GLAM/Newsletter/January 2014/Contents/Netherlands report
New Years Reception; 550 years States General; Content donation University Museum; Wikipedians in Residence; OpenGLAM Benchmark Survey
New years reception
The National Library of the Netherlands and the National Archive of the Netherlands hosted the Wikimedia Nederland new years reception on the 18th of January. After a word of welcome by the organisers a few new projects were presented. Visitors could also visit the current exhibition of the National Archive, get a tour through the depots of the National Library, follow a short course on editing Wikipedia or join a guided tour through The Hague. The reception ended with the price ceremony of Wiki takes The Hague, a local Wiki loves monuments event that was organised on the 22nd of September in 2013. More photos
Kick-off 550 years States General
The first meeting of the States General took place on January 9, 1464. The project 550 jaar Staten Generaal has been launched to mark that this happened 550 years ago. The focus of the project is to improve information on the States General by writing articles, organising edit-marathons and meetings with experts.
Content donation University Museum Utrecht
The University Museum in Utrecht launched a new website of their collection. The museum announced at the launch of the site that they will donate the content - about 5500 images that are currently available and more images that will become available in the future - to Wikimedia commons. The donation is scheduled for May this year, the GLAMwiki toolset will be used for the donation. The donation will lead to more available content and higher quality images of pictures that are already on commons.
Wikipedians in Residence
There are currently 6 Wikipedians in Residence (WiR) in the Netherlands. The last to be announced is Maarten Jansen, who is already working at the Amsterdam Museum. 5 WiR's had a meeting to discuss their projects, the notes of this meeting are public (Dutch).
OpenGLAM Benchmark Survey
The Open Knowledge Foundation, the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, Europeana and Wikimedia Nederland are working together to conduct the OpenGLAM Benchmark Survey in the Netherlands. The goal of this survey is to gain an overview of the extent to which cultural heritage institutions are adapting to new trends such as setting up a digital strategy and their willingness to open up content. The survey was first conducted in Switzerland by the Bern University of Applied Sciences. 17 countries have shown interest to participate.