It has come to my attention that Liam and you folks have decided not
to pursue this project.
I think this would be a mistake.
So, I thought I would write you folks and everyone at Wikimedia AU
this e-mail so we can start a broader conversation.
I understand you folks were interested in doing another project with
Powerhouse, which is great, but I don't see why that would preclude
joining us in this project as well.
The important thing to understand is that this is a "pre-wrapped"
project, where the model has already been developed and accepted by
several different museums around the world, and getting it going in
Sydney would require minimal work on your part. Since this is a
project that has some establishment cred with the other museums, it
could even be a great way to get your foot in the door for future, and
hopefully more ambitious, activities.
I know Liam expressed concern about having to schedule something for a
particular day. It should be clear that this event is not on one day;
it's run during the whole month of February, but the museums can
choose to have a "public event" on any particular day they might like.
You should know that we currently have four museums that are part of
this project, in New York City, London, Los Angeles and Indianapolis,
and we're working on Wikimedian teams in each. On the chapters front,
in addition to Wikimedia New York City (which if we're lucky might
become official by event time), we're also working closely with
Wikimedia UK, and their Secretary Andrew Turvey. Jay Walsh has
commented to me that this is really the first inter-chapter project of
this type, and I hope that Wikimedia AU can reconsider and join our
As I understand it, they're maybe on the fence now at Powerhouse with
WLA, and a simple word from you folks could push them into positive
Thanks for your consideration,
2008/11/9 Liam Wyatt <liamwy...@gmail.com>:
> Regarding powerhouse museum:
> I think they are the best place to start if we try and do this kind of thing
> (which I think would be great) because the PHM "gets" web 2.0 - they don't
> necessarily succeed at it (vis - their attempt at QR codes described
> ) but they are involved more than any other institution in australia that I
> know of. Thank their web services manager Seb Chan for that - which is why I
> would really like him to come to Wiki-Wednesday. He has been involved
> peripherally with the Dictionary of Sydney too which is where I first met
> I have a feeling I've said this before but I can't remember so I'll say it
> anyway (apologies if I repeat myself). I would think that the PHM would be a
> good place to start if we wanted to try a "backstage tour" for WM-au. That
> is, they show us around somewhere normally not accessible and we, in return,
> spend time with them improving articles of their choice (and teaching them
> how to do it themselves too). I think that if this is successful with the
> PHM we should approach the National Trust... my 2cents.
> Regarding "sister chapters". Honestly, the first I heard of this was talking
> with Pharos. I think it's great that chapters are friendly to each other and
> share ideas etc. but I'm yet to see what kind of special relationship could
> be made. We're hard pressed (so far) to put into effect plans for ourselves
> - so doing anything special for other chapters will be even more difficult.
> We should, of course, endeavour to help when asked but I don't know what
> kind of special arrangement we could possibly put in place in relation to
> another chapter. I'm yet to be convinced about the concept of a "sister
> chapter" outside of close neighbouring countries (e.g. Norway/Sweden,
> Belguim/Netherlands) where they can meetup easily...
> With peace and love and wiki-ness,
> On 09/11/2008, at 5:52 PM, private musings wrote:
> ...or to put it another way - thanks heaps for letting us know about this
> endeavor, pharos :-) - Liam (User:Witty Lama), and Brianna
> (User:Pfctdayelise) are also (actually much better, to be honest!) connected
> with the museum folks, though I'm popping back in to see them in a couple of
> weeks, so will definitely sing the praises of this project, and pick their
> brains to find out where they're at with it :-) I'm sure we'll try and run
> with the idea :-)
> Sibling relationships aren't always smooth, I guess - but I'd hope we could
> generally aim for a friendly welcoming tone where poss. - and certainly in
> dealings with other WMF chapters.... by the way - I love the idea of
> 'Chapter Twinning' - and would like to suggest to the committee that we look
> at formalising our relationship to NYC as such - there are heaps of benefits
> as I see it (happy to chat further) - what do others think?
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