Wikimedia Australia’s June 2023 update
This month’s news and happenings include new workshops and drop in events. Details below.
Wikimedia Australia is hiring (soon)!
In the coming weeks we will be advertising a vacancy to work for us. Please check our website for updates soon. If you would like to be notified when this role is advertised please reply to this email and we’ll make sure to send it to you as soon as it is announced.
ABC Radio highlight closing Wikipedia's gender gap
Earlier this month, Annie Reynolds and Jess Wade were guests on Phillip Adams’ Late Night Live. They discussed their work creating new biographies of women on Wikipedia, and detailed some of their notable subjects. Listen to the program here.
Updating the Public Domain Template on Commons
Editors and contributors are discussing how to update the Australian Domain Template on Wikimedia Commons. In the past month, there has been further work on refining the templates for PD-Australia, PD-AustraliaGov, and PD-AustraliaPhoto-1996. If you use Wikimedia Commons, please take a look and give your support or feedback. Find the discussion and templates here.
New Workshop and Drop In Sessions Announced
Wikimedia Australia is hosting an online workshop introducing the basics of editing Wikipedia, on the first Thursday of each month. This 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 first Wikipedia workshop starts Thursday 6 July at 1:30 PM AEST. Further details here.
Find more news, stories, and announcements on our website.
Next Community Meeting - Wednesday 12 July 7pm AEST
Our monthly community meetings are open to everyone. This month will have a presentation from Gianluca Demartini, Associate Professor in Data Science at the University of Queensland on his research around Wikipedia. This will be followed by an open discussion to hear from the community. Please join us online Wednesday 12 July at 7pm AEST. Details here.
Understanding Wikimedia As A Digital Media Platform - Tuesday 11 July 12-2pm AEST
Join a lunchtime seminar/workshop on researching Wikimedia as a Digital Platform. The session will include lightning talks of 5-10 minutes on current or future research projects, questions, ideas or issues followed by open discussion and input from colleagues and for developing new proposals or collaborations. This event is being hosted as a 2023 ADM+S Symposium Satellite event. Details here.
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.
More events will be announced soon. Keep up to date on our website.
Other things from around the web:
- Nature in city ticks differently - A map of urban ecology research (using Wikidata) gives an overview, Mirage News
- State Library of Queensland made it easier to add citation to Wikipedia from their catalogue, Twitter
- ‘He has 91,000 edits’: One Wikipedia editor is on a crusade to banish ‘comprised of’, Daily Dot
- How we used OpenStreetMap and Wikidata to map street names across Europe – Part 2, European Data Journalism
- Music Company Asks Google to Delist ‘YouTube Downloader’ Wikipedia Article, Torrentfreak
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