Newly appointed WiR Michelle van Lanschot started her first residency at the Flipje en Streekmuseum Tiel on 1 January. During this project, she will visit 7 smaller GLAMs in Gelderland province, and teach them how to interact with the Wikimedia movement. As part of these projects, she will be compiling a manual that will eventually give other smaller GLAMs the means and knowhow of how to interact with Wikimedia themselves. This project held a kick-off meeting on Thursday 19 January. Representatives from all participating institutions met with the new Wikimedian in Residence Michelle van Lanschot, who started on January 1st. Arne Wossink presented a short item on the Wikimedia-universe, Michelle van Lanschot presented the project and what she expects to do during this year. Slideshows of these presentations here and here. Project page is here (in Dutch).
KB supporting #1Lib1Ref
The KB, national library of the Netherlands, supported the One librarian, 1 Reference (#1Lib1Ref) action. The goal of this worldwide campaign is to motivate every librarian to add (at least) one reliable reference to Wikipedia. The KB supported this campaign for the Netherlands by:
sharing these documents via Biebtobieb, the knowledge and innovation platform of Dutch public libraries. The libraries were asked to spread the message across their respective networks (first week of January).
sharing the manual and call-to-action to the 400+ employees of the KB (2nd week of January) and
The KB donated images and wrote a Dutch Wikipedia article about the first Dutch movable picture book for children from 1856.
Template Infobox Manuscript
A infobox template for manuscripts was still missing on Dutch Wikipedia. Hence the KB created the Template:Infobox manuscript. This will make sure the manuscripts from (among others) the KB can be better described on Dutch Wikipedia. It will also improve the uptake of structured data about manuscript on DBPedia and Wikidata.
Impact assessment for image donation Nederlandsche Vogelen
In May 2015 the KB, the national library of the Netherlands, donated 250 historic images of birds of the Netherlands to Wikimedia Commons. The images were taken from (the five parts of) the book Nederlandsche vogelen (English: Dutch birds) from the collection of the KB. In the months after the image upload the editors of Dutch Wikipedia embedded the birds images in articles in many languages. This has increased the visibility of this heritage collection by over 100 times, also outside the Netherlands. This is proven by this impact assessment for the year 2016 (page in Dutch)