Ah, okay. Just seemed a little odd to see eight new emails all (roughly) the
Thanks for clearing it up. :)
On 27 Jul 2012, at 16:10, John Vandenberg wrote:
> 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? ;)
>> 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
>>> 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.
>>> John Vandenberg
>>> Wikimedia Australia
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