In October 2020, the Netherlands Open Air Museum will organise the Month of History with the theme East/West, therefore October is also dedicated to the Month of History on Dutch Wikipedia. Through writing weeks and an online workshop, with the help of volunteers, we want to more accurately describe the history of certain areas including Indonesia, Surinam and the Caribbean part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on Wikipedia. By writing and/or improving Wikipedia articles in, for example, Dutch, English, Spanish or Papiamentu. Or by adding images to Wikimedia Commons, Wikipedia's media database, and data to Wikidata, a structured database. In this context, a collaborative project with Wikimedia Indonesia has also been started. So that photos and sources relating to the development of major Indonesian cities and 75 years of Indonesian independence can be traced and released through Wikimedia Commons. Wikimedia Indonesia can then use these photos and sources for edit-a-thons, among other things.
Wikimedia Nederland is regularly approached by heritage institutions to support content donations. However, it is not only heritage institutions that seek contact regarding the donation of visual material. At the end of 2019, for example, we received a special phone call from Jan Geerling who was looking for help in donating his beautiful photo collection. In cooperation with volunteers, a statement was then made for permission for the upload and on Wikipedia a list of contents of the collection was posted, indicating the places, buildings and train stations where photographs are available.
Before the upload of the images to Wikimedia Commons can start, however, some preparatory work still needs to be done. For example, the photos should be checked per set for usability and categories should be assigned so that the photos can be found by everyone. Volunteers who would like to help with checking the content, metadata and/or uploading the photos can respond via email@example.com.