The formal association between Wikimedia Australia and the State Library of New South Wales concluded in mid June with the end of Whiteghost.ink’s residency but the relationship continues. Its purposes and progress were described in previous issues. (See Part I, Part II and Part III.) The SLNSW Project page also sets them out and has been developed to include sections on outcomes and processes and is linked to information about its Evaluation.
In brief, Wikimedia Australia now has a good relationship with the library, whose staff and management have an understanding of how Wikipedia and Commons can help make their collection more accessible and available. They have incorporated these projects into normal business and they continue to work with us by providing venues and resources for future editathons.
Bluebirds nurses on board HMAT Kanowna, July 1916
Focusing on women's involvement in the war, its context and impact (as opposed to its battles), we started small with a virtual editathon on World War I aligned with concurrent efforts in Europe. This first WWI editathon produced wonderful new articles such as Bluebirds (Australian nurses) from Nick-D and Claude Marquet from Lankiveil. We hope that more Australian Wikimedians will come to the Library for the meetups and follow up editathons whether about the War or about special Library exhibitions.
An Evaluation workshop run by the Wikimedia Foundation, held at the end of June and aimed to assist participants to identify the necessary inputs to Wikimedia activities as well as to measure outputs and outcomes, was attended by Whiteghost.ink. This is relevant to any programs that we plan or undertake. For further information see: