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.
Following my request for a mini-update, I'm happy to be able to offer one
myself, having just noticed the recent changes on the official wiki :-) (
http://www.wikimedia.org.au/wiki/Special:RecentChanges in case you didn't
Our most excellent treasurer has posted a financial report here;
which contains much detail about the shape we're in in that regard - the
tl;dr version from my perspective is;
Good news (great news, actually!); 'Finally I report that we have now
obtained approval to fund raise in all States and Territories where this is
required, so we are well prepared to take part in the annual WMF fund
raising drive at the end of this year'
Bad news; 'Membership is down after the first flush when we were
On the Sydney front, we had a meetup last Thursday night, attended by
several long term wiki types - few of whom were aware of exactly what the
chapter was / is / does! - Some nice food, good beer, and wide ranging
conversation - amongst many other things;
- Werdna was surprised to hear that liquid threads, on which he is the
lead developer, may be introduced to 'commons' soon(ish) - see
details, if you haven't already, Werd ;-)
- Ian ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Ian_Rose ) chatted about the
effectiveness of the Military History project, and whether or not its
successes might be scalable or replicable
- 99of9 (or 'Toby' over a beer) -
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:99of9 - discussed whether or not
wikimedia is a social movement, and what kind of movement wiki would be if
it was (see Sue Gardner, boss of WMF, for context here;
- Mike showed off his camera, and discussed the very important area of
the wiki that is Category:Tenterfield Post Office (
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Tenterfield_Post_Office ) - I
was just annoyed that he's clearly a far superior photographer!
- Ariconte chatted Mil Hist with Ian briefly before making a stylish exit
to go and watch some people pretend to be other people (
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/August:_Osage_County I think)
- Liam's name got taken in vain a little ahead of his upcoming
- I mainly thought of the childre, and tried to remember how strong those
Belgians brew their beer ;-)
Next meetup seems likely to be October, and probably in the Inner West -
unless there's interest in a Sydney AGM meetup?
Any Sydney members (or slightly futher afield folk interested in making a
trip?) up for physical attendance at an AGM meetup? - I'm happy to join /
help with an effort to find us somewhere appropriate, and an idea of numbers
would be useful - please reply on this list if you're interested and
Could I request an update from anyone involved in the following :-)
* Fundraising this year - http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Fundraising_2010 -
I strongly support WMAU involvement in the fundraiser this year - but am
unsure as to who may be involved in what might be quite an effort to ensure
that we participate. Could I at least confirm that this is seen as a high
priority, and an update as to whether or not there's anything members can do
to help get WMAU on board would be great :-)
* Membership Renewals - I may well have missed something, but did a formal
renewal notice go out? How are renewals looking this year? (I know I haven't
stumped up yet!) - as a member I feel a little under-engaged to be honest,
and would like to see a wee bit more proactivity from whomever is taking
care of this stuff (knowing who's accepted what responsibility would be
great, for example - and apologies if I've missed the obvious!)
* Committee Nominations - could the sec. confirm whether or not there have
been any properly submitted nominations to date - the AGM is around the
corner, and I think the process of discussion / Q + A etc. is probably
healthy to kick off at this point?
* An Open Wiki - please please please open up the WMAU wiki to allow
registrations and editing by non members - I'll happily make the case for
this, but please just do it!
On 15 August 2010 05:24, Pru Mitchell <pru.mitchell(a)bigpond.com> wrote:
> BTW is there any progress report on the Bookshelf projects that were
> discussed/funded(?) last year for education outreach activities
There is a bit, yes.
Probably the best place for info is the homepage of the project here:
Which includes a list of items that the project will deliver as well as the
The WMF has hired Rod Dunican (
http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Staff#Community) to project manage the
whole shenanigans. I also know that the WMF has been filming a
professionally produced outreach film to explain who Wikimedians are, what
Wikipedia (etc.) is about and how to get started. Not sure on the shedule
for that but I expect that it will be a centerpiece of the bookshelf.
Peace, love & metadata
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My family in Australia have been terrorised for months by anonymous
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These anonymous death threatening emails all relate to the IFBB and my
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They all state if I JAMES VICTOR TIERNEY get involved with what ever
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I am putting the IFBB on notice if these anonymous death threatening
emails from all over Europe and England are not dealt with ASAP I will
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Just saw this on the Wikimedia UK list, which itself came from the comm-com
The issue being: Does Australia want to do anything specific as part of the
potential "Wikipedia's 10th Birthday" celebrations in January. Furthermore -
does anyone want to put their hand up to run the show? :-)
Peace, love & metadata
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Michael Peel <email(a)mikepeel.net>
Date: 14 August 2010 08:55
Subject: [Wikimediauk-l] Fwd: [WikiX-l] Wiki 10th planning
See below. This is a topic that I haven't heard much talk about in the UK
yet - do we want to do something for Wikipedia's 10th birthday in the UK?
I'm wondering whether we could do a hack party. Essentially, book a large
space with good internet access and lots of refreshments, and have as many
Wikimedians as possible coming together in real life and editing Wikipedia.
Would anyone be interested in this, and if so where should it be?
Does anyone have any other ideas for what we could do in the UK?
P.S. I'm assuming that nothing in the email below is confidential, as the
original was sent to a publicly accessible list.
Begin forwarded message:
> From: Jay Walsh <jwalsh(a)wikimedia.org>
> Date: 14 August 2010 00:52:47 GMT+01:00
> To: Communications Committee <wmfcc-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
> Subject: [Wmfcc-l] Fwd: [WikiX-l] Wiki 10th planning
> Reply-To: Communications Committee <wmfcc-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
> Hi folks,
> Some of you are probably aware that a wikix-l list was created a few
months ago to stimulate discussion and centralize planning for 10th
anniversary celebrations. Our birthday is coming up way too soon - January
15, 2011. I expect we'll end up discussing this on every single list, but
I'm hoping to share all of our plans and focus the discussion on the wikix-l
list. Optimally we will have at least one rep from each chapter on the
Wikix-l list. We'll also be looking for broad representation from the
> Sign up for the list here:
> Thanks - more as it comes together...
> Begin forwarded message:
>> From: Jay Walsh <jwalsh(a)wikimedia.org>
>> Date: August 13, 2010 4:45:28 PM PDT
>> To: WikiX-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org
>> Subject: [WikiX-l] Wiki 10th planning
>> Reply-To: wikix-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org
>> Hi folks -
>> I know things have been quiet on this list from the Foundation side over
the past few months, and we know all too well that there's not much time
between now and the magic date: January 15, 2011!
>> Supporting Wikipedia 10th anniversary planning has largely fallen into
the global development/communications section of the Wikimedia Foundation.
Of course nothing will be possible without lots of broad support from our
thousands of global volunteers and our chapters, as well as other partners
(new and old!) and sponsors to help kick things off in style, for
Wikipedia's 10th year.
>> Right now there are a couple of major considerations here at the
Foundation, and I thought I'd start by sharing those major sections. Some
areas need a lot more input from the community than others, but in all cases
we want to share everything that's being planned (our ideas, your ideas,
strategies, practices etc) so we can openly collaborate and try innovative
>> I see these as the three major areas of planning for Wiki 10 - leading up
to, and during the year starting Jan 15:
>> 1. Global celebrations
>> (chapters and volunteer groups around the world hosting events, parties,
and local festivities)
>> 2. A 'free' birthday celebration in San Francisco
>> (A Foundation-driven party on January 15, probably open to the public and
acting as a central focus for festivities here in the Bay area)
>> 3. On-wiki festivities and celebrations
>> (Any number of great ideas to mark the 10th anniversary, on en:wp or
other wikis - which may include tie-ins with the upcoming annual fundraiser)
>> We'll have more to say about each of these areas early next week, and
hopefully we'll add more areas or fill those sections out soon. I'd like to
use this list as a central planning space, but I'm sure there will also be
on-wiki discussions taking place.
>> The Foundation also has a small budget to provide reasonable grants to
chapters or other volunteer groups around the world to support celebrations.
The conditions for receiving those grants won't be too complicated, and we
hope to get that process underway soon.
>> Although the Foundation is largely focussed on hosting a party and
helping to support activities, we want to help coordinate a central on-wiki
space where all activities from chapters, project reps etc can be shared so
we can create a global 'at a glance' page with all planned activities.
>> We also plan to post our plans for a local party in the next week or two,
so you can see how we're pulling the pieces together, what partners we're
talking to, and generally share our information so you have a party template
to use (if you're looking for one :)
>> I'm glad to see some other discussions underway on the list already -
hopefully we can start adding more. Please share more of your ideas and
we'll get started with the planning.
>> Jay Walsh
>> Head of Communications
>> +1 (415) 839 6885 x 609, @jansonw
>> WikiX-l mailing list
> Jay Walsh
> Head of Communications
> +1 (415) 839 6885 x 609, @jansonw
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