This was just published on the Dictionary of Sydney blog:
In a unanimous decision of council, the Dictionary funding for the next
year was released last night! :-)
I made sure the Dictionary staff were aware of our supporting letter and,
in a nice gesture, they made mention of this in their post.

Thank you everyone for supporting this proposal!
 If you're ever looking for some freely-licensed content to integrate to
Wikipedia (not to mention lots of Reliable Source references - with an
inbuilt "cite this page on Wikipedia" tool), go to their list of entries
and click "sort by license type"


On Monday, July 30, 2012, Gnangarra wrote:

> Congratulations to Dictionary of Sydney 20 minutes ago they posted on
> facebook <> that they have
> secured continued funding from the City of Sydney Council
> On 29 July 2012 11:26, John Vandenberg 
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> > wrote:
>> Dear City of Sydney CEO Monica Barone,
>> 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" 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:
>> )
>>     "Glebe Island"
>>     (a crucial part of Sydney's economy for centuries:
>> )
>>     "Sydney Artists' Camps"
>>     (one of the most significant art movements in Australia's history:
>> )
>> 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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