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Saturday 29 June: edit-a-thon about First World War in Leuven (Belgium) and Doorn (Netherlands)
On Saturday 29 June there are several edit-a-thons organized in several countries in Europe with the subject World War I.
What is an edit-a-thon?
An edit-a-thon is a (small) event where people come together and work on articles on a particular topic. Often such edit-a-thon is organized for people relatively new to Wikipedia and held at an organization.
See for more information the project page at: wmnl:WOI editathon.
This World War had Belgium as chess board so it is great to announce an edit-a-thon in Belgium. This event where new and existing users can write and expand articles is held in Leuven (Louvain). The location is KU Leuven - AGORA Leercentrum and is located at the E. Van Evenstraat 4 on 15 minutes walking from the Leuven railway station.
What are the ingredients?
- A short explanation/presentation about Wikipedia (encyclopaedia), the principles: a neutral point of view, free licensing, no original research, mentioning available sources.
- Some literature, you may take it to the event and is very welcome
- An internet connection is present
How can I sign up?
Signing up is needed at wmbewikimedia.org
List of Rijksmonuments
Wiki Loves Monuments 2011
Wiki Loves Monuments is a photo contest surrounding historic buildings. In September 2010 the local Netherlands contest resulted in over 12,000 photo's of rijksmonuments being uploaded to Commons. From the photos submitted there were more than 8,000 unique monuments photographed. The best pictures were selected by a jury and the winner was awarded an iPad. From this 2010 success plans have started for a Europe-wide 2011 race in the same month: September. Meanwhile, the Dutch Wikipedia has already inventoried up to 66,000 rijksmonuments for inclusion in the local 2011 competition, with the hope that there will be more entries this year for out-of-the-way monuments in rural areas, and less well-known monuments such as bridges & fortifications. To date, about 20,000 monuments are indexed today (there is still a backlog of associating monument numbers to photo's or categories of photo's taken before the competition).
- Vacationing in Europe?
Wiki Loves Monuments 2011 is not just Dutch, but is now a European contest! That means you can shoot monuments wherever you go in Europe this summer and come September, if you upload them with the proper country monument identification (in the Netherlands, the rijksmonument number), you may have a chance to win in the local contests of the participating countries. You can win one of many prizes in each country, and there are also current plans for a Europe-wide set of prizes as well. Since there is Wikimedia cooperation with external cultural heritage associations (see contest rules per country on Commons), this year should have better publicity than in 2010. For a better overview of the participating countries and their status, see the project page on Wikimedia Commons. Exact details of the European competition will probably be known at a later stage, but if it looks like the country you are visiting on holiday is participating, why not join in!
The goal this year is to gain more pictures in order to add to the Dutch heritage wiki project. The concept is the same as last year, but given the long lead time, we will pay more attention to the organization and communication. Constructive input on how the organization (and the jury) could be further improved compared to last year we warmly welcome in a convenient location: the talk page of nl:Wikipedia:Wiki loves Monuments. Our partners are Heemschut Heritage Association (Erfgoedvereniging Heemschut) and the European Heritage Days Dutch organization called Stichting Open Monumentendag, which we hope will help us make this competition a greater success than last year.
Recently, lists of cultural heritage objects have been made complete. It would be nice if Wiki Loves Monuments in Belgium could be organized, but we need some people to stand up to the plate to work on this. Of course we welcome any initiatives and support local enthusiasts with our experience.
- Dutch rules (prize award ceremony in November at 2011 Conference)
The awards ceremony of the Dutch competition will be Nov. 5 at the Wikimedia Conferentie Nederland 2011 in Utrecht. Further information will be made available at the end of the summer. You can already start taking pictures and looking up rijksmonument numbers. For inspiration, see for example in the Netherlands, the National Monuments Relay in preparation for the 25th Heritage Days on 10 and 11 September. To transfer photos to participate in the contest, they need to be uploaded on Commons between September 1st and 30th. Via the List of national monuments by province on the Dutch Wikipedia, you can see an overview of all national monuments by number and coordinates in the Netherlands.
- How to contribute to this WLM initiative
If you live in Europe or the Netherlands, to help spread awareness and ease the task of the organizing committees, please feel free to add monument numbers to all heritage pages in your area on the English Wikipedia. This will make it much simpler for tourists (or your family!) to participate, as they will be able to easily find the proper number when uploading their photo's in September. If you are great with lists, perhaps you can help translate the various country heritage lists to the English wikipedia. If you enjoy architecture and live in the Netherlands, you are of course also invited to join the workgroup responsible for the contest. See the Commons portal here commons:Commons:Wiki Loves Monuments 2011.
Ten years of Dutch Wikipedia: let's Celebrate!
In January, we celebrated 10 years of Wikipedia worldwide. The Dutch Wikipedia started on the 19th of June 2001 and the Dutch Chapter would like you all to join in and celebrate. Small Wiki's grow up: in ten years of time, the Dutch Wikipedia grew to the number of almost 700.000 articles and that's worth a party!
On the 18th of June a photo-hunt called "Wike takes Den Bosch" will be organized, in order to get more pictures of all the monuments in this beautiful city to decorate the articles that are already on Wikipedia. As for the ones that don't have an article yet: can you discover the hidden gems of the city? Then a prize might be waiting for you!
At night, starting 7.30pm, there's a party at the Talent Factory in Den Bosch, with music, drinks and a glass of champagne to celebrate at midnight.
Sign up for our great day through this form and if you have any questions, just contact me!