About Wikimedia Belgium

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The ten winning pictures printed on a wall during the 2013 Wiki Loves Monuments prize giving ceremony Belgium and Luxembourg, November 5, 2013

Wikimedia Belgium (in short: WMBE) was founded on 27 September 2014 (publication 8 October 2014) to promote the vision, mission and values of the Wikimedia Foundation. We exist to help collect, develop and distribute freely licensed knowledge and to support the worldwide movement we are part of. We do this by bringing the Wikimedia community in this region together, and by collaborating with Belgium-based cultural institutions, museums, libraries, universities, high schools, charities and other bodies. We also represent and support Wikimedians who live in and around Belgium and Luxembourg.

Since we are a multi-language country, we seek collaboration with Nederland, Deutschland, and France. Luxembourg expressed their wish to establish a separate chapter in their own time. Any international member of the Wikimedia movement can participate to any of the Belgium activities.

Wikimedia Belgium is a non-profit association with the aim to create an environment for volunteers and organizations to collaborate and work on our common goals. We facilitate volunteers to work on projects for the improvement of free information; be it internal projects like Wikipedia, Wikidata, Wiktionary, Wikibooks, Wikinews, Wikiquote, Wikisource, Wikiversity, Wikispecies, Wikimedia Commons, and MediaWiki, or external projects and associations like OpenStreetMap, Open Belgium, or Open Knowledge Belgium. The Wikimedia Foundation and the national organizations, such as Wikimedia Belgium, organize meetings, seminars and teaching materials. One of our current projects is Wiki Loves Heritage.

We are supported entirely by voluntary donations, and project grants. We can receive donations with tax exemption through the Friends of Wikimedia Belgium Fund (recognized by the King Baudouin Foundation).

Please note that we are a (legally) independent organization from the Wikimedia Foundation, and have no control over the content of Wikipedia or any other Wikimedia Foundation projects.

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