Wikimedia Australia/Statement of Purpose

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Statement of Purpose[edit]

Wikimedia Australia is an independent, not-for-profit organisation, whose primary aim is to promote equality of opportunity to access and participate in the collaborative creation of Free Cultural Works, especially educational works, and works about Australia, its culture, natural environment, and Australian news and media.

The purpose of the organisation is to:

  • organise and participate in educational and social events that promote development of Free Cultural Works and related open source software systems, in particular wikis
  • increase public awareness, support and participation in the projects hosted by the Wikimedia Foundation (WMF)
  • develop resources to assist Australians in the creation and maintenance of Free Cultural Works

Wikimedia Australia is recognised by the WMF as a 'Chapter' and as such will offer members an official voice in the global Wikimedia community, whose aim is to create unencumbered resources for use throughout the world.


Free Cultural Works are those which can be freely studied, applied, copied and/or modified, by anyone, for any purpose. See freedomdefined.org/Definition for a more detailed definition.

A wiki is a software system accessible via the Internet which lets users both access and modify content easily, thus enabling the collaborative creation of such content.

Wikimedia Foundation, Inc is a non-profit organisation incorporated in the State of Florida, USA. It is the service provider of the wiki projects listed in full on the official site at wikimedia.org, the most prominent being Wikipedia.