see also online:
Content Online Platform
Esther Hoorn attended on behalf of Wikimedia Nederland the Content Online
Platform in Brussels on the invitation of the EU Commissioner Reding. The
main subjects were the "protection of minors" and "cultural diversity
online". A report has been submitted to the chapters and the Wikimedia
Foundation. The importance of media literacy was stressed and the IWF-case
was discussed (an IWF representative was present by chance). During the
second part, the importance for free licenses for content was stressed for a
diversity of material and some experience of Wikimedia with linguistic
diversity was shared.
New Year reception, photo hunt
Together with Creative Commons Nederland and Open Streetmap Nederland
Wikimedia Nederland organized a new year reception in Amsterdam. This was
preceded by a photo hunt, where the challenge was to make photos for
articles in Wikipedia which did not have a good photo yet. The photographer
of the winning picture obtained a prize. The meeting was attended mostly by
Wikipedians, but also OSM'ers and CC'ers were present.
General Assemblee, New Board
On January 31, Wikimedia Nederland had it's annual General Assemblee with
the approval of the financial figures, budget and the election of a new
board, the presentation of ongoing and new projects and the introduction of
the "small subsidies". A new board of six was elected, including four new
board members. The new board consists of Jose Spierts (president), Mark
Wesbeek (treasurer), Hay Kranen (secretary), Lodewijk Gelauff (international
affairs), Piter Siebenga and Marco Swart.
Small Subsidies project
Wikimedia Nederland launched a "small subsidies" project. €1000 has been
budgeted to be used for innovative requests which help the Wikimedia
projects forth. The idea has been partially based on similar initiatives in
other chapters. With the project, Wikimedia Nederland hopes to stimulate the
inventivity of Wikimedians and to make small projects with a relative large
Wikipedia Loves Art
Inspired by the 'Wikipedia loves art' initiative in New York earlier,
Wikimedia Nederland will organize an event together with Creative Commons
Nederland. The event is still in planning stages, but the idea is to let
around 10-15 museums participate in a contest where Wikipedians are
challenged to make photos of artistic works in those musea under a free
license for Wikipedia. On the 21st of June, the longest day of the year, an
event will be held where the best picture will get elected.
During the General Assemblee it was confirmed that Wikimedia Nederland will
continue with a bid get Wikimania 2010 to the Netherlands. A banner was
voted for and a report was given to the General Assemblee about the current
status of the bid. The assemblee was enthousiastic about the bid, and voted
in favor of continuing with it.
Available at http://www.wikimedia.it/index.php/Wikimedia_news/numero_23/en.
Dear members, another year is gone and our association enters in 2009
with a lot of important events. The WMI Members' Meeting is nearer and
nearer, and we urge all members to attend it. In February we will also
host "wikimangia", an event which, like in the past years, wants to
gather at the same banquet table people from the various wiki projects
to stay together, laugh, eat and generally enjoy ourselves.
* *January 9*, Reggio Emilia: at Gabella, a meeting about Wikipedia
and Wikimedia; Paginazero will attend it.
* *February 14/15*, Monte Amiata: we'll have the fourth edition of
"wikimangia". All members and non-members are invited; keep in
mind that the event is focused on eno-gastronomy, so /no more
wikitalks and go eat and drink/. If you want to confirm your
attending, go to the page on wikipedia
* *March 22*, Milano: Ordinary and Extraordinary WMI Members'
Meeting, at Domus Academy, via Giacomo Watt 37.
News from our projects
News from Italian WMF projects
* *Wikiquote*: added a new parameter
to the template Interproject to connect to Wikipedia articles in
other languages (here
<http://www.wikipedia.org/wiki/q:it:Utente:BimBot> created 4129
redirects ftom the same number of works' titles to the
corresponding paragraphs of 1767 articles; all sysops were given
bureaucrat flag, as per consensus
* *Wikisource*: reached 20.000 texts.
* *Wikizionario*: two new policies are adopted. One to recategorize
all flexed forms
so that categories may be more effective; another to recategorize
These policies will lead to the deletion and creation of hundreds
News from Musica
Musica completely renewed its home page, adding an area showing new
uploads. During the last month, two operas of Giuseppe Verdi and some
new punk albums were added.
News from the Association
As per our charter, the Board called an *Ordinary and Extraordinary
Wikimedia Italia Members' Meeting*, which will be held in *Milano* on
*March 22, 2009*.
This meeting is really important for our Association; besides usual
management issues (budget and resolutions' approval) and the usual talks
among members and wikipedias, we are aiming to *change the charter* of
the Association. Among the changes proposed there is the lowering of the
quorum needed to make further changes to the charter itself (now it is
set at three quarters of the members, and we risk to have the
Association locked up), and the modifications needed to become an
*Associazione di promozione sociale* (APS: see it.wiki
Becoming an APS allows us to have several facilitations: the most
important one is the deducibility (or partial deductivity) of the
donations to the Association.
* Virtual Skiz asked for and was appointed coordinator of the
Association for Campania. Nomination lasts three months since
* Board approved unanimously transfer of €3.500,00 to Wikimedia
Foundation. This is the whole amount of donations to Wikimedia
Italia in 2008 (€1.700,00), and 30% of proceeds of gadgets' sell.