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Hello, I am Ziko van Dijk, a German who lives in the Netherlands. For a couple of years I am doing stuff in the Wikimedia movement.

Person and Wikimedia movement[edit]

Ziko van Dijk, 2010

As a historian (PhD) and Wikipedian my main topic is the history of the 20th century (Germany, the Netherlands, international relations). Besides, I try to make the Wikipedia articles easier to understand and improve the help pages.

In the Wikimedia movement I am interested in organizational structures and outreach. From April 2011 to March 2014 I have been the chair of Wikimedia Nederland. From July 2012 to August 2013, I have been also the Deputy Chair of the Council of the Wikimedia Chapters Association. About my experiences I reported in the Berlin, Washington and Hong Kong diaries.


Before the Single User Login, I was Ziko-W at Meta Wiki, and Ziko-C at Wikimedia Commons. My primary user page is my German Wikipedia Benutzerseite which I created in 2003.

The Wikimedia wikis I visit more or less frequently are (links to my user page there):

You can contact me the best by writing on the de.wp talk page or sending an e-mail.

Educational and promotional work[edit]

2014 in London

On German Wikipedia I am a mentor, and I have written a German Wikibook for the self learner who wants to become a Wikipedian: „Eigene Beiträge“. In August 2010 Open Source Press published Wikipedia. Wie Sie zur freien Enzyklopädie beitragen, a text book in German.

I blog: zikoblog at Wordpress.

Since 2013, I belong to the network wiki:team. We present and teach Wikipedia and Wikipedia related issues in educational and other institutions.

Under the name Multilingual Wikipedia I have build up some content about the fact that Wikipedia has many editions in different languages. If you want to get some tips, you can have a look at this Manual for small and new Wikipedias. If you want to tell us about your language edition, you can tell us about your Wikipedia here (and read about others).

On my German user page I have published Handbuch der Vielsprachigen Wikipedia. It is still a fragment, and I will possibly not complete it or translate it into English, but use it some day for a larger project in English.

I did research about Wikipedias in small or "weak" Wikipedias (Third World, planned languages, small Germanic languages and dialects). My question is why some Wikipedias do better than others, what factors make them grow or keep them small, like number of speakers, economics, status, linguistic factors, a culture of knowledge and support from the linguistic community.


Sometimes a strange brainwave forces me to note word games and other unfunny associations or ideas. :-) Some of the results I have recorded here.