[Image donation] Catchpenny prints from the 18th until early 20th century from the collection of the KB
The KB, national libary of The Netherlands, donated 1280 catchpenny prints from the 18th until early 20th century to Wikimedia Commons.
Catchpenny prints give a good picture of the topics the population was interested in. For researchers and people interested in the history of the Netherlands this is a real treasure-house containing images and texts from the past. They can be regarded as source material for research of text and language; of the daily life of our ancestors plying trades (that have disappeared), children's games, transport, fashion, role patterns, housing and housekeeping; tilling the land, poverty and wealth; of values and standards and pedagogical views and of image with illustration techniques and styles.
De walvisch is te groot, om 's middags op te disschen, Kiest kindren, voor uw smaek een soort van andre visschen, collectie KB
Zie lieve kind'ren op deze prent, waerop we u tachtig plaatjes lieten malen, collectie KB
Garde impériale Turque, collectie KB
Ziet, kindren lief, deez' trouwe hond, wacht zeker, tot zijn meester komt, collectie KB
Der vaad'ren deugd en kloek bestaan, Toont deze prent ons duidelijk aan, collectie KB
Kort verhael van den verloren zoon, collectie KB
Eenhoevige dieren, collectie KB
Van velerlei gebak en ook van lekkernij, is deze prent voorzien, wat uwe keus ook zij, collectie KB
Daar hebt gij, kinderen, weer een tal Van twee paar uitgezochte platen
Wiki goes Caribbean meeting on slavery and plantations in Suriname
Every month the Wiki goes Caribbean project organises an editathon on specific subject in Suriname and The (Dutch) Caribbean to improve, update and extend the information on these countries on Wikipedia, Wikidata and Wikimedia Commons. June 15th there was a special edition with the theme of 'Slavery and Plantations' in Suriname. We invited several speakers to give 30 minutes presentations: Victor Bottenbley (Research team Kaikoesi) on the Arawak people, Maarten van der Bent (Researcher at the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies) on the Maroon people and Danielle Jansen (Wiki goes Caribbean on the slavery project). After the presentations we photographed (and ate!) some Caribbean delicacies and after this delicious lunch we continued the day with an editathon on the theme for the day. People researched the National Archives for documentation, uploaded images and maps from several museums and other archives to Wikimedia Commons. And of course together with about two dozen people we improved, updated and extended articles on Wikipedia. The next Wiki goes Caribbean editathon on the 20th of July will be on 'Food and Drink': this time we will photograph, describe (and the eat!) delicacies from Suriname and the Dutch Caribbean.
Outcomes Field study collaboration Wikimedia and Libraries
In June, WMNL submitted the final report of the field study on collaboration between Wikimedia and Dutch libraries to the sponsor Stichting PICA. In the study we looked for an answer to the question whether sustainable cooperation between Wikimedia and Dutch libraries will yield results for both parties in the short term. The answer we found is Yes. A total of 18 libraries signed a declaration of intent for a follow-up project to shape sustainable cooperation. During the summer months, a new project proposal will be written that will be presented to the PICA Foundation in September.
Dutch open public library data
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Although there are a number of websites listing all these plusminus 1500 libraries, we were quite surprised to find that none of them provide both structured and openly licensed, let alone linked data, while openness should be at the the core of every library's mission.
We decided to solve this problem by adding address and geo data of every public library to Wikidata, hence for the very first time creating a 5-star linked open data set for this type of library. This enables innovative uses, such as overviews and visualisations of the Dutch public library landscape on organisational, municipal, regional, provincial and national levels. This is of interest not only to Wikipedia and LOD enthousiasts, but also to e.g. policy makers, municipalities, scientists and journalists.
In addition, to enable SPARQL generated library image galleries, in the autumn we will start '1Lib1Photo' (inspired by 1Lib1Ref), an initiatieve to add an openly licensed image of every Dutch public library to Wikimedia Commons.