Meeting:2012 AGM/Candidates/Gillian White
I am keen to see Australia’s presence in the Wikimedia movement increased so that we are known for making a useful and respected contribution to Wikimedia projects.
To that end, I strongly support an approach that maximises what we can achieve by a steady and targeted use of efforts against our strategic plan as well as a nimble response to unplanned opportunities (admittedly a difficult balance to achieve). In particular, I want our reputation to be enhanced at home by effective partnerships/alliances and abroad by clearly communicated (if even necessarily small scale) outcomes.
I think it is vital that in a volunteer community we are able to make the best use of the range of skills and interests that people bring, harness their efforts effectively and keep them motivated by a respectful appreciation of their individual contributions. We need to find ways of using what people do well.
I am a qualified and experienced teacher and trainer of adults so I enjoy running editing training with other Wikipedians and also improving content via editathons. I also have management qualifications (in Project Management, Quality Management and HR management) and am a professional editor of academic research papers. My special concern is with quality and my own involvement is exemplified by my work on:
- Core articles e.g. Entertainment
- GLAM articles e.g. Nasturtiums_(E._Phillips_Fox)
- Gender Gap e.g. Jessie A. Ackermann
- Australian content e.g. Children's Chapel, St James' Church, Sydney
- Edit-a-thons e.g. Classic 100 a meetup I organised to build awareness and a cultural partnership as well as content
- Training e.g. with librarians in Tambo & Quilpie in Queensland Wikipedia:GLAM/SLQ and soon with the State Library of NSW.
- 2012 (Report here user:Whiteghost.ink/Wikimania report).
Policy and practice
I have written and contributed some guidelines for best practice: