[Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Wikimedia NL in October and November

Sandra Rientjes Wikimedia Nederland rientjes at wikimedia.nl
Wed Dec 11 09:12:55 UTC 2013

The report of our activities in October and November is available:

It is also included in this email.

Sandra Rientjes
Directeur/Executive Director Wikimedia Nederland

tel. (+31) (0)6  31786379


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*Wikimedia Nederland: report on October and November 2013*

*COMMUNITY: supporting and mobilising volunteers and editors*

-Wikimedia Nederland Conferentie

The annual Wikimedia Nederland Conference on November 2 was attended by 138
people, many of whom had never attended a Wikimedia-event before. The
organisers has put together a varied programme, with presentations on
topics ranging from the way historians use Wikipedia to the latest software
developments. An introductory course on Wikipedia editing was especially

-Editor Training Public Library Amersfoort

WMNL is exploring ways of cooperating with public libraries. We organised
an edit-a-thon with an introductionary training in the public library of
Amersfoort. 12 people attended, 6 of whom had never edited pages before.

-Wikizaterdag 12/10, 26/10 9/11, 23/11

As usual, the Wikimedia Nederland office was open every second and fourth
Saturday of the month.

*WORK: content, collaboration and activity development*

-Editathon The Hague

Although Wiki Loves Monuments officially took place in September, we had a
small editathon aimed at improving articles on the monuments of The Hague
on October 12. The Monument Service of The Hague provided background

-Wikipedians in Residence

Two new Wikipedians in Residence started work in October. Hans Muller and
Arie Sonneveld will work with the group of 12 specialised academic

Sandra Fauconnier has been selected as the Wikipedian in Residence for The
Great Wikipedia Expedition project, a project of foundation for academic
heritage (SAE) and the Tropenmuseum.

-Design Editathon Centraal Museum (28 October)

As part of our ongoing cooperation with the Centraal Museum in Utrecht we
organised an editathon on Design. The 35 participants worked on the
articles on important Dutch designers.

-ECNC photo competition

WMNL supported the international conservation NGO ECNC in organising a
photo competition among its network of partners institutes. As a result 165
images on the relation between humans and nature were uploaded to Commons.
For WMNL this was also a pilot to see if and how initiatives by other
organisations can lead to specific new content.

-Catharijne Convent, Utrecht

A first meeting has taken place with the Museum Catharijne Convent to
discuss joint activities in 2014. This museum focusses on religious art and

-550 years of parliamentary history

A group of WMNL volunteers and WP-editors has started a project aimed at
improving content concerning the history of the Dutch parliamentary system.


-New WMNL Website

The new WMNL website was launched. It provides information about Wikimedia
Nederland’s mission and activities for the general public.

-Media coverage

An interview with three members of the WMNL community (WMNL Board Member
and WIkipedian Paul Becherer, Wikipedian in Residence Hay Kranen and WMNL
Director Sandra Rientjes) appeared in the national newspaper Algemeen
Dagblad on November 9

Sandra Rientjes was interviewed on national radio November 10.


The FDC recommended to allocate WMNL € 304.000 in funds for 2014. This is
94% of the amount originally requested.

*GLOBAL: International collaboration*

-Diversity Conference, Berlin

WMNL staffmember Denise Jansen attended the Diversity Conference in Berlin.

-Wikipedia Seminar, Kulturrad Norway

WMNL staffmember Sebastiaan ter Burg spoke at a Wikipedia seminar in Oslo

-Community meetings in Germany

WMNL president Ziko van Dijk was a guest at the Cologne work shop in
October and, together with another member, at the WikiCon in Karlsruhe in

-Flemish OER conference, Brussels

Ziko van Dijk represented WMNL at the 15th Anniversary Meeting of
KlasCement, a Flemish initiative similar to Wikiwijs, in the Flemish
ministry of education in Brussels (October).

*ORGANISATION: board, management and support*

-The board met in Utrecht on October 10 and via Skype on November 7.

-Boardmember Anke Peereboom resigned from the Board in September due to
workpressure. Boardmember Hans Muller resigned in November to avoid any
suggestion of a possible conflict of interest following his appointment as
Wikipedian in Residence.


-End-of-year festive Wiki Saturday will be on December 21 in the WMNL
office in Utrecht.

-The New Years Reception will take place on January 18, 2014,  in The Hague.
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