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This is the chapter report for Wikimedia Nederland for July and August 2013.

COMMUNITY: supporting and mobilising volunteers and editors[edit]

  • Wikipedia Café. WMNL revives an old tradition: the Wikipedia Café, an informal pubmeeting of Wikipedians living in a specific area. On July 2 a Wikipedia Café was held in The Hague, with eleven wikipedians attending. The next one is scheduled in Amsterdam.
    Wikipedia café

WORK: content, collaboration and activity development[edit]

As part of a Summerschool organised by the departments of classical studies of the Amsterdam Universities, WMNL organised an editathon focussing on translation of Latin inscriptions of monumental graves. Seven participants produced Wikipedia articles and added information to Wikisource.
Editathon Latin inscriptions on monumental graves
  • Wikipedians in Residence
    • The Koninklijke Bibliotheek (KB, national library of the Netherlands) and the Nationaal Archief (NA, national archives of the Netherlands) are aiming to put the largest and most diverse collection of textual heritage in the Netherlands at the service of Wikipedia and related Wiki-projects. To support this ambition, both institutions have attracted the experienced Wikipedian Hay Kranen as their Wikipedian in Residence. He will act as the linking pin between the rich (paper and digital) collections of the KB and NA and the reuse of this content on Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons and Wikisource. More information can be found on their project page.
    • 12 Dutch scientific libraries have joined forces to hire 2 Wikipedians in Residence that will support them for a year, starting in October 2013. Projectinformation is available in Dutch.
    • A fourth position for a Dutch Wikipedian in Residence is in preparation, more information about this position will surface soon.
  • Wiki loves libraries
Preparations have been made to revitalise the project Wiki Loves Libraries. A first brainstorm with BiSC, the service bureau for libraries in the province of Utrecht, will take place in September.
  • Wiki Loves Monuments
Work kicked off in earnest in preparation for Wiki Loves Monuments 2013. This year, there will be a special focus on the city The Hague, where we will organise a photography workshop and an editathon. The team is supported by Kathinka, an intern at the WMNL office.

WMNL: participation and support[edit]

  • Press and Media
Board Member Hans Muller was interviewed about Wikipedia on the regional radiostation Radio Gelderland. Director Sandra Rientjes was interviewed for BNR newsradio.
  • Design of new website presented
The design of the new WMNL website was presented. Official launch will be in November.



GLOBAL: International collaboration[edit]

WMF staff visit office of Wikimedia Nederland
User:Veertje with proposal how to make Wikipedia better, Hong Kong
  • WCA
WCA Council Member Ziko van Dijk took part in the WCA phone conference on June 25 and contacted the WCA Council chair several times with regard to the preparation of Wikimania.
  • Neighboring countries
Ziko van Dijk visited the Musketier-Treffen in Duisburg, Germany, and the Wikiversity / education program meeting in Limburg an der Lahn, Germany.
  • Visit WMNO Board Member
Knut Hjelleset, boardmember of WMNO, used his vacation in the Netherlands to visit WMNL. He spoke with director Sandra Rientjes and Glam Coordinator Sebastiaan ter Burg.
  • Visit WMF staff
Three WMF staffmembers visited the WMNL office in early July. Anasuya Sengupta, Garfield Byrd and Katy Love met with staff and several board members (including the chair and the treasurer) to discuss a wide range of matters concerning programming, finances, community involvement and plans for the future. A meeting with the WMNL community was also part of their visit.
  • Wikimania
Board members Ziko van Dijk and Ad Huikeshoven, volunteer user:Veertje and Executive Director Sandra Rientjes participated in August in the Hong Kong Wikimania. Reports of their stay can be found on the WMNL-wiki.

ORGANISATION: board, management and support[edit]

  • Board Retreat
The Board went on a two-day retreat (August 25-26) to work on plans for 2014.
  • Annual plan 2014
We are working on our annual plan 2014. On 27 July and 31 August the Board organised brainstorming sessions to involve the community in drafting this document.