In the first Project Grant awarded to New Zealand, Giantflightlessbirds will be a Wikipedian at Large from July 2018 to June 2019, travelling the country working with GLAM institutions and research organisations to improve their engagement of Wikimedia. Aotearoa New Zealand is an emerging community, with a well-educated population and good internet infrastructure, but it has lagged behind in its participation in Wikimedia, and there is no organised support network for new editors.
Dr Mike Dickison / Giantflightlessbirds was previously Curator of Natural History at Whanganui Regional Museum. He has been an enthusiastic advocate for Wikipedia in the New Zealand GLAM sector for some years, and has coordinated Wikipedia support for the Critter of the Week project, a collaboration between the Department of Conservation and Radio New Zealand. He will be based in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin, and Nelson over the course of the year.