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2023:Program/ESEAP Region/BAHAVN-Community Initiatives in the East, South East Asia and the Pacific region

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Title: Community Initiatives in the East, South East Asia and the Pacific region


Wikimedia Taiwan

I’m a wikipedian from Taiwan, live in New Taipei City. My works for Wikimedia Launch Taipei Monthly Writing Boot-camps since Feb. 2011. Deputy convener of Wiki Loves Monuments and Wiki Loves Earth in Taiwan. *Secretary general of Wikimedia Taiwan. (2013 - 2020, 2021 - till now).

Belinda Spry

Belinda Spry (she/her) is Executive Officer of Wikimedia Australia. She is a qualified professional with over 25 years in training, libraries and education. As a librarian and educator she has long-held beliefs and interests in the open knowledge movement. Belinda has spent the past 15 years working in the not-for-profit sector achieving positive outcomes for lifelong learners everywhere. Belinda has been editing Wikipedia since 2022.


Malaysian Wikimedian. Interest in indigenous languages and education. Future school teacher

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Room: Room 325

Start time: Sat, 19 Aug 2023 12:00:00 +0800

End time: Sat, 19 Aug 2023 12:45:00 +0800

Type: No (pretalx) session type id specified

Track: ESEAP (East, South East Asia, and the Pacific) Region

Submission state: confirmed

Duration: 45 minutes

Do not record: false

Presentation language: en

Abstract & description[edit source]

Abstract[edit source]

The East, South East Asia and the Pacific region is a vast and diverse geographical area that encompasses many cultures, languages, and histories. It is also a region that faces many challenges and opportunities in the digital age. How can Wikimedia projects contribute to the documentation, preservation, and promotion of Asia-Pacific knowledge and heritage? How can Wikimedia communities collaborate with various partners and stakeholders to enhance the quality and quantity of Asia-Pacific content on Wikimedia platforms? How can Wikimedia address the gaps and biases that affect the representation and participation of Asia-Pacific communities in the Wikimedia movement? These are some of the questions that this panel aims to explore and discuss.

Wikimedia CUG Malaysia has collaborated with many embassies. Deals with the hurdles and potentials they can offer to the movement.


This session gives an overview of the successful grant projects WMAU selected to collaborate with and deliver on mutual strategic goals around gender equity, diversity, and regional areas.

Description[edit source]

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The agenda provides a brief overview of the changes and reasons behind the Wikipedia Asian Month (WAM) user group and event. After ensuring participants understand the direction of WAM, we would like to discuss the following points:

1.How can the outputs of WAM strengthen community understanding of Asia in different regions? 2.How can we encourage participation in the governance of the WAMUG from various Asian affiliate organizations, especially those that lack representation?

The discussion outcomes will serve as a reference for the future strategies of WAM.

The user group has collaborated with many embassies in Malaysia. Mostly on edit-a-thons. So far, we have collaborated with the Embassies of Sweden, Japan, Ukraine and France. Embassies are usually quite eager to collaborate with us. The aim of the lecture is to see the hidden potential of embassies in the movement and how Wikimedia projects can be helped by them.

This is a summary of the WMAU grants to organisations undertaking Wiki projects to collaborate and deliver on shared outcomes that align with our Strategic Plan. WMAU partnered with organisations with ideas to grow Wiki content, address diversity, build skills capacity and extend networks to regional areas of Australia. The range of innovative projects include: - ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) for a Wikipedian in Residence to expand Wikipedia content about women, but to also integrate Wikidata content with their ACMI website. - Shire of Paroo (remote Queensland Council) to train a dedicated group of editors including First Nations people to write both regional data and local indigenous knowledge, which could then serve as a pilot model for other regional Councils. - Wikipedian in Residence at University of Divinity focusing on expanding Wikipedia, Wikidata, WikiCommons and Wikisource for the Australian Women in Religion project. - Queensland University of Technology (QUT) digitisation project to upload historic photographic material pertaining to remote areas and First Nations from all regions of Australia.

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Qn. How does your session relate to the event themes: Diversity, Collaboration Future?


The session works with the Collaboration theme. Embassies are partner organisations that we sometimes miss. For Diversity, usually we deal with the embassy’s country theme and culture for events. For Future, I would like to see the movement collaborate more with embassies to empower our events and movement.

WMAU specified that projects selected as suitable for the Grant must address Diversity and work collaboratively with WMAU staff and the volunteer community.

Qn. What is the experience level needed for the audience for your session?

Some experience will be needed

Qn. What is the most appropriate format for this session?

  • Tick Onsite in Singapore
  • Empty Remote online participation, livestreamed
  • Empty Remote from a satellite event
  • Empty Hybrid with some participants in Singapore and others dialing in remotely
  • Empty Pre-recorded and available on demand