The Wikimedia Nederland monthly report over March is available on meta:
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*COMMUNITY: supporting and mobilising volunteers and editors*
· DBpedia - WikiData meeting
Volunteers working on the DBPedia project met with volunteers working on
Wikidata at the WMNL office to discuss cooperation and synergy between the
· Zurich Hackathon
Three volunteers applied for and received scholarships to attend the
Wikimedia Hackathon in Zürich.
*WORK: content, collaboration and activity development*
· Education Programme
WMNL wants to explore the feasibility of developing a successful education
programme in the Netherlands. Following a brainstorming meeting with
interested community members, we issued a call for tender asking proposals
concerning a first exploratory feasibility study. We received 7 responses
and selected a small consultancy with a good track record in the education
field. As a first step, they will interview key stakeholders. A meeting
with the community is planned on May 24. More information, including the
proposal of the 'winning' consultants can be found on the project page on
the WMNL wiki.
· Wiki Loves Earth
WMNL is organising a Wiki Loves Earth competition in the Netherlands as
part of wider drive to improve content and coverage of issues related to
nature, wildlife and biodiversity in the Wikimedia projects. A group of
volunteers is taking the lead in organising a series of activities in May.
This will be done in cooperation with the Dutch National Parks. A series
of activities are in preparation, including workshops on uploading images
and sounds, writing events and photo-safaris.
· World War II: photos of war monuments
This year, improving and adding to content on the Wikimedia projects
related to World War II is a priority for WMNL. As a first step a group of
volunteers is organising a photo-drive to obtain images of all war
monuments in the Netherlands. WMNL cooperates with the Nationaal Comité 4
en 5 mei (the official organisation in charge of remembrance). The
photo-drive kicked off April 1. (Spoiler: on April 15, already 677 images
had been uploaded.)
On March 10, Frans Grijzenhout and Wikipedian in Residence Hay Kranen
demonstrated working with Wikipedia for students of the Social science dept
of the University of Amsterdam. The students (bachelor level) take part in
a special honors program. The theme of their course is crowd findings. On
March 20, Ziko van Dijk presented Wikipedia issues at the IPON fair for
educational resources, in the Utrecht Jaarbeurs.
· General Assembly and Board elections
On March 29, there was a WMNL General Assembly, which included Board
Elections. Chair Ziko van Dijk and Treasurer Paul Becherer stepped down,
both after having served on the Board for a good many years. Frans
Grijzenhout, Ad Huikeshoven en Jan Anton Brouwer were re-elected. They were
joined on the Board by newcomers André Engels, Ronn Boef, Marlon Thé and
Justus de Bruijn.
The General Assembly also approved the annual report and the accountsof
An issue of the newsletter was sent out.
· A private grant making foundation donated €30,000 to WMNL. This
is in support of our planned work with public libraries (with a possible
focus on Dutch literature and writers) and a pilot project to provide
access to relevant Wikipedia articles via image recognition of objects in a
· Board Governance Training Workhop London
On March 1 and 2, WMUK organised a training workshop for Board members of
Wikimedia affiliates. WMNL Board member Frans Grijzenhout took part in the
training. Executive director Sandra Rientjes was involved as a facilitator.
March was a busy month for reporting. The Annual report and accounts over
2013 were approved by the auditor. Also WMNL submitted its impact report to
the Funds Dissemination Committee.
The (old) board met on March 13 and discussed i.a. last preparations for
the annual assembly.
· April: War monuments photo-drive
· May 24: Education Programme - presentation and discussion at the
Wikimedia office in Utrecht
· May - June: Wiki Loves Earth
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