Wikimedia Australia’s July 2023 update
This month’s news and happenings include stats and Mythbusting! Details below.
Opportunities with Wikimedia Aotearoa New Zealand
Our neighbours Wikimedia Aotearoa New Zealand are hiring an Executive Advisor. This role will suit someone who comes from a strong senior administration or coordination background, ideally a PA/Executive support role. They are also seeking proposals for a Wikipedian-at-Large (WPAL) project to be held in 2024. This follows a previous WPAL that increased public awareness of Wikimedia projects and recruited new editors. Submissions close 15 September 2023. Further details can be found here.
Wikimedia Australia’s Social Media Stats 2022-2023
July marks the start of a new financial year, the perfect excuse to look over our social media stats and targets. Highlights of the past year included reviving our YouTube channel, and we recently joined Threads too! We know likes and follows aren’t everything, but social media is one way we share the amazing work our community does. Read our Social Media Stats update here.
The Popularity of Wikipedia in Australia
Did you know that Australians are the fifth most active Wikipedia editors in the world? We looked at how the number of editors on Wikipedia has changed over the past few years, and have included some links for anyone keen to get started. Read the full article here.
Find more news, stories, and announcements on our website.
Mythbusting Wikipedia: Misinformation, AI, and Volunteers - Tuesday 1 August 1-2pm AEST
Learn how reliable Wikipedia is, how it’s being used in classrooms, and how it can help people understand referencing, misinformation, and the need for reliable sources. This event is part of Library & Information Week, hosted by ALIA. Details here.
Introducing: Wikipedia - Online Workshop and Drop In Session - Thursday 3 August 1:30pm AEST
Held on the first Thursday of each month, this online workshop introduces the basics of editing Wikipedia and will be followed by a one hour drop in session where you can ask questions, share your work, or just hang out and edit Wikipedia together. Our Wikipedia workshop starts Thursday 3 August at 1:30 PM AEST, with the Drop In Session beginning at 2:30 PM. Further details here.
Next Community Meeting - Wednesday 9 August 7pm AEST
Our monthly community meetings are open to everyone. This month we will share recent updates from Wikimedia Australia, before opening things up to hear from the community and engage in friendly discussion. Please join us online Wednesday 9 August at 7pm AEST. Details here.
More events will be announced soon. Keep up to date on our website.
Other things from around the web:
- Disrupting Data Cartels by Editing Wikipedia, Yale Journal of Law & Technology
- Kate Mosse urges budding historians writers add biographies women Wikipedia, Daily Mail
- Wikipedia could shut down in UK after online safety law passes, Government told, Independent
- What happens if our digital history vanishes?, ABC Radio National
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You can also keep up to date by following us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Mastodon, Threads, LinkedIn, and YouTube. Don’t forget to tag us if you’ve got something interesting to share, as we love to share our volunteers' amazing work.
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