Wikimedia chapters/Reports/Wikimedia Nederland/201503

March + April 2015

Community and ParticipationEdit


Seven volunteers took part in a one-day training organized by WMNL on working with the media. They learned about framing messages, dealing with tricky questions and practiced being interviewed on camera. We were particularly happy that two volunteers from our sister chapter Wikimedia Belgie could join us.


Education programEdit

The first trainee from ITV - College for translators and interpreters started work in April. At the request of the Wikipedia-community she will translate Wikipedia articles from German into Dutch. A second trainee will start soon, translating articles from the Russian Wikipedia.

World War IIEdit

WMNL partner NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, has integrated cooperating with and contributing to the Wikimedia projects in their regular workprogramme for 2015. They are starting on a programme World War II on Wikipedia, which will aim to release content of monographs and reference works for the Wikimedia projects, and stimulate its use via editathons and online activities. A programme start-up meeting was held on April 24. A second meeting was held on April 29 to locate contents in the NIOD archives that are suitable for release on Wikimedia projects, and that are within the scope of World War II. The NIOD expects this program to run until November 2015 and to include an editathon. The results will be evaluated at that time, and any follow-up for 2016 will be based on the evaluation outcome.

Project NatureEdit

The national museum for natural history Naturalis appointed Hans Muller as Wikipedian in Residence. He will work for Naturalis for six months, cooperating closely with the WMNL Project Nature group.

Writing about women and art, at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

The Netherlands actively participated in the worldwide Art+Feminism campaign on 7 and 8 March. We held three edit-a-thons (one at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, one at Bonnefantenmuseum Maastricht, one at Lloyd Hotel in Amsterdam). On the Dutch Wikipedia, 53 articles on women were added. There were also many Wikidata items added in the case of new articles not previously existing in any other language. On March 8 there was an editathon at the editorial offices of Dutch feminist magazine Opzij. The aim there was to write articles about the 1001 historically important women listed in the Vrouwenlexikon (Lexicon of Women) by Els Kloek.

GLAM-WIKI 2015Edit

On 10, 11, + 12 April 145 participants from 32 countries came to The Hague for GLAMWIKI 2015 conference. The National Library and the National Archives provided the venue for this event. Aim: to exchange ideas and experiences, give and get inspiration and send out the message that cooperation between GLAMs and Wikimedia is important. The atmosphere was lively and creative: already during the conference new ideas were born.

The GLAM Wiki 2015 participants

Wikipedia in the Museum: Wikipedia-touch screen information for museumsEdit

WMNL developed an app that makes it easy for museums to provide extra information for their visitors. Via a tablet, visitors can access a number of pre-selected relevant Wikipedia articles - in different languages. The app is designed to present the Wikipedia articles in an attractive way, with a lot of attention for images. The app is integrated in a column which clearly indicated that this information comes from Wikipedia. Two of these columns are now being tried out in the Catharijne Convent Museum for religious art and the Textile Museum in Tilburg. The code will of course be made available for the Wikimedia community, and other interested parties.

Writing event following content donation Museum Catharijne ConventEdit

March 12 we organised a writing event around the content donation of 2500 images of religious art by the Museum Catharijne Convent.

Writing events Textile MuseumEdit

Hay Kranen gave a workshop on (editing) Wikipedia at the Textile Museum in Tilburg on 2 April. Around a dozen employees of the museum and other GLAM institutions located in Tilburg were present. Apart from a general introduction to the various Wikimedia projects, there was room for actual editing. The Wikipedia in the Museum app (see above) was tested as well.

Startup meetingsEdit

In April 2015, WMNL has held several meetings to prepare new GLAM projects.

  • On 23 April, a meeting was held at the collection department of Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, to discuss possible collaboration projects. A programme proposal will be written in the upcoming months, which first needs to be reviewed and approved by the Rijksmuseum's directors.
  • Stadsarchief Rotterdam, the public library of Rotterdam, and Museum Rotterdam are interested in a collaboration project about Rotterdam's history on Wikimedia projects. After a first meeting in April, the three institutions have agreed to work on an internal project proposal.
  • Stedelijk Museum Schiedam is the city museum of Schiedam, near Rotterdam, NL. The museum is interested in doing a small image donation and an edit-a-thon related to its collections, which will be organised in the upcoming months.
  • The Tropenmuseum, a long-time partner of the Wikimedia movement, has merged with two other Dutch museums that deal with global cultures (Museum Volkenkunde and Afrika Museum). As the new Nationaal Museum van Wereldculturen, the three institutions are interested to continue working with Wikimedia projects. The Tropenmuseum project page on Wikimedia Commons is being updated while strategic negotiations between the museum's management and Wikimedia Nederland are planned for the upcoming months.

Communication and publicityEdit


During February and March Wikimedia Nederland ran a ad-campaign on social media to draw attention to the fact that Wikipedia is a non-commercial, volunteer-led project. The ads can be viewed here. A specially designed landing page was visited 13,800 times during the campaign. The ads were displayed on the Google Display Network, Facebook and Twitter. On Facebook this yielded 172 836 views and 2,733 clicks. The Google Display Network provided the most clicks to the landing page but proved inferior than the traffic from Facebook and Twitter. This campaign was a first experiment targetting the wider public via social media. We will share our learning experiences with the Wikimedia community later in May.


The WMNL newsletter for March and April were sent out to the subscribers.

Survey among editing community and Wikipedia usersEdit

We have started preparations for a survey which will give insight in the experiences and opinions of the Wikipedia community, especially regarding workload, working climate, conflictresolution and other aspects of community health. This will be a follow-up to the survey we did in 2013. We are planning to run the survey late May or early June.

Governance and organizationEdit

New staffEdit

April 1, Arne Wossink started work as project coordinator at WMNL.

General assemblyEdit

The General Assembly of Wikimedia Nederland took place on April 18. The members approved the annual report and audited accounts. Also a new Board was elected: Board Members Marlon The, André Engels and Ronn Boef were replaced by Bart Nieuwenhuis, Marike van Roon and Harriet de Man.