a web version.
Wiki Loves Art / NL
In the month of June Wikimedia Nederland organized together with local
partners a Dutch version of Wiki Loves Art. Over 45 museums participated,
more then 200 people registered in the Flickr group and over 5400 freely
licenced photos were submitted. Amongst the participating museums were the
Van Gogh museum , Tropenmuseum, Boijmans van Beuningen and The
Gemeentemuseum. Participating museums were all around the country.
Most museums were allowing photographing the whole month, while some museums
organized special events for the photographers. Van Gogh organized two
special slots of two hour to photograph, without public, on June 23 and 28.
Wiki loves art / NL got quite some press coverage, including articles in
national newspapers and reports on national television. The majority of
reactions on the project were very positive. During Wiki Loves Art, several
events were organized in cooperation with the museums.
July and August will be used for categorizing, uploading and judging the
photos. Ten photographers will win prizes, including a cheque of 500 euros
to spend on photographic equipment for the best photo.
For more information visit www.wikilovesart.nl and the Flickr pool at
On June 6 a General Assemblee was organized. Main topics included the future
of the chapter, procedures around the board elections and an update on the
budget for 2009. One of the outcomes was that board members will most likely
serve 2 year terms in the future.
On June 13, Wikimedia Nederland participated in the Lustrum of the Groningen
University with a *Wikipedia Lounge* in the University Library. Several
lectures were organized and Wikipedia volunteers explained Wikipedia to
interested people visiting the Night of Art and Science in the library.
Wikimedia Nederland is planning to organize a series of workshops to
introduce people to Wikipedia editing. These workshops will take place in
the beginning op september. The website can be reached via
- July 4, Summer Barbecue for Wikimedians in Eindhoven
- July 18, Chapters meeting in Brussels regarding European legislation
- July/August, Judging and processing for Wiki Loves Art
- September, Afterparty and prize ceremony for Wiki Loves Art
- September, Wikimedia Workshops and open evenings
- November, Wikimedia Conference NL
Very first report of Wikimedia Czech Republic follows. You can also find
it at http://wikimedia.cz/web/Report_March_-_June_2009
== External ==
Wikimedia Czech Republic took part in two public exhibitions. In April,
it participated in the LinuxExpo fair, devoted to the open-source
community. In May, the association took part in the Book World fair,
where its kiosk was visited by hundreds of visitors. On both occasions,
the Wikimedia Czech Republic held official presentations in front of
dozens in auditory. Wikimedia Czech Republic presentation was
accompanied by the Microsoft personnel, which unique Microsoft Surface
system served as a valuable tool for the Wikimedia Commons and Wikipedia
projects content and attracted much attention to the Wikimedia Czech
Five different sets of leaflets were printed for these events and were
met with a considerable interest from the public. The leaflets were
partly financed by the special Wikimedia Foundation allowance.
The Czech edition of the Creative Commons licenses was published in
March, Wikimedia Czech Republic, who participated in the preparation of
the edition, took part in the official presentation.
Members of the association ran a series of presentations about Wikipedia
in the Czech scientific and academic institutions named "Wikipedia - can
I trust it? can I help it?".
Wikimedia Czech Republic published two official press releases (on the
occasion of approving the plan of activities and on the occasion of the
Wikimedia projects licensing update) that were used by several mostly
At the end of June, the Wikimedia Czech Republic members started
preparation of the book of Wikipedia that shall be published in fall.
== Inter-Chapter ==
Wikimedia Czech Republic prepared eight applications for WMF grants that
were presented to the Wikimedia Foundation. The projects represent an
important segment of the planned activities for the near future. Six of
these applications were approved by the WMF at the beginning of July –
Digitalization equipment, Acquiring scientific and specialized pictures,
Camera, Exhibition presentation (the budget reduced by third), Czech
municipalities photographs and Photo Workshop.
Wikimedia Czech Republic representatives took part in the Berlin
== Internal ==
In March, Wikimedia Czech Republic members approved the association’s
budget and 2009 activities plan in a correspondence vote.
The Annual general meeting took place April 25 in Prague. Three new
members were elected into the board of the association. The annual
reports of the association were approved unanimously and the Bylaws of
the association were modified. The English version of the annual report
is available on the Meta wiki pages of Wikimedia Czech Republic.
The number of members varied around 30, the financial situation was
stable and the run of the association was funded by small donors and the
special allowance from the Wikimedia Foundation. The activities were
also supported by several local partners who provided the association a
Wikimedia Polska report: April-June 2009:
The budget of the Wikimedia Polska as calculated on 27 April 2009
Current account: 17514.59 PLN (3884 EUR, 5376 USD)
Tax deducible donation account: 105095.68 PLN (23300 EUR, 32260 USD
In cash: 1450.56 PLN and 85,75 EUR
At the of 2008: 146898.66 (32570 EUR, 45090 USD)
Expenditures in 2009: 34039.48 (7548 EUR, 10450 USD)
Income in 2009: 10704.16 (2373 EUR, 3286 USD)
Current balance: 123566.34 (27 400 EUR, 37960 USD)
Due to increasing amount of duties, which cannot be undertaken by
bona-fide Accountant WMPL has hired a part time paid accountant. This
is a very first employee of WMPL.
1% tax deducible donations
Polish Tax offices started to transfer our donators' 1% tax
amounts on our bank account. The wave of the transfers is its very
begining so it is difficuilt to predict the final results.
==Meetings and promotion ==
WMPL in Polish Parliament
Open Education Coalition of which WMPL is a founder member
organized a conference in Polish Parliament : Open Education in
Poland. The conference took place 23 April 2009 in Columnar Hall in
Parliament building in Warsaw. The conference was organized under
auspicies of chairman of Sejm (lower house of parliament) Mr.
Bronisław Komorowski. President of WMPL Tomasz "Polimerek" Ganicz had
short oral communication about the problems with access to govermental
materials needed for Wikimedia projects. More information: in
WMPL Annual Conference 2009
Took place on May 1-3 in Jadwisin near Warsaw. There were around
150 participants including Richard Stallman, Ahrash Bissell from
CC-learn, Wladimir DrBug Miedieyko from WMRU and guests from WMCZ. 21
lectures and workshops took place in two paralell sessions. see more..
We continue publishing our Bulletin, which covers not only WMPL
activities but also news from Wikimedia projects, Wikimedia Foundation
and "outside world". This year 4rd issue was published on 27th April,
and 5th issue was released on June 1st.
Wikimania 2010 bid
We supported local Wikimania 2010 team from Gdańsk, which
succeeded to win the bid. After talks with local team and Carry Bass
from WMF it was decided that the local team will create its own
temporary asscociation to take control and responsibility for
Wikimania 2010 in Gdańsk. We are still open to help the local team if
T-shirts and other promotional gadgets
200 T-shirts with Wikipedia, Wikimedia Polska, Commons, Wikibooks
and Wikisłownik were made. Around 100 of them were distributed among
participants of Wikimedia Polska 2009 conference. The remaining
T-shirts are to be used for outreach and fundrising needs. 500
leaflets about Wikimedia Polska and Wikimedia projects were printed
for using the outreach and fundarising activities.
GDJ - an annual workshop and discussion panel for Wikipedia
editors will take place in Gdańsk at September 2009. The venue and the
accomodation place have been choosen and booked already. See more (in
Polish).. and 
Chapters meeting in Berlin
Tomasz Ganicz (president of WMPL) and Agnieszka Kwiecień
(secretary of WMPL) took part in chapters meeting in Berlin. WMPL
donated the other chapters with 500 EUR. WMPL donated also one Polish
participant of developers meeting in Berlin.
==Outreach activities ==
A local photo-contest was organized in Wrocław, by WMPL together
with local media (Gazeta Wrocławska - a newspaper and Radio Wrocław).
Thw contest was directed to junior high and high school students (age
between 14-20). Participants had a list of objects (buildings,
bridges, monuments etc.) located in Wrocław of which they should take
pictures and upload them to Commons. 442 pictures were taken and
uploaded covering many "targets" from the list. A jury consisting of
professional photographers from Gazeta Wrocławska, Radio Wrocław
photo-expert and WMPL members selected 20 best pictures. Internet
users could vote via a special webpage on their favorite photo and
thus grant a special award. The prizes were photo-cameras,
photo-printers, books about photography and some minor gadgets. See
the list of winners and all the photographs.
Polish Scouting Association together with Wikimedia Polska tried
to organize a contest for the new, best Wikipedia article about
Scouting written by scouting teams from all over the country. The idea
was that scouting teams are writing new articles about scouting. The
teams which writes best articles will be awarded (1000 PLN for first
prize). Unfortunately, just two scouting teams registered for the
contest, so it was abandoned, and those two got some Wikimedia gadgets
as a kind of excuse. The main reason of failure was that Polish
Scouting Association authorities, which formally supported the idea do
not advertise effectively the contest via its organizational
structures and we were not able to reach the teams without that help.
See more... (in Polish)
Vth edition of mini-grant project which had been launched 15
January 2009 is in good progress. Till now 8 projects were drafted of
which 7 were accepted and are now in progress.
Polish-Lithuanian Wictionary project
The aim of the project was a cross-border co-operation of young
people from schools in Poland and Lithuania to create and develop the
Polish-Lithuanian dictionary on Wiktionary platform. The first stage
of the project took place on May 18-22. Two editors of Polish
Wiktionary organized two workshops: one in co-operation with several
secondary schools from Ełk (Poland) and the one in co-operation with
Nataljos Kazakovos kompiuterių Mokykla from Vilnius (Lithuania). The
WMPL covered the cost of travel by car for Wiktionary editors. During
the workshops around 100 new Wictionary's articles were created and
some more were expanded with information regarding Lithuanian
language. Several Workshop's participants continue their work in
Wictionary. The project is about to be continued. See more..
workshop and several lectures related to the creation of films and
other art under free licenses were provided by members of the WMPL
during 5th Independent Film Festival kilOFF in Katowice. The lectures
and workshop was devoted to presentation Wikimedia Commons film
resources, Wikipedia articles about amateur film production and about
how to use ogg multimedia format. See more..
A project of expedition in Podlasie - the worst covered area of
Poland in Polish Wikipedia - is in its final preparation. The aim of
the expedition is to make some photographic documentation of villages
and small towns in the area of Podlasie, photographic records of
specimens of nature in the region, and collection of locally available
sources of information. The Wikiexpedition is about to happen on July
10-18. 12 Polish Wikipedians are about to travel throughout Podlasie
using cars and bicycles, taking pictures and collecting data. WMPL
covers the cost of accommodation and travel for them. See more...
WMPL following WMF and several WM Chapters sent a formal letter to
BT-Phorm to exclude from their system all the domains which are
registered by WMPL.
Silesian Wikipedia domain
Silesian Wikipedia editor who registered Polish domain for this
project, donated it to WMPL. WMPL took over control on this domain and
covered cost of keeping registration for 2009/2010 period.
WM-PL E-mail server change
From 2005 WMPL was using free web E-mail service to which all
*(a)wikimedia.pl addresses were redirected. Due to increasing needs of
having more profesional E-mail system WMPL has decided to use one of
Polish paid services. After selection several offers we have choosen
"PERSONAL hosting" service from AZ.pl, which provides up to 100 E-mail
boxes under common control of which all of them have no storage limit.
Arnold Buzdygan case
At 31 May 2009, a long story of Arnold Buzgydan's case found it's
end in court. In 2007 Arnold Buzdygan sued WMPL for the reason, that
he was called a "usenet troll" in his biography in polish Wikipedia.
WMPL line of defense was that we are not able to change anything in
Wikipedia as an organization, therefore we are not responsible for the
content. The case blocked possibility to redirect wikipedia.pl domain,
which is maintained by WMPL from Wikipedia-pl to search engine, as
French and German chapters did several years ago. After almost 2 years
and several trials the City Court in Wrocław finally rejected the
Buzdygan's case. However Mr. Buzdygan can still appeal to Higher Court
An illegal reveal of the name of famous but anonymous Polish
blogger "Kataryna" by Polish newspaper Dziennik, started a long
discussion in Polish main-stream media about responsibility and
anonymity on the Internet. Many voices in media demanded to
delegalization of anonymous publishing in Internet. WMPL produced an
official statement defending the right of anonymous publishing which
was broadcasted by several media in Poland.
==Press and media==
2009-05-12 TOK-FM, Paweł Zienowicz, Tomasz Ganicz and Sebastian
Skolik were talking with Cezary Łasiczka about Wikipedia and related
projects. Wikipedia - czytamy, poprawiamy.
Newspapers and journals
* maj 2009, "Żak":
o "Wikipedia - Slobodna enciklopedija", Paulina Mosiołek, s. 8
o "Czy można ufać Wikipedii?", Tobiasz Lemański, s. 9
* 2009-05-20 "Gazeta Wyborcza", dodatek wrocławski, s. 3 -
"Zakończył się proces przeciwko Wikipedii" Katarzyna Lubiniecka
* 2009-05-14 "Przekrój", nr 19/3333, s. 16 - "Wikizjazd. Do
Gdańska przyjadą miłośnicy Wikipedii z całego świata"
* 2009-05-08 "Dziennik Zachodni", Nr 107 (19.400) - Beata Sypuła
"Wywalczyli nam Wikimanię"
* 2009-06-30 heise-online.pl - "Wikipedia chroni ofiary porwań, ale..."
* 2009-06-29 Lipcowa Wikiekspedycja, CHIP On-line
* 2009-06-29 Lipcowa wikiekspedycja na Podlasiu - Onet.pl (przedruk z Chipa)
* 2009-06-29 Wikiekspedycja w województwie podlaskim, Wiadomości
* 2009-06-29 Egospodarka.pl (przedruk z Chipa)
* 2009-06-26 dobreprogramy.pl - "Internet bezsilny po śmierci
* 2009-06-22 heise-online.pl- "Treści multimedialne w Wikipedii"
* 2009-06-04 wyborcza.pl - "Najlepsze ilustracje Wikipedii"
* 2009-05-29 gazeta.pl - Wikipedia blokuje adresy IP scjentologów
* 2009-05-22 dobreprogramy.pl - "Wikipedia przechodzi na licencję
* 2009-05-18 gazeta.pl - "Wolfram Alpha - Wikipedia Killer?"
* 2009-05-11 vbeta.pl - "Wikimania 2010 - u nas"
* 2009-05-11 Dziennik.pl - "Za rok w Polsce odbędzie się Wikimania"
* 2009-05-11 Wirtualnemedia.pl - "Gdańsk gospodarzem Wikimanii 2010"
* 2009-05-09 Trojmiasto.pl - "Wikipedyści w Gdańsku: będziemy
internetową stolicą świata"
* 2009-05-08 netPR.pl - "Netia wśród wikipedystów"
* 2009-05-07 gp24.pl - Wikimania 2010 w Gdańsku. Na Pomorze
przyjadą twórcy Wikipedii z całego świata
* 2009-05-07 gazeta.pl - "Wikimania 2010 odbędzie się w Gdańsku"
* 2009-05-07 dobreprogramy.pl - "Wikimania 2010 odbędzie się w Gdańsku"
* 2009-05-07 di.com.pl - "Wikipedyści w Polsce: Gdańsk zyska prestiż"
* 2009-05-07 chip.pl - "Przyszłoroczna Wikimania odbędzie się w Gdańsku"
* 2009-05-07 wp.pl - "22-letni student nabrał światowe media"
* 2009-05-07 di.com.pl - "Wikimania 2010 będzie w Polsce!"
* 2009-05-07 mmtrojmiasto.pl - "Wikimania 2010 odbędzie się w Gdańsku!"
* 2009-04-30 Internauci łączcie się. Życie Warszawy o planowanej
konferencji w Jadwisinie.
* 2009-04-23 gsmonline.pl - "Globalna umowa FT z Wikimedia Foundation"
* 2009-04-23 WP.PL - "Orange zawarł umowę z Wikipedią, na której
* 2009-04-23 netpr.pl - "Orange zawarł umowę o współpracy z
* 2009-04-23 Gazeta.pl - "Wikipedia w Orange"
* 2009-04-22 di.com.pl - "Wikimania w Gdańsku: Mamy spore szanse"
* 2009-04-21 Gazeta.pl - "Wikipedia nie zgadza się na śledzenie
* 2009-04-16 Gazeta.pl - "Wikipedia będzie miała nową licencję?"
* 2009-04-16 dobreprogramy.pl - "Wikipedia rozważa przyjęcie
licencji Creative Commons"
* 2009-04-11 dobreprogramy.pl - "Konferencja Wikimedia Polska 2009"
* 2009-04-10 osnews.pl - "Konferencja Wikimedia Polska pod
Warszawą i ze Stallmanem"
* 2009-04-08 linuxnews.pl - "Wikipedia stawia na OpenStreetMap"
* 2009-04-07 heise-online.pl - "Wikipedia stawia na OpenStreetMap"
* 2009-04-07 interia.pl - "Wikipedia stawia na OpenStreetMap"
* 2009-03-31 vBeta.pl "Microsoft zamyka Encartę"
Tomek "Polimerek" Ganicz
as promised a few weeks ago, here's the report for Februar 2009. March
and April to follow. The report is written from the perspective of
February so some wording may seem odd today.
== Projects ==
=== Zedler Award ===
Preparations for this year's presentation of the Zedler Award are under
way. Closing on a date and a venue were the main goals in February. A
meeting of partner was planned for March to discuss open issues.
=== School project ===
Catrin and I attended Didacta, an education fair, in Hanover to gather
some leads for potential partnerships. Some more work was put into the
project outline which was presented to leads we've contacted before.
=== Wikimedia Conference ===
Preparations for Wikimedia Conference continued as well. Our Community
Assistant Henriette Fiebig took over logistics. Daniel Kinzler and
Guillaume Paumier took over responsibility for the program of the
developer's and the chapter's tracks, respectively. We've selected
T-Labs as the venue which was offered to us rent-free.
=== Newsletter ===
Just in time for the general assembly, we'll be producing a new version
of the chapter newsletter. Catrin will be responsible for content and
design with contributions coming from board members, staff, and
volunteers. The newsletter will be printed in newspaper-style but will
also be available online. Main topics for the first issue will be
activities from the past months, the relocation of the office to Berlin,
the results of the fundraising campaign, the print-on-demand service
started by pediapress, and the 2009 Zedler Award.
=== Content cooperations ===
Mathias continued his talks with SLUB and other potential partners. An
agreement with SLUB is expected soon with first uploads to Commons
starting in March.
=== Public relations ===
February saw the launch of a print-on-demand service at Wikipedia
managed by pediapress, which was covered heavily by news media. Another
hot topic was the intentional addition of a fake middle name in the
article of Germany's new federal ministor of commerce, Karl-Theodor zu
Guttenberg. Our PR activities used this event as an opportunity to once
again promote our school project for media literacy in the classroom.
Overall, there were about 40 stories on Wikipedia, most of which relied
extensively on the chapter's PR activites managed by Catrin.
== Finances ==
=== Closing 2008 ===
Financial reports for fiscal year 2008 were finished in time for the
general assembly. Overall revenues for the year were €443,955.55
(2007: €289,393.29, +53%). Of those, €375,876.48 were revenues from
donations and €30.000,00 were revenues from license deals. Overall
expenditures were €344,444.35 (2007: €143,089.62, +141%) including
depreciation at €59,819.40.
=== Investments ===
The board approved new servers and tech gear for Amsterdam on January
12. An order worth €15.836,39 has placed this month.
== Staff ==
Sören Brandes started in the office as a student worker on February 26.
We've continued our search for an executive director. The search
committee decided to call for offers from headhunter to get a better
idea of services and costs involved. A new meeting was planned for March 1.
== Misc ==
For the rest of the year, these are the events and projects currently on
March: CeBIT, General assembly
April: Wikimedia Conference
June: Wikimedia Deutschland 5th anniversary
July: You and Me
August: Wikimania 2009
September: Wikipedia Academy (?)
November: Zedler Award, Quadriga