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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.


Wikimedia Australia's primary aim is to promote equality of opportunity to access and participate in the collaborative creation of Free Cultural Works, especially educational works, and works about Australia, its culture, natural environment, and Australian news and media.
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.
 
The purpose of the organisation is to:


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;
* 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
* increase public awareness, support and participation in the projects hosted by the Wikimedia Foundation (WMF); and
* develop resources to assist Australians in the creation and maintenance of Free Cultural Works.
* 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.


The mission of Wikimedia Australia is to support the Mission of the Wikimedia Foundation in Australia in accordance with the principle of [[w:subsidiarity|subsidiarity]]. Being a recognised 'Chapter' of the Wikimedia Foundation offers members an official voice in the global Wikimedia community, whose aim is to create unencumbered resources for use throughout the world.
== What we do ==


== 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.
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. To donate, please <big>[[Donate|click here]]</big>.
[[Donate|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.
 
==Overview of activities==
[[File:StateLibQld 1 100280.jpg|thumb|Boer War soldier from Queensland, an image from the State Library of Queensland Collection.]]
[[File:GLAM friday gnangarra 06.JPG|thumb|GLAM_WIKI panel.]]
Wikimedia Australia formed in 2008, and was incorporated [[meta:Wikimedia_chapters/Reports/Wikimedia_Australia/2008-10|on 6 August 2008]].
 
Our first event occurred in August 2009: [[GLAM-WIKI]], supported by the [[w:Australian War Memorial|Australian War Memorial]], Wikimedia Foundation, CustomWare, and [[w:ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation|ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation]]. 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 conjunction with the [[w:State Library of Queensland|State Library of Queensland]] with the uploading of approximately 23,000 images [[commons:Category:Images from the State Library of Queensland|from their collection]]. Combined with this was a number of editing workshops in libraries across Queensland. This was then followed with a similar program with the [[w:State Library of New South Wales|State Library of New South Wales]], who in 2013 hosted Australia's first [[w:Wikimedian in residence|Wikimedian in residence]].
 
Wikimedia Australia and Australian 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 the [[w:Fremantle Society|Fremantle Society]] to take Wikipedia away from our screens and out into the streets, with Australia's first WikiTown in Fremantle (known as [[w:WP:Freo|Freopedia]]). This project placed QR code plaques on buildings, monuments and other places linked with Fremantle history. With topics such as Australian Prime Minister [[w:John Curtin|John Curtin]], US President [[w:Hubert Hoover|Hubert Hoover]] and bushranger [[w:Moondyne Joe|Moondyne Joe]], and Western Australia's [[w:Round House (Western Australia)|oldest building]], Freopedia provides access to and publicity of Wikipedia articles about the history of Fremantle and Western Australia — and does it in many different languages, a boon for a tourist city like Fremantle.
 
In 2014 a second WikiTown was establish in [[w:Toodyay|Toodyay]], also in Western Australia. The Shire of Toodyay took the lead on this project with Wikimedia Australia and Western Australian editors providing the support and backup they needed to be successful.
 
In 2015 Wikimedia Australia joined with Indigenous studies faculties at [[w:University of Western Australia|UWA]] and [[w:Curtin University|Curtin]] universities to support the first Indigenous community-lead project, working on wiki content in Noongar, the language of the south-west of Western Australia. Noongarpedia, as this project was called, also resulted in the start of incubators for both the [https://incubator.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wt/nys Noongar Wikitionary] and [https://incubator.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wp/nys Noongar Wikipedia].
 
== Additional activities ==
 
Wikimedia Australia also has a number of programs to specifically support volunteers in their ability to create free content.
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


;[https://wikimedia.org.au/wiki/Past_events Explore our past activities here]
Donations to Wikimedia Australia, while greatly appreciated, are currently are not tax deductible. Read more on our [[frequently asked questions]] page.


;[https://wikimedia.org.au/wiki/Media See media and publications from Wikimedia Australia here]
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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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