Newsletter June 2022

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New Board of Directors[edit]

On 18 June, Wikimedia Belgium held its annual general assembly. The annual accounts were approved and a new board was elected.

We bid farewell to Anne Jeanneret as board member and thank her for her many years of commitment. Geert Van Pamel was re-elected president. Dominique Labar became a new board member. Mike Nicolaije and Sam Donvil complete their second year as board members.

Award ceremony Wiki Loves PZ[edit]

On 21 May, the (postponed) award ceremony of the Wiki Loves PZ photo contest took place at Castle Ter Rijst in Pepingen. Six winners were allowed to be photographed with the winning photos in the background.

Wiki Loves Heritage[edit]

From 1 July until the end of October, we are organising the annual Wiki Loves Heritage photo contest, where all types of heritage, including immaterial and built heritage, are welcome.

This year we also want to involve FARO and the heritage cells. Make use of the holiday to upload missing photos and stand a chance of winning a prize. Experience has shown that even a single photo is a chance to win...

French Wikiconvention[edit]

The French-speaking Wikiconvention will take place on 19 and 20 November 2022 in Paris, and finally in person! Although registration will take place at a later date, you can already propose your contributions.

Are you interested in applying for a grant and are you based in Belgium? Wikimedia Belgium is offering two scholarships for the French-speaking Wikiconvention 2022. Rules for applying: apply to; present yourself briefly: your activities on Wikimedia projects, your interests for the event. If the application is accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, the person commits to:

  • keep all invoices and receipts related to the event (transportation, hotel, breakfasts and dinners) to write an expense report
  • be reasonable in ones expenses (the maximum limit is 500 €, but the actual cost may be much less as the organisation reserves low priced rooms for Wikiconvention participants)
  • write a report about your experience and what you learned and took away from the event afterwards.

Wikimedian in Residence[edit]

The KOERS museum project in Roeselare was selected as the first project by the committee of the Friends of Wikimedia Belgium Fund. From October to March 2023 it will be running a project on cycling races.

The museum wants to provide Wikidata with results of race events and wants to upload and document pictures to Wikimedia Commons. Together with the Wikimedia community, it also wants to write Wikipedia pages.

Fiscal gift through the King Baudouin Foundation[edit]

Donations to the Friends of Wikimedia Belgium Fund of a minimum of 40 € per year through the King Baudouin Foundation entitle you to a tax reduction of 45%.

Project Molens Van Orshoven in Leuven[edit]

In Leuven, the Sint-Pieterscollege completed a multimedia group assignment on the history of the Molens Van Orshoven.

The project was done in cooperation with the maakleerplek, the municipal archive, the heritage cell, the city council of Leuven, Studio De Beer, the production house De Chinezen, b00t, Wikimedia Belgium and of course the teachers and the students themselves.

The result was a number of collodion photographs on aluminium, a podcast about the history of the mills, an educational igloo and a Wikipedia page. The results were solemnly presented in the mills on 10 June.

Lionel Scheepmans doctorate[edit]

Lionel Scheepmans, co-founder and advisor of Wikimedia Belgium, received on 17 June his PhD in political and social sciences from the University of Louvain-la-Neuve on the global Wikimedia organisation, entitled Imagine un monde - Quand le mouvement Wikimédia nous aide à penser de manière prospective la société globale et numérique de demain. Lionel has published his thesis on Wikiversity, where you can read it. We congratulate him on obtaining his doctorate.


On the Flemish television channel Een, the programme Iedereen beroemd allows you to participate in a quiz called Klikipedia. Teams compete against each other to navigate fastest from one page to another. The VRT is still looking for participants.

Listen to Wikipedia[edit]

Did you know you can listen to Wikipedia? Every change made to an article produces an auditory sound. Depending on the language and the intensity of the changes, you get a different tonality. You can therefore track all changes as they are made.

What is a Wikipedia namespace?[edit]

Everyone knows Wikipedia, but few people know that there are also (technical) namespaces. The category namespace contains a thematic tree structure of topics. Each page has its own discussion page where you can check the history of the creation of the page or ask questions.

Each user has a personal namespace where they can create subpages as they see fit in preparation for an article. Through the consultation pages you can also communicate with other users.

There is also a project namespace where you can find more information about certain projects, such as writing sessions. Please note that, like all other pages on Wikipedia, anyone can edit anything with respect for privacy and copyright. Anyone can also read everything.

Contact us[edit]

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