[Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Wikimedia Nederland February activity report

Sandra Rientjes rientjes at wikimedia.nl
Thu Mar 14 16:18:32 UTC 2013

The February activity report by Wikimedia Nederland is now available on
It is also included as text below.

WMNL February report

Technical projects

·                     The closing conference of the EU-funded CoSyne
project in which WMNL was a partner took place in Amsterdam on February 1.
WMNL Board Member Frans Grijzenhout presented the results of the testing
carried out by WMNL volunteers. CoSyne produced a tool for the
synchronisation and translation of wiki-pages.

·                      A team of enthousiastic volunteers and staff are
making good progress in preparing for the International Hackathon 2013,
which will take place in Amsterdam, May 23 - 26. For the first time,
participants will be able to stay overnight at the venue where they will be
working during the day.

Content projects

·                     Further steps were made towards integrating the
Dictionary of Hebrew and Jiddish words in use in the Dutch language into
Wiktionary.  This dictionary was compiled by the Foundation Sofeer, who
want to make their work permanently available to a larger audience.

·                     On February 15. Wikimedia volunteers went on a
photo-excursion to the city of Arnhem to gather images of war-monuments.
This is part of a wider discussion between WMNL and the Netherlands
National Committee 4 and 5 May (responsible for official commemoration of
World War II) about cooperation.

·                     WMNL staff and board members are working with the
international coordination group of Wiki Loves Monuments to ensure funding
for activities in 2013.

Board and Staff

·                     Sebastiaan ter Burg started work as GLAM
project-coordinator on February 15

·                     Via the WMNL newsletter and other media a call went
out for candidate Board Members.


·                     A new issue of the WMNL Newsletter was published

·                     Work is in progress on redesigning the WMNL website

·                     Research bureau Motivaction carried out surveys among
WMNL members and Dutch Wikipedia editors to assess to what extent they are
aware of the work done by WMNL, their expectations/ideas concerning future
activities, and their motivation to contribute to Wikimedia projects.  At
the same time a survey was done among a general public focusgroup to assess
whether they know and use Wikipedia, their potential willingness to
contribute and their insight into the way Wikipedia is maintained and
funded.  Results will be available mid March.

Other meetings

·                     WMNL Director Sandra Rientjes and GLAM coordinator
Sebastiaan ter Burg met with staff of the European Centre for Nature
Conservation (Tilburg, the Netherlands) to discuss how they could
contribute images concerning biodiversity and protected areas to Wikimedia
Commons and how they could encourage their constituency to become active as
Wikipedia editors.

·                     Board Member Sandra Fauconnier and director Sandra
Rientjes had a meeting with the Director of the Netherlands National
Archives to discuss the possibility of a Wikipedian in Residence, and other
forms of cooperation.


·                     The Algemene Ledenvergadering (General Assembly) of
WMNL will take place on Saturday, March 23. On the agenda will be the
annual report and accounts 2012, as well as the election of Board Members

·                     Workshops on including recorded sound in Wikimedia
Commons and Wikipedia - March 30 & April 20

·                     European Fashion Editathon. May 13.

Sandra Rientjes
Directeur/Executive Director Wikimedia Nederland

tel. (+31) (0)6  31786379

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