ADM+S Wikimedian-in-Residence Program

, Wikimedia Australia Staff.

The ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society (ADM+S) is a new, cross-disciplinary, national research centre, which aims to create the knowledge and strategies necessary for responsible, ethical, and inclusive automated decision-making.

One of the aims of the ADM+S is to promote greater understanding of automated decision-making technologies, applications and impacts and working with Wikipedia, Wikidata and other Wikimedia platforms is one of the best ways to do this. To support this process ADM+S has established a Wikimedian-in-Residence project for 6 months to help with engagement between Wikimedia platforms and the researchers, students, partners, projects and issues associated with the Centre with Amanda Lawrence starting in the role from July 2021.

Amanda has created a new Wikipedia page on automated decision-making however this is just a basic stub and needs lots more work. We also need to improve pages for related content, people and organisations that are already on Wikipedia and to create new pages as required. There is already lots of terrific content on Wikipedia about automation technologies, AI etc but some pages don't have much up to date information or could be improved in lots of ways. Citations to quality research sources are also a key issue for Wikipedia content and it is always great to increase pages on women in technology. A great example of a page in this topic area that was developed to 'Good article' status as part of a team effort is Algorithmic_bias.

About Amanda Lawrence

Dr Amanda Lawrence is an Australian researcher and librarian specialising in open knowledge, research communication and research infrastructure for policy and practice. She is currently Research Fellow, Open Knowledge Systems at RMIT University and Senior Associate at Outside Opinion. Amanda recently completed a PhD in Media and Communications at RMIT University on research publishing and public policy, particularly the role of organisations such as government agencies, research centres, NGOs and think tanks as research producers and publishers and how these diverse publications are used and managed. She was Director of Analysis & Policy Observatory (, an award-winning public policy digital library, from 2006 until 2018, where she secured and managed a number of Australia Research Council Linkage and Infrastructure grants including the ARC Linked Semantic Platforms project, and the CRC Low Carbon Living Knowledge Hub project. Other roles include Literature Program Manager at the Asialink Centre, University of Melbourne and Program Manager at the Victorian Writers Centre. She has a Graduate Diploma in Library and Information Management from RMIT University and an Arts Degree with Honours from the University of Melbourne. Amanda has published journal articles, reports and briefings and presented widely in Australia and internationally on research communication, open knowledge and public policy. Amanda is Secretary for Wikimedia Australia Committee and has been an editor of Wikipedia and Wikidata since 2015.


To get the ball rolling we are running an edit-a-thon in October to bring together ADMS members and other interested people to work on Wikipedia (and Wikidata) content related to automated decision-making systems and their social, legal and ethical implications.

The project will focus on developing content on Wikipedia and other platforms on automated decision-making and related technologies and their social, economic, legal and ethical impacts as well as engaging with Wikidata content and analysis.

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