Slave Cabins, Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed, CC BY-SA 4.0

About the Netherlands and the World

Dutch institutions have collections relating to many non-European countries. These collections are particularly rich for countries with which the Netherlands have had historical ties through trade, colonialism and other interactions.

Some of these collections are well-known and easily accessible - others not so much. The Netherlands and the World by Wikimedia Nederland wants to change this. It does so by stimulating free access to items in Dutch collections that are of interest to other parts of the world.

The project also want to promote that these materials are used. For example in adding to and improving the content of Wikipedia, Wikidata and Wikisource. Through the Netherlands and the World Exchange Platform people looking for information held in Dutch collections can directly contact cultural institutions and request digitization.  Wikimedia Nederland supports partnerships and activities with cultural heritage institutions (GLAMs) and the Wikimedia community, both in the Netherlands and worldwide.

Dutch Ships in a Calm sea

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