Grants:TPS/Jane Darnell/Wikimania/2014/Report

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Thanks for Wikimania 2014!



  • Wikipedia projects: en wiki; commons; wikidata
  • Wikimedia chapter WMNL projects: WLM; Gendergap; GLAM; WWII
  • WMF projects: IEG


Proudly wearing my stroopwafel T-shirt (thank you User:Ter-burg!) during the opening ceremony of Wikimania
New Creation: What was one useful outcome that was created at the event for the Wikimedia movement?
Add a link to something new that was created as a result of your participation in this event (for example, you might link to a new tool that you and your co-participants worked on at the Hackathon, or to pages created in a workshop you participated in).

I have been working on 17th century Dutch painters since 2009 and many Wikipedia projects include articles about famous 17th-century paintings, but sometimes the articles are about the subject, and sometimes the article is classified as a painting. On Wikidata these have two items, one for the subject (often a person, place, biblical or allegorical topic) and one for the painting (often in the collection of a museum). During Wikimania, I met with WMUK members to discuss "everything about paintings", especially in the context of the en:Public Catalogue Foundation, which aspires to put images of all publicly owned paintings in the UK online at the BBC Your Paintings website. At the same time, User:Multichill was thinking along the same lines and created d:Wikidata:WikiProject sum of all paintings and started uploading all of the paintings he could (including the Frans Hals Museum) to Wikidata through the Europeana database. This made me realize that if we do this for all important museums, we will have a much better overview of famous paintings, but we could also approach the works of famous paintings through their painter's catalog raisonnés. Since Wikimania I have created the Frans Hals catalog raisonné, 1974, one of two internationally recognized catalogs on Hals, written by Seymour Slive who died this summer.


I was very happy to meet User:Sbouterse (WMF) and my colleagues from the IEG committee, but I found it rewarding to speak to grantees such as User:Netha Hussain and others from the Grants committee at the workshop on Thursday. Most of the benefits of attendance were meetings with people I interact with online, such as User:Esh77, User:Pigsonthewing, User:Victuallers, User:Micru, User:Johnbod, User:Kudpung, User:Lydia Pintscher (WMDE), User:Prolineserver and of course friends from the Dutch chapter who I don't see often. I brought stroopwafels for User:Magnus Manske who I finally met for the first time. He was so kind that he even made a special tool for me at Wikimania for my work on artists (Artists born (50 year buckets)). His reasonator tool makes it possible to browse Wikidata items such as Frans Hals catalog raisonné, 1974 or Frans Hals Museum

Anything else[edit]

Unfortunately, my two submissions were approved but not scheduled, so I didn't get a chance to talk about my work except with a few people who asked me specifically. I was delighted I could help out with User:Olivier's questions about Pieter de Hooch. I really enjoyed User:Nicole Ebber (WMDE)'s presentation on the Chapters Dialog and Raph Koster's work on Wikipedia as a game. Though there were lots of Wikimania volunteers who helped me find my way around the entire time, I remain indebted to User talk:Chris McKenna (WMUK) for finding me a flight after my flight home was unexpectedly cancelled Sunday morning.