New Zealand report
Wellington talks and edit-a-thons
National Digital Forum
New editors at the Threatened Plants edit-a-thon at Te Papa
The NDF is New Zealand's annual meeting of people working on digital projects in the GLAM sector, and happens at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa each year. Presentations of interest to Wikipedians at NDF2019 included:
- A "Wikidata for Beginners" workshop run by Giantflightlessbirds
- "Giz It: a Journey in Reuse" by Ambrosia10 (but delivered by Giantflightlessbirds because of a family emergency; on GLAM institutions adding reuse restrictions to public-domain work .(YouTube, slides)
- "What can I do with this thing?" by Michael Lascarides of DigitalNZ, on formulating more-understandable rights and reuse statements. (YouTube)
- A keynote 'Whose Knowledge?" by Adele Vrana and Anasuya Sengupta of Whose Knowledge?; this was especially well-received, and the first time a keynote address at NDF was delivered by Wikipedians, discussing Wikipedia issues. (YouTube)
There are now regular Wikimedia meetups being run in New Zealand. The most regular is the Wellington Meetup series, being run every two weeks in the National Library of New Zealand building on a Saturday morning, and attracting at least half a dozen regulars who talk about the problems they're having, share news, and get help.
The Dowse Art Museum hosted an editing event to concentrate on the representation of women and Māori NZ artists. Eleven editors edited 34 articles and added lots of Wikidata info and citations. The Dowse had raided their library to supply us with numerous print resources – much information on Māori art is not online.
Another edit-a-thon was run in Te Papa, as part of the Taxonomy for Plant Conservation – Ruia mai i Rangiātea conference. Although the turnout was small, they were professional botanists keen to learn how to add up-to-date research to Wikipedia. We were lucky to have experienced Wikipedian MargaretRDonald over from Australia to help. The day before she visited Otari-Wilton's_Bush with Giantflightlessbirds; they took photos for Commons and made plans for a future edit-a-thon at Otari.
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