Annual report 2020

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Annual report 2020


The COVID-19 situation affected Wikimedia Denmark i 2020 with many events moving online. This had the fortunate effect that people from outside the Copenhagen area were more likely to participate.

Wiki Labs Kultur[redigér]

Wiki Labs Kultur is a effort between cultural institutions and Danish Wikimedians. Through the years we have had monthly meeting at Copenhagen cultural institutions. We continued these meeting in 2020 with 11 scheduled meetings.[1] Merete Sanderhoff has remained the key organizer through the years. The meetings are announced on the Danish Wikipedia, the wikilabskultur Wikimedia mailing list[2] as well as on Facebook. The Facebook group has over 300 members.[3]

Among the topics discuss in the context of Wiki Labs Kultur has been the issue of notability on Wikipedia.

Members that participate in the initiative has extended articles on the Danish Wikipedia and uploaded photos of Danish artworks as well as worked with Wikidata.

Wikidag 2020[redigér]

Jeppe Bundsgaard.
Ordia, web application for Wikidata lexemes.

Wikidag is an annual half-day workshop held in connection with the general assembly, usually taking place in Copenhagen, in Danish and with invited speakers. Because of the pandemic the physical meeting was cancelled this year and we instead held the workshop as a small video conference via Google Meet.

We invited Jeppe Bundsgaard, Professor at Aarhus University, to speak of the role of Wikipedia in education, particular on the level of Folkeskolen. Bundsgaards research relates to the educational project where are attempting to initiate.

Apart from Bundsgaard, Finn Årup Nielsen, chairman of Wikimedia Denmark, gave a talk. This talk focused on his work with the lexemes of Wikidata and his tool Ordia. This work also related to Jeppe Bundsgaard, who has been involved in Stavekontrolden, a lexicographic tool for Danish spell checking.

Other events[redigér]

A member of the Wikimedia Denmark board participated in Atari women edit-a-thon.[4]

A few WikiWednesdays were held. This was done online.


Response to legislation[redigér]

Wikimedia Denmark attempts to monitor relevant Danish proposed legislation. There is a specific Danish website, Høringspotalen at, that announces relevant proposal for legislation that organizations and individuals can comment on.

In 2020, Wikimedia Denmark submitted a comment[5] for "lov om ændring af lov om videreanvendelse af den offentlige sektors informationer" (law about change in law about further application of the public section information) that relates to European Union legislation EU 2019/1024 "Open data and reuse of public-sector information".[6] Wikimedia stressed that Danish open data should be compatible with the Wikimedia licenses Creative Commons Share-alike-attribution and Creative Commons Zero, i.e., that redistribution, commercial distribution and no creditation.[7] The Danish law was presented to the Danish parliament in february 2021.[8]

Educational project[redigér]

Through 2020, Wikimedia Denmark has been involved in an educational project which would yield learning material to Danish pupils and students. The plan would be to have one or more employee working within this project. Although funds may be available, the task has been to base the project at an institution.


Wikimedia Denmark financial statement for 2019–2020.

At the General Assembly on 19 September 2020 Finn Årup Nielsen was reelected as Wikimedia Denmark chairman. Four other board members was reelected: Jan Friberg, Asger Nørgaard, Steen Thomassen og Karen Mardahl. Former board member Matthias Smed Larsen was elected as substitute. Thyge Larsen was elected as auditor.

The board usually meet once a month. The board has used Google Workspace (including meeting, gmail and chat), Trello, Wikimedia Etherpad and the Wikimedia Danmark wiki for communication. We have previously used Skype, but have switched to Google Meet. We have now the possibility to let member pay dues via MobilePay, a smartphone-based payment method.

International meetings and projects has been limited. Finn was scheduled to take part in the cancelled Wikimedia Summit.

The organization has a healthy economy, albeit small. There are no employees in the organization. Most of the income continues to be through membership dues, which is 100 Danish Kroner corresponding to around €13. Refunds for traveling has been the major expenses. A somewhat large amount is also use for banking fees. This includes both account fee as well as fee for MobilePay.

In 2020, Wikimedia Denmark became member of OpenDenmark, and umbrella organization for organizations interested in openness. Some of the members of Wikimedia Denmark are also involved in OpenDenmark.

See also[redigér]


  1. Wikipedia:Kalender, Danish Wikipedia.
  2. Wikilabskultur, Wikimedia.
  3. Wiki Labs Kultur, Facebook.
  4. Atari Women Wiki Edit-a-thon
  5. Bemærkning fra WIkimedia Danmark til udkast til forslag til lov om ændring af lov om videreanvendelse af den offentlige sektors informationer
  6. For background information, see English Wikipedia "Directive on the re-use of public sector information"
  7. Høringsnotat om forslag til lov om ændring af lov om videreanvendelse af den offentlige sektors informationer
  8. L 160 Forslag til lov om ændring af lov om videreanvendelse af den offentlige sektors informationer.