User:Kerry Raymond

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About me[edit]

I come from a long-time Queensland family and my interests (as reflected in my contributions) are primarily about Queensland history (including biography) and geography. I am currently rolling out a set of articles for properties on the Queensland Heritage Register (CC-BY).

Status update on the QHR project[edit]

While most of the QHR text goes into creating/expanding QHR articles, some of it is used to create/expand articles on architects and history sections of related topics, that's why the numbers above don't quite add up. My immediate focus is on creating new articles rather than expanding the existing ones to achieve maximum coverage of topics, but I intend to expanding the existing ones later.

Summary: 5 ... 4 ... 3 ... 2 .... 1 ... Done!

Was it boring?[edit]

Sometimes, when writing about some of more commonplace types of heritage sites. It's hard to get inspired about Monier Ventilation Shaft 3 when I've already written about Monier Ventilation Shaft 1 and Monier Ventilation Shaft 2. And Queensland had so many mine ruins usually comprising a few surviving foundations of a stamper battery and a rusted Cornish boiler (what is it about Cornish boilers that they survive so consistently?) that they all became a bit of a blur. But, on the positive side, I learned a lot of Queensland geography and history along the way, as well as developing a better understanding how various events influenced other events. It was surprising how interconnected things were.

Would you do it again?[edit]

Yes, maybe a little differently, as the experience of doing around 1500 new articles has taught me a thing or so that might influence how I did it again. If you are thinking of undertaking a similar project, I'm happy to discuss it with you.

What now?[edit]

Unless I have somehow overlooked any, every site listed on the Queensland Heritage Register as at mid 2014 should now have an article of some kind on WIkipedia (either created from the CC-BY text of the QHR or one that already existed on Wikipedia). What needs to happen next:

  • The 200-ish pre-existing articles need to be inspected to see if there is scope to expand them using QHR text, add infoboxes, etc. If you've done any article merging, you will know merging is a lot of work as often the two articles have a different structure and style.
  • Look for photos for many articles
  • Find what articles have been added to the QHR since I grew up my workplan and create articles for these. A quick look suggests there are about 40 new QHR listings (mostly schools). Obviously this is an ongoing maintenance task as the years go by (currently there are about 15-20 new QHR listings a year).
  • Exploit the QHR information for other purposes. Many heritage listings contain biographies and local histories of people and places associated with the heritage site. There is a lot of opportunity to re-use such content to create/expand other articles on Wikipedia.
  • Try to track down the sites that were on the QHR but have since been removed. Many of them are probably still notable.

Summary: still plenty that can be done, but the worst of it is behind me! Huzzah!

Disclosure of potential conflicts of interest[edit]


From start of February to mid April 2016, I was a Wikipedian in Residence at the State Library of Queensland for 1 day per week. This was paid employment and the subject matter was Queensland in World War I as part of the State Library's commemoration of the centenary of World War I. My role was to:

  1. advise and assist staff and volunteers at the State Library of Queensland and their affiliated GLAM (galleries, libraries, archives and museums) and heritage organisations to contribute content to Wikipedia relating to Queensland in WW1 drawing on the material in their collections as sources
  2. personally contribute content to Wikipedia in relation to Queensland in WW1 drawing on those same collections as sources

The role was designed to align with the Wikimedia Foundation's strategic plan to "improve quality ... via partnerships with universities, cultural institutions and other groups who align with our mission".

The State Library of Queensland understood the concerns about paid editing and conflict of interest on Wikipedia. I was not expected to edit content relating to the State Library of Queensland or any topic that I believed would constitute a conflict of interest. The State Library of Queensland has a long history of being a supporter of Wikipedia, having contributed tens of thousands of out-of-copyright images to Wikimedia Commons and collaborated with Wikimedia Australia on providing Wikipedia edit training throughout Queensland. I was the first Wikipedian in Residence at the State Library of Queensland with others to follow later in 2016.

Note, outside of my role with the State Library of Queensland, I continued to edit as a volunteer, pursuing my usual interests of the Queensland Heritage Register and the history, geography and biography of Queensland.

Governance roles[edit]

I am a council member of The Women's College at the University of Queensland.


I am a member of:

Second account[edit]

I have a second account User:WMAU KR for training run by Wikimedia Australia in order to have a "vanilla account" to use in live demonstrations with new users so they will see behaviour similar to their own account unaffected by my preference choices in my regular account. This is permitted by WP:VALIDALT.

My thoughts about quality in Wikipedia[edit]

In terms of the Wikipedia debate on deletionism and inclusionism, I'm probably more inclined to inclusionism. I feel that if someone takes the trouble to contribute material to Wikipedia in good faith (including that they have no conflict of interest in relation to the topic), then they would not do that unless they thought others might find it useful. If we want Wikipedia to be "the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit" (as it says on the Wikipedia main page), we must understand that "anyone" encompasses a massive range of abilities when it comes to writing. And for new/occasional contributors, it isn't realistic to assume that they know the Manual of Style inside-and-out. Yes, overall we want to strive towards quality, but we cannot always expect to start with quality. I think deleting good faith contributions on the grounds of quality will only offend the contributor and makes them less likely to contribute in future.

Having said all that, if a lot of work has gone into creating an article (whether it be for reasons of quality or controversy), a new editor bumbling about with good-faith low-quality edits can unintentionally do a lot of damage or re-ignite a lot of old arguments. I think there is a legitimate argument for switching to a different mode of editing for such articles for new editors to that article. For example, the Edit button could lead to a screen that explained why the article could no longer be edited in the normal way and then invite the new editor to simply indicate the changes they wanted, but which would be implemented by an editor experienced with that particular article (a curator role). The curator could then negotiate/explain to the new editor if their proposed edits weren't appropriate (based on the long history of the article's development) or re-write the proposed changes to better reflect the agreements previously reached in the articles development. That is, apply a higher bar to contributions to high quality articles and a lower bar to lower quality articles.

Favourite text and citations[edit]


<ref name=qpm>{{Cite QldMLA|accessdate=16 October 2016}}</ref>

<ref name=qpe>{{Cite QldElectorate|accessdate=16 October 2016}}</ref>

<ref name=rem>{{cite web|title=NAME|url=|work=Re-Member Database|publisher=[[Queensland Parliament]]|accessdate=16 October 2016}}</ref>

<ref name=adb>{{cite web|last=AUTHORSURNAME|first=AUTHORGIVEN|title=TITLE|url=|work=Australian Dictionary of Biography|publisher=National Centre for Biography, Australian National University|accessdate=16 October 2016}}</ref>

<ref name=bqw>{{cite book|title=A biographical record of Queensland women : a representation of every sphere showing, activities and interests, social, philanthropic, historic, scholastic, sport and travel|page=PAGE|publication-date=1939|publisher=Webb, Elliot|url=| accessdate=16 October 2016}}</ref>


<ref name=globe>{{cite web|title=Queensland Globe|url=|publisher=[[State of Queensland]]|accessdate=16 October 2016}}</ref> [1]

  1. ^ "Queensland Globe". State of Queensland. Retrieved 16 October 2016. 

'''NAME''' is a [[suburbs and localities (Australia)|WHICH]] in the [[LGA]], [[Queensland]], Australia.<ref name=qpn>{{cite QPN|NUMBER|NAME|accessdate=16 October 2016}}</ref>

<ref name=qp>{{cite web|title=TITLE|url=|work=Queensland Places|publisher=Centre for the Government of Queensland, University of Queensland|accessdate=16 October 2016}}</ref> [1]

  1. ^ "PLACENAME". Queensland Places. Centre for the Government of Queensland, University of Queensland. Retrieved 16 October 2016. 

In the [[census in Australia#2011|2011 census]], NAME had a population of NUMBER people.<ref name="ABS2011">{{Census 2011 AUS|id=ID|name=NAME|accessdate=16 October 2016|quick=on}}</ref>

<ref name=qs>{{Cite QldSchool|accessdate=16 October 2016}}</ref> [1]

  • Queensland Family History Society: Schools Past and Present

<ref>{{Citation | author1=Queensland Family History Society | title=Queensland schools past and present | publication-date=2010 | publisher=Queensland Family History Society | edition=Version 1.01 | isbn=978-1-921171-26-0 }}</ref> [1]

<ref name=qsx>{{cite web|title=Queensland State and Non-State Schools|url=|publisher=[[Queensland Government]]|date=24 February 2014|accessdate=16 October 2016}}</ref>

<ref name = "Post Office">{{Cite web | last = Premier Postal History | title = Post Office List | publisher = Premier Postal Auctions | url = | accessdate = 16 October 2016}}</ref>

<ref name=qhr>{{cite QHR|Number|Name|accessdate=16 October 2016}}</ref>

<ref name=bnehr>{{cite BrisbaneHR|Number|Name|accessdate=16 October 2016}}</ref>

  • Naming Brisbane

<ref name=nb>{{Citation | author1=Roberts, Beryl | title=Naming Brisbane : origins of Brisbane's suburb & locality names | publication-date=2013 | publisher=Beryl Roberts |location=Sunnybank, Queensland | isbn=978-0-9872315-2-9 }}</ref>

Favourite external links[edit]

{{cite web|title=TITLE|url=|work=Queensland Places|publisher=Centre for the Government of Queensland, University of Queensland}}

  • Brisbites and Our Brisbane

* {{cite web|title=NAME
|publisher=[[Brisbane City Council]]
|archivedate=16 October 2016
* {{cite web|title=NAME
|work=Our Brisbane
|publisher=[[Brisbane City Council]]
|archivedate=16 October 2016

Other useful stuff[edit]

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  1. ^ Queensland Family History Society (2010), Queensland schools past and present (Version 1.01 ed.), Queensland Family History Society, ISBN 978-1-921171-26-0