The report on Wikimedia Nederland activities in January is now available:

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Sandra Rientjes
Directeur/Executive Director Wikimedia Nederland

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COMMUNITY: supporting and mobilising volunteers and editors


   New years reception.The National Library of the Netherlands and the
   National Archive of the Netherlands hosted the Wikimedia Nederland New
   Years Reception 2014 on the 18th of January. After a word of welcome by the
   organisers a few new projects were presented. Visitors could also
visit the current
the National Archive, get a tour
   through the 
the National Library, follow a short course on editing Wikipedia or
   a guided tour through The Hague. The reception ended with the prize
   ceremony of Wiki takes The
   a local Wiki loves monuments event that was organised on the 22nd of
   September in 2013


   Small grants.

Three requests for financial support of activities benefiting the Wikimedia
projects were received and accepted :

EURO 150 to support an edit-a-thon on art and feminism

EURO 500 to support the development of a tool to improve the presentation of
information generated through Wikidata.

EURO 254,10 for a subscription to a database to improve Wikipedia- articles on

The small grants programme is open to all members of the
Wikimedia-community, regardless of whether or not they are WMNL members.


   Writing contest.

The Wikipedia community organised its annual writing contest and awarded prizes
to four 
the Dutch language Wikipedia for their outstanding quality. WMNL
supported the contest by providing and distributing the prizes.

WORK: content, collaboration and activity development


   Kick-off 550 years Staten Generaal.

The first meeting of the Staten
the predecessor of the Dutch parliament, took place on January 9, 1464. The
project 550 jaar Staten
been launched to mark that this happened 550 years ago. The focus of
the project is to improve information on the history of the Dutch
parliament by writing articles, organising edit-marathons and meetings with
experts. This project is an initiative of Wikipedians, and is supported by
WMNL both financially and logistically


   Content donation University Museum Utrecht.

The University Museum <> in
Utrecht launched a new website of their
The museum announced at the launch of the site that they will donate the
content - about 5500 images that are currently available and more images
that will become available in the future - to Wikimedia Commons. The
donation is scheduled for May this year, the GLAMwiki
be used for the donation. The donation will lead to more available
content and higher quality images of pictures that are already on Wikimedia


   Wikipedians in Residence.

There are currently 6 Wikipedians in Residence (WiR) in the Netherlands.
The last to be announced is Maarten
who is already working at the Amsterdam
5 WiR's and WMNL had a meeting to discuss their projects, the notes of this
public (Dutch). WMNL is going to organise a workshop on using the
Europeana GLAM Wiki mass-upload tool for the WiR's and other staff of their
host organisations.


   OpenGLAM Benchmark Survey.

The Open Knowledge Foundation <>, the Netherlands
Institute for Sound and Vision <>,
Europeana<>and Wikimedia Nederland are working
together to conduct the Open
Glam Benchmark 
the Netherlands. The goal of this survey is to gain an overview of the
extent to which cultural heritage institutions are adapting to new trends
such as setting up a digital strategy and their willingness to open up
content. The survey was first conducted in Switzerland by the Bern
University of Applied Sciences. 17
shown interest to participate.


   Rathenau Instituut.

WMNL Executive Director Sandra Rientjes gave a presentation about the
Wikimedia projects at the Rathenau
Instituut<>and discussed potential
cooperation. The Rathenau Instituut studies and
stimulates the formation of political and public opinion on science and
technology. They are interested to see how debate about science and
technology is reflected on Wikipedia.



   Media. On Wikipedia's birthday (January 15) WMNL chairman Ziko van Dijk
   was interviewed on Radio Rijnmond. WMNL executive director Sandra Rientjes
   was interviewed in the BNR radio-programme

A full overview of media coverage can be found


   Newsletter. On behalf of WMNL, the Wikimedia Foundation sent out a
   message to all individuals from the Netherlands who donated via the
   fundraising banner on Wikipedia. In the days after this message went out
   400 people subscribed to the WMNL newsletter.



   Annual report and accounts. Treasurer Paul Becherer and the WMNL office
   jointly prepared the annual report and accounts. These will be audited in
   February and presented to the General Assembly on March 29.



   The board convened on 9 January in Utrecht. One of the topics was the
   preparation of the next general assembly in March, including the
   recruitment of new board members and the preparation of the annual report
   for the members.

   The board is on a track to receive better 'job descriptions' for board
   members, initiated by secretary Frans Grijzenhout with external
   professional support.



   Brainstorm session Education project on February 1.
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