World War I edit-a-thons/Australia
For Australia, as for many nations, the First World War remains the most costly conflict in terms of deaths and casualties. From a population of fewer than five million, 416,809 men enlisted, of which over 60,000 were killed and 156,000 wounded, gassed, or taken prisoner. Beyond that, the impact on people at home was profound.
To improve the authority, reliability and coverage of Wikipedia articles about Australia's involvement in World War I, with particular reference to the social context and impact and women's involvement as these are under-represented aspects.
The Australian WWI editathons are part of an ongoing relationship between Wikimedia Australia and the State Library of New South Wales and also a global focus on the First World War during its centenary. For example, photographers attending the editathons may be interested in using them as part of their engagement in the related Europeana special First World War Award for Wiki Loves Monuments photo competition. See: Wikipedia:GLAM/Europeana.
1. June 2013
- Date: 28 and 29 June 2013 ✓
- Time: Anytime over the weekend
- Venue: Online (to coincide with European editathon)
- Nick-D (talk) 21:58, 7 December 2012 (UTC)
- Gnangarra (talk) 02:16, 8 June 2013 (UTC)
- John Vandenberg (talk) 02:41, 8 June 2013 (UTC)
- Sam Wilson
- Evad37 (talk) 04:02, 8 June 2013 (UTC)
- The Drover's Wife (talk) 13:24, 14 June 2013 (UTC)
- Hawkeye7 (talk) 01:08, 18 June 2013 (UTC)
- Craig Franklin (talk) 01:31, 23 June 2013 (UTC).
2. November 2013
- Date: Saturday 23 November 2013 ✓
- Time: 10am - 4pm (10 - 12 backstage pass guided tour with Library curators)
- Venue: The Friends Room, State Library of NSW (map and directions)
A meetup at the State Library of NSW on 23 November including a backstage pass event in the morning and editathon in the afternoon to follow Armistice Day 11 November 2013 and with the launch of the Library's WWI website, which will contain new material for use in relevant articles. The library's expert curators will make available items from the collection, including rare and original materials usually not available to the public. The Library subscribes to several journals and databases. While on site, readers have access to the electronic journals and databases. Remote access is available to some of these resources for people with a readers card.
Wikimedians from around the country encouraged to participate either in person or online at this first backstage pass at an Australian cultural institution. The venue and the occasion can support attendance from new or potential Wikipedians.
Add your name to the list below. Note whether you will be attending the Library on the day or participating online.
- Your name here!
- WikiWookie (talk) 04:13, 20 November 2013 (UTC)
- Whiteghost.ink (talk) 03:00, 5 December 2012 (UTC)
- Wittylama (talk) 11:45, 28 August 2013 (UTC)
- —James (talk) 02:06, 11 September 2013 (UTC)
- 99of9 (talk) It's not really my topic area of interest, but I'm all in favour of Sydney meetups, and keen to support SLNSW efforts.
- Aliaretiree(talk) 21:31, 22 November 2013 (UTC)
- Craig Franklin (talk) 12:32, 30 August 2013 (UTC) (remotely only)
- (maybe) Joshannon (talk) 13:32, 3 November 2013 (UTC) as a New Zealand citizen, I would be interested if I could dwell on the camaraderie between the ANZACs
(maybe) Bidgee (Talk) 09:10, 8 November 2013 (UTC)
- Participants: Aliaretiree; 99of9; JustFishing; James; Whiteghost.ink; WikiWookie; Wittylama
- New Content: A new WP article was created at this event: the biography of Langford Wellman Colley-Priest which appeared as DYK on 28 November 2013.
- Technical development: 99of9 developed a tool for use with images from State Library of NSW (SLNSW).
- Commons uploads: during the course of the editathon, six historic images from the SLNSW collections were uploaded to Commons and a week later, the total exceeded 200.
- New editor: User JustFishing, a complete newcomer to WP, was invited, attended and learned how to edit.
- Knowledge sharing: A curator from SLNSW showed and explained rare diaries from WWI, one of whose authors became the subject of editathon content development. Participants shared expertise and developed skills.
- Sponsor's needs: SLNSW material from the collection was uploaded and utilised.
- Fun: The group worked well and productively. It was an enjoyable day.
3. August 2014 (date to be confirmed)
- Date: TBA
- Time: TBA
- Venue: TBA
A meetup, backstage pass event and editathon at the State Library of NSW to coincide with the launch of an exhibition at the Library in August 2014. Add your name to the list below.
- Your name here!
We need good articles on the impact of the war and the relationships between the existing articles needs to be thought through. That is, what content goes in which article? Are all countries evenly represented? Which article is a parent article and which is a subordinate one? Articles that need to be created/improved include:
|Women in warfare and the military (1900–1939)||Existing article needs internationalising|
|WWI conscription in Australia||Existing low quality article on a highly important topic|
|ANZAC War Memorial||Very important monument/memorial that needs better citations|
|Sydney Cenotaph||Needs work|
|Women in WW I||Article does not mention Australian women in relation to WWI|
|Women in the workforce||Article does mention Australian women in relation to WWI|
|Women's roles in the World Wars||Needs content balanced by nation. Material about Australia should be added and relationship to article Women in the First World War needs thinking through|
|Women in the First World War||Mostly about America - needs rationalising with Women's roles in the World Wars|
|Australian women during WWI||Need biographical articles to be broken out; sources needed|
|Australian home front during WWI||Article needed|
|Australian Voluntary Hospital||Article needed|
|Australian Comforts Fund||Article needed|
|The Cheer-Up Society||Article needed|
|Voluntary Aid Detachments||Australian women's contributions need adding|
|Women's Christian Temperance Union||Develop to include Australian women|
|Australian Women's National League||Needs developing|
|Women's Peace Army||Needs developing|
|Australian Army Nursing Service||Stub which should be expanded|
|Evelyn Conyers||Head of the Australian Army Nursing Service for most of the war and has an ADB entry but no Wikipedia article|
|Snowball marches||Lengthy, but under-referenced and not high quality article on a significant phenomenon|
|World War I defences of Australia||Article needed (possibly with a better title!). Draft under development by Nick-D here, and all contributions are very welcome.|
|Crime and the First Australian Imperial Force||Significant topic which has been the subject of several books and articles, but has no Wikipedia article|
|Official History of Australia in the War of 1914–1918||Article covering what remains the main history of Australia's involvement in the war is under-developed|
|Digger slang||The slang used by Australian soldiers has been covered in several journal articles, reliable websites and books, but Wikipedia's coverage of the topic is brief and unreferenced.|
|Bluebirds (Australian nurses)||Australian nurses who volunteered to serve with the Red Cross in France. |
|Australian plebiscite, 1917||While the article for the 1916 Australian plebiscite is quite thorough, this one is not much more than a stub. [Article developed during Editathon #1]|
|Claude Marquet||Illustrator responsible for much iconic anti-conscription propaganda. [Article created for Editathon #1]|
|w:Chemical weapons in World War I||A former FA, perhaps we can get it back up onto the pedestal?|
|w:Eleanor Elizabeth Bourne||The first woman to study medicine in Queensland, later served as a military doctor in Britain during the war.|
Tips for searching:
- World War I (WWI) is normally described in library catalogues as "World War 1914-1918" eg State Library of NSW catalogues; Trove Australian and online resources:books, images, historic newspapers, maps, music, archives and more see a sample WWI search in Trove.
- When searching Trove for digitised newspapers, WWI is more likely to be called "The Great War", or "the war with ...", depending on the date that the newspaper articles were written. Try searching other keywords or place names. Note that Australian newspapers were subject to censorship during the war years though.
- Australian War Memorial includes information about people, war history and a searchable catalogue.
- The full text of the multi-volume official history of Australia's role in the war, which remains the most detailed source on the topic, has been published by the AWM here.
- The National Library of Australia collection includes digitized photographs eg. Frank Hurley Album World War I 1914-1918
- Many Australian newspapers covering the lead up to WWI and during the war years have been digitised and are available in full text via Trove the National Library of Australia's Newspaper Digitisation Program.
- National Archives of Australia has records Army – World War I: 1914–18; Service records; Images of World War I Australian servicemen
- Learning materials (for background information) from Department of Veterans Affairs Unit 2 - Australian Women in World War I (1914-1918)
- Australian National Dictionary Centre Glossary of slang and peculiar terms in use in the A.I.F. 1921–1924
New South Wales
- The State Library of New South Wales has many relevant materials, including images in Flickr Commons sets ANZAC Day, Armistice Day. These images are in the public domain (no known copyright restrictions).
- A research guide to library resources and materials on World War I and Australia
- Register of War Memorials in New South Wales
- Adam-Smith, Patsy (1984), Australian women at war, Thomas Nelson, ISBN 978-0-17-006408-8
- Australia. Department of Veterans' Affairs; Ryebuck Media Pty. Ltd (2008), Australian women in war : investigating the experiences and changing roles of Australian women in war and peace operations 1899-today, Dept. of Veterans' Affairs, ISBN 978-1-877007-21-7
- Bassett, Jan (1997). Guns and Brooches : Australian Army Nursing from the Boer War to the Gulf War (Paperback ed. published 1997. ed.). Melbourne: Oxford University Press Australia. ISBN 0-19-554084-0.
- Janet Butler (2013) Kitty's War - The Remarkable Wartime Experience of Kitty McNaughton ISBN 978-0-702249-649
- Cumming, Elsie May; Gillings, Jennifer Mary; Richards, Julieanne (2008), In all those lines : the diary of Sister Elsie Tranter 1916-1919, J.M. Gillings & J. Richards, ISBN 978-0-646-49559-0
- Dennis, Peter; Grey, Jeffrey; Morris, Ewan; Prior, Robin; and Jean Bou (2008). The Oxford Companion to Australian Military History (Second ed.). Melbourne: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-551784-2.
- Susanna De Vries (2013) Australian Heroines of World War One: Gallipoli, Lemnos and the Western Front, Chapel Hill, Qld.: Pirgos Press ISBN 978-0-980621-648 SLNSW Catalogue reference
- De Vries, Susanna (2004), Heroic Australian women in war : astonishing tales of bravery from Gallipoli to Kokoda, HarperCollins, ISBN 978-0-7322-7669-0
- Laugesen, Amanda (2005). Diggerspeak : The Language of Australians at War. South Melbourne: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0195551826.
- McCullagh, Catherine (editor) (2010). Willingly Into the Fray : One Hundred Years of Australian Army Nursing. Newport, NSW: Big Sky Publishing. ISBN 978-0-9806582-6-2.
- Oppenheimer, Melanie; Australia. Dept. of Veterans' Affairs (2008), Australian women and war, Dept. of Veterans' Affairs, ISBN 978-1-877007-28-6
- Scates, Bruce; Frances, Raelene (1997), Women and the Great War, Cambridge University Press, ISBN 978-0-521-46918-0
- Siers, Robyn; Australia. Department of Veterans' Affairs; Australian War Memorial (2013), Devotion : stories of Australia's wartime nurses, Dept. of Veterans Affairs in association with the Australian War Memorial, ISBN 978-1-877007-83-5
- Stanley, Peter (2010). Bad Characters: Sex, Crime, Mutiny, Murder and the Australian Imperial Force. Sydney: Pier 9. ISBN 9781741964806.
- "THE PATH OF GLORY". The Mirror of Australia (Sydney, NSW: 1915 - 1917) (Sydney, NSW: National Library of Australia). 30 July 1915. p. 3. Retrieved 12 June 2013.(from The Mirror of Australia)
- The Australian Home Front during World War 1 - Women's role and place
- Australians at War - Knitting garments for men at war
- The Australian War Memorial's quarterly magazine Wartime often publishes articles on the social aspects of Australia's involvement in World War I, as well as on campaigns, units and individuals.
- The now-defunct Journal of the Australian War Memorial also published scholarly articles on social aspects of the war. The full text of the last 13 editions is available on the AWM's website here.
- Institutions with photographic collections contribute public domain images to the Flickr Commons. It is a requirement for participation in the program that institutions may rightly claim "no known copyright restrictions" on the content they share. These images can be included in Wikimedia Commons and Wikipedia. Note: search the Flickr Commons for World War One for relevant images. Australian contributors include: Powerhouse Museum, State Records NSW, State Library of Queensland, State Library of NSW, etc. See the contributing institutions listed.
- Memorials and honour boards etc in South Australia are at: SA & NT War memorials
- Commons Category:World War I memorials in Australia.
Questions and discussion
To ask specific questions of the State Library of NSW and its experts or discuss the articles, go to the talk page.
- Peter Gay (2002). Schitzler's Century - The making of middle-class culture 1815-1914. London, New York: W.W.Norton & Company. p. 288-9. ISBN 0-393-32363-3.
- Sarah Fahmy (3 July 2012). "Rewriting History: The JISC/ Wikipedia World War One Editathon". JISC.