Newsletter September 2021
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Photo contest Wiki Loves Heritage
Wiki Loves Heritage is an annual national photo contest from Wikimedia Belgium that is a spin-off and extension of the global Wiki Loves Monuments to include photos of movable and intangible heritage, landscapes, folklore, crafts, and museum collections.
The competition runs until 31 October 2021.
Exhibition Cathedrals of Industry
The Ghent Industrial Museum held a temporary exhibition Cathedrals of Industry, on the history of the textile industry in Ghent.
On 2 September, a Wikipedia writing session took place at the Industry Museum about Ghent's textile past. We want to make the Wiki Café a repeated meeting of Wikipedians motivated to help document Ghent's industrial past on the Wikimedia platforms, using the archive and the library of the Industry Museum.
Study Day Linked Open Data
The Royal Library of Brussels organised an international study day on Linked Open Data on 17 September.
Botanical Garden Meise
The Botanical Garden Meise organised an international conference on 20-24 September to use Linked Open Data as a means to share knowledge and to describe e.g. (female) botanists and plant collectors.
The Planetarium of Brussels organises monthly meetings to write about female astronomers and planetary scientists.
On 8 October Geert Van Pamel gave a workshop about “How museums can benefit from the Wikimedia community”.
Successful annual project Wiki Women Design completed
The Wiki Women Design project was successfully completed with the aim of describing women designers on Wikipedia and related platforms (Wikimedia Commons and Wikidata). It was an initiative of the Flemish Architecture Institute and Wikimedia Belgium. The activities ran in cooperation with dozens of partners, mainly universities and museums.
For each session, a training course was provided. Afterwards, the participants could consult the museum archives and received assistance from the facilitators to help them edit their (first) Wikipedia article.
On 23 September, the International Congress on "Women, Design and Heritage" took place in the Brussels Museum of Art & History. A final session followed on 24 September at the ULB Library, Faculté d'Architecture La Cambre, on the subject of "Women who have contributed to the designed environment in Belgium".
The participating organisations look forward to a follow-up to this campaign.
Resignation of .Anja.
On 10 September 2021 .Anja. resigned as a board member of Wikimedia Belgium for personal reasons. We would like to thank her for her commitment to Wikimedia Belgium. She will continue her activities as a volunteer.
Wikimedia Foundation elections
The international community of Wikimedia volunteers has elected four new board members to serve on the Wikimedia Foundation Board.
The annual Wikimedia Netherlands conference will take place on Saturday 13 November 2021 from 13:30-20:00. It will be a completely virtual gathering. That means it will be easy for anyone, anywhere in the world, to participate.
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.
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