Wikimedia Australia’s May 2023 update
This month’s news and happenings include local meetups and events. Details below.
Announcing our First Nations Wikipedian in Residence
We are pleased to announce Bianca Valentino has begun work as First Nations Wikipedian in Residence at State Library of Queensland. She will be improving Wikipedia content around local First Nations music and musicians, using the library's archives and resources. Read more about Bianca and her work here.
Wikihistories 2023: Wikipedia and its implications for memory (and forgetting)
The first annual symposium of the wikihistories project has been announced. Wikipedia scholars and researchers will participate in a two-day symposium to discuss Wikipedia as a history-making platform. The schedule and book of abstracts are available now and features keynotes by Dr Shira Klein and Dr Simon Sleight. This event is being held online on 8-9 June. Registrations and further details here.
WOW 2022 Videos on YouTube
Last year’s Worlds of Wikimedia conference in Sydney was a fantastic success. Now, the videos of each keynote presentation have been added to our YouTube channel. These include members of our Australian community such as Graham Pearce, Annie Reynolds, Caddie Brain, and international guests from New Zealand, Philippines, and more. Watch them all here.
1Lib1Ref Wikipedia Workshop in June
1Lib1Ref stands for one librarian, one reference. It's a campaign by librarians around the world (and anyone who has a passion for free knowledge) to add missing references to articles on Wikipedia. This year, Wikimedia Australia is holding an online workshop to get you started editing Wikipedia. We’ll show you how to edit and explore Wikipedia. Then, you'll be able to add a reference to improve a Wikipedia article of your choosing! This workshop will be held online Thursday 1 June, 10:30am AEST. Details here.
Find more news, stories, and announcements on our website.
Hobart Meetup in June - Saturday 3 June from 12:30pm
Meet with some of the Wiki community in Tasmania for food, drink, and friendly conversation. We will be meeting on Saturday 3 June 2023 from 12:30. Details and RSVP here.
Next Community Meeting - Wednesday 14 June 7pm AEST
Our monthly community meetings are open to everyone. This month will have a presentation from Associate Professor Mathieu O’Neil from the University of Canberra. He previously presented at the Misinformation and Wikipedia symposium, and has written about the use of Wikipedia in schools. This will be followed by an open discussion to hear from the community. Please join us online Wednesday 14 June at 7pm AEST. Details here.
Sydney Meetup in June - Sunday 25 June 2-4PM
Enjoy some friendly conversation, food, and drink with Sydney Wikimedians. Venue TBC closer to the date. We will be meeting on Sunday 25 June 2023 from 2PM to 4PM. Details and RSVP here.
More events will be announced soon. Keep up to date on our website.
Other things from around the web:
- Investigating the potential of the semantic web for education: Exploring Wikidata as a learning platform, Education and Information Technologies
- Monitoring changes in Wikipedia pageviews could help save wildlife, Natural History Museum
- How Wikipedia became too powerful, The Daily Telegraph
- Fante language now live on Wikipedia, Modern Ghana
- Wikipedia Grapples With Chatbots: Should It Allow Their Use For Articles? Should It Allow Them To Train On Wikipedia?, TechDirt
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