2018 Annual Plan
- Well distributed, active community
- virtual meetings well catered for
- open and free access
- high take up by individuals and institutions as trusted source (Wikipedia)
- high use of computer mediated communication in Australia per capita
- International connections and participation
- strong "galleries, libraries, archives, and museums” GLAM sector
- Australian hot spots for activity tend to move leading to regional focus at different times
- National matters are covered by the committee with other participation invited, while Wikimedians generally have a local focus
- physical distances between places and costs of travel
- insufficient resourcing to service opportunities
- lack of a continuing (paid?) secretariat to maintain coherence, continuity and administration
- the long changing history and culture of Wikimedia chapters which may be unclear to newcomers
- good news stories as Wikipedia and other wiki projects gain positive traction
- Continuing improvement of relationships with "galleries, libraries, archives, and museums” GLAM sector
- contuining GLAM sector communications on national and regional levels
- Wikimedia Australia activities being shared positively -- WikiClubs, WikiTowns
- baby boom phenomenon of educated computer literate potential editors and volunteers
- potential for better explaining and communicating what Wikimedia is and what Wikimedians do
- Increased membership
- Increased involvement and participation
- capacity to use wikilinks in documentation to enhance understanding
- burnout (a frequent and recurring condition)
- lack of general community understanding of Wikimedia
- increasing under-resourced activities with personal costs of time and cash
- rising costs of physical costs as fuel price rise
- required skillsets becoming increasingly rare, high mobile use over PC base
- monopolisation by major population centres
- volunteers becoming increasingly time poor
Wikimedia Australia supports the strategic direction of the Wikimedia Foundation
- Knowledge as a service, and
- Knowledge equity
We will undertake outreach activities, develop resources and build systems that empower and engage people to collect, develop, share and promote Free Cultural Works relevant to Australia and our region. Our specific objectives for 2018 are:
- 1. Community support
- 2. Outreach and engagement
- 3. Chapter governance and administration
See also our Statement of Purpose
1. Community support
- 1.1 WikiClubs
WikiClubs are based in and have a supportive positive relationship with their local State Libraries, there are four WikiClubs that will meet regularly in Australia during 2018. Each Wikiclub has a level of independence from the chapter with WMAU provisioning them to undertake small activities like regular meet ups, workshops and editathons that bring the contributors for the local area into collaborate. Like user groups the WikiClubs dont need the legal and financial structures which are provided under the umbrella of WMAU.
- 1.2 Volunteer support
The Volunteer Support Programme is an initiative that supports Australian contributors to the projects to obtain resources or share their knowledge about the projects and WMAU. While most the VSP activities are adhoc there some current on going VSP eligible activities
- 1.3 Noongarpedia
Further develop noongar wikipedia and support it moving from the incubator space to nys.wikipedia.org
- 1.4 2019 Wikimania bid for Perth
- 1.5 Camera and equipment support
The Camera Equipment Program was start to help photographers maintain and improve their equipment, this was chosen over an equipment lending program which would be unable to support the needs of individuals due logistics and costs. Currently there is one application before the committee which has been sent out for an independent review of the application, all applicants are required to be in good standing as well as have a demonstrated contribution history of photographs available for or in use in the projects.
- 1.6 Support for attendees at Wikimania 2018
The Australian communities suffers from its isolation from the wider movement, previously the ability to develop and maintain community connections relied on the same few suspects. Over the last couple of years WMAU has taken the approach that we should be enabling wider community involvement in International activities. As part of this we aim to fund two community members to share our experiences and gain further knowledge of the WMF community along with one committee person to maintain the the relationships WMAU has with WMF and other Affiliates and to gain additional experiences. Support 3 attendees
- 1.7 Regional events
Australia has wide and diverse population with unique regional identities the aim of regional events is to engage locals with the community, to foster the development of GLAM projects in additional areas. The goal is to sponsor a successful meetup focussed on community engagement in each capital city during 2018.
2. Outreach and engagement
- 2.1 WikiTowns
- Toodyay - expand the number of articles and increase the number of QR codes within the area
- Fremantle - re-engage community following the loss of a partner, expand content on Fremantle
- create the foundations for a new WikiTown
- establish permanent QR codes using Wikidata, and create a new Wikitown QR reader that expands across more Wikimedia projects
- 2.2 Content competitions
Competitions generate new Australian content on a particular theme from a broad range of contributors, many of whom are new to Wikimedia. The competitions raise awareness of open licences in the broader Australian community and provide Wikimedia with media opportunities. High quality images, datasets, and textual content can be promoted locally and globally, and there is an opportunity for email conversations with winning contributors.
- 2.2.1 WikiSource competition
In the month before the Wikisource conference (date t.b.d.) a proofreading competition will be run. Focusing on a predefined set of Australian source materials, it will aim to get 1000 pages proofread across 10 works. All metadata will also be added to Wikidata.
- 2.2.2 Wiki Loves Monuments
During the month of Wiki Loves Monuments, 1,000 images will be uploaded and 100 in use on Wikimedia pages. 10 new members will be brought in through this contest who will continue contributing 3 months after creating a new account.
- 2.2.3 Wiki Loves Science
Attempts will be made to increase participation in WikiLoves Science, which attracted around 90 entries in its inaugural year 2017, involving publicity for the 2017 winners, clarification of guidelines and perhaps targetting of scientific organisations in the GLAM sector to invite entries. [2017 winners|https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Winners_Wiki_Science_Competition_2017_in_Australia]
- 2.2.4 Wiki Loves Earth
During the month of Wiki Loves Earth, 1,000 images will be uploaded and 100 in use on Wikimedia pages. 10 new members will be brought in through this contest who will continue contributing 3 months after creating a new account.
- 2.3 Engagement with GLAMs
- 2.3.1 GLAM Peak workshops
Wikimedia Australia will participate as a technology partner for the GLAM Peak Digital Access to Collections workshops during 2018. This free two-day workshop focusses on digitisation and the provision of digital access to collections in small to medium GLAM organisations around Australia.
During the ten GLAM Peak workshops Wikimedia Australia will engage with 300 staff and volunteers from Australian GLAM organisations. 10 new members will join, 20 participants will create accounts and contribute a photo, reference or fact about their local area. Lists and content about regional Australian GLAMs will be updated.
- 2.3.2 Wikimedia Australia invited speaker at Australian GLAM conference [Pru]
- 2.3.3 Wikimedia Australia invited speaker Indigenous Conference [Pru / Gideon]