Does anyone know if there is going to be an Australian edition of Wiki
Loves Monuments this year?
The page is up on Commons, but there's nothing there showing an
Having an Aussie edition of the comp as a precursor, if there is still
interest, in having a "war memorials" competition in the lead up to
Anzac Day in 2015.
Anyway, just wanting to put it out there that WLM is open and seeing
if there is any interest in it.
Dear Australian Wikimedians, cultural partners list,
(also cc'ing Ed, in case the Signpost might like to mention this).
*TL;DR - The National Library is actively requesting Wikipedians ask
reference questions and links to the service are now on all Wikiproject
Australia templates on WP article talkpages. Blogpost:
Direct link to the free service: http://www.nla.gov.au/askalibrarian
Over the last year working here at the National Library of Australia, I've
been trying and find ways to bring the National Library's reference team
closer to the Wikimedia community - for mutual benefit. They provide a free
service to help the public (not necessarily only Australians or people with
[free] library cards) to find and learn how to access reference materials.
It is particularly useful when they can point people to the unique
resources of the NLA collection but that's not a limiting factor!
So, having got the team to talk to Jake Ocassi (from 'the wikipedia
library') a while ago, and the debating how to do this in a
mutually-acceptable way (both WP and NLA have strict privacy policies for
example) we came up with this:
To link directly to the Ask a Librarian service from the Wikiproject
Australia template on talkpages and, when applicable to the article, to the
equivalent service in the relevant State Library. Managing the actual
coding and design was spearheaded by user:99of9.
We investigated having even greater integration (e.g. having the librarians
be able to receive and respond to questions on-wiki or for the 'email this
user' function to be used to create a ticket in the Ask a Librarian system
[called ref-tracker, similar to OTRS]), but this would have required too
great a change to workflows - at least for never-before-tried concept.
So, having sought and received consensus both among the Library staff, as
well as on the Australian Wikipedians Noticeboard, the system was enabled!
See, for example the last line of the wikiproject Australia template for
[[Darwin, Northern Territory]]
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Darwin,_Northern_Territory As you can
see this is directed at Wikipedia *editors *not readers. Ultimately we're
just talking about a series of external links, but the significance in my
opinion is that Wikipedia has accepted the usefulness (and philosophical
compatibility) of this service enough to allow thousands of external links
to be auto-created - something that would normally be forbidden. Equally,
it is a great precedent for the library community here (and
internationally?) to see Wikipedians as a potential usergroup of their
services that they *really *want to engage with. After all - answering a
reference enquiry from one person helps that person, but answering a
wikipedian helps thousands!
The service has been in place for a few weeks now and has been used several
times successfully by Wikipedians. We can't say who, or what article they
information about customers. However, today I pressed publish on the
Library's blogpost on the topic, written by the biggest champion of the
idea within the reference team - Renee Wilson (also cc'd):
It talks about other forms of getting in contact via social media but the
real meat from WP's perspective is near the end:
Wikipedia editors know the importance of using reliable sources to improve
> articles, and that the most authoritative sources aren't always available
> online. Our Ask a Librarian team can help you uncover verifiable
> information, so you can have confidence in the references that underpin
> your article. Trying to track down some particularly elusive source
> material? We can help you add dimension and detail to your article by
> shining a light on Australia's cultural record in our unique collection
> By making the Ask a Librarian service more accessible to Wikipedia
> editors, we are helping to make authoritative information about Australia
> available to the world. You can read more information about the project on
> the WikiProject Australia/Ask a Librarian documentation page<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Template:WikiProject_Australia/AAL/What>.
> We've already received some great questions from Wikipedians - the kind
> that really let us apply our trademark librarian rigor. We look forward to
> receiving many more, and seeing your articles flourish!
So, I'd really appreciate if, the next time you're looking for a reference
or stuck trying to improve an article - go here and submit an enquiry
http://www.nla.gov.au/askalibrarian Tell them you're a wikipedian and which
article you're trying to improve. (equally, feel free to tell others e.g.
retweet this https://twitter.com/nlagovau/status/463845761176711169 )
Peace, love & metadata
We now have a VIP attendee at the Tribute
Saturday 10 May. One of the people who played a lead role in the
development of The Encyclopedia of Women &
made a presentation at its recent launch is flying up from
Melbourne to join us. This new encyclopedia will be a great resource for us
in the future and I hope we can impress her and others associated with it
with our contribution to accessible knowledge.
Join us if you can. Remote contributions always seem magical so help out if
you live far away in our wide brown land.
After reconciling all our various systems, and as promised, here is a
breakdown of the membership as it stands on 30 April 2014.
Total membership is 59, of whom 2 are overseas. Of the remaining 57:
* 15 (26.3%) are in NSW (11 in Sydney)
* 14 (24.6%) are in VIC (14 in Melbourne)
* 9 (15.8%) are in WA (8 in Perth)
* 7 (12.3%) are in QLD (6 in Brisbane)
* 4 (7.0%) are in TAS (3 in Hobart, 1 in Launceston)
* 4 (7.0%) are in ACT; and
* 4 are in SA.
No members were located in the Northern Territory as at 30 April.
Rural vs urban - 7 (12.3%) are located outside their state or territory's
largest city, 4 of whom are in NSW. This does not include those on the
urban fringes who may technically live in a semi-rural area.
Longevity of membership:
* 13 (22.0%) joined in 2008
* 3 (5.1%) joined in 2009
* 5 (8.5%) joined in 2010
* 14 (23.7%) joined in 2011
* 10 (16.9%) joined in 2012
* 13 (22.0%) joined in 2013.
This does not reflect former members, but simply the join dates of those
who are current members.
17 of the 59 present members (28.8%) have at one stage or another served on
the committee. In total 22 people have served on the committee since 2008.
I wanted to do one on meetup attendance but this information is not
available on the system.