Hi Joe,

This was intentional, done as part of the following proposal


There was also a private discussion happening at the same time on the
WMAU members mailing list, where it was recommended that we send the
email out to each recipient individually with a personal salutation,
and we CC the public list so that there is a public record and also
the recipients may wish to reply in public also.

My apologies for the noise resulting from this.

John Vandenberg

On Fri, Jul 27, 2012 at 5:33 PM, JF <unclemontez...@hotmail.com> wrote:
> I'm going to assume sending this to the list eight times was a mistake? ;)
> Joe
> 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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