One of the points on the agenda for tomorrow's [[Communications
Committee]] meeting is "publicity needs of the chapters". I probably
won't be at the meeting (since it starts at 1.30am) but if anyone has
any feedback on how that committee can help WMA's publicity needs,
please add that to
and I'll make sure someone at the meeting sees it.
I thought "Wow, Yahoo does wikis now, they've really made it," but no,
in fact they're just in partnership with a wikifarm called Peanut
They do whatever, not just educational wikis. And they don't use
Mediawiki, which means horrid CamelCase, but eh.
I didn't really realise wikifarms like this had sprung up already, so
it rather makes me rethink my position on the necessity of WMA hosting
wikis to do this kind of thing. (Obviously first pref=Wikia but for
schools etc that might want closed wikis, this could be a good
I had a quick look at some of the 'public' wikis to see how they were
doing. Two I found with more than 5 pages were
http://vietmusic.pbwiki.com/ and http://hollowearthsociety.pbwiki.com/
Anyway... pretty interesting.
I just wanted to remind you that Angela has proposed we meet on IRC at
8:00PM AEST next Monday (17/4/06).
I'd love to see as many of you as possible there but if there is an
issue with the time, please let us all know either by replying here or
on meta (http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Australia/Meeting_2)
Have a great Easter people!
How do you all work with local museums and libraries, do you find them
interested in wiki work or do you have advice or strategies for
getting them onside.
I have been having a tricky time getting information about image formats,
where to send original images and documents, and structuring my
information so that it is more likely to be useful for other groups.
Ive just emailed off to
Collections Australia. http://www.collectionsaustralia.net/
Theres some background here: http://amol.org.au/
So I hope these folks are up for working with a wiki team.
So far my ideas are
Ensure all the stories have
- a place, date, person, person submitting, contact details.
- scan images for same size screen resolution and have them hosted at
creative commons, scan smaller ones for in page use if appropriate.
- use png format for images
Any other ideas?
All the best
I have looked into possible structures for WMA and have discovered that
we may incorporate as an association. Generally, an association only
operates in it's home state BUT the association can apply to ASIC to
become a registered Australian Body (and be given an ARBN). This could
be an alternative to a company. It may cost more to set up but we escape
the ongoing costs that ASIC requires for a company.
I know this is something we said we were interested in doing but how are
we planning to go about it?
The reason I am asking is that I am doing some volunteer work at a
special school and was asked if I could develop a image management
system. After looking around at what was available I felt that the best
option could be to modify Mediawiki. At the same time I have thought how
cool it would be to do other stuff with the wiki.
What else could we do with wikis in education?
Where would the poorer schools get money to pay for a server that could
run Mediawiki at a decent speed? (Basically, is this something we could
I originally thought that the chapter would need to be incorporated
before wikimedia.org.au could be bought. However, the French chapter
thought the same thing but someone unrelated to that chapter bought
their domain before they did. I didn't want to risk this happening
with Wikimedia Australia as well, so I attempted to register it.
It seems you don't need a company number if you send them an
explanation of how the chapter is in the planning stages and doesn't
yet have such a number. It went through some sort of approval process
and they let me register http://wikimedia.org.au
I've redirected it to meta for now and http://mail.wikimedia.org.au
redirects to this mailing list. When the chapter has its own site,
we'll need to decide whether it would be better to use the domain
au.wikimedia.org or wikimedia.org.au. The Dutch chapter use
nl.wikimedia.org whereas the German one uses wikimedia.de
Wikimedia.org || Wikia.com
I have a dentist appointment at 11:30 this morning, which makes me more
conscious of the mortality/death thing than usual. It is also a year
since Terri Schiavo died, so I am trying to write a living will and make
sure my family, friends, colleagues and acquaintances know how much they
mean to me.
Now in terms of Wikimedia Australia:
How strong are the procedures in place when a member dies or is
I know there is a line in our constitution, but if one of our members
was gravely ill.
Technically we're not incorporated yet, of course.
Wikipedia and the Wikimedia Foundation meant and still mean a great deal
I do hope it will just be a checkup but as of last Saturday (the 25th
March) I have a wisdom tooth between two back teeth and it has been in
my jaw but not in my gum - until now. I will possibly have to have the
other two removed. One of them is kept in place by a filling, and the
other is just very big! I know modern dentistry is very good and kind
and gentle, but one does have to keep these things in the back of one's
mind. What if there were an adverse outcome to any of the members? I
have not had a great deal of toothache over the last week but a great
deal of gum ache and that puts pictures in my imagination.
Thank you very much,
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