Wikidata Tour Down Under
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Andy Mabbett visited Australia for three weeks in February 2016. He toured the country (and subsequently visited Jakarta, Indonesia) presenting about Wikidata, and discussing Wikimedia's GLAM collaborations. He also attended a number of meetups, for more informal discussions.
There were be three Wikimedia-related sessions as part of the VALA2016 conference. VALA — Libraries, Technology and the Future Inc. is an independent Australian based not-for-profit organisation that aims to promote the use and understanding of information technology within libraries and the broader information sector. 
There was also be a meetup, open to all, on the evening of the Wednesday of the conference
- Tue 9 Feb 2016: Wikidata 101 (part of the 'P-Plate Series')
- Wed 10 Feb 2016 Melbourne Meet-up #32 RMIT, Swanston St, Melbourne. 5.30pm for 6.00pm. 6.00-7.00pm Wikidata presentation; 7.00pm onwards: social
- Thu 11 Feb 2016:
- Boot Camp: WikiData hands-on
- Boot Camp: GLAM WikiBomb
Wikimedia Australia were at Booth 50 in the Exhibition Hall, Tuesday to Thursday.
Contact pru.mitchellwikimedia.org.au for questions about Melbourne events.
The tour included two events in Sydney.
- Fri 12 Feb 2016 2.30-4.30pm State Library of New South Wales
- What is Wikidata?
- Why does the GLAM sector need to know about this?
- Who verifies the quality of Wikidata?
- How can my organisation contribute?
This Wikidata hands-on event for SLNSW staff was also open to Wikimedians, other GLAM sector staff and interested members of the public.
- Sat 13 Feb 2016 Sydney Meet-up Powerhouse Museum Cafe. 2pm Meet at the Cafe, Level 3. Followed by optional self-guided visit to the Museum. Entry cost $15/$8.
- Sun 14 Feb 2016 Travel
- 15-16 Feb 2016 ORCID conference. Andy is ORCID's Wikipedian in Residence
- Wed 17 Feb 2016: National Library of Australia
- 6pm: Wiki meetup at King O'Malley's Irish Pub in Civic. Wikipedia:Meetup/Canberra/February 2016
Contact pru.mitchellwikimedia.org.au for questions about Canberra events.
- Thur 18 Feb 2016: Travel.
- Fri 19 Feb 2016: Wikidata Tour 2016 mini conference, State Library of Western Australia = 09:30-14:00 - open event: Registration for this event
- Sat 20 Feb 2016 Perth meetup #24 - Wikidata workshop for experienced contributors at SLWA 13:00 - open event
- 21st-23rd Feb 2016 working with current projects - closed discussions
- 24th Feb 2016 GLAM discussions - closed discussions, evening ALIA talk
- 25 Feb 2016 depart to give talks in Indonesia
Contact Gnangarrawikimedia.org.au for questions on Western Australian events.
- See /Resources
- VALA conference session video (accessible to conference attendees only)
- ALIA-WA blog post
- Wikidata makes Wikipedia a database. Let the fun begin - article by Mark Pesce, in The Register
- GLAM newsletter
- Donation of 30 'Alexander Street' accounts to the Wikipedia Library (resulting from a discussion at the VALA exhibition)