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October 2015 Melbourne meetup

A Melbourne meetup was held on October 20 in the Melbourne city, while User:Gnangarra was in town. Three Wikimedians attended, all of whom were members of Wikimedia Australia.

This was the 30th meetup held in Melbourne. Through 2015, meetups have been a mix of social events and edit workshops. If you are interested in organising or keeping track of future Melbourne meetups, you can watch Wikipedia:Meetup/Melbourne for updates.

Image credit: Please see Wikimedia Commons

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October wikiD Workshop held in Melbourne

The second wikiD: Women, Wikipedia, design was held in Melbourne in October 10. Twelve participants attended in-person, including two members of Wikimedia Australia, who provided training.

October workshops were held in Melbourne, Berlin, London and New York. This initiative aims to increase the presence of women involved in architecture and the built environment disciplines on Wikipedia, and improve the coverage and quality of the entries that do exist.

At the time of writing, 17 participants have made 121 revisions to 46 pages using the #wikiD hashtag. This has made #wikiD currently the most popular hashtag on Wikipedia.

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WikiD Workshop, Sunday 11 October 2015

Another Wikipedia workshop will be held at MADA Monash University in Melbourne on Sunday 11 October, as part of the international WikiD project: Women, Wikipedia, Design.

The workshop starts at 1.00pm with introductions and a brief overview of the initiative. Members of the Wikimedia Australia committee are looking forward to helping new editors get started, and working with those who have been busy editing articles on the long list of architects on the to-do list.

Melbourne Wikimedia Australia members will adjourn at 4pm for the Annual General Meeting at the same venue.

#WikiD is the tag for project edits and Twitter posts.

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WikiD Writing Workshop held in Melbourne

A Wikipedia workshop was held at Monash University in Melbourne, as part of the WikiD project.

WikiD: Women, Wikipedia, Design is an international education and advocacy program working to increase the number of Wikipedia articles on women in architecture and the built environment. The project includes running writing and editing workshops in Melbourne, New York and Berlin and providing architecture-specific guides that build on existing resources.Wikipedia:Wikiproject_Women_Wikipedia_Design

22 participants registered, and around 20 were able to attend on the day. Two Wikimedia Australia members were also on-hand to train the attendees on the ins-and-outs of editing Wikipedia.

The next event is currently being planned, and will be held next month.

Image credit: Women Wikipedia Design
Image credit: Women Wikipedia Design

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Filling in the gaps with Queensland photo runs

The camera grant has provided a valuable tool with which I can share knowledge about my part of the world. It has served as proof that edit training workshops (which I often assist with) do actually occur. It was also planned to improve my knowledge of photography however I rarely use its manual settings. As time if often of the essence I tend to leave the camera on automatic with a landscape scene setting. The current total is 655 photos uploaded from just over 1,750 photos taken, which equates to 30 cents per photo. I’d be happy with 10 cents per photo so if I can upload a total of more than 2,000 photos with my Fujifilm FinePix S4800 then I think Wikimedia Australia got their moneys worth.

Many major Australian cities have articles about places and buildings in them which have not been systematically photographed. This includes Toowoomba, Ipswich and Logan City. Having a decent camera to rectify this has been useful but my lack of a private vehicle to access places is a snag. To rectify this I have coordinated drives with User:Kerry Raymond. In 2014, we started targetting areas which has little or no photographs in their respective articles. In 2014, we embarked on eight photo drives. So far, in 2015 we have undertaken six drives. Some of these were done in conjunction with edit-training workshops on the Darling Downs. Most of these drives have focused on site listed on the Queensland Heritage Register. I also go for long walks and sometimes take the camera if I know there are opportunities to obtain photos for articles which don’t have them.

I think the best photo runs are ones which start in an urban area and transition to a rural landscape. This provides a nice mix of buildings, historical sites, schools, infobox photos and photos of various geographical features. It means a diverse mix of articles can be improved rather than a niche set. Its best to do the photo runs in spring and autumn. Winter has reduced sunlight hours and summer can be too uncomfortable. Jumping in and out of the car, snapping some pics and moving on may not sound physically demanding but even with a lunch break I usually start to feel tired after 3 pm. I do get a little frustrated when I spend time photographing schools. I know that many of the school’s students have decent cameras and they would be aware of their school’s article, yet they make no effort to share a photo on Wikipedia. Another minor issue is that in many rural places there are few distinguishing objects to photograph. Often there is nothing but grassy fields or thick bush to snap. However if that is what is representative for a particular place then its appropriate to place it in the infobox.

User:Shiftchange has been editing Wikipedia for over 10 years. In 2014, he was a successful applicant for Wikimedia Australia’s Camera Equipment Program. The image in this article depicts Old Cleveland Police Station. A collection of other photographs taken by Shiftchange can be found on Wikimedia Commons, at
Category:Photographs by Shiftchange sponsored by Wikimedia Australia.

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