April was a busy month for Wikimedia Nederland. Our report is available on
It is also included as text in this message. We have changed the structure
of our monthly report to match our Annual Plan 2013 and our FDC application.
COMMUNITY: supporting and mobilising volunteers and editors
- Wikimedia Nederland Conferentie
Preparations have begun for the annual Wikimedia Nederland Conference which
will take place on November 2. One of the themes will be 'editor diversity'
- we are cooperating with WMDE who will be holding an international event
on that topic a week later on November 9. We are still looking for
volunteers to take charge of programming and publicity.
- Wikipedia Training National Museum of Ethnology
A basic editing training was given to students and employees of the
National Museum of Ethnology in Leiden by volunteers Erik Zachte, Hay
Kranen and Boardmember Hans Muller.WORK: content, collaboration and
- WIki Loves Monuments
The Wiki Loves Monuments team is preparing for the 2013 competition. This
year, the focus will also be on municipal monuments and we are looking for
funds to organise a combined Wiki Loves Monuments - editor training -
publicity event in Den Haag. Wikimedia NL volunteer Els Arends published an
article in the magazine 'Monumenten' about Wiki Loves Monuments,
encouraging people to get involved.
- Wikipedian in Residence at National Library and Archives
The National Archives and National Library are going to hire a Wikipedian
in Residence, a first for the Netherlands! This promises to be the start of
a wider ranging cooperation between WMNL and these two national
institutions. Focus of the cooperation will be improving content and
- CoSyne: final presentation to European Commission
WMNL Board member Frans Grijzenhout attended the final presentation of the
CoSyne <http://cosyne.eu/index.php/Main_Page> project to the European
Commission in Luxembourg. WMNL's involvement was appreciated by the other
partners in this project.
- Wiki loves sound
Wiki Loves Sound is a new initiative to promote use of sound in Wikimedia
projects. In April, 1838 of the 2300+ sounds donated by The Netherlands
Institute For Sound and Vision were uploaded to Commons and 50+ sounds were
added to Wikipedia pages during an editathon. A Dutch spoken instructional
video about adding sounds was made.
Field research for Wikivoyage was carried out by students of the Nijenrode
Business School. Reports and recommendations to be expected in May.WMNL:
participation and support
- The WMNL newsletter was distributed to members, donors and other
RESOURCES: Strong and sustainable financial position
- Finalising Q1 report
The first quarterly report following our FDC application was completed on
time.GLOBAL: International collaboration *NB: reports by WMNL volunteers,
board and staff who have attended international events can be found on the WMNL
- Milano Wikimedia Conference
WMNL Chair Ziko van Dijk, Treasurer Ad Huikeshoven and Executive Director
Sandra Rientjes attended the Milano Wikimedia Conference. WMNL volunteer
Lodewijk was also there on behalf of the Wiki Loves Monuments International
- EU policy working group meeting
On April 6 and 7, representatives of WM-chapters met in Brussels to discuss
EU-policy affecting copyright and internet freedom. Lodewijk and Romaine
represented WMNL. A full
the meeting is available on Meta.
Volunteers Lodewijk, Romaine and Maarten attended the Glam WIki event in
London, as did GLAM coordinator Sebastiaan ter Burg.
- International Amsterdam Hackathon preparations
Preparations for the International Hackathon picked up pace in April with
the programme being finalised and arrangements made to support visa
applications and travel. It is expected that 140 participants will gather
in Amsterdam, May 24-26.ORGANISATION: board, management and support
- Board retreat weekend 6-7 April
Board and Executive Director attended a two-day meeting, following the
Board elections in March. Topics on the agenda were: division of tasks
within the Board, cooperation and communication, recruiting new volunteers.
- Hiring part-time staff member for finances
Tom Kisters will start work on May 1. He will work on finances and office
Directeur/Executive Director Wikimedia Nederland
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