Hello list, especially Sydneysiders,
A friend of mine, Donna Benjamin, is organising an event in Sydney in
October called "Open-Edge" (as in education I think).
http://open-edge.info/ They have relatively short speaking slots
(15-30 minutes) and I think it would be great if there was a
Wikimedian presentation there.
Does anyone feel up for it? She is looking to finalise the line-up
If you have never presented before, those of us who have can give you
some tips for what to cover, common questions etc. There are also
quite a few existing slide sets etc you can draw on. It's quite a
short time so you don't need to present the comprehensive thing ever,
and the audience should be quite friendly.
Dear members, supporters and friends,
[The letter below and further links are available at:
If you have any questions please ask! -Brianna]
Thanks for your patience in receiving this report on the Wikimedia
Australia committee operational planning meeting, which took place in
Melbourne over the weekend of 30-31 January, 2010. This was the
committee's first face to face meeting and was enormously useful for
setting a shared agenda for 2010. A key input to the meeting was the
results of our open brainstorming using IdeaScale, which took place in
the weeks prior to the meeting.
Our report on the meeting comprises several parts:
* Detailed notes on the sessions held
* The results of our evaluation survey
* A calendar of events and deadlines.
Decentralising our capability is something that the committee strongly
believes in. Happily, the idea with the strongest support on IdeaScale
was that of creating an "information kit" to encourage and empower
members and volunteers to do Wikimedia outreach. This project is our
#1 mission-related focus for 2010. Learning from the growth of
Wikipedia itself, we want to give people the tools and support they
need and then let them loose on the world. Although this won't be a
very exciting activity for us to undertake, it has the potential to
make a far greater and longer-lasting impact than a single splashy
event. So we have set our metric for success not on ourselves, but on
you. Our goal is to see 10 new member-initiated activities, be they
newly-organised meetups, introductions to GLAM institutions, talks at
conferences, editing workshops, or handing out brochures at a local
Other activities we intend to undertake include pursuing the
development of lesson plans that include Wikimedia works and the trial
of a "small grants" scheme to give members financial aid support to
pursue our mission. We also intend to make good on the much-awaited
promise of merchandise, and trial monthly IRC meetings to provide a
structured opportunity for real-time feedback and communication.
Our administrative work is ongoing, and a number of first-time tasks
need to be completed. These include pursuing changes to the Rules,
appointing an auditor and completing our work to get fundraising
approval in each state. Another major task is the development of a
suite of policies, including a board manual (description of roles and
responsibilities), conflict of interest policy and a donor privacy
policy. These tasks are all about creating a sustainable and fair
working environment for current and future committees.
We hope you will join us for a fun and productive 2010.
Wikimedia Australia president
Just wanted to ping folk on the issue of our site being rather slow, and
apparently significantly under-performing for quite a while? - Times have
been noted going back a month here;
but I think the issue has been known for quite a while before that too? - I
hope fixing this up can get a priority too before another couple of months
slide by (and apologies that I don't have the technical skill to lend a hand
- would a temporary solution be just to move the wiki to some hosting
somewhere that just plain works? apologies too if that's not an easy
solution - I'll be happy to cough up a donation to this end, if that helps
either ways, I just had (another) 'gosh that's rather slow' type comment
from an aquintance I've been showing some stuff to, and would like to get
this sorted before sending out some info. to schools - do pipe up if there's
anything I, or other members, can do :-)
If you're in Sydney, and have half a mind to come along to a meetup - please
do! Details are here;
There's plenty to talk about, and it's about time we had another chance to
chew the wiki cud - if you've never attended such a meetup, they're
basically friendly, informal gatherings to discuss anything and everything
wiki related - if you're not specifically a wikimedia volunteer at all -
you're still most welcome to come along to meet a few!
If you're passing through from interstate (or overseas), it'd be great to
see you too :-)
I wonder if I could pester a committee member with a spare moment to fill in
the redlink here;
about the Jan. meetup :-)
I was able to pester Liam briefly on gchat, who indicated that it had been a
really good meetup, with a rather large amount of information and areas
covered - I also noticed that our latest news says the meeting 'concluded
with some clear goals and objectives for the year ahead.' (thanks to Andrew
for that update) - it'd be great to see these laid out for feedback /
development and general 'get on with'-ness :-)
ps. I'd like to begin contacting a few folk in regard to possible Schools
projects - I'll begin all the prep. work over on the wiki shortly (
http://wikimedia.org.au/wiki/Schools ) - the 'sign up' list of volunteers
willing to get involved is rather lonely (just me!) - so if you have any
inclination to be involved in preperation of materials / presentations etc.,
or if you have existing work you don't mind bringing onto the official wiki,
it'd be much appreciated :-)
Since the Ideascale site is now closed, I'll post my latest big idea here:
One of the biggest gripes that Wikimedians and other "open content"
fans have had in recent years is the issue of claiming copyright over
retouched and/or digitised versions of public domain content. Since we
would probably not want to determine the copyright status of such
items via an NPG-style lawsuit, should we be engaging with politicians
to develop clearer copyright laws?
Obviously this would require further conversation with the GLAM
sector, who would generally be on the side of having such things be
copyrightable, but at least if the copyright status of digitised
replicas of PD works was legislatively determined then we would all
know where we stood with the law rather than the iffy case of "We
claim it's PD but if it came to court the judge could swing the other
way" we have now.
My hope is that that's just a sign of them not understanding the system yet, and so being cautious.
They've said they're going to do a complete review of their copyright material and the CC licences and then work out the default.
My hope is that they'll go pretty broad - CC BY is emerging as the standard government licence in Australia, and they cite the Venturous Australia and Gov 2.0 papers favourably - both of which recommend 'broad' licences - as well as the ABS, which uses CC BY.
Creative Commons Clinic
Queensland University of Technology
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Date: Thu, 4 Feb 2010 08:59:53 +0000
From: David Gerard <dgerard(a)gmail.com>
Subject: Re: [Wikimediaau-l] The Victorian Government commits to CC
licensing as its default
To: Wikimedia-au <wikimediaau-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
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On 4 February 2010 07:48, Jessica Coates <j2.coates(a)qut.edu.au> wrote:
> The commitment is part of the Government's response to its Economic
> Development and Infrastructure Committee?s Inquiry into Improving Access to
> Victorian Public Sector Information and Data, which recommended that the
> Victorian Government adopt a ?hybrid public sector information licensing
> model comprising Creative Commons and a tailored suite of licences for
> restricted materials.?
Excellent! So, for Wikimedia interest - how much of this will be under
CC licenses that are actually proper free content licenses?
> Specifically, the response (which is under CC BY-NC-ND)
See, that's not the most reassuring start ...
Anyone interested in copyright might have seen the two big Australian court cases that are getting a lot of airtime at the moment - one stating that the iiNet ISP isn't liable for its users bittorrenting, and the other saying that Men at Work are liable for using part of "Kookaburra sits in the Old Gum Tree" in "I Come from the Land Downunder".
But because of this you might have missed another big Australian free culture announcement - the Victorian Government has become the first Australian government to commit to using Creative Commons as the default licensing system for its public sector information.
The commitment is part of the Government's response<http://www.diird.vic.gov.au/diird-projects/access-to-public-sector-informat…> to its Economic Development and Infrastructure Committee's Inquiry into Improving Access to Victorian Public Sector Information and Data<http://www.creativecommons.org.au/node/250>, which recommended that the Victorian Government adopt a "hybrid public sector information licensing model comprising Creative Commons and a tailored suite of licences for restricted materials."
Specifically, the response (which is under CC BY-NC-ND) states at p.8 that:
The Victorian Government endorses the committee's overarching recommendation that the default position for the management of PSI should be open access. The Victorian Government further commits to the development of a whole-of-government Information Management Framework (IMF) whereby PSI is made available under Creative Commons licensing by default with a tailored suite of licences for restricted materials.
As far as we are aware, this is the strongest commitment to Creative Commons implementation made by any Australian government. While there have been a number of excellent CC-friendly recommendations coming out of recent government inquiries - notably the Government 2.0<http://creativecommons.org.au/node/277> and Venturous Australia<http://www.innovation.gov.au/innovationreview/Pages/home.aspx> reports - these are yet to be officially adopted. And while there are some excellent implementation projects - the Victorian Government specifically mentions the Australian Bureau of Statistics<http://www.creativecommons.org.au/node/207> and Queensland's Government Information Licensing Framework<http://www.creativecommons.org.au/node/229> - these are still limited to individual agencies.
We'll be very excited to see where the Victorian goes from here.
Creative Commons Clinic
Queensland University of Technology
ph: 07 3138 8301
fax: 07 3138 9395