Hello one and all,
Wikimedia Australia's monthly IRC meeting is happening again today, Sunday 3 June 2012, and begins at 17:00 hours (AEST).
We extend a welcome to everyone to join in and make this a robust discussion on Wikimedia Australia's programs and activities. WMAU committee will be on the Chapter's IRC channel, 'Wikimedia-au', so come along and join in the discussions.
We now publish the transcript of these discussions on the Wikimedia Australia website at the following link:
Secretary - Wikimedia Australia
Hello one and all,
Wikimedia Australia's Melbourne Meetup is on tomorrow Sunday 24 June, commencing at 11am. The venue is at Computerbank, 483 Victoria Street, West Melbourne.
This year we started the WMAU Melbourne Meetups in January by celebrating the 11th anniversary of Wikipedia and since then have held the meetup on a regular monthly basis; which follows on from the excellent long held tradition of Melbourne meetups, and indeed meetups across the length and breadth of Australia. We formed a committee to help organise these meetups and therefore brought together Steve Zhang who is the Coordinator, Anne Frazer and Brian Salter-Duke, and between the three of us we are hoping to bring regular and interesting WMAU Melbourne meetups to a community of individuals interested in wikimedia and what it stands for.
As usual food and drink is provided and there is wi-fi access. We hope you will come along and participate in the discussions. The meeting is open to and welcomes WMAU members; wikimedians generally, and people who would not as yet classify themselves as wikimedians but would like to understand and learn more about Wikipedia and the wikimedian movement generally.
Here are the directions to Computerbank : http://vic.computerbank.org.au/pictures/map.png/view
For your information here is the Wikimedia Australia Melbourne Meetup announcement : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Meetup/Melbourne_22
In case no one has heard of him or have forgotten, Storrier was the 2012 Archibald Prize winner. He was the guest speaker for the launch of the new gallery (Gallery 43) at the Wagga Wagga campus of the TAFE NSW Riverina Institute.
I believe this is the first time you have gotten a photograph of a 2012 Archibald Prize winner (while going though the list, I did spot a copyvio).
The article needs a lot of work to be done such as copy editing and citing of sources.
Just a bit of an update on some of the things that Creative Commons
Australia are up to that are related to Wikimedia...
A couple of weeks ago I believe it was Russavia who was asking about the
Australian War Memorial (AWM) given commons was working out how to deal
with many deletions of their content from Commons due to not being in the
PD in the US -- due to URAA. I've had a bit of a chat and they're
apparently having some internal meetings to re-investigate their stance on
what they do when they own the relevant IP to content - and CC-BY is
specifically on the table as an option. So that's great. Even so, It'll
take a fair amount of time for any formal policy change to happen even if
everything goes "our way". Watch this space... [these meetings are not 'in
response to the URAA' but just conveniently timed].
I'm in late-stage talks with the National Museum of Australia (NMA) to
donate about 50 images of objects currently on display in their collection
- CC-BY at 100pixels (and also hopefully a TIFF quality aerial shot of the
museum itself). This will be their first foray into Creative Commons so I'm
quite happy. They're currently just making sure all the metadata is ready,
the captions are checked by the curators, and approval for this gets
checked by various managers (given it's their first time using CC).
This Friday morning CC-Australia is hosting a general intro to the cultural
sector (and anyone else really) about Creative Commons in Melbourne.
http://creativecommons.org.au/ccmelb2012 Myself and some other folk are
presenting. Feel free to register and come along if you're interested/able
(though I think anyone on these lists is already very familiar with how CC
works :-) ) Steven Z - would you be happy my sending any GLAMs your way who
are interested in talking to a Wikimedian locally?
After this the CC team is meeting with Museum Victoria to help them over
the line to adopt CC for their collection database and other parts of their
IP. This discussion is about halfway between the AWM and the NMA in terms
of its progress.
Last night I went to a public lecture hosted at UTS (Sydney) called "New
Models for Copyright Law Reform" and run by the University of Melbourne
Chair of the proceedings was Jill McKeogh who is the commissioner of
the forthcoming Australian Law Reform Commission's review of the Copyright
Act. The presenters (Dan Hunter and Julian Thomas) spent a good proportion
of their talks discussing how the Wikipedia Blackout against SOPA/PIPA was
so influential and important. They also argued that the copyright lobby's
insistence on 'commercial-incentives being the only justification for
creators' was basically bollocks. You could practically hear the copyright
maximalists in the room grinding their teeth (and they were all there -
including reps. from AFACT, the various collecting societies, the Copyright
Council...). I spoke briefly with Commissioner McKeogh afterwards and she
said she was very interested in receiving submissions that are from
organisations who are not the usual suspects [I'm paraphrasing, not
So... I highly recommend that Wikimedia Australia (perhaps in collaboration
with others) make a submission when the call is published - which should be
soon. http://www.alrc.gov.au/inquiries/copyright (although, the review's
ability to do anything will be limited by the scope the TPP and ACTA trade
the author of this article was also at the seminar). Personally, I'll
making a short, private submission focusing specifically on getting a
statutory provision equivalent to the bridgeman v. corel precedent included
in the Copyright Act.
Tomorrow myself and some other CC folks are meeting with the ABC in Sydney
to followup on the donation a few months ago of those 20 videos
presenting metrics on use etc. and seeing what "stage 2" might look
Finally, I was invited to speak a couple of weeks ago at the State Library
of NSW's hosting of the State reference librarian's networking group
been hearing about the progress at the QLD regional Wiki training
program that Wikimedia Australia's been running over the last few months
and are quite interested to undertake a similar project across regional
NSW. Which is awesome. Their Chair has written about this and I've
forwarded it on to JohnVdB.
So, sorry for the omnibus email, just though I should keep everyone in the
Hope everyone's well,
Peace, love & metadata
Information and sign up has been posted to
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Meetup/Australia and mirrored on
This will be an IRC based meetup where participants are encouraged to set
up remote locations to get together with other Wikipedians. The purpose of
these meet-ups is support work being done by members of Wikimedia
Australia, Wikinews contributors and the HOPAU participants with writing
news articles for Wikinews. If you are a Wikipedian or a Commons user who
wants to learn how to use Wikinews and work towards becoming an accredited
reporter, this is your chance to learn. Please note: Non-Australians are
allowed to attend our online training sessions but time zone wise, it is
set up to support ongoing Australian activities.
IRC: #wikimedia-au connect
Canberra: LauraHale's house in Gungahlin. Please e-mail LauraHale for
directions if you would like to attend in person.
Date and time
Dates: 17 June, and 24 June
Time: 6:00:00 PM EST (UTC+10 hours) in Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne.
5:30:00 PM CST UTC+9:30 hours in Adelaide. 4:00:00 PM WST UTC+8 hours in
Perth. 9:00:00 AM BST (UTC+1 hour) in London. 4:00:00 AM EDT UTC-4 hours in
New York City.
Prior to the workshop, please read Writing an article on Wikinews and think
of a topic you may want to write about that is currently in the news. If
you want to try original research, please read original reporting. Ideas of
topics to write about include the AFL or NRL, Australian Olympic and
Paralympic preparations, Australian politics, Australian weather, or
Australian television news. If you are thinking about doing original
research, consider attending a sporting event on Friday, Saturday or Sunday
to report on. Consider interviewing some one about a topic you think is
important. If you want to create your own article, you need to have an idea
of what you want to write about. If you want to participate by supporting
others, you're also welcome to attend!
The wheelchair basketball state championships "The Classics" is on at
Bris Entertainment Centre boondall today and Monday and is open to the
Siska and I attended yesterday and took a few photos. We didnt get
many, and I am not even an amateur photographer. We didn't have time
to conduct interviews. It would be good if other wiki people can
attend with better cameras and more time; if you do, mention you are
from Wikimedia as they are become quite used to us now and will pose
for group or individual shots provided we arnt interrupting them.
It would be especially useful to take photographs of any officials
present to undertake 'classification' of people who are going to the
Paralympics, if they give permission to be photographed for Wikipedia.