Using this service, the KB created a a Wikibase sandbox for playing, experimenting, learning about the functionalities, possibilities and limitations etc. of Wikibase, and knowledge sharing activities resulting from these learnings. It is maintained by Olaf Janssen, the Wikimedia coordinator of the KB, mainly as a tool for experimentation, learning, skill-building, knowledge sharing and consultancy about Wikibase, both towards KB staff, (inter)national Wiki(base) communities, GLAMs, KB network partners, as well as other 3rd parties. It does not contain any offical data(sets) of the KB, and the data can be changed/deleted at any time.
In June-July 2002 the we created and configured our sandbox instance on Wikibase.cloud. Many of the steps we needed to take in the setup process were as to be expected when working with fresh MediaWiki instances in general, and Wikidata in particular. However, some steps were not immediately logical, manifest, clearly documented or simply beyond our (then) knowledge and experience.
We created a presentation and a text transcript in which we share experiences and first impressions of unboxing, setting up, configuring and tweaking our Wikibase.cloud sandbox instance. We also present solutions for most of the issues we encountered.
Early 2022 the KB noticed an increasing interest in Wikibase within Dutch heritage and knowledge institutions (and related organizations), so in February we took the initiative to set up a Dutch Wikibase knowledge group.
The aim of this group is to bundle and exchange knowledge & experiences about the use of Wikibase, to learn from each other, and to keep each other informed about the (international) developments and opportunities surrounding Wikibase.
Members bring and gain a diversity of knowledge, experience and resources: some are forerunners already doing advanced things with Wikibase, while others have only just started their journeys of discoveries. Some join the meetings just to listen, others share information actively. Some are mainly interested in the technical aspects of Wikibase, others in the organizational ones. Every member can participate from his/her own interests, needs and strengths.
Interested in joining? Or do you know somebody who might be interested? Please contact the Wikimedia coordinator of the KB, Olaf Janssen.
The group meets quarterly. The main goals are networking, knowledge sharing and keeping each other informed of developments and opportunities of Wikibase for GLAMs and knowledge institutions. At the start of each meeting, there is a short update on (inter)national Wikibase developments during the previous quarter. In addition, there are presentations in which institutions explain their Wikibase projects in more detail and share tips & tricks on how to use Wikibase and related tools (such as OpenRefine) to enrich and publish collections and data.
This international group actively lobbies to embed institutional requirements of GLAMs and knowledge institutions (such as the KB) into Wikibase development roadmap. It works to produce and maintain open source Wikibase extensions and documentation for organizations that want to deploy and maintain full-fledged Wikibase instance(s), such as the KB. Membership is open to organizations using Wikibase, open source projects that produce tools that interact with Wikibase, Wikibase service providers, consultancy companies, software developers and other individuals. See the