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This is the chapter report for Wikimedia Nederland for March 2014

COMMUNITY: supporting and mobilising volunteers and editors[edit]

  • DBpedia - WikiData meeting

Volunteers working on the DBPedia project met with volunteers working on Wikidata at the WMNL office to discuss cooperation and synergy between the projects.

  • Zurich Hackathon

Three volunteers applied for and received scholarships to attend the Wikimedia Hackathon in Zürich.

WORK: content, collaboration and activity development[edit]

  • Education Programme

WMNL wants to explore the feasibility of developing a successful education programme in the Netherlands. Following a brainstorming meeting with interested community members, we issued a call for tender asking proposals concerning a first exploratory feasibility study. We received 7 responses and selected a small consultancy with a good track record in the education field. As a first step, they will interview key stakeholders. A meeting with the community is planned on May 24. More information, including the proposal of the 'winning' consultants can be found on the projectpage

  • Wiki Loves Earth

WMNL is organising a Wiki Loves Earth competition in the Netherlands as part of wider drive to improve content and coverage of issues related to nature, wildlife and biodiversity in the Wikimedia projects. A group of volunteers is taking the lead in organising a series of activities in May. This will be done in cooperation with the Dutch National parks. A series of activities are in preparation, including workshops on uploading images and sounds, writing events and photo-safaris.

  • World War II: photos of war monuments

This year, improving and adding to content on the Wikimedia projects related to World War II is a priority for WMNL. As a first step a group of volunteers is organising a photo-drive to obtain images of all war monuments in the Netherlands. WMNL cooperates with the Nationaal Comité 4 en 5 mei (the official organisation in charge of remembrance). The photo-drive will kick off April 1. (Spoiler: on April 15, already 677 images had been uploaded.)

Monument for 15th Scottish Division, Tilburg. Image uploaded as part of the photo-drive
  • Other

On March 10, Frans Grijzenhout and Wikipedian in Residence Hay Kranen demonstrated working with Wikipedia for students of the Social science dept of the University of Amsterdam. The students (bachelor level) take part in a special honors program. The theme of their course is crowd findings. On March 20, Ziko van Dijk presented Wikipedia issues at the IPON fair for educational resources, in the Utrecht Jaarbeurs.


  • General Assembly and Board elections

On March 29, there was a WMNL General Assembly, which included Board Elections. Chair Ziko van Dijk and Treasurer Paul Becherer stepped down, both after having served on the Board for a good many years. Frans Grijzenhout, Ad Huikeshoven en Jan Anton Brouwer were re-elected. They were joined on the Board by newcomers André Engels, Ronn Boef, Marlon Thé and Justus de Bruijn.

New Board of WMNL

The General Assembly also approved the annual report and the accounts of WMNL.

  • Newsletter

An issue of the newsletter was sent out.


  • A private grant making foundation donated €30,000 to WMNL. This is in support of our planned work with public libraries (with a possible focus on Dutch literature and writers) and a pilot project to provide access to relevant Wikipedia articles via image recognition of objects in a museum collection.


  • Board Governance Training Workshop London

On March 1 and 2, WMUK organised a training workshop for Board members of Wikimedia affiliates. WMNL Board member Frans Grijzenhout took part in the training. Executive director Sandra Rientjes was involved as a facilitator.


  • Reporting

March was a busy month for reporting. The Annual Report and accounts over 2013 were approved by the auditor. Also WMNL submitted its impact report to the Funds Dissemination Committee.

  • Board

The (old) board met on March 13 and discussed i.a. last preparations for the annual assembly.