Newsletter June 2021
On 26 June 2021, we hold our General Assembly. This year it will be simpler because we don't have to amend our statutes. We are going to hold the meeting via video conference again.
Board members needed
Wikimedia Belgium is looking for additional directors. We want to spread the responsibilities over several board members.
Wiki Women Design
The Wiki Women Design project runs until the end of 2021 and aims to describe women designers on Wikipedia and related platforms (Wikimedia Commons and Wikidata). It is an initiative of the Flemish Architecture Institute and Wikimedia Belgium. It includes activities in cooperation with several partners.
First, a training is provided. After that, the participants can consult the archives of the museum and they will be assisted by facilitators to help them edit their (first) Wikipedia article.
In June, there are 4 more sessions.
Two photo competitions will start this summer:
Participants of Wiki Loves PZ automatically take part in the national Wiki Loves Heritage contest.
Public domain day 2021
You can find a short report on the activity of Public domain day 2021.
Iedereen Leest and the Vlaamse Jeugdboekenmaand
The fiftieth Youth Book Month in March was the direct reason for Iedereen Leest to, in collaboration with Wikimedia Belgium, meemoo, the Letterenhuis and Villa Verbeelding, give Flemish youth authors and illustrators more visibility on Wikipedia.
Sene, Lore and Rosemarie are 3 young ladies who wrote several articles about youth authors and illustrators during Youth Book Month in the framework of the project Iedereen Leest. It was an instructive experience for them to be able to use the medium of Wikipedia to make youth authors better known to the public. Because of corona, the entire campaign was online.
Their mentor taught them very practical techniques, such as searching for content in the archives, writing style, searching for references, and the structure and layout of the article. They also noticed that Flanders is underrepresented compared to the Netherlands when it comes to youth writers and youth literature. And that you don't just write an article...
The Erasmushogeschool van Brussel has its Journalism students produce a piece on a Brussels topic. Two sessions took place at the new campus Slotstraat.
We have a new website: simple, monolingual, no superfluous information -- centered on volunteers, donations and GLAM, with links to social media.
More (technical and organizational) information can still be found on our volunteer website.
Wikimedia Belgium has its own YouTube video channel. We have uploaded about five videos. From now on, we will be uploading videos systematically through this channel. Wikimedia Commons has the disadvantage that only webm videos can be uploaded; this requires an extra conversion step (and a lot of GPU cycles). YouTube has the advantage that all video formats can be uploaded; YouTube converts this in the background to MPEG4 in different resolutions.
We also collect lists of interesting video tutorials. Be sure to check out the playlists where you will find, among others, the video of the 20th anniversary of Wikipedia and the training at the University of Antwerp on December 14, 2020.
YouTube is a very practical tool for viewing Wikipedia and Wikimedia instructional videos. The videos are available under a CC BY-SA license. Other Wikimedia Chapters have also a YouTube channel.
Fiscal gift through the King Baudouin Foundation
The Friends of Wikimedia Belgium Fund is recognised by the King Baudouin Foundation. Your donations will be used to finance Wikimedia Belgium's Fund-approved projects.
In principle, donations of 40 € per year to the King Baudouin Foundation give you a tax reduction of 45% on the amount actually paid.