Wikimedia Australia has published a resolution in support of the
To ensure a fair and coordinated approach by chapters to
organisational matters, Wikimedia Australia supports the creation of a
Chapters Council that will operate as a unifying body representing
Wikimedia chapters. Wikimedia Australia believes that a unified voice
for the chapters will mutually benefit all parties, and will address
some of the many structural and administrative challenges that our
When the Wikimedia chapters' deliberations on the Chapters Council's
structure and function approaches a conclusion, Wikimedia Australia
will be in a better position to discuss and announce our position
regarding joining a newly created Chapters Council. In the interim, to
assist in the creation and development of a federated body of chapters
and thereby ensuring optimum success in this endeavour, Wikimedia
Australia will consider making contributions in the form of financial
and/or other resources, ultimately to be defined, towards the
furtherance of this goal and if requested by any interim council or
competent authority within the newly created Chapters Council.
Wikimedia Australia will continue to keep themselves informed of the
drafting process, and to this end contribute and coordinate along with
other chapters to effect a successful outcome. For the purpose of
matters relating to the formation of the Chapters Council, including
the drafting of a Chapters Council Charter, Wikimedia Australia's
delegation to the Wikimedia Conference 2012 in Berlin, namely Craig
Franklin and Anne Frazer, are authorised to speak on behalf of the
chapter's management committee.
As some of you may have seen on the WMF blog, yesterday I had the pleasure
to announce the first ever free-license release of content from the ABC - a
few dozen historically significant archival videos as part of their broader
80th birthday celebrations. Here's the announcement:
You can find the files themselves on Commons at Files from the Australian
you can see their current uses in WP articles on the toolserver
You may remember that about 9 months ago I posted here informing folks that
a few of us in Sydney would be meeting with the ABC to talk about starting
to work together. This announcement is the first results of that meeting!
Long time coming, but worth it for this unique Australian footage. It's
also a fantastic precedent to show to other broadcasters (in Australia and
overseas) - especially publicly funded ones. I'm also expecting to see a
few more files approved to upload in the next week or two (that didn't
quite work their way through the ABC permission process in time for the
launch). Hopefully this pilot project will be successful in their eyes and
will lead to more content donations in the future and other interesting
relationships between the ABC, Creative Commons and Wikimedia.
Sooo.... Ta Da! :-)
p.s. I've also posted this on the AWPNB.
Peace, love & metadata
In case anyone hasnt seen doent know,
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From: Samuel Klein <meta.sj(a)gmail.com>
Date: 26 March 2012 01:55
Subject: [Commons-l] Fwd: [Wiki Loves Monuments] State of the Monuments -
To: Wikimedia Commons <commons-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
Cc: WM cultural partners coordination <cultural-partners(a)wikimedia.ch>
If you love monuments, love friends/relatives/wikis who love
monuments, or are just curious: join the Wiki Loves Monuments mailing
list and maybe even get involved with this year's celebration and
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just forwarding this once - don't worry, won't do it again. But just
to let you know what you're missing out on if you're not on the Wiki
Loves Monuments mailinglist! You can subscribe through the link at the
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De: Tomasz Kozłowski <odder.wiki(a)gmail.com>
Data: 20 de Março de 2012 18:56
Assunto: [Wiki Loves Monuments] State of the Monuments - March 2012
Para: Wiki Loves Monuments <wikilovesmonuments(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
as promised, here is our first monthly overview of the State of the
We have been working on the project for some time already, and here is a
small report on where we are and what is going on behind the scenes.
Please note that this might not be a complete overview -- if you have
any questions, don't hesitate to ask. And please see at the bottom of
this e-mail for some action points for all countries (and make our lives
== International coordination team ==
This year, there's a team of (still) four people who are trying to
facilitate WLM internationally. Elke and Tomasz will join Lodewijk and
Maarten in trying to keep the troops together, and help the countries
share information and experiences and coordinate their work as
effectively as possible. All four have experience with organising Wiki
Loves Monuments at least for one year.
As Wiki Loves Monuments is growing each day, and there are some things
that even the most skilled volunteers cannot do (due to the lack of
time, willingness or motivation), during our meeting in Amsterdam in
December, we brought up the idea of a paid employee to help us organise
WLM 2012. This person will primarily help us to keep tasks timely and on
We are now happy to announce that Wikimedia Deutschland have agreed to
host and fund an employee to help us facilitate the contest, and we will
be meeting with him/her very soon. More information on this will follow
in a fortnight, so please bear with us; and for now -- vielen Dank,
Furthermore, we are still looking for a volunteer to join the
coordination team, and help take care of the international budget for
this year. Wiki Loves Monuments is fun, but the bigger it gets, the more
money we need -- and This Is Serious Business (unlike the meme). So, if
you'd like to take care of our budget, or you know a talented and
responsible person who has some experience with budget and finances (for
instance, your local Wikimedia treasurer), please contact any of us
off-the-list. A helping hand would be greatly appreciated!
== Countries ==
So far, over 25 countries indicated that they will participate, and 15
more have indicated interest in participating (see
Several more countries have privately shown interest, so things are
definitely going in the right direction!
>From the international side, we are trying to help all new participating
countries set up the contest in their country as efficiently as
possible. Besides the obvious on-line help (like setting up mailing list
or OTRS queues), we can help you by giving real life workshops: Lodewijk
has already given a
successful workshop in the United Kingdom, and Tomasz will be travelling
to Ukraine and the Czech Republic this very weekend; Italy is to follow
soon. If you feel that a brainstorming meeting in your country with one
of us present would be helpful to sort some things out, please let us
know, and we'll try to help. We have some budget available to
accommodate in case your chapter has no funds.
Recently, we have also redesigned our progress page
to suit the needs of so many countries, and would like you to update the
status of the preparations in your area. Keeping that page up-to-date
would ensure that we can always keep track of the goings-on in all
countries, and also give you some help when needed.
== Documentation ==
The lack of proper documentation was identified as one of main problems
of the previous edition of the contest. This year, we have started
working on the documentation from the very beginning (with Tomasz being
our docmeister); all of this is merely a work-in-progress, but we
currently have a few pages (re)written and ready to use:
Besides that, we have been taking notes from all our Skype sessions, and
they are all linked at
for your convenience. These are mostly some internal notes and
discussions, but they are of course 100% public ;-)
== Tech ==
Elke and Maarten have taken the lead on the technical side of the
preparations, and have worked on some of the things. We are in a
constant touch with Wikimedia Foundation developers about the
UploadWizard (some bugs have already been fixed, and some features
implemented) as well as about the mobile application.
Elke created a Wordpress theme for the local teams (more information to
follow soon!) an did some work on the toolbox
(<http://toolserver.org/~erfgoed/toolbox/>) together with Maarten and
Maarten and Raymond worked on setting up some OTRS queues, and Nicole
has helped to forward the .EU domain to .ORG -- some additional work on
the website (a more powerful hosting, etc.) is still ahead of us.
Maarten has been working on the monuments database, too, and requested
some help with documentation; we'll work on that in the upcoming weeks.
For some additional detailed information on the tools and recent
developments, please see Maarten's e-mail from this past Saturday:
== Partners ==
We're working very hard on getting in touch with relevant partners on an
international level again. There are no definite results that we can
announce apart from the existing partners from last year, so more about
that will follow later. If you have suggestions or have contacts that
can help out, please get in touch with Maarten!
== Action points ==
This will be the end of the report for February-March, so thank you for
taking the time to read it :-) As a follow-up, please:
#1: Fill in the progress page for your country
all the information you have -- and if you don't have information on
something, feel free to omit it;
#2: Create a page for your country on Wikimedia Commons; the US page
might be a good example.
#3: Make sure at least one or two people of your local team are on this
list; please sign up at
-- Elke, Lodewijk, Maarten and Tomasz
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Wikimedia Foundation is setting up an online shop, and a Shop Advisory Committee
The whole idea of this store is to be able to reward the community and
get our awareness out (and, not really, to make money) so we also want
to make sure to have as much community input and hands in it as we
possibly can. Because of that we're setting up an advisory committee.
The advisory committee will:
Give feedback, opinions and ideas about the shop itself, the product etc.
Help reach out to the community to gather their feedback (and make
Help with the strategic planning of the store:
Launch communications both now and for the public launch
Community Merch giveaway plans and execution (As part of this
they would likely be ineligible for normal giveaways themselves).
What do we need? What should we release? Financials/costs etc?
Hopefully we would have a core group of at least 6-12 people
interested in what's happening who can help us as we move forward. Are
you interested? Sign up [at
The Australian Paralympic Committee has provided ~650 images to
Wikimedia Australia that need to be uploaded to Commons.
They are broken into four sets and they are now hosted on our server.
663,512 Mb - New Atlanta scans 1 of 3 - 207 photographs
480,108 Mb - New Atlanta scans 2 of 3 - 156 photographs
470,000 Mb - New Atlanta scans 3 of 3 - 142 photographs
531,828 Mb - New Barcelona scans - 140 photographs
If anyone is able to download zip files that big, and reupload the
images to Commons, let me know and I'll give you the URL of one set to
These uploads count under the Kickstart grant, ...
but be warned that the photos are often unidentified people, so it may
be hard to categorise without doing a lot of research ;-)
In which case you may be interested in joining the hopau mailing list
and the Wikipedians to the Games program.
user:whiteghost.ink and I are currently in Tambo - a very small town
in Central QLD - giving some Wikip/media training to the local
heritage group, librarians, and other interested folks from the
district. This is part of Wikimedia Australia and the State Library of
Queensland's partnership to bring Wikipedia to regional Australia.
We've been talking a lot this morning and explaining policies etc. and
we're going to spend the arvo working on the article about the town
(We'll also be uploading a bunch of photos of the town and district
We'd really appreciate it some people could go into the article and
give it a good workover in the next couple of hours - so we can
demonstrate how responsive the community is :-) It's a stub article
now, and we've just added a bit of a structure to it, so it's a bit
lacking in online reliable sources, but I'm sure someone can come up
with some funky templates etc. :-)
In a couple of days we'll be in the equally remote town of Quilpie -
so we'll give you a buzz then (don't go editing it now!)
Oh - and 10 points to user:mattinbgn for being so quick off the mark
to welcome the user account that we've been working with on the big
Wittylama and Whiteghost.ink
Peace, love & metadata
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From: Donna Benjamin <donna(a)digitisethedawn.org>
Date: Thu, Mar 8, 2012 at 7:01 AM
Subject: A Digital Dawn - online today to celebrate IWD
To: digitisethedawn <digitisethedawn(a)gmail.com>
International Women's Day 2012
The Dawn is now available online.
Thank you all so much for playing your part in making this happen.
Digitise The Dawn
The campaign to digitise Louisa Lawson's Journal for Australian Women