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Strategic planning 2011

Engage with universities and social events

Some ideas which came out of the Berlin conference with a similar theme, which are being done by other chapters, included: * Running stalls at fairs / events * Giving presentations at universities (either public lectures / Q&A or guest lectures in subjects) * Cohosting events at universities - eg university runs a conference and we support it and run several of the sessions These are comparatively cheap ways of getting ...more »

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Strategic planning 2011

Recognition of need for ongoing support for projects

Too often funding and 'ideas' are for a once-only item, there are many aspects of WMAu scope and project capacity that need on-going support/assistance One glam/event/whatever is ''not enough'' - many aspects of getting WM Au projects require ongoing investment of money and peoples time - this in itself requires very careful consideration - many smaller project ideas actually need a time and repeat element, rather than ...more »

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Strategic planning 2011

Volunteer development

Volunteers are the core of a chapter - whether supported by paid employees or not. Therefore, it is important to invest in volunteers - by educating them, allowing them to educate themselves and by allowing them to educate each other. But also important is the continued notice of appreciation towards volunteers through thankyou's, dedicated activities and personalized appreciation notices.

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Strategic planning 2011

Regional Outreach

With some very honourable exceptions, most Wikimedians are concentrated in Australia's larger cities. This is not surprising, since over 60% of the country's population lives in or around the five biggest cities. However, this also leaves gaps in our regional coverage, where a lot of Australia's culture, history and knowledge are. Wikimedia Australia should make a special effort to engage with people in regional ...more »

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Strategic planning 2011

Enable member access to resources for Australian content

In order to create or improve content, contributors need access to resources including: *Libraries *Online databases *Photographic subjects (e.g. with media-passes or travel bursaries) *Digitizing equipment *Camera equipment *Experts in the field This is sort of a subcategory of Fostering creation/improvement of free Australia-related content. But I think it's helpful to spell it out since this is something WMA can ...more »

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Strategic planning 2011

Perception

WM-au need to percieve itself in the manor in which it wants to project itself. Looking through the past committee meetings and planning retreats there is a common self identification of being a small group and thus limited in ability to act. So fostering a shift from being and small and limited to being diverse and with resources in every capial city

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Strategic planning 2011

Membership vs Editors

WM-au need to distinguish between Foundation project editors and WM-au members as the two arent necessarily mutually inclusive. Facilitating project contributors is one objective, supporting and advocating for our membership is another. Any WM-au projects should predefine which group there are primarily working for as the outcomes can be significantly different and require differing measurables to idenify successful ...more »

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Strategic planning 2011

Outreach to over 55s

According to the ABS, there are over 5.5 million Australians over the age of 55, but this group is poorly represented in the wider Wikimedia community. This is regrettable, since these people have a wealth of knowledge to contribute, a fresh perspective on things, and in many cases a willingness to help out. Wikimedia Australia should develop material and hold outreach sessions targeted at those over 55 to encourage ...more »

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Strategic planning 2011

Engage like-minded orgs

Seek mutual-benefit partnerships with local chapters of like-minded int'l organizations such as Creative Commons, the Free Software Foundation, the Mozilla Foundation, *UGs (i.e. user groups such as Linux User Groups, Ubuntu clubs, Perl Mongers, Ruby groups, etc.), as well as any relevant local organizations, such as educational NGOs.

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Strategic planning 2011

Welcoming

Insufficient effort has been made in the last couple of years of giving new editors adequate Australian specific welcoming to WP or WM - or explaining or even mentoring and or hleping - the few dedicated editors who are seen and active at the Australian noticeboard have ''seen it all'' and the experience is not being shared. Welcoming I mean a specific template and process of giving Australian editors any sense of what ...more »

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Strategic planning 2011

advocate that organizations have a Wikimedian role

To increase participation especially from groups which have known barriers to participation in current WMF projects, encourage organizations which have such people as their members to nominate one or more Wikimedians as formal roles in their structure (c.f. Newsletter Editor, Seminar Organiser). This role would receive input for WMF projects from members unable to directly contribute it and assist in contributing it.

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Strategic planning 2011

Create content about Indigenous languages

Consult with linguists, anthropologists, and most importantly indigenous people to make information on Indigenous Australian languages made available in a format that, as much as possible, the layman can understand. This could include word lists, translations, articles on the languages themselves (most of them are not covered), and I'm sure a lot of other things.

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Strategic planning 2011

Create content in indigenous languages

Similar but different to my other idea. As a longterm goal, the chapter could look at helping indigenous people create content in their own languages. You would have to start small, maybe with a Wiktionary, but I don't see any reason why a thriving community of editors in an indigenous language could not be formed.

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Strategic planning 2011

Dedicated comms person

The very nature of the internet and ''real life'' is change - too many times web based info systems get lost behind events - WMAu needs a dynamic info updating system that lets members and others know what is happening - something close to the idea of the RSS feed - and even more salient would be the equivalent of a twitter A/c to keep - this requires consistency and persistence on the part of those who upkeep info flow ...more »

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Strategic planning 2011

Succession planning

More Australian based WP editors have retired, dropped out, attended to ''real life'', than are are currently visible on the watch pages for most Australian subjects/topics. Strategy and planning needs to take into account such attrition - and methods by which WP and WM Australia creates opportunities for either organisational or some other means of ''planning'' for the ebb and flows. I can think of at least 5 to ...more »

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Strategic planning 2011

Open the Wiki to non-members

Currently, our chapter Wiki is only open to paid up members and a certain, very small number of exceptions. While I don't advocate a free-for-all, opening up to other interested parties in a controlled manner would increase our openness and allow us to engage with a wider audience.

 

As a side-note, if we go down this route, it would be nice to be able to hitch our Wiki to Wikimedia's single sign on.

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