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Wikimedia Nederland report for March 2017

Community and ParticipationEdit



Grafisch Lyceum UtrechtEdit

The project Wij zijn de wijk 2017 at the Grafisch Lyceum Utrecht (GLU) (in Dutch) started with an introduction into Wikipedia and CC copyright for the students, followed by a Q&A on the assignments that were requested by the Wikimedia-community. During this project, small groups of students will work on assignments for images, (info)graphics, videos, and other graphical content for Wikimedia Commons. These works will eventually be uploaded to Wikimedia Commons. Requested assignments include new barnstars, an animation of World War II photographs, and interviews on the topic of gender gap. Results are expected to come in half April.

Universiteit LeidenEdit

Presentation on Wikimedia Education program during the Lunchbytes program of Leiden University - a lecture program on new developments in education for the academic staff of the humanities department, given together with Johannes Müller, who is also involved in setting up a new Wikimedia education program at the university. Wikimedia Nederland part of the presentation slides here.

ITV Hogeschool voor TolkenEdit

During the pilot, 2 students participated in the program. In 2016, 5 new students enrolled in the Wikipedia translation program. The first of this group has now finished her internship in late March. She has translated around 30,000 words from German Wikipedia into Dutch, including smaller articles and really large ones. She was very positive about the internship, and editors with which she interacted were also positive about her work. We expect to enroll new students in the program in April or May.

Public librariesEdit

The Kennemerwaard public library held a photohunt in Egmond aan Zee on 31 March to take pictures of local heritage for Wikimedia Commons. Uploads can be seen here. Eight users, of which 6 newly registered, uploaded 53 photos in total. This activity is part of the Wikipedia and Public Libraries program of WMNL.

Project NatureEdit

Wikimedia Commons, is enriched with more than 26,500 animals images from the Artis library. The images are from the Iconographia Zoologica, a collection of zoologist illustrations. The Artis library at the Plantage Middenlaan is part of the special collections of the University of Amsterdam. The collection consists of drawings often hard coloured.

Reason enough to ask you for help and make sure that these images are visible on different Wikipedia articles. Specially for the occasion we organize a pictures sprint contest. All the 284 Wikipedia language versions can participate in the contest.


There are 2 new volunteers in the project nature Group.


We are busy with the Organization of various activities including a QR-pedia project and a large content donation.

Wikipedian in ResidenceEdit

Sander Turnhout, wikipedian in Residence at (platform of Dutch conservation NGOs) organised a training session for conservation volunteers on contributing to Wikimedia Commons and Wikipedia. 4 participants were present at the workshop.

The volunteers involved in project nature and Sander are starting work on processing a content donation by the Vlinderstichting (Butterfly Foundation). All the information was released under a Creative Commons licence. The information will be used to Wikipedia pages and missing types.

Netherlands and the worldEdit

Netherlands and the World Exchange Platform is onlineEdit

Wikimedia Nederland launched the Netherlands and the World Exchange Platform. The platform aims to stimulate global re-use of Dutch collections on non-European cultural heritage. In particular, it aims to stimulate collections on countries with which the Netherlands have had historical ties. These countries include Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Brazil, Ghana, Suriname, South Africa, and others.

The platform also aims to foster contacts between Dutch cultural heritage institutions and Wikimedia contributors across the globe. However, participation is not limited to Wikimedia contributors. Anyone can participate, making it relevant for education and research as well.

Key properties:

  • Dutch heritage institutions can post offers on (parts of) their collections that are relevant to non-European countries
  • Wikimedia contributors gain insight in the contents of Dutch collections and can make requests for digitalisation.
  • Knowledge exchange and cooperation are key concepts.

The platform is easy to use. After registration, users can post offer/requests notices, depending on whether they are looking for material, or want to offer material for re-use. Statistics on re-use are also available.

The Netherlands and the World Exchange Platform is part of the program The Netherlands and the World. This program is supported by Wikimedia Nederland and aims to make available knowledge and content on non-European countries.

Development of the platform was financially supported by DEN.

Drawings Frans Post on Wikimedia CommonsEdit

Frans Post (1612-1680) was a Dutch painter from Haarlem belonging to the Dutch School. Between 1636-1644, he received a commission from John Maurice of Nassau, then governor of Brazil, to travel to Brazil and document its people, nature and landscape.

During his time in Brazil, Post made drawings and sketches of animals, which he probably used as studies for his paintings. Thirty-four of these drawings were recently discovered in the Noord-Hollands Archief. The archive has graciously made the digitised drawings available for re-use on Wikimedia Commons.



On international Women's day, the #100Wikiwomenchallenge came to an end. Since november 29th 2016 Wikipedia editors publiced a new article each day. We are proud of the results, the community worked together supported by user Ecritures, who had the lead in this challenge)

International Women's dayEdit

We have organized several campaigns around International Women's day. The gendergap volunteers had prepared different ways to contribute in the gendergap project. We have launched Facebook campaigns that ran in the week before March 8th. Pageview counts on Wikipedia learn us that the stubs page was more popular than the translation page.

Communication and publicityEdit


We sent out our newsletter of March.

Organisation and governanceEdit