Wikipedia trainer Craig Franklin with Gayle Robinson and Natalie Kerr at the Gympie workshop.
Wikipedia trainer Craig Franklin with Gayle Robinson and Natalie Kerr at the Gympie workshop. Contributed

Making history, online

THE historic building which burnt to the ground at Hughes Tce, and the Mary Valley Art Festival can now be found in the online encyclopaedia known as Wikipedia, after a workshop was held in Gympie.

In a bid to improve its regional coverage, Wikipedia partnered with the State Library of Queensland to send staff on an outreach tour through the state this year.

This tour included a highly-popular workshop in Gympie.

Gympie Regional Libraries were one of eight library services successful with their applications, and a dozen people participated in the full-day session.

Wikipedia is the fifth most popular site on the internet.

It attracts more than 16 million hits a day, and being part of this global online encyclopaedia will benefit Gympie by:

Providing locals with skills they can use wherever and whenever they are online, to create, edit and link articles in Wikipedia about local landmarks, locations, historical and contemporary events and notable people from the area, accessible on a global basis.

Allowing your community to access a platform where digital collections and expert knowledge can be uploaded and made available to all Wikipedia authors, who can use them in new articles and add value to the images through their own knowledge and research.

Enhancing the local profile and attractions of the area on Wikipedia through the development and expansion of the Wikipedia articles that have already been written regarding your community.

Providing an opportunity to network with like-minded local knowledge specialists and library services within the region as well as a professional development opportunity for all library staff.

To learn more visit Creating an Article on Wikipedia.

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