These were the first editor workshops run in the state of Tasmania and they have proven very successful, with potential scope for future workshops identified. Many thanks to Leigh for travelling down from Canberra to run these events.
Wittylama and Whiteghost.ink took Wikipedia to outback Australia this month, running training days for librarians and tourism managers in a remote part of the country as part of a partnership with the State Library of Queensland. The size of Australia has always meant that an effort needs to be made to include people who live in places very far away from the big cities. All public institutions and government take this challenge very seriously; Wikimedia Australia is no exception.
Participants in Tambo and Quilpie were motivated by the possibility of incorporating their extensive knowledge of the local area into the encyclopaedia and some had to travel from even further out in order to join in. The workshops used already existing stub articles about the towns as a medium for learning about editing. The helpfulness of other Wikipedians contributing offsite (especially Mattinbgn) demonstrated the responsiveness of the community and the way that small improvements accumulate for good effect.
Given that all of the learners were women (except for one who found out about the opportunity at the last minute), and also that all of them were newbies, the sessions provided much insight into both the gender gap as well as structuring successful training for these groups.
This release is significant not only because it is the first time the ABC has used a free license, but because this is the first time that "packaged" news reports have been shared with Wikimedia. Such audiovisual material is of very high encyclopedic value and is already used in approximately 70 different Wikipedia articles.