Wikipedians in Special Residence (WisR's, Netherlands, November 2013 - March 2015) is a project in which two hired Wikipedians link the data and expertise of twelve specialised Dutch libraries with Wikimedia sites. The WSWB, the Werkgroep Speciale Wetenschappelijke Bibliotheken (Academic Library Working Group), a collaboration of Dutch libraries, initiated and coordinated this project. The difference with the regular Wikipedian in Residence is that in this project twelve libraries have had their own Wikipedian for two months each.
Only six of the twelve visited partner institutions have a dedicated project page in this English version on the bar above. Please refer to the Dutch original for a complete project overview including Rijksmuseum, NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, IHLIA LGBT Heritage, Netherlands Cancer Institute/Antoni van Leeuwenhoekziekenhuis, Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies and Boekmanstichting.
- Upload of data owned by the libraries to Wikimedia Commons.
- Apply the expertise of the libraries to Wikipedia.
- Educate the staff of the libraries in this new interactive medium, promote contributions tot Wikimedia and elicit collaboration between the twelve libraries.
- Expand Wikipedia on the basis of expert knowledge from the libraries.
- At least 25,000 uploads of images etc. to Wikimedia Commons.
- At least 1,000 new or improved articles on Wikipedia.
- New context for data and collections by taking a thematic approach.
- Enhanced expertise of library staff on Wikimedia.
- Improved collaboration of the twelve participating specialised libraries within the WSWB.
Themes and participating libraries
Selected themes and the corresponding twelve libraries are:
- Art and cultural data (libraries of Rijksmuseum, EYE Film Institute Netherlands, Boekmanstichting (in Dutch), and Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed, Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands)
- War and peace (libraries of the NIOD and Peace Palace)
- Third world collections (Afrika-Studiecentrum, Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies, KITLV and Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies)
- Gender and diversity (Atria, kennisinstituut voor emancipatie en vrouwengeschiedenis (Institute for emancipation and women's history), and Internationaal Homo/Lesbisch Informatiecentrum en Archief (International Homo/Lesbian Information Centre and Archives, IHLIA), both in Dutch)
- Health (Dutch Cancer Institute/Antonie van Leeuwenhoek Hospital, NKI-AVL in Dutch)
These themes should no be construed too strictly: new combinations may emerge from the collaboration between various libraries. The WisR's can work from the perspective of Wikipedia and complement fields which are represented poorly in Wikipedia. They are free to choose their subjects and collections within a library. Of course the WisR's will not promote the libraries on Wikipedia. Instead, it is their brief to put the collections, images, information and metadata of the libraries within reach of the public.
Method and planning
Two Wikipedians are hired as contractors for fourteen months: one month of preparation, six residencies of two months each at various libraries, and a final month to collect the results. Although digitization can be a part of the project, the broader goals are
- incorporating digital data in Wikipedia through Wikimieda Commons. The Wikipedian in special Residence collects material on relevant subject within the expertise of the hosting library and expands articles on Wikipedia with text, references, links, audio files and images.
- application of the expertise of the libraries and expand Wikipedia articles likewise.
- inviting library staff and volunteers of the participating institutions to contribute to Wikipedia by providing training sessions and support.
The project manager will preside over a monitoring group, consisting of representatives of the libraries, members of the Wikipedia community and the two WisR's.
||June – August 2013
|Finding the Wikipedians in Residence contractors
|Setting up the project
||October – November 2013
|Project phase for the various themes
(6 x 2 months for six libraries)
|December 2013 – November 2014
||December 2014 - March 2015
X denotes the in-house wikipedian, his colleague can assist him.
November 2013: Two Wikipedians get down to work
In November 2013 two Dutch Wikipedians in Special Residence, Hans Muller and Arie Sonneveld, have commenced their employment with twelve special Dutch libraries. Sonneveld (Gebruiker:Theobald Tiger) and Muller (Gebruiker:Hansmuller, User:JMMuller) are both well-versed Wikipedians. They have edited thousands of articles and started hundreds of articles as well on Dutch Wikipedia.
Muller has a background in physics and Dutch archives. He was employed, e.g., as an astronomer in Rome, Italy, as a teacher and as a organiser for the Dutch chapter Wikimedia Nederland of the Wikimedia Foundation. Sonneveld studied at Wageningen University, and has been an editor, translator and manager of large bookshops and public libraries. Due to their encyclopedic interests and backgrounds, they will be up to the task of engaging with the very diverse fields of the twelve libraries and Wikipedia. Vysotsky 31 okt 2013 23:18 (CET) (adaptation JMMuller (talk) 15:00, 7 November 2013 (UTC)).
through course sessions
|Donated media (images/videos)
||Page views of pages with donated media up to 1 December 2014
|African Studies Centre
||4 + lecture = 5
||31 + 30
Staff and lectures
|91, 12 N
Cameroon, Sierra Leone, maps
Large support group
|136, 26 N
Biografies, organisations, policy
Portraits, exhibition 1899
|EYE Filminstituut Nederland
||149, 11 N
Biografies, companies, subjects of films
|195, including 89 silent films
|Institute for Housing and Urban Development
|29, 3 N
Articles in Chinese and Finnish
Third world slums, tsunami Haijan
|Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands
Staff of two departments
||73, 8 N
Church bells, bones, Brinio post cards. Before this project 460.000
|Peace Palace Library
History articles and ~ 200 old prints described
Historical 50 MB prints
||542, 60 N
Publications in English
- Alihusain, C.: Wikimedia Project: Digitalizing Engravings and Lithographs from the Old and Rare Books Collection, Peace Palace Library News, 1 september 2014
- Browne, Nigel and Muller, Hans, Wikipedian in special Residence at IHS (with invitation to upload images to Wikimedia Commons), June 2014
- Muller, Hans, Outreach wikipedia Report, May 2014
- Muller, Hans: Africa and Wikipedia, in Habari (ASC) en Annual Report 2013 African Studies Centre, Leiden
- Muller, Hans and Damen, Jos: 'Wikipedia for Africanists'. In: African Research & Documentation 124 (2014), 3-9
- Steenhard, R. and Hans Muller, Hans, Library donates high resolution photographs to Wikimedia Commons, Newsletter Peace Palace Library, May 2014
> More in Dutch at Wikipedians in Special Residence
Showcase (in progress)
Below selected pairs of nice new articles and images – according to uploaders – added to Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons in this project.
- African Studies Centre, Leiden
The women during the year festival in Mogode, Kapsiki, Cameroon
- Atria, institute on gender equality and women's history, Amsterdam
- EYE Film Institute Netherlands
Accidents will happen. William H. Watson, Universal Star Featurette 1922, 17 minutes
Skating in Central Park. Frank S. Armitage, American Mutoscope and Biograph, 1900, 1 minute
- Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS), Rotterdam
Typhoon Haiyan put this ship on shore in Tacloban City, Filippines 2013
- Nederlands Kanker Instituut/Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Ziekenhuis, Amsterdam (Dutch Cancer Institute)
- NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Amsterdam
- Peace Palace Library, The Hague
- Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed (RCE), Amersfoort (Dutch Cultural Heritage Agency)
Reference collection of shin bones of pigs, dogs and other animals, Archeozoology RCE
Ornament on the church bell of the Grote Kerk, Almelo, requisitioned by the German occupation forces during the Second World War. Collectie Klokkenvordering 1942-1943, RCE