Monday, July 4, 2011

Welcome to HOPAU

HOPAU is the tag word for the project called 'History of the Australian Paralympic Movement'. This blog documents our progress. But first, a bit of background:

Early in 2011, The University of Canberra National Institute of Sport Studies(UCNISS) proposed that they help the Australian Paralympic Committee (APC) to write the History of the Australian Paralympic Movement, using the Wikimedia Foundation (WMF) wikis, namely Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons and Wikibooks.
Our first objective is to try and build and sustain a volunteer editing community on Wikipedia and to a smaller extent, Wikimedia Commons. We want to work with that community to write a wide range of quality Wikipedia articles, and support that process by releasing and uploading a wide range of Australian Paralympic related media to Wikimedia Commons, such as audio and video content like interviews, productions and raw footage, quality images, and book and poster scans.
The APC has contracted an Historian at the University of Queensland named Murray Phillips, to participate in the review of nominated Wikipedia work, to compile a Wikibook to be called The History of the Paralympic Movement in Australia, and to produce that book into a printed and bound format.
This project will be managed and documented openly on Wikiversity, as well as theUCNISS-HOPAU blog, and the task force page on Wikipedia. Communications take place on the HOPAU email list and anywhere the #hopau tag is used.