Wikimedia Australia September 2023 update
WikiCon 2023 Brisbane
Wikimedia Australia is delighted to announce our WikiCon 2023 will be held in Brisbane on 18 November 2023! We invite anyone interested in open knowledge and meeting fellow Wikimedians to join us for an exciting program covering all things Wiki. Everyone is welcome, from beginners to experts, as we cover some of the latest developments, tools and projects that our Australian community are undertaking on Wikipedia, Wikidata, WikiCommons, WikiSource and other Wiki platforms.
Flickypedia - seamless CC image sharing from Flickr to WikiCommons
A new partnership between the Flickr Foundation and the Wikimedia Foundation will develop a new software tool for streamlined sharing of CC-licensed images from Flickr to Wikimedia Commons. This collaboration strengthens the visual resources on Wikipedia by harnessing Flickr's vast Creative Commons collection, enriching content for Wikipedia users and editors. Read the announcement here.
Biodiversity Heritage Library Wikimedia white paper
The world is at a critical point, requiring urgent action to address climate change, biodiversity loss, and secure a sustainable future. The recent Biodiversity Heritage Library Wikimedia white paper, titled Unifying Biodiversity Knowledge to Support Life on a Sustainable Planet, presents new opportunities for the Biodiversity Heritage Library community to contribute to Wikimedia projects and the semantic web.
Announcing the locations of Wikimania 2025 and 2026
A cradle of history, biodiversity, art and architecture, and a hub for intergovernmental collaboration, technology, and so much more, East Africa is full of possibilities for Wikimedia. Wikimania 2025 will be hosted by a dynamic collaboration of volunteers and affiliates in East Africa. The 2026 Wikimania will be hosted in Paris by Wikimédia France in partnership with WikiFranca, the international association bringing together francophone individuals and groups in the movement. This will be the first Wikimania in France and a first for the global collaboration of French-speaking Wikimedia communities. Read more here.
Drop In and Wiki - Tuesday 3 October 2:30pm AEST
Need help with Wikipedia? Join us for a casual drop-in session and ask us anything! During this session, Wikimedia Australia staff and volunteers will be online to help answer your questions and offer additional assistance with your Wiki projects. Further details here.
Superstars of STEM
Join us for an exciting and empowering event, the Superstars of STEM - Women in STEM Wikipedia edit-a-thons, to be held concurrently in Sydney, Melbourne and online on Saturday 7 October! Register via Eventbrite.
Our next Open Community Meeting…
Our monthly WMAU community meetings are open to everyone! We hope you will join us online Wednesday 11 October at 7pm AEST. Details here
More events will be announced soon. Keep up to date on our website.
Other things from around the web:
- Yes, Labor’s misinformation bill could jeopardise free speech online, The Conversation
- Why Misinformation Bill risks Freedoms it Aims to Protect, Australian Human Rights Commission
- The most interesting cities in New Zealand and the world according to Wikipedia, NZHerald
- How to fill an Infobox on Wikipedia using Wikidata, Wikipedia For Beginners
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