Introductory Training Sessions at Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam
In 2019, the six-year programme Disclosing Architecture began improving the
visibility and accessibility of the National Collection for Dutch Architecture and Urban
Planning, funded by a grant from the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and
Science. Under the umbrella of Disclosing Architecture, projects involving linked open
data (LOD) and Wikimedia are in development.
In these, a major goal is to create durable connections between the collection, linked
open data and the end user. The implementation of DERA, which enables the
enrichment of the collection by third parties, is an important pillar in this.
Wikimedia and the Wikimedia Community are logical partners in this process.
To prepare our colleagues, a series of introductory training sessions on Wikimedia
Commons, Wikidata and Wikipedia was held in June at Het Nieuwe Instituut in
collaboration with WMNL and two Wikimedia volunteers. Attendees were shown how
Wikimedia projects work and were given examples of how to integrate Wikimedia into
their own workflow.
Next, we will host more focused training sessions on editing and Wikitools such as
ISA so that Het Nieuwe Instituut staff members can become more competent and
confident in editing Wikimedia and assisting in content donations.
Het Nieuwe Instituut’s project page was also launched in June. Here we will post
regular updates on Wikimedia projects and wish lists. For more information, you can
email wikimediahetnieuweinstituut.nl or contact Het Nieuwe Instituut.
Content donations will be the next step. We are currently preparing several sets on
the work of Theo van Doesburg and also Women in Design.
Wikimedia training for Suriname and the Dutch Caribbean has concluded
Nearly 40 participants from Suriname, Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao and the Netherlands followed this training. Some attendees are staff of smaller or larger GLAM institutions; quite a few of the participants are also researchers, writers or teachers. A diverse group of trainers and guest speakers introduced the course participants to various Wikimedia projects (Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons, Wikidata and Wikisource) and showed them practical applications of the potential of these projects.
In the next months, Wikimedia Nederland will check in with several course participants to talk about follow-up projects, building upon various interesting ideas and topics that have emerged during this course.
The course's project page provides an overview of the program and contains recordings of presentations. In the Commons category, you can also find recordings and additional supporting materials.