Friday will be an exciting day for Wikipedia editors living in Sydney. Wikimedia Australia is piloting a programme called the ‘Backstage Pass‘, which aims to “share the expertise of real-world institutions with our wiki-expertise”. Which hopefully means: cool secret access tour to interesting institutions for us, and an improved Wikimedia prescence and understanding for them.
Friday will be our first such event, with the Powerhouse Museum (website, Wikipedia). The Powerhouse is without a doubt one of the most “digitally progressive” museums in Australia. They were the first Australian museum to take part in the Flickr ‘Commons’ project and write an excellent blog exploring the issues digital media and museums.
This pilot event is almost entirely due to the efforts of Wikimedia Australia’s VP, Liam Wyatt (although he set most of the works in motion before joining the committee). The museum staff are reportedly very interested in meeting us — they are even providing a professional photographer to take photos at our behest. You sincerely could not ask for better access to a cultural institution.
Due to some late cancellations we have space for a few more editor-types to join us. If you can wrangle a wiki page and can spare this Friday, please email Liam or myself to RSVP. We’d love to see you there! (Well me, metaphorically, since I live in Melbourne and won’t be attending…But Liam will provide in-person gratitude :))
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