I'm pleased to announce that the rule changes passed in the 2012 AGM:
have been approved by Consumer Affairs Victoria (CAV).
However, they have asked us to make the following modifications during
future rule changes, so we fully comply with the new model rules:
*Rule 2(1) remove Associations Incorporation Act 1981 and substitute
Incorporation Reform Act 2012.
*Rule 30 (1) to be altered as removal of a committee member can now only
be made by special resolution.
These could easily be made at the upcoming AGM.
I've modified our rules on the wiki accordingly:
Thanks to Craig for helping me get this sorted.
With Round 1 of the Funds Dissemination Committee now three months away, it's time to start preparing our annual plan! The committee would like to invite members of the organisation and Australian Wikimedians to help shape our organisation and our activities going forward into the next year.
We will discuss this in a bit more detail in our coming public meeting, but in the meantime please consider making a start on draft proposals as per the proposals process, and you can run ideas past the committee as a whole or past individual members. Successful proposals will be ones that address and take into account the strategic priorities of the Wikimedia Foundation - which in brief are: Stabilize Infrastructure, Increase Participation, Improve Quality, Increase Reach and Encourage Innovation.
Our application is due on October 1 so we are aiming for proposals to be finalised by the end of July. Please feel free to contact me for any further questions.
Committee Member & FDC Co-ordinator, Wikimedia Australia
EFA is a founding member of the Fair Deal coalition, which is an
international coalition of organisations opposed to the inclusion of
extreme copyright enforcement mechanisms in the Trans-Pacific Partnership
(TPP) Agreement, which is currently under negotiation.
The coalition is seeking additional members, and Wikimedia has been
identified as one organisation that would be welcome and likely to share
the objectives of the coalition.
Other members of the coalition are in contact with other Wikimedia chapters
and at a global level, however I'd like to explore whether the Australian
chapter is interested in joining the coalition in its own right (not sure
what the governance/decision-making arrangements are for something like
The coalition's website is at: http://www.ourfairdeal.org
Please let me know if this is something that Wikimedia Australia is
interesting in joining.
Electronic Frontiers Australia, Inc.
EFA relies on membership subscriptions and donations to continue fighting
for digital freedom, access and privacy in Australia. Please support us by
joining or donating today at: https://members.efa.org.au
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Begin forwarded message:
> From: Kerry Raymond <kerry.raymond(a)gmail.com>
> Date: 28 June 2013 3:55:28 PM AEST
> To: WMAu members <members(a)wikimedia.org.au>
> Subject: for anyone in the Brisbane area: Meet WittyLama - at QUT Library
> hmm, something I'm afraid to ask about Wikipedia?! There's a challenge! Putting on my thinking cap ...
> See y'all there!
>> QUT Library along with the QUT Information Studies Group and ALIA Queensland invite the local library community to:
>> An Evening with WittyLama - everything you wanted to know about Wikipedia but were too afraid to ask.
>> Liam Wyatt is Social Media coordinator at the National Library of Australia and is the founder of the GLAM collaboration projects in the Wikimedia community. He was the world’s first ‘Wikipedian in Residence’ at the British Museum and the Global Cultural Partnerships coordinator for the Wikimedia Foundation. He has also worked with Creative Commons Australia, Europeana and AustLII on open access projects. He has the UNSW university medal in Historiography for his thesis "Wikipedia's Academic Lineage" and is currently completing the QUT/WIPO Masters of IP Law. You can find him online as @Wittylama http://www.twitter.com/wittylama
>> Date: Monday 15th July 2013
>> Time: 5.30pm for drinks and snacks. Session from 6-7pm
>> Location : QUT Gardens Point Library V714
>> Cost : Free – but please register (for catering purposes) – http://www.eventbrite.com.au/event/7203719519/
>> Enquiries to Sue Hutley, Associate Director (Client Services and Learning Support), QUT Library sue.hutley(a)qut.edu.au
The funding for this project was reserved, and is still in the bank.
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On Jun 28, 2013 4:54 PM, "Adam Jenkins" <adam.jenkins(a)gmail.com> wrote:
That's great news. :) But while I apologise if this puts any sort of
dampener on it (hopefully not), but at the AGM we were told that this would
place WMAU in debt if we didn't get funding from the second round FDC. I am
sure that expenses were reduced after the decision not to go for the second
round of funding, but just to confirm, are we still in a position to meet
the 2013 commitment with existing funds?
On 28 June 2013 13:45, Jutta von Dincklage <jutta.von(a)cancer.org.au> wrote:
> Congratulations! That’s excellent news!!!!****
> ** **
> *From:* Kerry Raymond [mailto:email@example.com]
> *Sent:* Friday, 28 June 2013 12:28 PM
> *To:* 'WMAu members'; 'Wikimedia Australia Chapter'
> *Subject:* [wmau:members] WMAU linkage grant with UQ was successful!****
> ** **
> Read it here (page 117 to save you reading the first 116 pages)****
> ** **
> ** **
> Congratulations to all involved!****
> ** **
> ** **
> ** **
If anyone would like to help our newest editors and their nascent articles,
please see the list here:
Unfortunately, these new editors did not have a good experience of Wikipedia
in the training session as many functions appeared not to work correctly,
the user interface was all messed up, etc. It turned out that it had been
decided to run A/B testing of the new Visual Editor on 50% of newly
registered users, meaning that (unbeknownst to all present) quite a number
of the class were probably not using the same editor as used in the
preparation of the presentation and the printed manuals prepared by State
Library of Queensland. It was a bewildering experience for us all,
particularly as it appears that the Visual Editor does not have citation
templates working yet.
So, some friendly help with their articles and maybe some "Wiki Love" (that
new heart button on the User page) might help to recover a rather
disappointing experience for these new editors.
Thanks to one of our members for passing this on .
From: Jisc [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Thursday, 27 June 2013 11:29 PM
Subject: News release: Bridging the gap between academia and Wikipedia
27 June 2013
Bridging the gap between academia and Wikipedia
<http://e.jisc.ac.uk/QHI-1ME4D-5ZWEOW-NGZ89-1/c.aspx> Jisc and
<http://e.jisc.ac.uk/QHI-1ME4D-5ZWEOW-NHKG3-1/c.aspx> Wikimedia UK are
collaborating on a project to bring the academic world and Wikipedia closer
together. This will create opportunities for researchers, educators, and the
general public to contribute to the world's freely available knowledge.
Jisc, the UK education charity championing the use of digital technology in
education and research, is supporting this initiative so that the widest
possible audience will benefit from the world-leading projects that it
supports. These include open educational resources, online repositories of
research, and collections such as the 19th century newspapers archive and
<http://e.jisc.ac.uk/QHI-1ME4D-5ZWEOW-NHKG4-1/c.aspx> Manuscripts Online,
which holds British written and early printed materials from 1000 to 1500AD.
Wikimedia UK is the national charity supporting Wikipedia and its sister
projects such as Wiktionary and Wikiversity. It works with professionals in
universities, museums, libraries, and other institutions to improve the
knowledge that those projects make freely available. It is investing in this
project to involve more of these experts in improving Wikimedia projects for
everyone's benefit. This project is part of the charity's wider commitment
to higher education, shown through efforts such as their annual EduWiki
conference and participation in the global Wikipedia Education Program. The
charity recently appointed its first education co-ordinator in order to gain
greater focus on higher education.
This is a national project, based at the University of Bristol. It will
train experts in their workplaces and also run 'editathon' events which will
be open to the public. Dr Martin Poulter, who is a Wikipedia editor as well
as a professional creator of educational materials in the university, will
be an ambassador between the two communities. This will include working with
Jisc's communities to identify specific topics for development.
Peter Findlay, Jisc programme manager said: "We at Jisc are delighted to be
working in partnership with Wikimedia UK to allow people to take full
advantage of Wikipedia's sophisticated open publishing systems. Our
communities have worked hard to develop academic rigour but equally
Wikimedia's community has developed a rigorous approach to publishing
crowdsourced knowledge; it makes perfect sense for us to join forces for the
advancement of teaching, learning and research."
Jon Davies, chief executive of Wikimedia UK, said: "I'm pleased that we are
working with Jisc on the Wikimedia Ambassador project. Both the academic and
Wikimedia communities are committed to the pursuit and sharing of knowledge.
Bringing the two communities together can help demystify Wikipedia to people
who work in higher education, and at the same time create and improve
Wikimedia content by encouraging more experts to edit."
The project is jointly funded by Wikimedia UK and Jisc and will run for
around nine months.
For Wikimedia UK press enquiries please call Stevie Benton, communications
organiser, on +44 020 7065 0993 or 07803 505 173 (out of hours). You can
also email <mailto:email@example.com> press(a)wikimedia.org.uk.
For Jisc press enquiries please call Rebecca Whitehead, press and PR
manager, on 0117 331 0657 or email <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>
Notes to editors
Wikimedia UK is the Wikimedia chapter for the UK. It works to support,
develop and promote Wikimedia Foundation projects, such as Wikipedia. It
does this by bringing together the Wikimedia community and by building links
with UK-based cultural institutions, universities, charities and other
Wikipedia is the largest reference work ever created. It's the sixth most
visited website in the world, attracting around 480 million unique visitors
The Wikimedia Foundation's projects include Wikipedia, Wiktionary,
Wik-inews, Wikiquote, Wikisource, Wikibooks, Wikispecies, Wikiversity and
Jisc is an independent education charity, owned by the Association of
Colleges (AoC), GuildHE and Universities UK (UUK). It provides UK higher
edu-cation, further education and skills sectors support on the use of
digital tech-nologies. It provides advice, guidance and access to online
collections through Jisc Collections and Janet Limited, which provides an
academic telecommunications network infrastructure and digital content
services for over 19 million users across the UK.
Jisc's vision is to make the UK the most digitally advanced education and
research nation in the world. It does this by enabling the education sector
in the UK to perform at the forefront of international practice by
exploiting fully the possibilities of modern digital empowerment, content
Find out more at <http://e.jisc.ac.uk/QHI-1ME4D-5ZWEOW-NGZ89-1/c.aspx>
www.jisc.ac.uk or contact a member of the Jisc press team at
<http://e.jisc.ac.uk/QHI-1ME4D-D75ZWEOW44/uns.aspx> Unsubscribe from Jisc
This Saturday, we have an online only WWI edit-a-thon. If you are
interested, please sign up at
If you have questions, post them here, or email Hawkeye7 (hawkeye7(a)gmail.com)
There will be a physical edit-a-thon in Sydney at State Library NSW on
11 November 2013 (Armistice Day), so please put that in your diary
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: John Andersson <john.andersson(a)wikimedia.se>
Date: Mon, Jun 24, 2013 at 6:03 PM
Subject: [cultural-partners] This Saturday – in a language version near you
To: "cultural-partners(a)wikimedia.ch" <cultural-partners(a)wikimedia.ch>,
Sorry for cross posting.
On Saturday the 29th of June, there will be a number of WWI
edit-a-thons organized in Europe and Australia! So far six countries
have edit-a-thons planned and volunteers from two other countries are
planning online events in two other Wikipedia language versions!
This is an initiative by Wikimedia Sverige, in cooperation with
Europeana, and we would like to invite all of you to organize a small
gathering in your country/hometown; create an online contest in your
language version; or simply join one of the existing ones – simply
sign up on Meta or drop me an email if you have any questions!
If you, as a participant, use the images from Europeana and write
articles you can win a travel check with 300 euros (which for example
could help cover part of your costs for participating at Wikimania or
some other nice trip)! Read more about the Europeana Challenge here.
As far as I know this is the largest number of parallel edit-a-thons
ever! So don't miss out now when we are writing history! *pun
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Project Leader Europeana Awareness
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for more information about our project!
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