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.
This year Wikimedia will be at TINA, Newcastle, on October 3, the long
Labour Day weekend. Creative Commons Australia participated in TINA
back in 2008. http://creativecommons.org.au/weblog/entry/195
Our TINA event will be a day-long live editing session open to the
public. The objective is to showcase Wikipedia and provide hands on
assistance to anyone who wants to contribute their photos or
knowledge, or just learn about Wikis in general. Any Wikipedians who
can come along and help Joe Random will be greatly appreciated, even
if you can only help out for a few hours.
Prior to the session at TINA, we are organising a hike along the Great
North Road between Sydney and Newcastle. We'll take photos along the
way and use them to create new Wikimedia content during the session at
I put the following up as the blurb for the TINA session. Feel free to edit.
Workshop: The Art of Wikis
The Art of Wikis is an interactive visual workshop about Wikis. In
this all day workshop, Wikipedia activity will be streamed onto the
screen and workshop participants will join in the creation and editing
processes. Wikipedia editors will provide insiders knowledge of the
Wikimedia community, the mechanics of crowd sourcing and Creative
Bring along your photographs and stories to participate in a
masterclass of creation and editing of Wikipedia content.
Earlier this month the Wikimedia Australia website was migrated from
GFDL to CC-BY-SA, and new editors of the wiki will now be required
grant WMAU the right to migrate their contributions to another free
licence, so we wont ever be stuck on an old licence again.
With this done, we are now ready to open the wiki to non-member
participation, and in August the committee approved this proposal:
Accounts on the WMAU wiki are managed via the ConfirmAccount tool, and
we are delegating this account management task to people outside the
Anyone who would like to help is invited to apply for this role prior
to 5PM this coming Thursday evening. A short email to
committee(a)wikimedia.org.au is all that is needed. On Thursday evening
the committee will appoint a few applicants as account approvers.
Non-members are more than welcome to apply - we hope to appoint at
least one non-member.
Please be aware that the new account approvers will be required to
provide their real name on our wiki.
Finally, we are aware that this is not as "open" as some would like.
It is a first step. It is an important step, as this will allow us to
plan the next steps on the wiki, with non-members able to participate
in these discussions.
forwarding an email from Pia Waugh who is the ICT advisor to Senator Kate
Lundy about a forthcoming consultation into Australian digital culture.
I will be attending the event in Sydney on October 6 and encourage others to
attend either in-person or via the live stream on the day, or via the wiki
or other media in the mean time.
Peace, love & metadata
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Waugh, Pia (Sen K. Lundy) <Pia.Waugh(a)aph.gov.au>
Date: 6 September 2011 05:45
Subject: The Digital Culture Public Sphere
To: "Waugh, Pia (Sen K. Lundy)" <Pia.Waugh(a)aph.gov.au>
This is a once off email to let you know about the* Digital Culture Public
Sphere* which was launched online about an hour ago. This is a subset of the
National Cultural Policy consultation which was launched by Minister Crean a
few weeks ago to really reach out to and help define the landscape and
vision for digital culture in Australia, including digital arts, industries
and cultural heritage. The Digital Culture Public Sphere is a collaboration
between Senator Kate Lundy and Minister for the Arts, Simon Crean and the
consultation will result in a collaborative submission to Minister Crean and
the National Cultural Policy consultation.
You are receiving this email because you have been recommended to us as a
person who might want to participate in this Public Sphere consultation. If
you would like to be kept up to date with announcements and the like, please
register for our Live Event which will be October 6th in Sydney. You can
either register either as a Regular Attendee and come along to the event, or
as an Online Participant if you aren’t coming to the event but want to be
kept up to date and/or engage in the consultation purely online.
· Information about the Digital Culture Public Sphere consultation - *
· Registration for updates and the Live Event Oct 6th - *
*Please note, both Senator Kate Lundy and Minister Simon Crean will be
attending the Live Event in person, and there will be members from
Cultural Policy Taskforce and Minister Crean**’**s office and Department
participating as well.*
Below is a copy of the statement I made on behalf of Senator Kate Lundy and
Minister Crean at the Creative Australia Online 2011 event for a soft launch
of the consultation (as neither of them could attend):
My name is Pia Waugh, I work for Senator Kate Lundy as her tech policy
We've heard a lot about convergence today, and I know many of your
have contributed to the Convergence Review being run by Minister Conroy,
which is an important consultation.
But I'd like to briefly touch upon something a little different.
Australia has an international reputation for our digital arts,
be our digital cultural works, the quality and skill of our games
development and other creative industries, the bleeding edge initiative
being shown by cultural institutions with regards to digital public
engagement in cultural heritage, and much much more.
The launch of the National Cultural Policy consultation a few weeks
ago presents a perfect and quite timely opportunity to consider our
strengths in the digital culture arena and contribute to the 10 year
strategic vision Minister Crean is developing for Australia.
Today Senator Kate Lundy, in collaboration with Minister for the Arts,
Simon Crean, has launched the Digital Culture Public Sphere, a
to explore the various digital culture sectors in Australia as well as an
opportunity to look at the landscape as a whole.
This is an opportunity to cocreate a vision for digital culture and
industries in Australia, define what success looks like and come up with
tangible ideas for how to get there. This is certainly an opportunity to
contribute to government policy, but it is also a timely opportunity for
your sector to define a vision for itself.
A Public Sphere consultation uses the best of breed traditional and
online consultation tools and methods. You can contribute to this
consultation through the blog, wiki, Tweets to #publicsphere, video
submissions on youtube or even by a traditional submission or
email if you
wish. We will also be running a Live Event on the 6th October in
facilitate sector and cross sector discussions to contribute to the
consultation. The Live Event will be streamed online so peope can
participate in the discussions remotely from all over Australia and both
Senator Lundy and Minister Crean will be participating in the event along
with members of the National Cultural Policy Taskforce.
All inputs will be collated on the wiki over the coming 6 weeks, which
will be closed for edits on the 17th October and then formatted into a
formal collaborative submission and presented to the Minister and the
National Cultural Policy consultation.
We will be reaching out to people and organisations from games
development, film & animation, media & music, digital arts and cultural
institutions including galleries, libraries, archives and museums across
Australia for input.
I hope you can all participate in the Digital Culture Public Sphere
and I look forward to seeing some of you online or on October
6th in Sydney.
Please find all the details on Senator Lundy's blog at *
the wiki at
Please contact me for any further information. I am the coordinator for
ICT Policy Advisor
Office of The Hon Senator Kate Lundy
Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister and Parliamentary Secretary
for Immigration and Citizenship
Phone: 02 6277 3334
Fax: 02 6277 3884
Mobile: 0400 966 453
Web: *****www.katelundy.com.au* <http://www.katelundy.com.au>
Twitter: *****@piawaugh* <http://twitter.com/piawaugh>