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'''''Wikimedia Australia, Inc.®''' is an independent not-for-profit organisation and registered charity.
Wikimedia Australia is the Australian chapter of the international [https://wikimediafoundation.org/ Wikimedia Foundation]. As an independent, not-for-profit organisation and registered charity, we support our members, the broader community and partner organisations to contribute to Wikipedia, Wikidata and other Wikimedia platforms through events, training and partnerships.


The mission of Wikimedia Australia is to support the Mission of the Wikimedia Foundation in Australia in accordance with the principle of subsidiarity.
We support the mission of the Wikimedia Foundation, to empower and engage people around the world to collect and develop educational content under a free license or in the public domain, and to disseminate it effectively and globally. As a chapter of the Wikimedia Foundation offer our members an official voice in the global Wikimedia community.


We undertake outreach activities, develop resources and build systems that empower and engage people to collect, develop, share and promote Free Cultural Works. In recognition of Australia's role in the Asia-Pacific region, we will assist in building the capacity of the Wikimedia and Free Culture movements internationally.
Our purpose is to:
* organise and participate in educational and social events that promote development of Free Cultural Works and related open source software systems, in particular wikis;
* increase public awareness, support and participation in the projects hosted by the Wikimedia Foundation (WMF); and
* develop resources to assist Australians in the collaborative creation and maintenance of Free Cultural Works, specially educational works, and works about Australia, its culture, natural environment, and Australian news and media.


Wikimedia Australia accepts donations via PayPal, direct bank deposit, internet banking transfer, cheque or money order. To donate, please <big>[[Donate|click here]]</big>.
== What we do ==


Donations to Wikimedia Australia, while greatly appreciated, are currently are not tax deductible.
We undertake outreach activities, develop resources and build systems that empower and engage people to collect, develop, share and promote Free Cultural Works. In recognition of Australia's role in the Asia-Pacific region, we will assist in building the capacity of the Wikimedia and Free Culture movements internationally.
 
==Overview of activities==
[[File:StateLibQld 1 100280.jpg|thumb|Boer War soldier from Queensland, image from the State Library of Queensland Collection]]
[[File:GLAM friday gnangarra 06.JPG|thumb|GLAM_WIKI panel]]
Wikimedia was formed in 2008 with our first event [[GLAM-WIKI]] which was supported by Australian War Memorial, Wikimedia Foundation, CustomWare and ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation occurred in August 2009. This event brought together people from more then 50 Galleries, Libraries Archives and Museums from across Australia and New Zealand to share ideas on the free exchange of knowledge.
 
Our next major project was in conjuction with the State Library of Queensland with the uploading of approximately 23,000 images[https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Images_from_the_State_Library_of_Queensland] from their collection, combined with this there has been a number of editing workshops in libraries across Queeensland. This was then followed with a similar program with the State Library of New South Wales who in 2013 hosted Australia first Wikimedian in residence.
 
Wikimedia Australia and Autstralian Paralympic Committee(APC) have been working together on a number of projects to improve the available information on paralympic sports. After proving themselves knowledgeable the APC arranged media accreditation for Wikimedians to cover the 2012 Paralympics in London. This was followed up with a project to gain accreditation for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Socchi, wikimedians are also working on documenting many other sports as well including wheel chair basketball and wheel chair rugby.
 
[[File:Freopedia Customs House plaque.jpg|thumb|Freopedia QR code]]
In 2012 Wikimedia Australia combined with [[w:Fremantle Society|The Fremantle Society]] to take Wikipedia from computer screens out into the streets with Australias first WikiTown in Fremantle, known as [[w:WP:Freo|Freopedia]]. This project is placing QR codes on buildings, monuments and other places linked with Fremantle history. With links to Australian Prime Minister John Curtin, US President Hubert Hoover and bushranger Moondyne Joe to Western Australias oldest building Freopedia QR codes provide access to Wikipedia articles about the history of Fremantle and Western Australia.
 
;Additional activities


Wikimedia Australia also has a number of programs to specifically support volunteers in their ability to create free content.
[[Donate|Wikimedia Australia accepts donations via PayPal, direct bank deposit, internet banking transfer, cheque or money order.]]
These programs include;
* Travel assistance: report by JJ Harrison of his [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:JJ_Harrison/Cairns_report photographic trip to Cairns]
* Training: report by Juttavd on attending the first [http://www.wikimedia.org.au/wiki/User:Juttavd/AdaCamp_report Adacamp],The [http://adainitiative.org/ Ada Initiative] is an international organisation that supports women involvement in open technology and culture
* Equipment assistance: report by User:99of9 about his [http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:99of9/SmallGrant camera assistant grant]
* Community engagement: information on [[w:Wikipedia_Takes_Toodyay_Show|Wikipedia takes Toodyay show]], where editors spent the day promoting engagement with the local community, this was followed up with a workshop on editing Wikipedia.
* Wikimedian in Residences: the monthly GLAM reports include projects related to Wikimedians in Residences in the [https://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/GLAM/Newsletter/August_2013/Contents/Australia_and_New_Zealand_report August 2013 issue] the SLNSW reported on their Wikimedian in residence experience with User:Whiteghost.ink


Wikimedia Australia also engages with many Government Agencies, Community groups and educators to help share, improve and promote the availability of freely licensed Australian content online.  
Donations to Wikimedia Australia, while greatly appreciated, are currently are not tax deductible. Read more on our [[frequently asked questions]] page.


We cant do this alone we also need your help be that through financial assistance, project partnerships or just providing access to materials if you would like to help improve the "sum of all knowledge" please contact the committee with your proposal.
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Latest revision as of 00:53, 18 October 2021

Wikimedia Australia is the Australian chapter of the international Wikimedia Foundation. As an independent, not-for-profit organisation and registered charity, we support our members, the broader community and partner organisations to contribute to Wikipedia, Wikidata and other Wikimedia platforms through events, training and partnerships.

We support the mission of the Wikimedia Foundation, to empower and engage people around the world to collect and develop educational content under a free license or in the public domain, and to disseminate it effectively and globally. As a chapter of the Wikimedia Foundation offer our members an official voice in the global Wikimedia community.

Our purpose is to:

  • organise and participate in educational and social events that promote development of Free Cultural Works and related open source software systems, in particular wikis;
  • increase public awareness, support and participation in the projects hosted by the Wikimedia Foundation (WMF); and
  • develop resources to assist Australians in the collaborative creation and maintenance of Free Cultural Works, specially educational works, and works about Australia, its culture, natural environment, and Australian news and media.

What we do

We undertake outreach activities, develop resources and build systems that empower and engage people to collect, develop, share and promote Free Cultural Works. In recognition of Australia's role in the Asia-Pacific region, we will assist in building the capacity of the Wikimedia and Free Culture movements internationally.

Wikimedia Australia accepts donations via PayPal, direct bank deposit, internet banking transfer, cheque or money order.

Donations to Wikimedia Australia, while greatly appreciated, are currently are not tax deductible. Read more on our frequently asked questions page.

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