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My name is Maarten Zeinstra, I am an open content advisor and web developer at Knowledgeland. With a background in software engineering and philosophy of technology, I am mainly interested in how technologies change in a knowledge economy. At Knowledgeland I'm involved in Europana projects (Connect & Awareness), Creative Commons Netherlands and Images for the Future projects. For these projects, I acts as a researcher and advisor in the field of social innovation, technology and copyright.
I do not consider myself a Wikimedian, but a pragmatic and practical open content researcher.
Projects and publications
Wikimedia related projects can be found below. For a complete overview of my work at Knowlegdelande see this page on the Knowledgeland website (Dutch).
In January 2011 a collaboration between the Dutch project Images for the Future, The Amsterdam Museum, and Wikimedia Netherlands organized a Wikipedia bootcamp. During this Bootcamp we brought experienced editors of Wikipedia together with a group of about thirteen employees of Cultural Heritage Institutions to transfer knowledge and skills about editing pages on Wikipedia. The aim of the meeting was to make the employees more familiar with how Wikipedia works and what the community processes look like. This was done through a thorough introduction and a gradual workshop where the employees were asked to write articles, upload images and use them with the support of the experienced editors. The workshop resulted in a number of articles, but more importantly in a more thorough understanding of Wikipedia with the employees and a better understanding of the hurdles that cultural heritage institutions might encounter when editing the encyclopedia with the Wikipedia volunteers.
I was involved in organizing and coordination this event.
See also the Wikipedia project page on this here.
In January 2011 a collaboration between the Dutch project Images for the Future, The Amsterdam Museum, and Wikimedia Netherlands organized a Wikimedia hackathon. About 20 Wikimedia developers developed a wide range of interesting tools during the day and a half Hackathon.
The event was held in Knowledgeland's offices and I was involved as host and as organizer/coordinator of this event.
See also the wikimedia project page on this here.
On April 1st and April 2nd I particpated in Europeana's first hackathon, where I teamed up with Multichill to develop a proof of concept Europeana->Wikimedia commons uploader.
A relevant blogpost can be found here
Note: I also work for Europeana where I give advice on its Copyright framework and I develop public domain calculators.
Report 'National Archive Joins Wikipedia' Effects
The Dutch National Archive made more than 1.000 photos of Dutch politician available to Wikimedia Commons in the Dutch Digitization project 'Images for the Future'. I've researched and written a report on the effects of this ingestion by Wikimedia.
The report can be found here (Dutch).
The second part of the report can be found here (Dutch).
I gave a presentation about these reports during the Dutch Wikimedia Conference 2012, slides can be found here (Dutch).
Wiki Loves Art Publication
Public Domain Calculation - outofcopyright.eu
In may 2011 Knowledgeland and Institute for Information Right launched outofcopyright.eu. outofcopyright is a platform that will hold Public Domain Calculators for all jurisdictions in the European Union (+ Norway, Switzerland, and Iceland). The Public Domain Calculators answer the question of whether a certain work or other subject matter vested with copyright or neighbouring rights (related rights) has fallen into the public domain in a given jurisdiction. In order to determine the public domain status of a given piece of content, the Calculator corresponding to the country in which the status of protection is sought should be used. The ultimate aim of the Public Domain Calculators is to help with the effort of identifying public domain material in order to make it available on and offline across Europe.
I am lead developer and architect of the software and datastructure of this project. All software and research is open source/open content. I encourage you to try the tools and comment on them using my talk page.
My aim is to integrate this project into the wikimedia commons upload process to enable easy and referenced public domain determination.
Tracking photographer ter Burg
As a side project I set up a category with all photographs made by ter Burg and asked Magnus Manske to track that page in his Baglama tool: overview august 2012. ter Burg uses an unique business model with Creative Commons licenses at its core. I am interested how many views his works gets on Wikipedia to help him justify that model as well as to provide arguments for more photographers to do the same.
GLAMwiki Toolset project
In September 2012 I started as a part-time senior developer/analyst at project funded by the Wikimedia chapters of the Netherlands, France and the UK. I will be investigating how to best facilitate mass uploading to the Commons. I will also wrote a research report on the needs and wants of GLAMs when it comes to GLAM-metrics. Feel free to contact me if you are interested in this project.
The 'Report on requirements for usage and reuse statistics for GLAM content' can be found here.
A full project description can be found on Commons:GLAMToolset_project