WMNL is catching up on our Chapter reports. They've been published on Meta
for a while now, but not yet send here.
So here goes!
*This is the chapter report for Wikimedia Nederland for March
* Wiki Loves Monuments
In 2010, WMNL arranged a photo competition around monumental buildings and
objects ("rijksmonumenten"): Wiki Loves Monuments (WLM). In September 2011,
the photo competition will take place in several European countries, in
collaboration with the Wikimedia chapters in concern. WMNL members Lodewijk
Gelauff and MaartenD travelled to other countries to explain the concept.
On March 18th-20th Lodewijk attended the Wikimedia Conference in Wroclaw
(Poland), on March 20th MaartenD gave a workshop at WMDE's General Meeting
in Berlin (Germany). In March, for about ten countries confirmed that they
were going to participate.
In the Netherlands it was arranged that Cultural Heritage institution
"Heemschut" will sponsor WLM 2011 with PR and other help in the Netherlands
itself. Stichting Open Monumentdag, that organizes the general day of the
open monument, will help too.
Chapters Meeting in Berlin
On 25-27 March, Paul and Siebrand represented Wikimedia Nederland at the
Wikimedia Chapters Meeting in Berlin, Germany. Lodewijk presented Wiki
Loves Monuments in a seperate session.
Donation to Wikimedia Foundation
The Dutch chapter sent 75,000 EUR to the Foundation with regard to the
Fundraising of 2009/2010, and 150,000 EUR with regard to the Fundraising of
Professionalization is an ongoing process. An office space has been rented
starting April 1 in the city center of Utrecht (a city centrally located in
5 years Wikimedia Nederland
On March 27, Wikimedia Nederland existed exactly 5 years. Since this was
the last day of the chapters meeting in Berlin, we celebrated this with our
international collegues with cake:
Meetings & Conferences
On 28-29 March, Lodewijk and Siebrand attended Global Melt (workshop about
exchanging knowledge in organizing events for Global movements) in Berlin,
This is the chapter report for Wikimedia Nederland for April
* Wiki Loves Monuments
In April some progress has been made in finding good partners for the Dutch
edition of Wiki Loves Monuments. Also the first meeting of all volunteers
(in the Wikimedia Nederland Office) took place to coordinate things.
Lodewijk visited the Portuguese chapter to give a workshop on Wiki Loves
Monuments and help brainstorm on how to organize it most effectively.
On April 2nd, a General assembly elected a new board (see in English
Lodewijk Gelauff, Jose Spierts and Marianne Korpershoek left the board.
Marco Swart, Paul Becherer, Maarten Brinkerink and Siebrand Mazeland
remained on the board, while Ziko van Dijk, Jane Darnell and Austin Hair
joined. On April 7th, the new board elected Ziko van Dijk the new president.
The General assembly also commemorated the 5th anniversary of the Dutch
chapter with a cake. There was also a discussion about work groups.
Consequently, those were arranged newly.
Cultural heritage partners
According to a press release of Nationaal Archief and Spaarnestad Photo,
the photographs released in September 2010 are often viewed on Wikimedia
projects. Those are ca. 1000 photographs of Dutch contemporary history.
Wikipedia articles with these photographs have been viewed nearly two
million times in August-December 2010. On average, a photograph on
Wikipedia has been viewed 500 times more often than on the page of the
original database. See
Since April 1st the Dutch chapter has dedicated office space at Mariaplaats
3 in Utrecht: two rooms, and we can use a conference room for our board
Since April 16th the Dutch chapter has its first professional staff. Former
board member Marjon Bakker works part time and occupies the office usually
two days a week. She is hired as a freelance for six months. Her tasks are
to accompany the further professionalization, to build up the office and
support the communication of the chapter.
Lodewijk presented Wikipedia/Wikimedia on "Demystifying Digital", organized
by Hill & Knowlton in Schiphol/Amsterdam Airport.
Ad Huikeshoven initiated the plannings for a new Wikimedia Conferentie
Nederland, a group met on April 6th in Utrecht. The last regular WCN
happened in 2008. 2010 saw at least a mini conference where amongst other
things we presented the winners of Wiki Loves Monuments. The 2011 edition
is scheduled for November 5th.
Wikipedia Ten in Dutch (WPNL10) is an event to celebrate ten years of
Wikipedia in Dutch. Ciell took the lead, and together with Ziko she visited
some locations in Den Bosch. This southern city has been chosen in order
not to be always in Holland/Utrecht and to move towards Flemish
Wikipedians. The event will happen on June 18th, a Saturday. The real
birthday is Sunday.
Press attention summary
The chapter sent out a press release on the occasion of the first ten
million files on Wikimedia Commons. Some minor professional magazines and
one larger Belgian online newspaper reported.
*This is the chapter report for Wikimedia Nederland for May
Hackathon and Wiki Loves Monuments meeting, Berlin
A number of WMNL board members and volunteers attended the Hackathon that
took place in Berlin, Germany. Both Maarten Dammers and Lodewijk Gelauff
attended a parallel Wiki Loves Monuments European meetup there to
coordinate efforts around Europe and share experiences, see
Loves Monuments 2011/May
Cultural heritage partners
Maarten Brinkerink reported in the May board meeting about a extraordinary
number of contacts. Frequently a contact does not necessarily mean that it
will result in something, but he could already report confidentially about
some very promising initiatives on the way.
Press and outreach
May 2011 was the month of some catching-up with regard to outreach
materials: two roll-ups, stickers, buttons etc. The new website, replacing
the old wiki (which will remain for the chapter itself), was still in beta
Greeting, Cyriel Brusse