I'm going to assume sending this to the list eight times was a mistake? ;)


On 27 Jul 2012, at 15:04, John Vandenberg wrote:

> Dear Cr Mallard,
> On behalf of Wikimedia Australia, I write to express our concern about
> the imminent closure of the Dictionary of Sydney due to the City of
> Sydney's delays in releasing sponsorship funds.
> Wikimedia Australia is an independent, not-for-profit organisation,
> officially recognised as a national Chapter of the Wikimedia movement
> - the volunteer community behind Wikipedia and other online
> educational resources. We would like to express our support for the
> Dictionary of Sydney project not only for the quality content that it
> has produced but also for the globally pioneering role it has played
> in its use of free-licensing. The Dictionary of Sydney provides the
> vast majority of its content with a "Creative Commons" copyright
> license that ensures the material can be used by third parties under
> very open terms. This is considered world's best practice and is
> consistent with the principles espoused by the "Open Educational
> Resources" and "Open Source Software" communities globally. It should
> be noted that the official State history project of Minnesota in the
> USA, entitled "MNOpedia" http://www.mnopedia.org/ has used the
> Dictionary of Sydney as the inspiration for their comparable copyright
> policy.
> The strong stance of the Dictionary of Sydney on open access and
> collaboration with historians both locally and further afield has
> ensured that the content it has created is both legally and
> practically compatible with Wikipedia, the world's fifth most visited
> website. As a result, many of the Dictionary's articles about
> important people, places and events have been integrated into
> Wikipedia, including but not limited to:
>    "Florence Violet McKenzie"
>    (Australia's first female electrical engineer:
>      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florence_Violet_McKenzie )
>    "Glebe Island"
>    (a crucial part of Sydney's economy for centuries:
>      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glebe_Island_%28New_South_Wales%29 )
>    "Sydney Artists' Camps"
>    (one of the most significant art movements in Australia's history:
>      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sydney_artists%27_camps )
> We draw your attention to the comprehensive acknowledgement of the
> Dictionary of Sydney at the bottom of each Wikipedia article that uses
> Dictionary material as the source of its content. Without the
> Dictionary of Sydney, and without its pioneering efforts in open
> access, this content simply would not have been available to the
> online encyclopaedia and its wider audience. It would be a great shame
> to see this outstanding collaborative digital history project fold.
> Wikimedia Australia urges the City of Sydney to ensure the continued
> funding and support for this project, without which the global
> appreciation of Sydney's history would be very much poorer.
> If you would like to contact Wikimedia Australia or one of our Sydney
> based members for further information on this or related matters we
> would welcome your enquiry.
> Sincerely,
> John Vandenberg
> President,
> Wikimedia Australia
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