Queensland State Archives are putting some of their image collection on
The good news for us is that many of the older ones are CC-BY (newer ones
are "All rights reserved").
And there is a much larger image (and other digitised documents) collection
on the QSA's website:
where it seems the older photos are labelled "Copyright expired" without any
requirement for attribution being mentioned. Not sure why there would be
this difference, but I guess it doesn't matter too much either way for
loading onto Commons.
Tip for the novice on the QSA website, there are 2 types of searches: one on
the catalogue and one on the digital collection. Make sure you are using the
"image search" (digital collection) and not the "archive search" (paper
collection), unfortunately the way they do the linking between pages can
sometimes switch you back into "archive search" mode and you wonder why you
can't find something you found earlier.
A bit more cross-posting.
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From: Sue Gardner <sgardner(a)wikimedia.org>
Date: 27 March 2013 22:00
Subject: [Wikimedia Announcements] Announcement *please read*
To: Wikimedia Announce Mailing List <WikimediaAnnounce-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org
Hello Wikimedia community members,
This is not an easy e-mail to write, and it’s been a very hard
decision to make. But I’m writing to tell you that I’m planning to
leave my position as the Executive Director of the Wikimedia
My departure isn’t imminent -- the Board and I anticipate it’ll take
at least six months to recruit my successor, and I’ll be fully engaged
as Executive Director all through the recruitment process and until we
have a new person in place. We’re expecting that’ll take about six
months or so, and so this note is not goodbye -- not yet.
Making the decision to leave hasn’t been easy, but it comes down to two
First, the movement and the Wikimedia Foundation are in a strong place
now. When I joined, the Foundation was tiny and not yet able to
reliably support the projects. Today it's healthy, thriving, and a
competent partner to the global network of Wikimedia volunteers. If
that wasn’t the case, I wouldn’t feel okay to leave. In that sense, my
leaving is a vote of confidence in our Board and executive team and
staff --- I know they will ably steer the Foundation through the years
ahead, and I’m confident the Board will appoint a strong successor to
And I feel that although we’re in good shape, with a promising future,
the same isn’t true for the internet itself. (This is thing number
two.) Increasingly, I’m finding myself uncomfortable about how the
internet’s developing, who’s influencing its development, and who is
not. Last year we at Wikimedia raised an alarm about SOPA/PIPA, and
now CISPA is back. Wikipedia has experienced censorship at the hands
of industry groups and governments, and we’re --increasingly, I
think-- seeing important decisions made by unaccountable
non-transparent corporate players, a shift from the open web to mobile
walled gardens, and a shift from the production-based internet to one
that’s consumption-based. There are many organizations and individuals
advocating for the public interest online -- what’s good for ordinary
people -- but other interests are more numerous and powerful than they
are. I want that to change. And that’s what I want to do next.
I’ve always aimed to make the biggest contribution I can to the
general public good. Today, this is pulling me towards a new and
different role, one very much aligned with Wikimedia values and
informed by my experiences here, and with the purpose of amplifying
the voices of people advocating for the free and open internet. I
don’t know exactly what this will look like -- I might write a book,
or start a non-profit, or work in partnership with something that
already exists. Either way, I feel strongly that this is what I need
I feel an increasing sense of urgency around this. That said, I also
feel a strong sense of responsibility (and love!) for the Wikimedia
movement, and so I’ve agreed with the Board that I’ll stay on as
Executive Director until we have my successor in place. That’ll take
some time -- likely, at least six months.
Until then, nothing changes. The Wikimedia Foundation has lots of work
to do, and you can expect me to focus fully on it until we have a new
Executive Director in place.
I have many people to thank, but I’m not going to do it now --
there’ll be time for that later. For now, I’ll just say I love working
with you all, I’m proud of everything the Wikimedia movement is
accomplishing, and I’m looking forward to our next six months
Jan-Bart’s going to write a note in a couple of minutes with
information about the transition process. We’ll be hosting office
hours this weekend as well, so anybody with questions can ask them
here or turn up to talk with us on IRC.
415 839 6885 office
415 816 9967 cell
Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in
the sum of all knowledge. Help us make it a reality!
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Wikipedia in Higher Education Symposium
5 April 2013 at University of Sydney, Camperdown Campus, Teachers College
See the program and register at
Please email me if you will be seeking travel funding assistance from WMAU
(retrospective requests are not accepted).
Dear Australian Wikimedian and Cultural Partnerships teams,
I'm extremely pleased to announce that this week I started as
Wikipedian-in-Residence at the State Library of New South Wales
which is our oldest library and has a collection of global importance,
including significant rare books, manuscripts and objects. It is a place to
which almost every Australian scholar would pay homage. This is the first
time there has been a Wikipedian-in-Residence in an Australian cultural
institution and it has it has taken some time to work through the
administrative processes to establish the position. As some of you know,
Wikimedia Australia has been doing a lot of work with libraries locally.
Most recently we were the major sponsors at the annual librarians
conference and over the last couple of years we have been travelling to
regional areas to deliver training to the local librarians (in partnership
with several of the State Libraries). SLNSW also has a partnership with the
National Library in Canberra, which is digitising Australian newspapers and
linking the records back to the respective Wikipedia articles
Most significantly is that the SLNSW has been been building up a strong
relationship with us recently and myself and other local Wikimedians have
been delivered several training workshops to an in-house team of librarians
who are contributing references and content to Wikipedia as part of their
day-to-day work (project
You can see there that a lot of the content we've been targeting for the
team to write is the articles about the newspapers that have now been
My WiR position reports to the Leader of the library's Innovation Project
(Mylee Joseph, cc'd here), who is the instigator of that team. Since my
term as WiR is for one day a week over 14 weeks, and the scope of work is
excitingly ambitious, it is this team that will make it possible to achieve
what one part time Resident could not. They are a keen and capable group.
The Residency has been established to provide training, coaching, guidance,
specialist advice to staff, evaluation of related projects as well as
assistance with process mapping and benchmarking so that other Australian
libraries can benefit from SLNSW's experience. In terms of content, as well
as the newspapers, my Residency is likely to be involved in work on
articles on the The 100 Objects
indigenous and original materials, convict women, convict artists, the
crossing of the Blue
Australia's involvement in World War I.
I am glad this group has paved the way and am very excited about the
possibilities before us! I will post updates here and in the "This Month in
GLAM" report. I will also probably come here to ask questions and seek
feedback and help. I hope that the process mapping and benchmarking would
also be useful to similar projects elsewhere.
Given the legal requirements of incorporation in Victoria, it's important to check that the unusual reshuffle of committee office-bearers last weekend was conducted in accordance with WMAU's by-laws. These by-laws were forwarded to the WMF as part of the process of gaining the Foundation's agreement to renew the trademark agreement.
The attempt to reshuffle the roles of three office bearers who were elected to specific positions by the membership a few months ago appears to have relied on the provisions for casual vacancies, just months after an election that filled those specific offices:
"21. Office holders
(4) In the event of a casual vacancy, as specified in rule 24, in any office referred to in sub-rule (1), the committee may appoint one of its members to the vacant office and the member appointed may continue in office up to and including the conclusion of the annual general meeting next following the date of the appointment."
Could I ask whether the president, treasurer, and secretary each satisfied one of the four conditions required by section 24 for the offices to become vacant in the first place before the committee sought to appoint different members as president, treasurer, and secretary, and if so, which condition applied to each of John, Craig, and Graham?
The office of an officer of the Association, or of an ordinary member of the committee, becomes vacant if the officer or member--
(a) ceases to be a member of the Association; or
(b) becomes an insolvent under administration within the meaning of the Corporations Law; or
(c) resigns from office by notice in writing given to the Secretary.
(d) fails to attend three consecutive scheduled committee meetings without leave."
*Fixed-line phone: +612 42633401
*Mobile: 0450 717627 (+61450 717627), but usually not switched on
*Street address: 1/29 Tarrant Ave, Kiama Downs 2533, Australia
Wikimedia Australia has some training sessions coming up over the coming
months, and we are looking for some volunteers to travel to these locations
and help deliver training. In each case you'll be paired with a Wikimedian
who has previously done training, but we'd like you to help out new editors
with Wikisyntax, image uploads, and answering questions about the way that
things work in our world. The workshops we have arranged so far are:
11 April - Boonah (QLD)
19 April - Beaudesert (QLD)
26 April - Wagga Wagga* (NSW)
24 May - Canterbury/Sydney (NSW)
29 May - Broken Hill* (NSW)
20 June - Southport/Gold Coast (QLD)
For the locations marked with an asterisk, the chapter is willing to fund
travel and accommodation costs for a trainer under the Regional Workshops
programme. For other locations, if there is a travel expense then it may
be covered under the Volunteer Support Programme.
If you are interested and available, please either reply to this thread,
email me privately, or drop a note on my talkpage [[:en:User
talk:Lankiveil]] and I'll fill you in with further information.
Note that these are not the only workshops that we'll be running in 2013,
and I hope to have new events in other parts of the country to announce
As some of you may be aware, Wikimedia Australia has been planning a
reshuffle of committee positions, based on ‘real world’ commitments of some
committee members that made them unable to continue to commit to the heavy
workload that being on the committee entails. I’m happy to report that
after a consultation period with our members, the committee at our meeting
yesterday approved the changes. The new committee is as follows:
President: Craig Franklin
Secretary: Graham Pearce
Treasurer: John Vandenberg
Members: Kerry Raymond, Steve Zhang
Observers: Charles Gregory, Ross Mallett
Charles Gregory remains an observer on the committee, and will continue to
be responsible for the chapter’s social media, as well as being Wikimedia
Australia’s representative to the Wikimedia Chapters’ Association. Ross
Mallett will also join us as an observer on the committee, in addition to
taking on the responsibility of being our Assistant Treasurer. It is my
experience that when you get the basic things running like clockwork,
success soon follows, and I’m confident that someone with Ross’s skills and
experience around to help will see us running as smoothly as possible.
The position of Vice President is currently and deliberately left vacant.
Over the coming weeks we will be assessing what additional skills and
expertise are required in the committee, and searching for someone who can
bring that to the organisation. Stay tuned for more information on that!
I’d like to thank my fellow members of the committee for their support
during this process, for the work that they’ve already done, and for the
great things that they’ll no doubt do for the chapter and the movement in
the coming months. I’d like to specially single Charles out for praise as
well, as he has been a longstanding member of the committee and helped us
out of a tight spot last year by taking over as Secretary and doing a great
job of organising our AGM and elections.
President – Wikimedia Australia