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[Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Wikimedia Nederland report on March and April

Sandra Rientjes  - Wikimedia Nederland
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Seven volunteers took part in a one-day training organized by WMNL on
working with the media. They learned about framing messages, dealing with
tricky questions and practiced being interviewed on camera. We were
particularly happy that two volunteers from our sister chapter Wikimedia
Belgie could join us.


*Education program

The first trainee from ITV - College for translators and interpreters
started work in April. At the request of the Wikipedia-community she will
translate Wikipedia articles from German into Dutch. A second trainee will
start soon, translating articles from the Russian Wikipedia.

*World War II

WMNL partner NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, has
integrated cooperating with and contributing to the Wikimedia projects in
their regular workprogramme for 2015. They are starting on a programme
World War II on Wikipedia, which will aim to release content of monographs
and reference works for the Wikimedia projects, and stimulate its use via
editathons and online activities. A programme start-up meeting was held on
April 24. A second meeting was held on April 29 to locate contents in the
NIOD archives that are suitable for release on Wikimedia projects, and that
are within the scope of World War II. The NIOD expects this program to run
until November 2015 and to include an editathon. The results will be
evaluated at that time, and any follow-up for 2016 will be based on the
evaluation outcome.

*Project Nature

De Vlinderstichting (Butterfly Foundation) released its information on
dragonflies and damsels under a Creative Commons license. It is being used
to improve content on these species on Wikipedia. This proJect is a test
for other content and data donations concerning bigger species groups.

The national museum for natural history Naturalis appointed Hans Muller as
Wikipedian in Residence. He will work for Naturalis for six months,
cooperating closely with the WMNL Project Nature group.


The Netherlands actively participated in the worldwide Art+Feminism
campaign on 7 and 8 March. We held three edit-a-thons (one at Stedelijk
Museum Amsterdam, one at Bonnefantenmuseum Maastricht, one at Lloyd Hotel
in Amsterdam). On the Dutch Wikipedia, 53 articles on women were added.
There were also many Wikidata items added in the case of new articles not
previously existing in any other language. On March 8 there was an
editathon at the editorial offices of Dutch feminist magazine Opzij. The
aim there was to write articles about the 1001 historically important women
listed in the Vrouwenlexikon (Lexicon of Women) by Els Kloek.


On 10, 11, + 12 April 145 participants from 32 countries came to The Hague
for GLAMWIKI 2015 conference. The National Library and the National
Archives provided the venue for this event. Aim: to exchange ideas and
experiences, give and get inspiration and send out the message that
cooperation between GLAMs and Wikimedia is important. The atmosphere was
lively and creative: already during the conference new ideas were born.

*Wikipedia in the Museum: Wikipedia-touch screen information for museums

WMNL developed an app that makes it easy for museums to provide extra
information for their visitors. Via a tablet, visitors can access a number
of pre-selected relevant Wikipedia articles - in different languages. The
app is designed to present the Wikipedia articles in an attractive way,
with a lot of attention for images. The app is integrated in a column which
clearly indicated that this information comes from Wikipedia. Two of these
columns are now being tried out in the Catharijne Convent Museum for
religious art and the Textile Museum in Tilburg. The code will of course be
made available for the Wikimedia community, and other interested parties.

*Writing event following content donation Museum Catharijne Convent

March 12 we organised a writing event around the content donation of 2500
images of religious art by the Museum Catharijne Convent.

*Writing events Textile Museum

Hay Kranen gave a workshop on (editing) Wikipedia at the Textile Museum in
Tilburg on 2 April. Around a dozen employees of the museum and other GLAM
institutions located in Tilburg were present. Apart from a general
introduction to the various Wikimedia projects, there was room for actual
editing. The Wikipedia in the Museum app (see above) was tested as well.

*Startup meetings

In April 2015, WMNL has held several meetings to prepare new GLAM projects.

-On 23 April, a meeting was held at the collection department of
Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, to discuss possible collaboration projects. A
programme proposal will be written in the upcoming months, which first
needs to be reviewed and approved by the Rijksmuseum's directors.

-Stadsarchief Rotterdam, the public library of Rotterdam, and Museum
Rotterdam are interested in a collaboration project about Rotterdam's
history on Wikimedia projects. After a first meeting in April, the three
institutions have agreed to work on an internal project proposal.

-Stedelijk Museum Schiedam is the city museum of Schiedam, near Rotterdam,
NL. The museum is interested in doing a small image donation and an
edit-a-thon related to its collections, which will be organised in the
upcoming months.

-The Tropenmuseum, a long-time partner of the Wikimedia movement, has
merged with two other Dutch museums that deal with global cultures (Museum
Volkenkunde and Afrika Museum). As the new Nationaal Museum van
Wereldculturen, the three institutions are interested to continue working
with Wikimedia projects. The Tropenmuseum project page on Wikimedia Commons
is being updated while strategic negotiations between the museum's
management and Wikimedia Nederland are planned for the upcoming months.



During February and March Wikimedia Nederland ran a ad-campaign on social
media to draw attention to the fact that Wikipedia is a non-commercial,
volunteer-led project. The ads can be viewed here. A specially designed
landing page was visited 13,800 times during the campaign. The ads were
displayed on the Google Display Network, Facebook and Twitter. On Facebook
this yielded 172 836 views and 2,733 clicks. The Google Display Network
provided the most clicks to the landing page but proved inferior than the
traffic from Facebook and Twitter. This campaign was a first experiment
targetting the wider public via social media. We will share our learning
experiences with the Wikimedia community later in May.


The WMNL newsletter for March and April were sent out to the subscribers.

*Survey among editing community and Wikipedia users

We have started preparations for a survey which will give insight in the
experiences and opinions of the Wikipedia community, especially regarding
workload, working climate, conflictresolution and other aspects of
community health. This will be a follow-up to the survey we did in 2013. We
are planning to run the survey late May or early June.


*New staff

April 1, Arne Wossink started work as project coordinator at WMNL.

*General assembly

The General Assembly of Wikimedia Nederland took place on April 18. The
members approved the annual report and audited accounts. Also a new Board
was elected: Board Members Marlon The, André Engels and Ronn Boef were
replaced by Bart Nieuwenhuis, Marike van Roon and Harriet de Man.

Sandra Rientjes
Directeur/Executive Director Wikimedia Nederland

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