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"The Dawn: a Journal for Australian Women" now digitised

Happy International Women’s Day (in Australian time)! To celebrate, the National Library of Australia has announced that their Trove collection of digitised Australian newspapers and periodicals now contains The Dawn: a Journal for Australian Women, an early Australian feminist journal published by Louisa Lawson from 1888 to 1905.

View and read the digitised version of The Dawn at Trove.

The project to raise money to Digitise the Dawn was conceived and run by our advisor Donna Benjamin in 2011. Thanks for this contribution to making historical women’s writing viewable and open, Donna.

AdaCamp Melbourne 2012 full report

AdaCamp is an unconference for people interested in supporting women in open technology and culture, organized by the Ada Initiative. The first AdaCamp was held on January 14, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia. “Adacamp was the first event of the Ada Initiative, and based on the calibre of the attendees, the quality of conversations, the extent of networking, and the amount that I learnt, I know I cant wait til the next one,said attendee Naomi C..

AdaCamp Melbourne attendees

AdaCamp Melbourne attendees

AdaCamp Melbourne brought together people interested in issues facing women in open technology and culture, to share their experiences and develop ways to support and promote women. People attended from all over open tech/culture: open source, libraries, open data, community radio, fan culture, Wikipedia, wikis, maker culture, researchers studying these topics, and more. Overall, the conference was rated a great success by the attendees, who asked that future AdaCamps to be two days long instead of just one.

AdaCamp Melbourne organization and topics

AdaCamp Melbourne was a one day unconference” in which the attendees decide what to discuss. This AdaCamp had 21 sessions across 7 time slots, as well as a group opening at the beginning of the day and a curated feedback session at the end of the day. The topics included fighting Impostor Syndrome, valuing more diverse skills when hiring in IT, sharing successful tactics for encouraging women from different areas of open “stuff,” preventing volunteer burnout, getting women involved in open source, creating mothering and caring friendly spaces, and teaching feminism in geek communities. The day ended with a Girl Geek Dinner open to all.

AdaCamp accomplishments

Google logo

Tier 1 AdaCamp sponsor

The most important accomplishment of AdaCamp was connecting people from different areas of open technology and culture so that they can share best practices and support each other. “AdaCamp stood out for me from other conferences because everyone participated and seemed to really want to go beyond the conference and drive things out in the real world,commented attendee Cobi Smith. We shared what works for supporting women in one field of open tech/culture with people in other fields. Many people felt validated, energized, and inspired to continue their work as a result of AdaCamp. Given the high burnout rate for women in open tech/culture, this is no small feat.

Several sessions produced new or improved documentation, often hosted on the Geek Feminism wiki: fighting Impostor Syndrome, valuing diverse skills and women-oriented hiring, and preventing volunteer burnout. We also learned more about each other’s communities, including success stories like the majority female development community behind open source software project Dreamwidth and challenges facing librarians fighting for open access to knowledge.

AdaCamp participants

Wikimedia Australia logo

Tier 1 AdaCamp sponsor

The AdaCamp target audience is people with experience and education in the area of supporting women in open technology and culture. We asked that people interested in attending send an application outlining their experience and interest in both feminism and open technology and culture, and appointed a program committee to review applications. We gave extra points for a history of collaboration, leadership, and enthusiasm. As attendee Selena Deckelmann wrote, “We all shared a context of feminism. With that point settled, it made getting into the depths of many other conversations much easier and interesting.

The result was a full house of 33 attendees of incredibly high caliber who shared ideals of equality opportunity for women and openness of software and data. They included:

  • Karen Sandler, executive director of the GNOME Foundation
  • Selena Deckelmann, PostgreSQL developer and founder of Open Source Bridge
  • Sky Croeser, Lecturer on Internet Studies at Curtin University and co-founder of the Bluestocking Institute
  • Brianna Laugher, Information Technology Officer at Bureau of Meteorology and co-founder/former President of Wikimedia Australia
  • Cobi Smith, Science in society facilitator, Royal Institution of Australia
  • Georgia Webster, RRR community radio
  • Sam Searle, Data Management Coordinator at Monash University Library
  • Athena Yao, Dreamwidth developer
  • Aimee Whitcroft, founder of Sciblogs and Wellington Nerd Nite
  • Brenda Moon, MakeHackVoid

And many more, including Ada Initiative co-founders Valerie Aurora and Mary Gardiner. Several people who were invited couldn’t come due to conflicting obligations and many more expressed great interest in attending but could not afford to travel to Melbourne. Thanks to our generous sponsors, we were able to provide limited travel grants to several participants. We expect that many more people will be able to attend an AdaCamp in North America with longer notice and more generous travel grants.

Publicity

Linux Australia logo

Tier 2 AdaCamp sponsor

We interviewed by press outlets about AdaCamp. Coverage of AdaCamp included:

AdaCamp aims to boost women’s participation in open tech
Breaking down the gender divide in open source and open culture
Ada Initiative to hold first camp in Melbourne
AdaCamp set to kick off in Melbourne

Several attendees wrote blog posts (and recorded one podcast) about their experience at AdaCamp:

http://riaus.org.au/articles/adacamp/
http://skycroeser.net/2012/01/19/adacamp-melbourne/
http://www.chesnok.com/daily/2012/01/20/i-am-a-feminist-hacker-reflections-on-the-first-adacamp/
http://blogs.gnome.org/danni/2012/01/17/adacamp-and-haecksen/
http://naomieve.tumblr.com/post/15979150280/adacamp-2012
http://sciblogs.co.nz/tosp/2012/01/16/tosp-episode-17-january-16th-2012/

Future AdaCamps

Atlassian logo

Tier 3 AdaCamp sponsor

Based on the success of the first AdaCamp, the Ada Initiative will continue holding AdaCamps in different areas of the world. Our next AdaCamp is tentatively scheduled to be held in July 2012 in Washington D.C., prior to the global Wikimania conference for Wikipedia and related projects. We expect a lot of overlap between attendees of Wikimania and AdaCamp and encourage people to attend both conferences.

Want to attend the next AdaCamp?

To get notified when applications open, watch this blog, our announcement email list, or our Twitter account. We are primarily looking for people with a track record of participating in open technology and culture, supporting women in these areas, and contributing positively to discussions. We strongly encourage people to nominate or suggest other people for attending AdaCamp, especially people with unique experience or knowledge. We will have a number of modest travel grants available so that a greater variety of people can attend.

Sponsoring AdaCamp

Sponsoring AdaCamp is an excellent way to show your organization’s commitment to bringing more women into open source, Wikipedia, and other other areas of open technology and culture. AdaCamp sponsors benefit from positive publicity, improved recruiting opportunities, and community good will. Sponsors of AdaCamp Melbourne received credit on the AdaCamp Melbourne web page, at the opening and closing sessions, and in AdaCamp announcements. We are considering new sponsor benefits for the next AdaCamp, including reserved attendance slots and access to attendees outside conference hours. Web sites for specific AdaCamps (with sponsor logo and information) will remain available after the event concludes. Contact adacamp@adainitiative.org for more information on sponsorship at any level.

Thank you

Thank you to our sponsors: Google Australia, Wikimedia Australia, Linux Australia, and Atlassian; to Alex Bayley for venue research and website content; to Danielle Madeley and Brianna Laugher for catering; and to the AdaCamp participants for making the event a success.

Register your interest in the allies training workshop @ linux.conf.au in Ballarat!

From 2:20pm at the Haecksen miniconf at linux.conf.au on Monday January 16, the Ada Initiative’s Valerie Aurora will be running a workshop especially for our male allies. Please personally invite the men you know to come along and have some fun with us. They will find out why we want and need allies, and what to do when they find themselves in an awkward situation. Valerie will run through some specific scenarios that we’ve all seen, and how they can play out differently when there is an ally involved.

Register your interest in attending the allies workshop at the Haecksen website.

Reminder: register now for Girl Geek Dinner Melbourne!

A reminder that AdaCampers and non-AdaCampers alike are all welcome to the Girl Geek Dinner taking place right after AdaCamp Melbourne, at the Merri Table & Bar at CERES Community Environment Park in Melbourne.

When: Saturday January 14 2012, from 6pm.

Where: Merri Table & Bar, CERES Community Environment Park
Cnr Roberts and Stewart Streets, Brunswick East, Melbourne, Australia.

Who: AdaCampers, geek women, partners, children and friends! (Adult men may only attend as the guest of a woman attending, in order to ensure that it is not a male-dominated event.)

Register and pay at EventBrite by January 7.

Thanks again to Brianna Laugher and the GGD Melbourne crew for organising this dinner.

Haecksen miniconf schedule announced

The Haecksen miniconf for women in Linux and open source will be held for the sixth time at linux.conf.au in Ballarat, Australia, in January. They’ve just announced their full schedule, including two Ada Initiative staff presentations: an allies workshop by Valerie Aurora and a talk by both Valerie and Mary Gardiner.

Schedule

The miniconf will be on Monday January 16, the first day of linux.conf.au. It includes talks by Sara Falamaki, Valerie Aurora, Mary Gardiner and Sarah Novotny, and a panel including Pia Waugh, Selena Deckelmann, Leslie Hawthorn and Danni Madeley.

See the full schedule for more information.

Attending

The miniconf is open to those registered to attend linux.conf.au. See registration information and prices.

Thanks

Thanks to Lana Brindley, the organiser of the Haecksen miniconf in 2012.

Girl Geek Dinner Melbourne, right after AdaCamp!

AdaCampers and non-AdaCampers alike are all welcome to the Girl Geek Dinner taking place right after AdaCamp Melbourne, at the Merri Table & Bar at CERES Community Environment Park in Melbourne.

When: Saturday January 14 2012, from 6pm.

Where: Merri Table & Bar, CERES Community Environment Park
Cnr Roberts and Stewart Streets, Brunswick East, Melbourne, Australia.

Who: AdaCampers, geek women, partners, children and friends! (Adult men may only attend as the guest of a woman attending, in order to ensure that it is not a male-dominated event.)

Register and pay at EventBrite by January 7, unless sold out prior.

Note to AdaCampers: the GGD admission is not included in AdaCamp, please register and pay separately.

Thanks to Brianna Laugher and the GGD Melbourne crew for organising this dinner.

Join us at AdaCamp Melbourne

One month to go today! Confirmed AdaCamp Melbourne attendees include:

Valerie Aurora and Mary Gardiner, founders of the Ada Initiative, will both be attending AdaCamp as its hosts.

AdaCamp is an event that brings together people interested in issues facing women in open technology and culture, to share their experiences and develop ways to support and promote women in these fields. If this sounds exciting to you, apply today! Applications close very shortly.

Note to applicants: we have not yet finished reviewing all applications, so you may not yet have heard the result of your application. Please contact adacamp@adainitiative.org if you have any concerns.