GLAM/Newsletter/February 2014/Contents/Netherlands report
Art and Feminism; Wikipedian in Residence; War memorials
Art and Feminism edit-a-thon in Amsterdam, 1 February
On 1 February 2014, WMNL volunteers Jane023, Ciell and Spinster organized a Dutch version of the massive international Art+Feminism edit-a-thon that was held worldwide on the same day. The Amsterdam event was kindly hosted at De Appel arts centre, a contemporary art venue with a great track record of female directors and balanced representation of women artists.
The event was mostly an extensive Wikipedia tutorial for a dedicated group of relatively new users. Jane023 presented her research on representation of female artists on Wikipedia and in various large art encyclopaedias and websites. The gathering was mentioned in Dutch art blogs and press: Kunstbeeld and Trendbeheer. A thorough and balanced article on Wikipedia and women artists appeared in Dutch national newspaper Volkskrant (4 February 2014).
About 20 articles were created in the first week of February: notable woman artist biographies and a notable exhibition on women in art. Examples include nl:Christina Houbraken, nl:L.A. Raeven, nl:De Vrouw 1813-1913. Afterwards, several volunteers continued working on the to-do list.
This event might end up being an unofficial kick-off for a larger Dutch gender gap project. Several staff from nl:Atria, kennisinstituut voor emancipatie en vrouwengeschiedenis (the major Dutch archive / knowledge center for women issues) attended the edit-a-thon; they currently also host a Wikipedian in Residence and intend to develop more activities that involve Wikipedia. Follow-up meetings are in preparation.
Check the Amsterdam Meet Up page on the Dutch Wikipedia.
Expedition WiR project has kicked off
One of the Dutch Wikipedian in Residence projects in 2014 is titled Expedition Wikipedia. In this project, Wikipedian in Residence Sandra Fauconnier assists Dutch university collections and libraries in making a selection of their expedition collections available via Wikimedia projects.
In January and February, Sandra has visited all participating institutions and made an inventory of the expedition-related collections held by them. A report (in Dutch) about this first phase is now available.
In the upcoming months, Sandra starts working with a selection of institutions on actual media donations and other collaboration projects with Wikimedians. First steps include:
- Image donations related to the Siboga Expedition, which is well-documented in various Dutch academic collections (University of Amsterdam, Tropenmuseum)
- Media related to the research travels of Felix Vening Meinesz (TU Delft, Utrecht University)
- An educational trajectory at Maastricht University, in which students will analyze important historical travel reports and contribute some of their acquired knowledge to Wikipedia. A project page in English - with reading list - is available.
Preparations have started to organize in April a raffle about war memorials in the Netherlands together with the National Committee 4 and 5 May. Just as with Wiki Loves Monuments, participants can take pictures of these monuments, upload them to Commons and add them to the lists of these war memorials in the Dutch Wikipedia.
Page in Dutch about the project: nl:Wikipedia:GLAM/Oorlogsmonumenten Nederland