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Proposal talk:Bendigo health information workshops 2013

Revision as of 05:36, 17 December 2012 by Leighblackall (talk | contribs) (→‎Some comments)

A few basic questions

Leigh, thanks for putting this idea forward. A couple of quick questions that come to mind:

  1. I assume that you would be the "trainer" mentioned?
  2. Can you summarise any relationship you might have with La Trobe University's Faculty of Health Sciences, to make sure there's no improper COI here?

I must confess that $1100 seems a bit steep for a "small Wikipedia editing workshop", but I'm open to being convinced otherwise! Lankiveil 21:19, 6 December 2012 (EST).

Just for comparison, and for other members' benefit - the two workshops in Hobart earlier this year totalled $2300, of which WMAU contributed $1700. -- Chuq 22:50, 9 December 2012 (EST)
Thanks for that - my impression is that the budget isn't unreasonable, but it would be good to know how it was developed (which is relevant to addressing the WMF's concerns about the accountability of WPAU's expenditure). Nick-D 18:59, 10 December 2012 (EST)
It's not really a fair comparison, but since we're tabulating: the SLNSW training days cost about 2x3 trainer's lunches, which were paid by the SLNSW, and they provided participant's time, photocopying, rooms, computers, and connectivity. --99of9 21:48, 14 December 2012 (EST)
Hi everyone, sincere apologies for my late response! I was half expecting questions to get relayed by email. What was I thinking!
Firstly, I work for the Faculty of Health Sciences, at La Trobe University - I would personally prefer not to give the workshop. I'm their educational designer, and in that role I'm trying to encourage the use of the Wikimedia Projects for education, research and community engagement. Getting a workshop happening is partly about linking up WikimediaAu's mission, with parts of the University's mission, and raising awareness in both circles of the opportunities in open educational practices. It is also partly an effort to establish real-people relationships around this idea. Hopefully, someone locally, and with experience, can take on the workshop. I've done a lot of workshops in my time, and could support that person.
Hopefully the budget reflects some realism in paying for the travel and expenses for that person to come to Bendigo, and/or Victoria if need be. We're aiming for 30 people, and budgeting a lunch with morning and afternoon tea at $10 per head. Printing was probably going to posters and PediaPress books.. Not sure yet. What isn't spent would be returned of course. Leighblackall 13:08, 17 December 2012 (EST)

A couple of comments

  • Overnight in Bendigo is it necessary and the course times 0900 - 16:00 its only 160-170km between campasses Melb-Bendigo, which is less than two hours on the Calder Highway
  • IMHO I think including a commons uploading session is too much information in one day especially as the works to be uploaded are more likely made by third parties which can get into some complex licensing, permission issues and if they include people with medical issues personality rights and privacy permissions. I think you be better served focusing solely on editing, sourcing formatting WP articles etc. Gnangarra 17:59, 7 December 2012 (EST)
Thanks for these suggestions Gnangarra, and sorry for my delay in responding. Depending on who delivers the workshop would determine whether accommodation is necessary. Our main aim is to find an experienced and engaging trainer, who can manage up to 30 people over a full day. I'm used to that, but I'd prefer to bring someone else in. In my own experience, it is possible to get an image on the Commons, but it can vary depending on the dynamics of the group. I usually focus on starting with people's user pages. Once we've structured the page with sections, we add links to help resources like the Cheat Sheet. Then, and only if there's time, I take photos of people or objects and load them to Flickr, where everyone goes to check the license and copy the image to Commons, and then place them on the pages. I usually do this not as one big group, but with the people who advance more quickly - while the others are on other tasks, and then they teach the others. It worked will in Tasmania, but I fully hear your point, and with 30.. will probably not be possible. Leighblackall 13:17, 17 December 2012 (EST)

Are you going to be there anyway?

If the optional extra is a week later, does that imply you are going to be in Bendigo for the whole week? Does that mean you are there on other business anyway? If so, I'd prefer that WMAU not fund travel. PS I'd rather not make you answer such questions in public, this is the kind of thing that could go to a private mailing list. --99of9 14:25, 9 December 2012 (EST)

genric answrs are ok but I agree individual circumstances ahouldnt be discussed/revealled here Gnangarra 15:06, 9 December 2012 (EST)
No worries for me Gnangarra. I imagine that if we can bring in an external trainer on the first day, I could step in and cover the 2nd. It all depends if we can find a trainer. If not, then it'll be me, and the travel and accommodation could be foregone and directed to something else, like PediaPress help manuals for each person, if that wasn't too much? Leighblackall 13:19, 17 December 2012 (EST)

Some comments

This proposal looks to have a lot of merit, but I have three comments on it:

  1. It would be helpful if a breakdown of how the $700 trainer travel and $300 catering figures were developed was posted (I presume that the budget figures have been deliberately set at estimates of the highest feasible cost, and the actual expenditure to be reimbursed by WMAU is likely to be somewhat lower). It might be helpful to reference the ATO's travel rates, which are widely used as a benchmark for travel and accommodation expenses, or another set of comparable figures.
  2. Is January the best time to run this workshop? Given that this is when many people are on leave you might get a better turnout in February or March.
  3. The budgets for the previous workshops in Tasmania included a line item for the facilitator (which was paid by the sponsoring organisations in each case). Should that be added to this proposal, or will there be no facilitation expenses for this workshop? (eg, if you're running this, are you volunteering your time? - which I guess impacts on comment 2 above!). Nick-D 17:26, 9 December 2012 (EST)
Thanks for these suggestions Nick-D. I adjusted the budget using the ATOs travel rates. I couldn't see flights in there - nor do I know where we might fly a trainer in from, if we even do. Naturally, any unspent portion of this proposed budget would be returned. If for example, we find a suitable trainer in Melbourne - which is most likely, then we would ask to boost up the printing budget and order in a small PediaPress training manual (30 copies at $10 each) for example, and to offer a small amount of pay to the trainer (if it is not me or anyone else in La Trobe).
Is January the best time? For the primary target group, yes it is. Bendigo Community Health Services nominated late January, and that is probably the better time for La Trobe Health Faculty. In saying that, one of our primary organisers is on leave and not back until Jan 3. If we aren't able to secure a venue through her before then, then we would push it back into February.
Facilitator/trainer cost.. at this stage we're going into this with the hope of finding a local trainer, and therefore reducing the travel and accommodation costs so as we can offer them a small amount for their time (what would be an approporiate amount in the eyes of WMAu if that was the case?) If we can't find someone, then I will run the workshop as an in-kind sponsorship from La Trobe, and use some of the travel and accom budget in the printing, returning the rest to WMAu.
Leighblackall 16:36, 17 December 2012 (EST)