum, University Museum Utrecht, Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision and National Library worked with the toolset. The manual of the GWT has been improved with the feedback and notes of the participating GLAMs.
  • Education
This year and in 2015 we are going to run three pilot projects to test out different ways of cooperating with higher education to improve content of Wikipedia. In the autumn we want to start cooperating with ITV, a college training translators and interpreters. ITV wants offer their final year students the option a Wikipedia internship: they will translate Wikipedia articles. Many ITV students are 'mature students' who have already completed a bachelor or master degree in a different field. This means that they have specialised knowledge which would stand them in good use when translating for Wikipedia.
An autogyro lands almost vertically in a stadium in 1934. One of the many videos form the content donation from the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision
  • Content donation Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision
The collection of Polygoonjournaals (Dutch newsreels from the 20th century) on Wikimedia Commons is being expanded using the recently launched GLAMwiki toolset. Over 1500 new videos were added to the category Media from Open Beelden. For a list of unused videos in this category see this list (an always up-to-date list showing those items in a category that haven't been used yet in articles on Wikipedia, courtesy of Magnus Masnke).
  • Virtual Museum Network
Sebastiaan ter Burg spoke about cooperating with Wikimedia at a meeting of the Virtual Museum Network in Amsterdam.
  • Wiki loves libraries
The monthly local trainings in the public library of Amersfoort were continued in July and August by volunteers of WMNL.


  • Newsletter
The August newsletter was published.


  • Wikimania
Wikimedia Nederland sent a delegation of 17 persons to Wikimania in London (and 2000 stroopwafels). We have sent a survey to all participants to get insight into their experiences. Also, reports can be found on the WMNL-wiki.


  • Development Annual Plan and Budget
We have started drafting our annual plan and budget, in preparation for the AGM in September. The Wikimedia community can contribute to the development of these documents by suggesting activities and discussing proposals on the WMNL- wiki.
  • Q2 report submitted
Our report to the Wikimedia Foundation on progress in Q2 was submitted on time.

Upcoming eventsEdit

  • GLAMout Global
GLAMout, the monthly GLAM hangout that started in the US, is expanding to a global hangout where GLAM projects are presented and discussed. WMNL will organise/host the first global GLAMout in October.
  • Hackathon
Wikimedia Nederland is suporting a group of volunteers who are taking the lead in organising a Hackathon on November 14 - 16 focussed on GLAMs and Wikidata. Participants from Europe and the US have been personally invited; it is expected that 30 people will participate.
  • Wikidata for GLAMs workshop
A workshop Wikidata for GLAMs will take place on the 14 November, before the Hackathon kicks off. The goal of the workshop is to improve understanding of the possibilities of Wikidata and to practice with different kind of data mutations, queries, etc.
GLAM people voted at Wikimania that the next GLAMwiki conference will be organised in The Netherlands
  • GLAMwiki Conference 2015
During a GLAM meetup at Wikimania it was decided that Wikimedia Nederland will organise the GLAMwiki Conference in 2015. The last time this conference was organised was in 2013 by WMUK. The preliminary dates of the conference are April 10-12 2015.
  • Writing event on World War II at NIOD, Amsterdam, November 29.
  • Upcoming content donations: RCE
The Dutch Cultural Heritage Agency (RCE) did one of the largest content donations to date (over 460.000 objects) in 2012. RCE is currently planning new content donations, they'll start using the GLAMwiki Toolset to do the uploads.


These events are relevant to the Netherlands and/or Dutch language Wikimedia-projects but were not organised by WMNL:

  • Thanks to the efforts of a group of active volunteers, some 63.000 Dutch national monuments are now on Wikidata. As yet, only 3800 of these have an article on Nl Wikipedia.