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Wikipedia ‘edit-a-thons’ set to amplify Australian music scene’s Wikipedia presence – ABC News

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Wikimedia Australia is calling on passionate music fans to participate in a series of “edit-a-thons” to boost the profile of Australian music on Wikipedia. 

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Wikipedia is one of the most popular websites in the world, but information about Australian music on the site is limitedWikimedia Australia and the Australian Council of the Arts are hoping to rectify t…….

Wikimedia Australia is calling on passionate music fans to participate in a series of “edit-a-thons” to boost the profile of Australian music on Wikipedia. 

The Record — Australian Music on Wikipedia is holding the first of four events as part of Melbourne Music week this Saturday at the Collingwood Yards.

The idea is to train volunteers to edit or create new Wikipedia articles about the domestic music scene to increase its visibility worldwide.

Project coordinator James Gaunt said Wikipedia was one of the most popular websites in the world.

“Everyone is keen to get Australian musicians known, especially for international audiences,” he said.

“Getting information on Wikipedia is a great way to promote artists to people who aren’t familiar with them.”

Mr Gaunt was surprised to find street press magazine Beat did not have a Wikipedia page.(Supplied)

‘What else is missing?’

Mr Gaunt came up with the idea earlier this year when he was interning at Wikimedia Australia, a not-for-profit organisation that helps communities contribute to platforms like Wikipedia.

“I looked to try and find information on the Melbourne street press and found that magazines like Beat didn’t have a Wikipedia page,” he said.

“Then I thought, ‘What else is missing?'”

He found that well-recognised artists like National Indigenous Music Award nominee Stuart Joel Nuggett and composer Robin Fox did not have Wikipedia entries.

“Unless you are Kylie or Nick Cave there isn’t a whole lot about Australian music on Wikipedia,” he said.

“It was kind of shocking how little there was.”

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Source: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-12-10/wikipedia-editing-blitz-aims-to-boost-australian-music-profile/100686138