October history month East | West
In October 2020, the Netherlands Open Air Museum will organise the Month of History with the theme East/West, therefore October is also dedicated to the Month of History on Dutch Wikipedia. Through writing weeks and an online workshop, with the help of volunteers, we want to more accurately describe the history of certain areas including Indonesia, Surinam and the Caribbean part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on Wikipedia. By writing and/or improving Wikipedia articles in, for example, Dutch, English, Spanish or Papiamentu. Or by adding images to Wikimedia Commons, Wikipedia's media database, and data to Wikidata, a structured database. In this context, a collaborative project with Wikimedia Indonesia has also been started. So that photos and sources relating to the development of major Indonesian cities and 75 years of Indonesian independence can be traced and released through Wikimedia Commons. Wikimedia Indonesia can then use these photos and sources for edit-a-thons, among other things.
Read more about the writing weeks on de Wikipedia project page (in Dutch).
Pictures as a legacy to the world
Wikimedia Nederland is regularly approached by heritage institutions to support content donations. However, it is not only heritage institutions that seek contact regarding the donation of visual material. At the end of 2019, for example, we received a special phone call from Jan Geerling who was looking for help in donating his beautiful photo collection. In cooperation with volunteers, a statement was then made for permission for the upload and on Wikipedia a list of contents of the collection was posted, indicating the places, buildings and train stations where photographs are available.
Before the upload of the images to Wikimedia Commons can start, however, some preparatory work still needs to be done. For example, the photos should be checked per set for usability and categories should be assigned so that the photos can be found by everyone. Volunteers who would like to help with checking the content, metadata and/or uploading the photos can respond via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read more about it in the blog post on the Wikimedia Nederland website (in Dutch).
Photos of Mali
Economist Fred van der Kraaij is one of those generous Dutch Africanist photographers who have donated their images to the African Studies Center Leiden and Wikimedia Commons. Here we focus on a small selection for Mali in 1972, 1984 and 1986. Please refer to Van der Kraaij's collection at Wikimedia Commons.
Roof of the Grand Mosque, Djenné, 1972
Traders in the harbour on the Niger River, Mopti, 1972
Football with a tennis ball, Timbuktu, 1972
Elated crowd at an agricultural and information fair, Sikasso, 1972
"Long live the first heavy industry in Mali!", cement factory, Diamou, 1972
Cement factory, Diamou, 1972
Shopping center in Bamako, 1972
Rice fields near an irrigation pump station of the governmental Office du Niger, near Ségou, 1984
Dancers performing on a football ground, Tominian near Ségou, 1984
Streetvendors selling mosquito nets, Rue Mohamed V, Bamako, 1984
Group discussion of an agricultural project, 1986
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