Forwarded below details of another exciting event, this time taking place in
Canberra, Australia. I don't suppose anyone from the UK is going?
It would be great to find out how this goes so we can pick up some tips for the
"London/Britain Loves Wikipedia" event penciled in for next spring.
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From: "Liam Wyatt" <liamwy...@gmail.com>
To: "Local Chapters, board and officers coordination (closed subscription)"
Sent: Tuesday, 26 May, 2009 15:42:21 GMT +00:00 GMT Britain, Ireland, Portugal
Subject: Re: [Chapters] [Internal-l] Announcing Wiki loves art Netherlands
Congratulations Hay and the rest of the Dutch team on your innovating work!
From where I sit it looks like the Dutch are doing a lot of interesting things
right now - including " Wikiwijs " - I'm jealous of your progress!
However let me take this opportunity, in the spirit of healthy rivalry between
Chapters, to announce an even that Wikimedia Australia will be hosting in
Ladies and Gentlemen may I present to you the first ever "GLAM-WIKI" event.
G.L.A.M. (in English) stands for galleries, libraries, archives, museums and
this will be the first time that the cultural sector of any country will come
together to meet with WIkimedians to discuss how we can better work together.
Whilst this is specifically looking at the Australian/NewZealand perspective I
do believe that the discussions we have will be applicable to our two
You can find out more and download the poster here: glam.wikimedia.org.au
We will be posting all event videos/slides/outcomes there afterwards.
The idea is that both the "GLAM sector" and the Wikimedia community
instinctively know that they could offer a lot of expertise to the other. So,
rather than being a conference where one community tells the other what it is
doing wrong, GLAM-WIKI is designed to be a two-way discussion where we share
best-practices and each community asks "how can we work better with you?" This
is collaborative relationship building.
And the best bit is... everyone we talk to is very excited about it. Every
national and State gallery, library, archive and museum we talk to says "wow -
yes, we'll come to that! We need to know about that!" They've been told for the
last decade that they need to "be online" but no one has come and said "Hi - we
are from the internet and want to work with you and this is how we recommend
you do it". Equally we as a community have never formally sat down with the
organisations that are the professional cultural organisations and ask them
what their experiences, best-practices and expectations are.
Thanks to the generous support of the Wikimedia Foundation and the Australian
War Memorial we will be able to run this event with no attendance fee and in
state-of-the-art facilities. WMF-CPO Jennifer Riggs will be coming out to grace
us with her presence and the Australian Government representative who is most
engaged in issues about Open Access, online rights, etc. ( senator Kate Lundy )
will be opening. I'm very excited about the range of "big names" who've said to
us that they're supportive of this and have agreed to speak and use their
considerable influence in their field to promote this.
As part of the goals for each community to be able to take away with them an
understanding of what they other community wants - and to see if those changes
can be implemented - we would very much like to have some international
representation from non-Australian Wikimedia communities. So today Brianna
Laugher and I drove around the "embassy quarter" in our capital knocking on
doors to see who would be interested in sponsoring people from their country to
fly out here. Not surprisingly none said "of course - here's a bag of money"
but many were very interested (especially the Swedish and Dutch actually...).
If you would like to attend this event - please contact us and maybe we can
organise a combined approach to your embassy or national culture ministry.
If there are any questions or suggestions please contact me and we hope that
some of you might be able to join us in person in Canberra in August.
Otherwise, join us on Twitter during the event.
Peace, Love and Metadata!
[[witty lama]] VP Wikimedia Australia
Sent from Canberra, Act, Australia
On Mon, May 25, 2009 at 7:59 AM, Hay (Husky) < hus...@gmail.com > wrote:
here's an update on the Dutch Wiki loves art (WLA) project. This event
was inspired by previous comparable projects (Wikipedia loves art) in
the US and Australia (from which we also had some handy tips, thanks
The Dutch version of WL A will be organized by Wikimedia Nederland and
Creative Commons Nederland, with support from the Museumnight
Foundation, Digital Heritage Netherlands and ISP XS4ALL.
I hope this answers a few questions some of you might have. Of course,
comments and critique are still welcome, but because the event will
start in one week we might not be able to change a lot. Of course, if
you happen to be in the Netherlands in June, please visit a few
museums and take some pictures! Or if you're not in Holland then you
can still help by including the photographs from Commons in your
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