|Welcome to Wikimedia Australia
Supporting Free Cultural Works in Australia
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Who We Are
Wikimedia Australia, Inc.® is an independent, not-for-profit organisation, whose 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. See our Statement of Purpose & Rules.
Wikimedia Australia is recognised by the Wikimedia Foundation as an official chapter and as such will offer members an official voice in the global Wikimedia community, whose aim is to create the sum of all human knowledge, freely available in your own language.
The purpose of Wikimedia Australia 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)
- develop resources to assist Australians in the creation and maintenance of Free Cultural Works
Note: Wikimedia Australia and the Wikimedia Foundation have no relationship with WikiLeaks, formally or informally. For more information please see "What's in a name" from the official Wikimedia Foundation blog.
ABN: 74 761 792 996
CAV Registration No.: A0051923E
What we do
The Wikimedia Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation which hosts and supports a range of projects that contain information about Australia and Australians. Some of these projects include: Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons, Wikisource, Wikibooks and Wikinews, as well as projects in 266 languages.
Wikimedia Australia shares and supports the Wikimedia Foundation's goals but does not manage these projects and is not responsible for their content. Volunteers editing from all over the world contribute the material hosted on the Wikimedia projects and we encourage our members and supporters to have a look and consider joining Wikimedia's mission to support the production of free content.
The best way to contact us is via email to contactwikimedia.org.au. You will also find additional contact options on the Contact page, which is linked in the navigation box on the left side of each page.
Coming events from our calendar:
- (National) 2019 October 28, Monday — WMAU Community Meeting (Oct 2019) — Online
General community meeting. Topics to include: Committee to report on recent weekend workshop; WikiClub activities; Preview of new Trove private beta.
- (WA) 2019 October 31, Thursday — WikiClubWest at Riff (4) — Riff, 45 St Georges Terrace, Perth
A casual gathering to talk about and work on Wikimedia sites (including Wikipedia, Wikidata, and Wikimedia Commons). Everyone is welcome! You don’t have to have any experience; we’ll help you. There is huge scope for a wide range of interests: researchers, photographers, historians, illustrators, data analysts, coders, writers, and anyone else interested in the universe of free knowledge.
Bring a laptop. There’s good wifi, and free tea and coffee available.
- (National) 2019 November 11, Monday — Meeting:Committee (2019-11-11) — Online
Normal monthly Committee meeting. Committee members and observers only.
- (NZ) 2019 November 13, Wednesday — FOSS4G Oceania lightning talk 'The World of Wikidata' — No location
WMAU Committee member Alex Lum will present on the topic of Wikidata and its use alongside OpenStreetMap.
- (WA) 2019 November 16, Saturday — Perth Open House 2019 — Perth
Details t.b.a. but we'll probably split up and visit as many places as we can, and meet somewhere together towards the end of each day.
- (NSW) 2019 December 16, Monday — Sydney meetup (December 2019) — State Library of New South Wales
- (International) 2020 August 5, Wednesday — Wikimania 2019 (Bangkok) — Bangkok, Thailand
The annual conference for the global Wikimedia movement.
See also the full calendar, and list of past events.
Wikimedia Australia would love you to get involved! All members are encouraged to get involved in many ways.
You may be an active participant on one of the Wikimedia projects, or maybe you'd like to know more about how to get involved in one – whatever your background and experience, we'd love to tell you more about Wikimedia, and 'free culture' – please do sign up!
Non-members can still request an account to edit this wiki.
Featured Australian Content
- Dr who? Campaign to boost digital profile of Australia's female scientists, Sydney Morning Herald, 27 July 2014
- Wikibomb to boost online role models for women scientists, Life Scientist, 28 July 2014
- Women scientists work to right wrongs with Wikibomb, ABC News, 14 August 2014
- Gang-gang: Wikipedia bombers plot to promote women in science, Canberra Times, 14 August 2014
- Online activists use Wikibomb to give greater recognition to work of female scientists on Wikipedia, ABC News, 14 August 2014
- Mater Researchers part of Australia’s first Wikibomb, Mater Research, 26 August 2014
- Australian female scientists embrace the Wikibomb, veski, 15 August 2014
- TRI researchers join Australia's first Wikibomb, Translational Research Institute
Wikimedia Foundation Projects
The Wikimedia Foundation, a non-profit organization, operates several multilingual and free-content projects, including Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia, which has become one of the world's most popular web destinations.