Hereby I like to announce the project Wiki Loves Art in Belgium.
In November we had a meeting with a museum and we noticed that they were
very enthusiastic about Wikipedia/Wikimedia, but they experienced it as
difficult and maybe dangerous to open up their collection. This relatively
closed attitude appears to be not unique, but often occurring among Belgian
cultural institutions, compared with other countries, as we understood from
various organisations in the open knowledge sector.
Therefore we have thought about how to work together with cultural
institutions and we came up with Wiki Loves Art. This project has been
organised earlier in various countries, and in 2009 also in the
Netherlands. A Dutch team is currently working on organising Wiki Loves Art
in 2016 again, and that gave us the inspiration to start with the
organisation in Belgium as well.
Wiki Loves Art is a photo contest in what participants visit the museums,
galleries, archives and libraries which have determined a part of their
collection to be photographed and published under a free license. Wiki
Loves Art gives participating photographers often a unique possibility to
take photos in a cultural institution and/or to visit an organisation
behind the scenes. This has resulted in other Wiki Loves Art projects in
many photos that are widely used on various Wikipedias. For cultural
institutions this project gives the opportunity to collaborate with
Wikipedia/Wikimedia in a save way, without having opening the doors of
their entire collections, and show a part of their collection with
relatively little costs.
In an organisational point of view the project is intended to make the
Belgiumgap less wide and the availability will increase the coverage of
Belgian art on Wikipedia. In comparison with other countries, relatively
less articles have been written about subjects in Belgium in the various
language versions of Wikipedia. This project tries to stimulate to fill
this gap and that Belgian art and more is better visible and described on
Wiki Loves Art is a project under the flag of Wikimedia Belgium, but is a
joint project in what we work together with several organisations with a
long-term expertise in working with cultural institutions and/or open
knowledge projects. Together with them we had last week a meeting and
agreed on how we want to organise Wiki Loves Art in Belgium.
We need to start in time as the project is very labour intensive with much
time spend on communication with the various cultural institutions. The
Dutch team has therefore highly recommended to hire someone for one or two
days a week during the project to be able to manage all the communication
and organisational needs. We are also going to set up a website, print
flyers and leaflets, and after the contest we organise a jury to judge the
photos and organise a prize giving ceremony.
Therefore we created a grant request at:
If there are any suggestions or feedback, please let us know.
The project will be brought in at the General Assembly coming Saturday.
If you are interested in volunteering as part of the organisational team,
let us know!
The project page can be found at
it has come to my attention that there is quite an interesting
Commons-related grant that's just been submitted as part of the Travel
& Participation Grants programme on Meta (jointly organised by the
WMF, WMDE and WMCH).
In short, Kelvin Song ([[User:Kelvinsong]]) -- whom some of you might
recognize as a top-class creator of educational (and in, my opinion as
a basic SVG creator, absolutely mind-blowing) SVG images -- is asking
for a grant to represent the Wikimedia community, and Commons in
particular, at the Libre Graphic Meeting, due to take place in
Toronto, Canada, this spring.
I wouldn't normally contact this list about issues like that, but as a
huge fan of Kelvin's outstanding work, and a SVG creator myself, I
think this is an excellent way of at least attempting to bring new
skills and people to an under-discovered area of Commons.
The grant page can be found on Meta at
help with copy-editing as well as endorsements will be greatly
Thanks for your time, all.
Tomasz W. Kozlowski