On the 19th of january we held an inspiring symposium on the use of sharing your collections on Wikimedia with lectures and workshops on sharing audiovisual content, Wikimedia apps, Wikidata & heritage and monitoring your content. Most slides of the workshops and lectures can be found on Commons (the presentations by Hay Kranen and Sandra Fauconnier have only been shared on the Erfgoed Gelderland website due to copyrighted content.)
Continuing on a happy noteː the project has been prolonged for another year. We will be working with some of the same GLAMs we worked with last year and also a new group to help them make their collections available. We are also looking into making instruction video's and online courses for GLAM employees w.r.t. Wikimedia. If you have suggestions in this field, I would love to hear from you too. You can contact me on my talk page or by e-mail.
3rd Wikicafé Tilburg
On 4th January 2018 the 3rd Wikicafé took place in the public library in Tilburg. The theme of the evening was how to upload self-made photos of municipal monuments to Wikimedia Commons and how to use them in Wikipedia articles. Special attention was paid to Creative Commons licensing and putting images into proper Commons categories. The Wikicafé is an initiative of the public library Bibliotheek Midden-Brabant.
Public Domain Day
On January 1st, many Wikimedians celebrate Public Domain Day. On this day, creative works whose authors died 70 years ago, enter the public domain and can be used on Wikimedia platforms and elsewhere, free of charge. On January 5, WMNL co-sponsored a small workshop on public domain in the Netherlands. This workshop included several lectures on different aspects of public domain - from a legal perspective, to re-use, to the problems and opportunities of maintaining a collection that is now PD. Some 60 people attended. More info here.
A call for Wikipedians to edit articles related to the collections that entered the public domain did not deliver expected results. Reasons may include timing (right after the annual writing week on countries on WPNL), topic (many of the relevant authors already had an article on WPNL), and/or organisation ( short-term, lack of communication).
Like previous years, WMNL set up the 1lib1ref campaign to motivatie librarians and scientists to contribute to Wikipedia by fact-checking an article and adding a relevant source to it. The campaign runs into February, so results will be available by then. Landing page here.
3000 images from Regionaal Archief Nijmegen
The Regionaal Archief Nijmegen, one of the participating institutions in the 2017 project A Wikimedian in Residence in Gelderland, donated some 3500 images to Wikimedia Commons. The upload was done with Pattypan, using the latest release that makes it possible to upload images from a web URL. The images document the history of the city of Nijmegen and span the last ~100 years. The collection can be accessed here.