Wikipedia:GLAM/New Zealand Wikipedian at Large

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Dr Mike Dickison was New Zealand Wikipedian at Large from July 2018 through June 2019, funded by a grant from the Wikimedia Foundation to help New Zealand organisations and the people of New Zealand engage with Wikipedia and open knowledge.

During his term, he was a Wikipedian in Residence for 2–6 weeks in organisations ranging from museums to nature reserves, from Auckland to Dunedin, training staff and helping them use their expertise to improve Wikipedia and make images, text, and video freely usable by the public. He also worked with the volunteer Wikipedia community, organising meetups and running public workshops and edit-a-thons.

Contact him:


Dates Place Institution Activities
2–27 July 2018 Auckland
30 July – 9 Aug, 14–17 Aug 2018 Auckland
  • Negotiating with photographers to release photos to Commons
  • Wikipedia training for staff and freelance journalists
  • Improving web archive citation and testing Wikipedia referrals
10–13 Aug 2018 Wellington
18–22 Aug 2018 Auckland
25 Aug – 7 Sept 2018 Dunedin
  • Presenting at SPNHC conference
  • Public talk, Wikipedians meetup, and presentation to Museum staff on engaging with Wikimedia
8–28 Sept 2018 Auckland
1–5 Oct 2018 Northland
6 Oct 2018 Auckland
  • Auckland War Memorial Museum
8–14 Oct 2018 Wellington
  • Antistatic
16–18 Oct 2018 Palmerston North
  • Wikipedia workshop for graduate students
  • Two presentations to Regional Council staff
19 Oct – 30 Nov 2018 Wellington
  • Talks at National Digital Forum and Wellington Archives
  • Presentations and workshops at Archives New Zealand, BRANZ, Forest & Bird.
  • Wikibrunch and "Wiki in the Pub" meetups for local Wikipedians
10–14 Nov 2018 Melbourne
  • Wikimedia Australia meeting
3–7 Dec 2018 Invercargill
11–21 Dec 2018 Wellington
  • Adding historic public-domain photos to Commons
  • Completing Commons and Wikidata representation for Mayor of Wellington City
  • One-to-one staff training
9 Jan – 6 Feb 2019 Wellington
  • Wikidata workshop
  • Wikipedia meetups and drinks
  • Editing events on threatened species, NZ comics and cartoons, Wellington Botanic Garden
  • Adding Alexander Turnbull Library authority list to Mix'n'Match
7–9 Feb 2019 Hanmer Springs
  • Conference Wikipedian
10–17 Feb 2019 Dunedin
  • Workshops for arts community on creating NZ artist articles
18–27 Feb 2019 Wellington
  • Running public editing events on NZ libraries, threatened species, and adding photos to Commons
28 Feb – 2 Mar 2019 Auckland
  • Critter of the Week editathon
19–21 March 2019 Palmerston North
  • Talks and editing events for faculty and students
22 March – 8 April 2019 Wellington
  • Talks and editing events
  • BioBlitz in Wellington Botanic Garden
10 April – 8 May 2019 Dunedin
  • Otago Museum
  • University of Otago
  • Public editing events and public talks
  • Wikipedia presentations to local GLAM sector, University faculty, and students
  • Bulk upload of Otago Museum images to Commons
9 May – 9 June 2019 Christchurch
  • WikiEducation projects with university faculty and students
  • Presentation and workshops on getting NZ artists and writers into Wikipedia
10–26 June 2019 Nelson
  • Public talks and an edit-a-thon
  • Creative Commons image uploads from the museum collections
28 June – 2 July 2019 Bangkok, Thailand
  • Regional meetup to discuss coordination of Wikimedia projects


Publicity photo in Auckland Museum library. Feel free to reuse, crediting Ken Downie/Bauer Media

I'm happy to talk to media for a story about Wikipedia. Email above, bio and background information here. Pick any publicity photos you like from the gallery at Category: Mike Dickison. Note that these photos are free to use, provided you credit the photographer by name (i.e.: not "Wikipedia" or "supplied").

Here's a selection of media coverage: see monthly reports for all.

Reports and blog posts[edit]

Month Institution(s) Project pages Report Writing
May 2018 New Zealand Wikipedian-at-large
July 2018 Auckland Museum GLAM/Auckland Museum July Why engage with Wikipedia?
Aug 2018 New Zealand Geographic GLAM/NZGeo August
Sept 2018 Landcare Research GLAM/Landcare September
Oct 2018 Te Hiku Media, Antistatic, Massey University, Ministry for the Environment Edit for Equity 1, 2, 3, 4 October
Nov 2018 Melbourne Museum, Archives NZ, National Digital Forum NZWPAL/Melbourne November
Dec 2018 Department of Conservation, Wellington City Archives GLAM/DOC
GLAM/WCC Archives
Jan 2019 Department of Conservation, National Library GLAM/DOC
GLAM/Blue Oyster
January NZ Comics and Cartoons edit-a-thon
Feb 2019 National Library, Forest and Bird, Zealandia GLAM/NLNZ
Mar 2019 National Library, Massey University NZWPAL/Chch mosque shootings March Wikipedia's response to the New Zealand mosque shootings
Apr 2019 Otago Museum, Otago University GLAM/Wellington Botanic Garden BioBlitz

GLAM/Otago Museum

May 2019 University of Canterbury GLAM/UCNZ May A digital strategy for a small museum
June 2019 Nelson Provincial Museum GLAM/Nelson Provincial Museum June A Wikimedia strategy for a radio station