WikiClubWest is the Western Australian branch of Wikimedia Australia.
As a state based organisation we have interest in and collaborations with State Government authorities, as well as Local Government organisations in Western Australia
In 2019 WikiClubWest started purchasing the components of a community digitization kit. This is a portable set of equipment that can be taken to libraries, local history societies, and other places with collections that are unlikely to be digitized through other programmes. It results in useful files being uploaded to Commons, but more importantly serves as a skill-building focus for Wikimedians and a means of practical outreach to the partner organisations that are involved.
The kit includes:
- Epson Perfection V950 flat-bed scanner
- Power board and extension cord
All files are uploaded to categories within commons:Category:WikiClubWest digitization.
In some cases the towns have pedia's such as Fremantle, Toodyay, and York. Other Local Governments also have enquired and investigated such collaborations.
State Library of Western Australia
We have been very fortunate in having collaborated with and utlised facilities with the State Library of Western Australia.
We have regular meetups and workshops, usually at the State Library of Western Australia (SLWA) — a research, reference and public lending library located in the Perth Cultural Centre in Perth, Western Australia. In 2017, SLWA set up an 'incubator space' on the first floor of the library, as a place for various community groups (such as Wikimedia Australia) and others to interact with the library's collections in a more in-depth way, and we have an ongoing presence in this space. Good wifi is available, and four library computers.
Wiki Club West Events
- There is also an icalendar feed of these events.
The Studio 001 incubator space (which used to be called Bibliotech until that turned out to be a protected term) has a number of desks, fast wifi, and other facilities to make it a good place for research, collaboration, and learning. For more information, see the SLWA website.
Wikimedia Australia (WMAU) is working with SLWA to have Wikimedians working in the incubator space for an initial period from 20 May 2017 until 18th August 2017, after which the partnership may continue with the space being shared with other like-minded groups (such as the WA Genealogical Society, other WA libraries, and possibly Landgate).
The main aim for our time in the space will be to help interested people enhance and create Wikimedia material, ideally using references to the SLWA collections. (On a related note, there is also work being done on making it easier to construct Wikipedia citation templates from SLWA catalogue entries.)
WMAU will use the space for Strategy discussions, talks, wikibombs, and other activities. There will be a Storylines project kiosk hosted in the room while we are there. Community Tech software engineer Sam Wilson will be working from the space.
Experienced Wikimedians will be on site in the BiblioTECH space for most days of July 2017.
We welcome any visitors no matter how simple or complex the questions, or the subject in relation to the Wikimedia projects.
During the month of July we are available to offer small groups, short and easy to understand presentations on Wikimedia projects, ranging from specific projects (Wikipedia, Wikivoyage, Wikisource, and so on), on how to upload photographs or to edit articles.
If you know a small group who would like to come in to learn more about Wikimedia please contact us to arrange a time suitable to you and the Wikimedians.
In the library...
Wikimedia Australia and WikiClubWest have hosted regular events at State Library of Western Australia from our first meetup in 2007. There have been Wikitakes and Wikibombs as well as Noongarpedia collaboratively working with the SLWA Storylines project on Noongar knowledge. WMAU Andy Mabbett's Wikidata tour in 2016 included a talk in the State Library of Western Australia about Wikidata, Noongarpedia, and Toodyaypedia WikiTown project as well as workshop.
- 27 May 2017: The Right Wrongs exhibition was opened
- 3 June 2017: WMAU WA branch meeting
- 8 June 2017: Trove Roadshow (not a WMAU event)
- 10 June 2017: WMAU WA branch meeting (strategy discussions)
- 2 - 9 July 2017: NAIDOC Week 2017 celebration in the Perth Cultural Centre
- 29 - 30 July 2017: Disrupted Festival of Ideas
- July 2017: Turn Back Time display - Historical panoramas
- Commons:Category:WikiClubWest digitization
- Noongarpedia, Australia's first indigenous-language wiki project
- Wikiclub NT (Northern Territory) see 
- QWiki Club (Queensland)
- Wikimedia Australia
- Wikimedia Australia facebook group