GLAM/Newsletter/October 2013/Contents/Australia and New Zealand report
WikiTowns, Wikitakes, using railways and murder in extending reach
During October Western Australia started its second Wikitown with Toodyaypedia our first public event was an information tent which we shared with the Toodyay Community Resource Centre(CRC) at the 160th Toodyay show. This was followed up with a day workshop at the CRC's building. After an initial poor first timers experience, the workshop triggered some lively discussions on Wikivoyage which are now well on the way to adding a new aspect to the information that could be available there. After an initial good run of account creation, basic editing and testing of the impact of live changes the group diverged into differing areas of interest. One editor encountered the obligatory first time editors content deletion experience which can still happen unfortunately, even during workshops. Despite having lead some 20 odd workshops it was something I wasnt prepared for but if you are facilitating workshops it is also a wonderful opportunity to be able to grasp the moment to show participants means of engaging with other editors and how such engagements will ultimately be fruitful.
Freopedia invited in doors and onto the docks
Back in May we launched Freopedia, dur the last week of October and first week of November the 100 year old Fremantle Festival takes place. An event of the festival was the Piccolo art exhibition a series of drawings of places in Fremantle by Ross Potter. The artist invited us into the event, our task was to find and provide QR codes that told the story of each works subject, this resulted in further article creation expansion. Roel from the Fremantle Society approached Freo Ports the government agency that manages the facilities of Fremantle harbor, they are replacing all the current signage and this new signage incorporates Feopedia QR codes. And still more work for Freopedia continues I have been facilitating a series of workshops for the public on how to expand the content about Fremantle on Wikipedia, these havent encountered the drama of Toodyay but they have been quietly successful. The nearly restored National Hotel and its first licensee William Conroy have been one area of focus, nothing quite like a murder, a hanging and two major fires to spark the groups interest.
On September 25th a new project w:Wikipedia:Wiki_Takes_Western_Australian_Wheatbelt_Railways_2013 commenced by following a train the long way round from Merredin, Western Australia to Narrogin, Western Australia, as it was on its way to Avon Yard, Western Australia. Although not strictly a 'WikiTakes' project in a single event sense, the project is a sub-project of the larger Western Australian Wheatbelt Project. It is a multi-tasked project that is covering railways of many types of status: some that are under doubt, which may be closed, and the operational railways. There are also some former railway routes that still have traces of old stations and formations. It continues into November, and will probably lose 2013 in the title, as it proceeds into 2014.
A second Wikitown - that is a first I think. Monmouth have tried to create satellite wikitowns but they havem't attracted the same level of attention. I've enjoyed finding about about Fremantle as I created some articles for the project. Hopefilly I will find time to investigate this new town. Best wishes on your endeavours. Victuallers (talk) 08:38, 12 November 2013 (UTC)
Thank you for your response. SatuSuro (talk) 13:43, 14 November 2013 (UTC)