Eamon Sandwith of The Chats

Wikimedia Australia is encouraging people to get involved in “edit-a-thons” to boost the Aussie music scene’s presence on the site.

This effort comes as part of Melbourne Music Week. The idea is to get volunteers involved in the editing and creation of new Wikipedia articles. This time it is specifically about the Australian music scene with the hopes of increasing its visibility to a worldwide audience.

Makes sense considering if you aren’t AC/DC or Kylie Minogue, there isn’t that much about Aussie artists on Wikipedia.

The goal, according to the website, is to “empower and engage people around the world to collect and develop educational content under a free license or in the public domain, and to disseminate it effectively and globally.”

Project coordinator, James Gaunt, told the ABC that,

“Everyone is keen to get Australian musicians known, especially for international audiences. Getting information on Wikipedia is a great way to promote artists to people who aren’t familiar with them.”

It was Gaunt who realised that something was missing in the Australian music scene. “I looked to try and find information on the Melbourne street press and found that magazines like Beat didn’t have a Wikipedia page. Then I thought, ‘What else is missing?’”

The first event is being held this Saturday and music writer, Sosefina Fuamoli, will assist volunteers draft and submit their Wikipedia entries.

She said, “Hopefully we’ll be able to break down that stigma of everything on the internet is really scary. I feel like having these sessions where we can actually learn more about the website, learn more about the format, and learn how to actually construct and present a really cool historical narrative of artists… I think that’s a really cool thing to learn.”

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