I was wondering: does anyone on this list have comments on the suitability of the
following book proposal for Wikibooks?
All feedback is welcome. I have also posted a request to the English Wikibooks reading
and have already received some nice feedback via the (closed) Wikimedia cultural-partners
I’m starting to work on a book about digital arts in the Netherlands in the 20th Century.
And I’d like to do this under free licenses and with a transparent editorial process as
much as possible.
Also, I’d like to make sure that the gathered knowledge for the book becomes readily
available for re-use on Wikimedia projects and beyond.
The topic is not very well-known or published yet, so quite a bit of the material will be
It’s an independent publication, no institutional liaisons. I’m seriously considering
using Wikibooks as a platform, and have created a draft project page here:
Before moving this to mainspace on Wikibooks, I’d like to be sure that this fits within
the scope of English Wikibooks and that the community there is OK with it.
I have a gist that the main objections to this book would be
1. that it will consist too much of original research - this will be partly necessary as
2. that it will mainly be written by a team of paid editors (financed via Dutch public
The book will be about art, but we intend to write as neutrally as possible. Of course the
selection of content itself is subjective!
To tackle 2.: I’ll take full responsibility and will be accountable as the official editor
in chief, doing this as a long-time Wikimedian in good standing (since 2003) with a year
of experience as a Wikipedian in Residence
<https://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:GLAM/Expedities> (no problems experienced
there whatsoever) and a lot of experience in running projects and edit-a-thons with GLAMs,
including warning them about COI issues. I trust myself and my colleague editors and
intend to be as transparent and accountable as possible.
Any input is extremely welcome :-)
Thanks! Sandra (User:Spinster)