Summer is over fires, flooding, cyclones, and holidays are behind us, universities and schools return to the start of the new year.
The collaborative work of Wikipedians and GLAM organistaions in Western Australia were announced as finalists in the State Heritage Awards. Freopedia a WikiTown project set in Fremantle was nominated for Outstanding interpretation project that enhances a place. There is also a lesson here in the nomination of Freopedia its nice to be secretive and a pleasant surprise when finalists are announced remember when doing this ensure the correct usage of terms. Wikipedian and WikiTowns in Western Australia driving force Gideon Digby has also been announce as a finalist in Outstanding newcomer: The Professor David Dolan Award, if there ever was a need to understand how valuable attending Wikimanias can be then one only needs to look at the transformative effect Gideon has had in Western Australia since attending Wikimania in 2012.
The second WikiTown project in Western Australia is a collaborative effort between Wikimedia Australia and the Shire of Toodyay. On the 8th March Wikimedia Australia provided a bus to take a group of editors out to Toodyay to help progress the development of this project. The focus of the day was content first up we toured around the region familiarising ourselves with the layout during this tour we were taken into areas of the museums that arent accessible to the public. Connors Mill one of two museums in Toodyay became the first Australian museum to use qr coding and link every exhibit to available content enhancing the visitors experience, this is being followed up with Old Gaol Museum but there some content writing that needs to take place before it can be comprehensively covered. After lunch at Urwin's store we spent the afternoon in the Toodyay Public Library some editors worked one on one teaching new people, other focused on the article naming a very important factor to have right before QR coding.