Wikipedia Sydney Seminar

Past Event

Wednesday, 12 September 2018 - 9:30am to 12:30pm

Wikipedia Sydney Seminar


The State Library of New South Wales and Wikimedia Australia are pleased to present this half-day seminar for the Wikimedia community, library staff, GLAM professionals, researchers and educators.



9.30am: Welcome and update from SLNSW Wiki project - Geoff Barker

9.45am: Keynote - Wikidata: linking the GLAM sector and the web - Andy Mabbett

An accessible and engaging introduction to Wikidata and its relationship to the work of Galleries, Libraries, Museums, Archives and education. Andy's presentation will address: What is Wikidata? Why does the GLAM sector need to know about this? Who verifies the quality of Wikidata? How can individuals and organisations contribute and how will this data be used? Andy Mabbett hails from Birmingham, England, and has been a Wikipedia editor (as User:Pigsonthewing) since 2003 and involved with Wikidata since its inception in 2012. His has experience working with the GLAM sector as a Wikipedian-in-Residence with organisations including ORCID, TED, The Royal Society of Chemistry, and Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum.

10.45am: Morning tea

11.15am: Dr Heather Ford, UNSW - Wikidata in social science research

Wikidata is an important site of study for understanding how knowledge-making activities have become interconnected and subject to new rules and new authorities. This matters because structured data from Wikidata (and other sites) now fuels artificial intelligence applications (particularly search engines) and provides millions of people around the world with answers to questions about the world around them. Heather Ford is a Senior Lecturer at UNSW researching how platform rules influence the diversity, quality and reach of global public knowledge. Before returning to academia, she worked as the Executive Director of iCommons, co-founded Creative Commons South Africa and acted on the Advisory Board of the Wikimedia Foundation.

Wikipedia and Copyright: New Opportunities - Jessica Coates, Australian Digital Alliance and Australian Libraries Copyright Council

Jessica will look at recent and upcoming changes to Australian copyright law, and what they mean for Wikimedians. Thanks to initiatives like the Fair Copyright campaign, new opportunities are opening up in the public domain, if we can take advantage of them. Jessica Coates is a copyright expert with nearly 20 years of experience working in Australia and overseas, including as the Global Network Manager of Creative Commons. Jessica currently works as the Executive Officer of the Australian Digital Alliance, which advocates for copyright reform in the public interest.

Wikijournal of Humanities - Dr Frances Di Lauro, University of Sydney

Scientist and Wikipedian - Dr Toby Hudson, University of Sydney

12.30pm: Close

2.00 - 4.00pm: Hands-on Wikidata Workshop

In the afternoon following the seminar there will be a hands-on workshop on Wikidata with Andy Mabbett and Dr Toby Hudson. Register interest in this workshop with your seminar registration form and your place will be confirmed the week before.

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