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.
Thought this might be an opportunity for our guys to help out :)
Quoting from that site:
*This photograph comes to you from Charles Sturt University Regional
Archives in Wagga Wagga.
The image is obviously of an official occasion, most likely the welcoming of
some important people (possibly, the man and woman in the centre front) to
Wagga but we don’t know who they are or when it was taken.
Two things we do know about it are that the people are standing on the front
steps of the Wagga Wagga Council Chambers (built in 1881) and that the
bearded gentleman in the hat in the back left is James Gormly, Member for
Murrumbidgee/Wagga (1885-1904), who died in 1922. These two pieces of
information equate to the photograph being taken sometime between 1881 &
What we’re hoping for is that the wonderful blog readers know enough about
fashion so as to narrow down the time frame even further. The best outcome
would be for someone to actually recognise and name the visitors.
We have many other undated photographs in Photo
on our Flickr
account <http://www.flickr.com/photos/state-records-nsw>. If you know the
dates or any other interesting facts about these images please let us
I wanted to thank Wikimedia Australia for sponsoring the Auckland meetup.
Some brief notes from the session can be found at
In talking with them, I told them about Wikimedia Australia, what the
advantages are for having a national chapters, and what Wikimedia Australia
might be willing to do to help them. My assumptions were generally that our
chapter could help provide some logistical support and help them with
credibility. There are some people in the country who are interested in
talking to organisations about doing something similar to what the
Queensland State Library did. As an individual editor, they just do not
have much credibility. If the individual is willing to do most of the
legwork, Wikimedia Australia may be willing to help give them a name for
credibility's sake. Beyond that, if they are interested in creating a
national chapter and have several people dedicated to wanting to do that,
then help could be provided in trying to help establish a national chapter.
(Which might be the focus of a one day RCC should it happen or possibly for
an independent workshop with the vested parties to meet to establish that.)
One random idea that came up is the issue of hansard in New Zealand. One of
the Kiwis said they didn't believe it was copyrighted. If that is true, it
might be interesting to see if that couldn't be entered on to Wikisource.
It was also interesting to discuss issues like political pictures and
editing issues for political people articles.