Thanks for the work you put into this.

2008/12/7 James R. <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>

> Thanks Craig for your time and effort of putting the rough minutes
> together.
>
> All looks good to me.
>
> James
>
> 2008/12/7 Craig Franklin <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
>
>  Hi All,
>>
>> Our IRC meeting dragged out to two and a half hours, for anyone who wants
>> to read over what was said, I have posted the IRC log here:
>>
>>
>> http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Australia/2008-12-07_meeting/IRC_Log
>>
>> (note that I was about ten minutes late, if anyone has the stuff that
>> happened before I arrived, please add it to the top of the log)
>>
>> Basically, and strictly unofficially, the topics that were covered were:
>>
>> *MEMBERSHIPS:*
>>
>> We have had 39 people apply for membership so far, roughly ten of whom are
>> yet to pay their dues.  Most members have paid the full amount, only a small
>> number have taken advantage of the concession membership.
>> **
>> *CORPORATE MEMBERSHIP:*
>>
>> It was established that there was no provision currently for corporate
>> membership, and not for corporate sponsorship.  It was agreed that
>> developing a policy concerning sponsorship (as opposed to membership) was
>> probably something we should get to quickly, but that discussion on that
>> should take place on the mailing list or at a later date.
>>
>> *UPDATE ON WEBSITE:*
>>
>> It was confirmed that all members of the chapter should have editing
>> rights on the chapter wiki.  Accounts seem to be manually moderated (?).
>> You can apply at the following URL: http://wikimedia.org.au/wiki/Accounts
>>
>> *MEMBERS LIST POLICY:*
>>
>> There were some concerns about the contents of the members list being
>> available.  It was established that it is required by law for this list to
>> be available, however in order to see the list, you would have to actually
>> apply in person to the secretary.  It is not possible to get a digital copy
>> of the members list.  It was agreed that the chance of the information being
>> leaked was minimal, and it was commented on that anyone concerned about the
>> potential for the information to be misused is not being forced to join the
>> chapter.  It was agreed that as most WM-au events are/will be open to all
>> anyway, this should not stop people concerned about their privacy from
>> working with the chapter and helping out.
>>
>> *AGM:*
>>
>> Fourteen days notice is required for the AGM.  It was agreed that getting
>> it done before Christmas was unrealistic, January 11 was thrown about as a
>> date that everyone seemed to agree to.  It was agreed that this date would
>> need to be approved by the committee before being "official", and that the
>> discussion we had was not in any way binding.
>>
>> There was discussion about what voting system to use for the ctte
>> positions, whether it should be anonymous voting or open voting, and how it
>> should be conducted.  It was suggested that it should be done through the
>> memberdb system, with the results of that election to be confirmed by a vote
>> at the AGM itself, but nothing solid was agreed upon.  Various discussions
>> ensued on what the best locations in various cities would be, and the best
>> way to run the meeting (I think it was more or less agreed that the way we
>> did last time, with a party line/conference call and small meetings at each
>> city, was the way to go).
>>
>> *CC BOOKLET:*
>> **
>> There was discussion on the CC booklet (see Brianna's recent email thread
>> to this list entitled "Announcement - publication with CCau").  Various
>> titles were discussed, although we couldn't come up with something great.
>> Editors who want to work on this project are encouraged to visit
>> http://wikimedia.org.au/wiki/Participatory_Culture_Primer and indicate
>> which sections they'd be interested in writing, or if they do not yet have
>> an account there, contact Brianna to express an interest in whatever page/s
>> they want to do.
>>
>>  *ABS STATISTICS:*
>>
>> There was a brief discussion about the recent decision by the Australian
>> Bureau of Statistics to release "a majority" of their material under a CC
>> licence.  We had a discussion about how this could be used to improve our
>> own coverage of subjects, and how we could use this decision to help
>> persuade other government entities to similarly release material under an
>> open licence.  See
>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Australian_Wikipedians'_notice_board#Australian_stats.2C_soon_to_be_CC<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Australian_Wikipedians%27_notice_board#Australian_stats.2C_soon_to_be_CC>
>>  ,
>> for those who do not know what I am talking about.
>> **
>> *EDUCATION VISITS:*
>>
>> After a long discussion, a general approach of having one person appointed
>> in each state/region to approach the relevant education department to
>> explain what WM-au is, what we do, and that we are happy to offer talks or
>> whatever to teachers, was agreed upon.  A lengthy discussion about the
>> legal requirements in each state for working with children, as well as the
>> difference between each state education department, ensued.  It was more or
>> less agreed by consensus that we should concentrate our attention upon
>> educating teachers, rather than teaching students directly.
>>
>> *MINI-WIKI-CONF:*
>>
>> We talked about holding a small mini-Wiki conference.  Those present
>> seemed to agree that rotating it around multiple cities (rather than holding
>> it in Sydney/Melbourne) every year was a good idea, Canberra was suggested
>> as a good place to have the first such event, due to its central location,
>> availability of venues, and dedicated editor community.
>>
>> -------
>>
>> I've probably missed or skipped something here (I reinforce that these are
>> UNOFFICIAL observations on what happened), so if I've mischaracterised by
>> mistake anything that was said, please feel free to correct me.
>>
>> Cheers,
>> Craig
>>
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