On the 8th and 9th of March we held our National Conference: WikiconNL.
WikiconNL was a worthy follow-up of our one day Wikimedia Conference, which was held from 2006 until 2016. This year at WikiconNL we welcomed over 100 guests. On Friday the focus was on GLAMs and partners working within this field: Saturday was more of a hands on day, and we had workshops on Open Refine and an editathon.
The chair of WMNL, Frans Grijzenhout at the WikiCon
International Womens Day
International Womens Day on the 8th of March was celebrated in cities throughout the Netherlands. There were Wikimedia-gatherings in
Utrecht: at the WikiCon NL, several topics on the Gendergap during the conference
Utrecht: at the WikiCon NL, we had a small exposition of a selection of images the Gendergap working group got donated in the past years, with a QR code to their corresponding Wikipedia article
Amsterdam - Bits of Freedom organised Edit-a-thon
Eindhoven: Watershed, a LHTBQ+ writers initiative, organised a Art + Feminism edit-a-thon
Hengelo: at the library in Hengelo, the Wikipedia Writing Collective organised a lecture on female artists in the 20st century
Maastricht: the Cell Foundation joined the Swedisch in a WikiGap event
Amsterdam, Atria and Wikimedia organised WikiFriday
Amnesty International Wiki-a-thons
On the first of March we kicked of a series of Amnesty wiki-a-thons in Amsterdam, with the goal to have more articles on female human rights defenders on Wikipedia. The system of a wiki-a-thon is simple, preparations are key. Amnesty makes sure there are sources on the human rights defenders en prints them: names of the rights defenders go on post-its up on the wall. Wikimedia volunteers take care of the Wikidata-part. Participants choose post-it with a name they are interested in and collect the paper with sources from Amnesty and start writing. Wikimedia volunteers go around and help the participants with their first steps and collect their usernames. Afterwards, all articles are checked for the Wikipedia markup, categories and Wikidata connections.
We wrote about 40 articles in Dutch and English with 38 participants this first afternoon: the Amnesty wiki-a-thons are ongoing in April.
In recent years, there have been several collaborative projects between libraries and editors of Wikipedia, for example. Cooperation therefore seems obvious and is becoming increasingly common worldwide. Because libraries that share their collections through Wikipedia and related projects have a wider reach than through their own channels. Wikipedia articles are also written in the library during special Wiki meetings.
Six months ago, Wikimedia Nederland, with the support of the Pica Foundation, started a field study into the collaboration between Wikimedia and libraries in the Netherlands. The aim is to map common goals, to gain insight into (time) investment and to assess what a structural collaboration can yield.
On 15 May Wikimedia Nederland will organise a knowledge meeting for library staff. The results of desk research and network analysis will be presented, as well as examples of collaborative projects. These data serve as a basis for a subsequent work session to go deeper into the possibilities of collaboration.