Brussels writing weeks 2016

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The writing weeks are two weeks in the period 4 April to 17 April 2016 where people are asked to write articles about the Brussels Capital Region.


Have more articles written about the Brussels Capital Region on multiple Wikipedias so we have a better representation of Brussels on Wikipedia in multiple languages.

History and background[edit]

On the Dutch Wikipedia multiple writing weeks about countries, local regions, and themes have been organised since December 2013. These writing weeks are very successful. With this project the writing weeks go broader, on multiple Wikipedias, also because Brussels is multilingual.




  • 1 March 2016 - Meeting with Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie about preparing activities during the writing weeks Brussels on Dutch Wikipedia   (SvenDK & Romaine)
  • 10 March 2016 - Training Wikipedia (1) for Dutch libraries in Brussels at the Flemish Community Commission in Brussels   (Romaine)
  • 11 March 2016 - Training Wikipedia (2) for Dutch libraries in Brussels at the Flemish Community Commission in Brussels   (Romaine)
  • 11 April 2016 - Training Wikipedia (3) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel   (SvenDK)
  • 4 April 2016 - Start writing weeks
  • 15 April 2016 - A drink to conclude the writing weeks.
  • 21 April 2016 - Awards ceremony with Rudi Vervoort, Minister-President of the Brussels-Capital Region, to personally thank participants for their contributions.   (photo) (Taketa)
  • 25 April 2016 - Awards ceremony with Sven Gatz, Flemisch minister of Cultur and Brussels Affairs, to thank participants for their contributions.   (Taketa & SvenDK)
  • 30 May 2016 - Evaluation Brussels writing weeks 2016 with Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie and Muntpunt   (Romaine)

In 2017 we organised the second edition of the Brussels writing weeks.


The statistics are incomplete as a result of that not all participants and not all edits have been reported on the participants and contributions pages.

  • 3 training sessions for library staff or university (as preparation)
  • 11 editing & help sessions (open to anyone)
  • 72 people at (open) sessions
  • 103 people at activities
  • 154+ individuals involved (organising/support/participating)
  • Dutch Wikipedia only
    • 81+ participants registered themselves   (source)
    • 290 new articles written   (source)
    • 48+ articles largely improved   (source)
  • Total
    • 107+ editors   (source+source)
      • in 15 language Wikipedias
    • 407+ new articles written   (source+source)
    • 49+ articles largely improved   (source)
    • 13+ new files uploaded
  • Media attention: 14 press organisations had an article/item about the writing weeks and Wikimedia Belgium

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