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Author: Courtney Johnston, Director

Our Wikipedia project is making an Australian appearance.

I'm really thrilled to have been invited by the Public Galleries Association of Victoria to present about our Wikipedia project at their annual Summit (being held in Bendigo at the start of February).

My presentation will be focused on why we're doing the project, who are partners are, what we've learned, and what we plan to do next. Having presented about the project just before it got started at the National Digital Forum last November, I'm really excited to talk to people about it now that it's well underway.

The core theme of my presentation is about creating value, and I'll be refernencing my favourite Tim O'Reilly quote on this topic. It comes from a presentation O'Reilly gave at a Twitter Boot Camp way back in 2009:

The secret of social media is that it’s not about you, your product, or your story. It’s about how you can add value to the communities that happen to include you. If you want to make a positive impact, forget about what you can get our of social media, and start thinking about what you can contribute. Not surprisingly, the more value you create for your community, the more value they will create for you.

While O'Reilly was in this context talking about mindfully using social media, I've found this core idea - it’s not about you, your product, or your story. It’s about how you can add value to the communities that happen to include you - is applicable to pretty much everything we do here at The Dowse.

I'm also excited about attending the summit because I've signed up for a workshop with Karen Quinlan, the inspirational director of the Bendigo Art Gallery, on 'the Bendigo effect', and I'll have a chance to look around this fascinating city for the first time too. I'll update the blog on my return!

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