Newsletter February 2022

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Wikimedian in Residence


The Friends of Wikimedia Belgium Fund expects applications from cultural institutions that wish to submit a project worth up to €5,500 by April 30th. The management committee, chaired by the King Boudewijn Foundation, will then select 3 projects to be realized in the second half of 2022.

Femmes et sciences


The University of Liege holds a campaign during the months of February-March to write about women and sciences. The aim is to get secondary schools interested in science studies.

Belgian composers


On Friday 25 March, we write about Belgian composers at the HOGENT Conservatorium.

Wiki Café Industriemuseum Gent


Every first Thursday of the month from 17:00 to 19:30 we normally hold a writing session at the Industry Museum.

Public Domain day


On Thursday 10 February, we held the annual Public Domain day, via video conference. There were speakers from Creative Commons, the Royal Library of Belgium, MoMu Fashion Museum of Antwerp, KOERS Museum, Design Museum Gent, Collection of the Gentenaar and meemoo.

Wiki Loves Heritage Belgium 2021 awards

1. Walzin, Château
Château de Walzin
User:Nenea hartia

The award ceremony of the Belgian Wiki Loves Heritage 2021 photo contest took place at the end of the Public Domain day organised by meemoo on 10 February. No fewer than 2076 images were uploaded by 37 participants, from which 10 winners were chosen; read also the extensive jury report. Images from the Wiki Loves Pajottenland Zennevallei campaign were also included.

Leuven playwrights


On 23 and 24 February, two writing sessions on playwrights took place as part of the "Shakespeare is dead" festival, on contemporary playwrights, at the OPEK in Leuven. A list of 21 authors was compiled. We were also able to photograph 4 playwrights present at the festival and write 4 new articles.

Annual report 2021


Wikimedia Belgium has published its Annual Report 2021. It was a difficult year because of covid. However, we were able to develop the very successful Wiki Women Design year project with the Flemish Architecture Institute and numerous projects with other museums.

Wikimedia Knowledge Platform


Wikimedia Nederland has built a Knowledge Platform especially for heritage societies, to explain how a collection can be documented on Wikimedia platforms. Individual volunteers can also find practical how-to information there.

Project Ukraine


A Wikiproject on Ukraine was started.

Weekly Wikipedia helpdesk


The first Wiki Helpdesk meeting on 11 January 2022 got 10 participants. We hold a weekly virtual session on Tuesdays from 19:00 to 21:00. Everyone is welcome with their contributions, questions and ideas. The platform allows for simultaneous conversations in different languages and on different topics. Someone might also give a short presentation...

Privacy with Gmail


We value your privacy. Did you know that Gmail makes it possible to detect abuse of email addresses? To protect our mailing lists, we have added +wmbe to all Gmail addresses that are subscribed to the newsletter. "wmbe" is an abbreviation for Wikimedia Belgium. If you receive email at that address from someone other than Wikimedia Belgium, it means that a third party may be misusing our distribution lists.

Tax certificates


In principle, everyone who has made a donation of at least 40 € in 2021 has received a tax certificate from the King Baudouin Foundation. Thank you for your generous donations with tax benefits through the Friends of Wikimedia Belgium Fund.

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