In January we completed a collaboration between Wikimedia, LIMA and 20 students of the study Modern and Contemporary Art at the University of Amsterdam. The students were commissioned to write a Wikipedia article. Most students wrote an article for the English Wikipedia and submitted their article as a draft. Some have now been published, others are still awaiting review or need improvement.
Public Domain Day 2020
Copyright protection is temporary. In the Netherlands, the rule of thumb is that the duration of this protection expires 70 years after the maker's death, on 1 January. That is why 1 January is also called Public Domain Day. On this day, many works become available whose (re)use is no longer restricted by copyright. On January 10, 2020, attention was paid to the makers who died in 1949, their works entering the public domain, underlying legislation and new technical developments with a programme of lectures and workshops (see full programme (in Dutch)). During this day, Wikimedia Nederland organised a special edit-a-thon for the makers who died in 1949 and who do not yet have a lemma on Wikipedia. The day took place in Sound and Vision in Hilversum. Watch the photo impression of Publiek Domeindag 2020 on Wikimedia Commons. Also, a batch of works from Dutch visual artists that entered the public domain was uploaded to Wikimedia Commons. Public Domain Day 2020 is an initiative of the working group Public Domain of Vereniging Open Nederland, in which Vereniging Wikimedia Nederland also participates.
Wiki Goes Caribbean
On February 18, 28 people travelled to the National Archives in The Hague to visit the Wiki goes Caribbean New Year meeting. Among the participants were Wikimedians, researchers and people from the network of Wikimedia Nederland, the Dutch Caribbean Bookclub, the National Archives and various organizations including Stichting Splika, Stichting Stil Verleden, the MUSEON, Nationaal Museum van Wereldculturen and Stichting Tribal Wisdom. The progress made within the Wiki goes Caribbean project and the plans for 2020 were discussed in more detail. In addition, valuable ideas were shared about approaching and activating people with a connection to the Caribbean. The meeting ended with a pleasant drink with Antillean snacks. Pictures of the meeting can be seen on Wikimedia Commons.
WikiFridays at Ihlia
On 14 February, IHLIA and Wikimedia Nederland organized the first Wikivrijdag at IHLIA. There was a lot of enthusiasm for this afternoon, we had already reached the maximum number of 15 participants well before 14 February.
It was interesting to think together about encyclopaedic relevance and we are happy to report that an article was published the same afternoon (Transcreen).
From now on there will be a monthly meeting at IHLIA. Together with IHLIA we are working on deepening and expanding the information on lhbti-related matters on Wikipedia and sister projects.