How did Andy Mabbett’s presentation on Wikidata go?

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Screen grab of the Wikidata website

Andy Mabbett gave a presentation on Wikidata last week. 26 people attended, representing a range of organisations and interest areas. Wikimedia Australia sponsored the event with $200 toward catering.

Given Andy’s current interest in Public Art, we have been trying to raise the interest of staff at the Public Art program, as well as in Architecture – given their 2015 project to engage Wikipedia and author pages about designers from Victoria who are female. An academic at the University of Wollongong has made contact asking for assistance in developing an honours level research project involving Wikipedia, Wikidata and Wikimedia Commons. More to come.

We didn’t manage to organise a suitable recording of the talk. All that was taken was an audio recording of Andy’s talk using a phone in the audience. Andy went on to visit Wikimedia Indonesia and they manage to make a series of video recordings of Andy’s talk.

We’ve started a Youtube playlist on Wikidata:


  1. Andy Mabbett – Freelance web developer based in the UK, currently specialising in Wikidata
  2. Pru Mitchell – Vice President of Wikimedia Australia and Educational Librarian at the Library of Victoria
  3. Pratap Patnaikuni – Consultant to ITS RMIT
  4. Alysia Bennett – Academic in Architecture at Monash – has run a project in Wikipedia
  5. Andrew Dunn – Senior Data Analyst, Data Modeller at RMIT University
  6. Lisa Hunt – Student researcher (data management) RMIT
  7. Quinn Kerr
  8. Bronwyn Clarke – Lecturer in Media and Communications RMIT
  9. Lee Williams – Melbourne Librarian
  10. Leonie Bourke – Melbourne Librarian
  11. Ben Byrne – Lecturer RMIT M+C
  12. Sarah Longhurst – Optus web developer
  13. Anna Davies – Advisor, Reporting and Analytics. Office of Business Intelligence at RMIT University
  14. Charles Gregory – Infrastructure Engineer at TasNetworks and committee member to Wikimedia Australia
  15. Jane Frazier – information scientist & user researcher
  16. Peter Neish – Research Data Curator at The University of Melbourne
  17. Brian Duke – Retired academic and founder of Wikimedia Australia
  18. Tom Wood
  19. Canley
  20. Carey Walden – Program Administrative Officer at RMIT
  21. Alex S – Openstreetmap
  22. Spiros Soulis – Digital Learning DSC – RMIT
  23. Angela Nicolettou – Digital Learning DSC – RMIT
  24. Cathy Leahy – Digital Learning DSC – RMIT
  25. Andrea McLagan – Digital Learning DSC – RMIT
  26. Leigh Blackall  – Digital Learning DSC – RMIT
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