GLAM/Newsletter/July 2019/Contents/Australia report
Staying warm over winter
Winter Wiki Edit-A-Thon
On Saturday, 20th July 2019, following the success of our first event, a second edit-a-thon was run at the Richmond Library in Melbourne, in partnership with the Women's Art Register for a Winter Wiki Edit-A-Thon, in close proximity to their archives making the creation of articles possible. We were again joined by the WikiD team in a very successful event.
Steve Crossin joined Pru Mitchell and Alex Lum to facilitate the training, and using the dashboard, our 13 participants added 74,000 words and six new files about creative women to Wikipedia and Wikimedia sites.
7 new articles were created in the event:
- Oi Choong, architect
- Carlene West, indigenous artist
- Emily Floyd, public artist and sculptist
- Merris Hillard, printmaker and photographist
- Gennie Batterham, filmmaker
- Artist, founder of Women's Art Register
- Caroline Phillips, visual artist
We look forward to partnering with the Women's Art Register on future events to help encourage more women to contribute to Wikipedia, and improve the coverage of under-represented subjects on Wikimedia sites.
Winter out west
Yes it is winter, and while across the country we moved indoor for a bit warmth and creation of more content. WikiClubWest continued with efforts digitizing content from the City of Canning Heritage Collection. Within the collection we worked with material relating to the Queens Park Volunteer Fire Brigade (later to become the Canning Volunteer fire Bridge). We also digitized documents about Frederick William Davies, a member of the 1st AIF and recipient of the Distinguished Service Medal.
Wikimedia Australia was asked during World of Wikipedia Conference if we could assist Ingrid Cumming in presenting on Noongarpedia project and on the challenges faced with the inclusion of Australian Indigenous knowledge at Wikimania. If you're attending Wikimania you can join her yarn in the Menchú room at 14:00 on Sunday 18th August.
The Wikimedia Australia committee has brought forward its Annual General meeting to the 25 August, where the committee to lead WMAu into the next 12 months will elected.