Newsletter July 2020

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Wiki Loves Heritage 2020[edit]

Broeltorens in Kortrijk
Broeltorens in Kortrijk

Wikimedia Belgium, the national association that supports Wikipedia, is organizing the Wiki Loves Heritage photo contest.

It is an extension of the worldwide Wiki Loves Monuments campaign, which also runs around this period, and is specifically aimed at monuments. With the Wiki Loves Heritage campaign we also want to highlight movable, immaterial, maritime heritage, landscapes and museum collections.

It is the third time that Wikimedia Belgium the Wiki Loves Heritage photo contest has been organised since the European Year of Cultural Heritage in 2018. We continue to find it important to take stock of and describe heritage.

Why are we doing it? We want to document heritage in all its aspects. There are still many heritage items that have not yet been inventoried and described on Wikidata/Wikipedia/Wikimedia Commons.

  1. Taking photos: Partly as a result of our efforts, Belgium has had panoramic freedom since 2016: the Atomium, for example, may now be shown without the prior consent of the rights holders. Photos can be uploaded via c:Campaign:wlh-be from 1 July 2020 to 31 October 2020. The prizes will be awarded in December 2020.
  2. Using photos: The first function of photos is to use them on Wikipedia. There are still a lot of articles that don't have an illustration yet. Add a picture and mention the tag #WPWP in the summary. This campaign only runs in July and August, and for all Wikipedias in the different languages.
  3. d:Wikidata: Wikidata is the Linked open database. Every heritage object deserves an item on Wikidata with the appropriate descriptions. A picture is also one of the attributes.
  4. Structured Data on Commons is a project to describe pictures through a database, to make it easier to search. This new search function on Wikimedia Commons has been active for several months now.

Wikimedia Belgium collaborates with other associations and institutions such as meemoo, FARO, Herita, Province of East-Flanders, Erfgoedcel Pajottenland Zennevallei, Industriemuseum Gent, KOERS Roeselare.

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Bunkers of the KW line[edit]

Bunker 7 in Kester
Bunker 7 in Kester

Together with the Heritage Cell Pajottenland Zenne Valley we are making the inventory of the bunkers of the KW Line from the Second World War. Everyone is invited to complete this list; many pictures are still missing... Short link:

Is Wikimedia Wikipedia?[edit]

The Wikimedia Foundation wants to choose a new name for the movement, which is better known to the general public. This project is part of the 2030 strategy. A survey will run until July 7th.


Stories Services Webinar
Stories Services Webinar

WeChangEd is a project of Ghent University, Digital Humanities. They have a research project to create a distributed digital archive on Female Writers. On June 29th they presented the results of their project.

Corona measures[edit]

All physical activities of Wikimedia Belgium have been postponed until after 15 September, as prescribed by the Wikimedia Foundation. Therefore, we will only hold activities via videoconferencing and webinars. Our fortnightly Wiki Club Brussels is still running as videoconferencing. Contact Wikimedia Belgium.

Fiscal gift through the King Baudouin Foundation[edit]

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the federal government announced on 12 June 2020 that the tax deduction for donations will be increased from 45% to 60% of the amount donated, for donations made in the year 2020.

Contact us[edit]

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